Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, May. 7, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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Tom Brady's Deflategate press conference

Healy for Notable

"He was very aware that he should not be making representations about others' conduct or behavior... You can kind of assist a client in making a statement that is general enough to deny involvement but also leave room for retreat later on, if need be."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Boston Globe, May 7

Healy was quoted in a Globe piece about the response of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the Deflategate controversy delivered at a Jan. 22 press conference. The NFL commissioned Wells Report released on Wednesday found that Brady was "at least generally aware" of what happened to the footballs prior to a January playoff game. "Some may call this a Clintonian type of response," said Healy, noting that Brady "seemed to be very well-prepared for the questions asked of him."

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Refusing to assist authorities

Elikann

"Where you get into huge trouble is if you give (police) misleading information."

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 1

Elikann was quoted in a story about a community college police chief who refused to tell authorities where his wife was when they came to his home with a warrant for her arrest. According to Elikann, refusing to assist authorities pursuing a criminal case can lead to a month in jail or a $50 fine, but the law is obscure and rarely enforced.

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Breathalyzer tests

"A number of questions remain and the public has a right to transparency that only an independent investigator can provide. The constitutional rights of our citizens are at stake as well as the opportunity for them to have a fair and equitable trial."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Salem News, May 4

Healy was quoted in an editorial supporting the MBA's call for an independent investigation of blood-alcohol testing machines. The quote was taken from an MBA statement released on April 28. Also quoted in the editorial is Peter Elikann, vice chair of the MBA's Criminal Justice Section Council. In addition to the Salem News, the editorial also ran in the Gloucester Times, the Daily News of Newburyport and the Eagle-Tribune.

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Of note:

  • MBA member and Access to Justice Award recipient Elizabeth Toulan of Greater Boston Legal Services was featured in the Gloucester Times ("State bar group to honor city woman" - May 5). Toulan will receive the Legal Services Award at the MBA's Annual Dinner on May 7.
  • MBA member and Access to Justice Award recipient Jonathan Miller, chief of the Attorney General's office's Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, was featured in the Brookline Tab ("Mass. Bar Association to honor Brookline's Jonathan Miller" - May 7). Miller will receive the Prosecutor Award at the MBA's Annual Dinner on May 7.