Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Judicial vacancies

Healy for Notable

"People were concerned originally that perhaps there would be a drought of judicial openings but there is not."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, State House News Service, June 17

Healy was quoted by the State House News Service in a story on the potential impact of Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial nominations with upcoming vacancies expected on the bench.

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Access to court records

Elikann

"No one should really have special access over anyone else."

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Boston Globe, June 15

Elikann spoke to the Globe as part of a story on public access to electronic criminal and civil case information. Representing the MBA, Elikann testified before a panel of Massachusetts judges and other court officials at a hearing on Monday. The MBA supports public access with the proper safeguards. "It shouldn't be 100 percent unfettered access. There should be a stringent set of guidelines on what can be released and what can't be released," Elikann told the Globe.

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Of note:

  • In addition to the piece above, MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a Republican (Springfield) story on legislation that would allow juries to find someone "guilty except insane." Healy noted that the bill, which the MBA has not taken a position on, would "be a very substantial change from our current law."
  • The MBA's Mock Trial Program was mentioned in an article which ran in both the Framingham Tab and MetroWest Daily News onPallavi Krishnamurthy of Framingham, a member of the Winsor School mock trial team that placed third in the national competition after winning the state title.