Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jul. 9, 2015

Notable & Quotable


Wynn vs. Mayor Walsh


"We're talking about two public figures, both highly visible in the political and business world. In order to prove a defamation claim, it's a high hurdle when you're a person in the public realm. ... I doubt the very public 
issue of casino gaming would qualify for someone to sue successfully. ... It sounds like the further escalation in the war of words."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Herald, July 7

Healy was quoted in a story about a potential lawsuit by Wynn Resorts against Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for defamation unless Walsh apologies for "false statements and untrue innuendo" used in subpoenas that were recently issued as part of the City of Boston's ongoing suit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.


Spanking debate


"It's important to still remember what this case is saying and what it's not saying. It's not saying, 'Spanking is the way to discipline your kids and it's the best way to discipline your kids.' It's saying: 'Here's what you do that's against the law. Here's what crosses the line. Here's what is going to put you in jail. This is a crime. Here's what is not going to put you in jail. Here is what is defensible. Here is what you cannot be held criminally responsible for.' And I think there is a big difference there"

MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian, WBURJuly 6

Kazarosian was a guest on Radio Boston, where she spoke about a recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision, which held that parents may not be held criminally liable for the use of "reasonable" force in disciplining their children. The ruling is the first time the court has recognized a "parental privilege defense."


Of note: Department of Correction security procedures

  • MBA President Marsha Kazarosian was quoted in a July 5 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about the Executive Office of Public Safety's newly released, improved procedures regarding attorney searches in Department of Correction facilities, saying, "These are long-in-coming changes balancing the need for security with the needs of attorneys and clients."  MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on the same topic, saying: "The MBA was highly concerned about long-standing DOC policies and the discriminatory treatment of women attorneys. We are pleased to see that the new regulations will be uniform and hopefully eradicate any future disparate actions against our sister practitioners."