Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Notable & Quotable


Section 35


"Not only is that detrimental to the emotional well-being of the family, it's hard on court personnel trying to deal with the influx of people requesting Section 35 commitment. The law needs to be updated."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy, Salem News, October 7

Healy was quoted in an article on a state law known as Section 35, which allows family members to ask a court to force other family members into treatment for drug or alcohol abuse.


Philip Chism trial


"None of it means he will get paroled. But he will come before a parole board...It's complicated for all of us, because none of us have seen it in play. This is a new landscape."

MBA Criminal Justice Section Vice Chair Peter Elikann, Boston Herald, October 7

Elikann spoke to the Herald about the possibility of 16-year-old Philip Chism getting parole if found guilty in the 2013 murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen E. Ritzer. The SJC revised the sentencing law for juveniles convicted of murder in December 2013. If convicted, Chism could have the opportunity for parole in 20 years, or 30 years if convicted of first-degree murder with extreme cruelty.