Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Notable & Quotable

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SJC marijuana ruling

Healy

"There are a lot of unanswered questions and only further case law and time will tell how this court comes down. But it certainly is a very strong court in terms of protecting civil liberties of individuals."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 27

Healy was quoted in an article on the SJC's recent ruling that police can no longer pull over automobiles due to the odor of marijuana smoke. The ruling comes after a 2008 ballot question approved by Massachusetts voters decriminalized possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.

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Bella Bond case

Elikann

"Changes of venue are so extremely rare, and there is a high barrier to leap over. There could be a problem in this case because it is so highly publicized, everywhere. It's not just a local story. Where do you go to find a jury that hasn't heard of this case?"

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Boston Herald, September 22

Elikann spoke to the Herald about the likelihood of a change of venue in the case against a man accused of murdering Bella Bond, a small child found on Deer Island in June. FOX25 also spoke to Elikann in their coverage of the case (Sept. 23).

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Of note:

  • MBA member David G. Mintz was featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (Sept. 27) as a recipient of the MBA's Community Service Award. Mintz practices in Northampton.