Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015

Notable & Quotable

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mandatory minimum drug sentences

Marsha

"There is a nonsensical notion that repealing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders would allow drug offenders to avoid jail altogether. It would not. It would simply put the decision of appropriate punishment back to the person whose job it is to know more about an individual's offense than any one-size-fits-all sentencing guideline could possibly contemplate: the Massachusetts judge."

MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian, Boston Globe,July 17

Kazarosian penned the "yes" answer to the point-counterpoint feature in the Boston Globe's North Edition, which posed the question: Should Massachusetts repeal its mandatory minimum drug sentences? The "no" answer was written by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Statute of limitation in rape cases

Healy

"We can see, and rightfully so, that society is rethinking the way these crimes, usually perpetrated against women, have been handled by the courts," he said. "There's a very national trend toward trying to allow the victims of these very horrific crimes to come forward and get their day of justice in a court of law."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 17

Healy was quoted in a story about a state senator's proposal to eliminate the time limit to prosecute rape cases altogether. Due to the controversial nature of the bill and expected opposition from defense lawyers, Healy added, "I think this will require a lot of hard study by the Legislature."

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------