Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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Brockton courthouse bans cell phones

Healy for Notable

"It really does hamper law enforcement efforts from the beginning of an investigation all the way through to a trial. We're concerned about witnesses being retaliated against for coming forward. They're going to be less willing to come forward in the community. People go in with the intent of using that cell phone as a weapon."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, The Enterprise (Brockton), October 4

Healy was quoted in a piece about a ban on cell phones that will go into effect on December 1 at Brockton District Court. There are now 30 courthouses in the state that have banned cell phones. "It is a very dangerous thing. It will prevent people from being willing to come forward in criminal trials," added Healy.

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Tsarnaev friend using marijuana defense

Elikann

"If they are trying to convince the jury that this wasn't a thought-out scheme -- it was just that he wasn't thinking clearly and was nervous on top of that -- this can only enhance that argument. I think it's a smart move by the defense. It's clear that they want to paint him as a kid who wasn't thinking clearly, and not a diabolical schemer out to throw the police off track."

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Boston Herald, October 7

Elikann spoke to the Herald about the defense of Robel Phillipos, who is accused of lying to investigators during their investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The defense team for Phillipos claims that he was smoking marijuana on April 18, 2013 when he was allegedly in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room with Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev.

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No-fault auto insurance

NotableKathy ODonnell

"The idea behind no-fault was, let's put a limit on what people can sue for, and then we'll eliminate small claims, and people will save money."

MBA Past President Kathy O'Donnell, NerdWallet.com, Sept. 25

O'Donnell was quoted by financial news site NerdWallet.com in a piece on no-fault auto insurance. A total of 12 states, including Massachusetts, introduced no-fault auto insurance to lower costs, but results have been mixed. "It really has created an administrative nightmare in terms of claims, and the costs are passed on to consumers. Therefore, premiums increase," added O'Donnell.

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Of note:

  • MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian appeared as a guest live on FOX 25 to analyze the legal ramifications of a proposed flu shot mandate for employees at Brigham & Women's Hospital (Sept. 26).
  • Kazarosian was also featured in Armenian Weekly in advance of an October 6 speaking engagement at a meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men's Club (Oct. 1).
  • MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann also recently made appearances as a guest on FOX 25. Elikann discussed Catherine Greig being summoned before a grand jury investigating the hidden funds of Whitey Bulger (Sept. 29) and the beginning of jury selection in the trial of Robel Phillipos (Sept. 29).
  • MBA members Michael S. Gove and Susan A. Mielnikowski were featured in the monthly legal Q&A column in the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com. ("Ask the Experts: Timeshare issues? Consult attorney where it is located - Oct. 2).