- "SJC ruling allows 'dangerous' sex offenders to be released," The Eagle Tribune (June 6). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted about a 2009 Supreme Judicial Court ruling that allows sex offenders to be released from prison if at least two medical examiners determine that they are no longer a threat. Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman, who has served more than 40 years in state prison, is currently seeking his release under this ruling.
- “Officials hope higher salaries will stem assistant DA turnover,” SouthCoast Today (June 5). MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy was quoted in a story about Massachusetts’ efforts to improve the retention rates of assistant district attorneys through long-overdue pay increases.
- “Search results from residence, cell suppressed,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 4). MBA member James J. Gribouski was quoted in a story about evidence seized from a suspected heroin dealer and deemed inadmissible by a District Court judge, who cited the need for proof that the defendant voluntarily consented to the search while in custody.
- “Real estate attorney Philip Heller dies; brought ‘thoughtful and sensible approach’ to dealings,” The Berkshire Eagle (May 31). MBA member Philip F. Heller, a former winner of the MBA’s Community Service Award, was the subject of a feature story published the day after his passing at age 73. Heller was remembered as one of the most gifted real estate attorneys in Berkshire County, known for his gentle demeanor and his professional dealings with clients, colleagues, town leaders and residents.
In Other News
Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites.
"Assault on judicial independence is slipperiest of slopes," Boston Globe (June 7), via @BostonGlobe.
"Unheralded advocate is taking a break," Boston Globe (June 7), via @BostonGlobe.
"One law firm in Boston is hiking associate pay. Will others follow?" Boston Business Journal (June 6), via @bosbizgregryan.