Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Mandatory minimum sentencing

Harnais

"Let's not set people up to fail. They've already failed; that's why [they're incarcerated]. Let's try to set them up for success."

MBA President-elect Robert W. Harnais, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, June 18

Harnais was quoted in a story about recommendations made in a report of the state's Special Commission to study the Criminal Justice System. The report recommends removing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, providing automatic eligibility for parole outside of murder or manslaughter crimes and making parole "presumptive" when prisoners are first eligible. MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy and Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, the MBA's representative on the Commission, were also quoted in the article.

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Of note:

  • MBA member Kyle R. Guelcher was featured in the monthly legal Q&A column in the Republican/MassLive.com. ("Ask the Experts: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act affords many protections to service members" - June 24).
  • MBA member Kenneth J. Albano, a senior partner at Bacon Wilson, was featured by the Republican/MassLive.com on June 18 as a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Community Service Award. The award was presented June 11 in Springfield.