Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Fairness of show cause hearings

Elikann

"How can a lawyer put up a defense if they have no idea what they are defending against? If justice is truly our goal, why wouldn't we want to have a level playing field?"

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 30

Elikann was quoted in a story about the fairness of show cause hearings at District Courts across the state. Some criminal defense attorneys have recently been denied access to police reports in advance of show cause hearings for their clients.

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Of note:

  • Kara L. Holmquist, a member of the MBA's Animal Law Practice Group, was quoted in an Aug. 1 Boston Herald story about creating a registry for those convicted of animal abuse. A database/registry is not part of the PAWS Act, a law that strengthens penalties against animal abusers.
  • MBA members Michael S. Gove and Kyle R. Guelcher were featured in the monthly legal Q&A column in the Republican/MassLive.com on July 29. ("Ask the Experts: There's no grace period after signing a lease.")