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Access to DNA Bill to Gov’s Desk

Wednesday was an eventful day on the House floor.  Early Tuesday evening, the BBA was notified that the Access to DNA bill (S 1987) would be taken up by the full House the very next day.  As we reported in … Continue reading

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A Race to Avoid Being Dead Last: MA Needs Access to DNA Now

In less than two weeks, the Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing on the BBA’s bill on access to DNA evidence.  Sponsored by Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative John Fernandes, S 753 and H 2165 are on the … Continue reading

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DNA Evidence: Not Necessarily a Guarantee of Anything.

On Monday, a divided United States Supreme Court approved Maryland’s DNA law, signifying a major change for DNA collection.  The Supreme Court’s decision in Maryland v. King expands DNA collection to include people arrested —prior to their proverbial day in … Continue reading

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Innocence Programs Poised for New DNA Law

As we reported last week, the new DNA law – now known as M.G.L.C. 278A – will provide post-conviction access to DNA and testing for those who assert factual innocence.  The new law not only provides access to DNA and … Continue reading

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Justice Decades in the Making

In mid-March, the Massachusetts SJC handed down Commonwealth v. Robert D. Wade, the first case that relied on the 2012 law codified at G.L.c. 278A “An Act providing access to forensic and scientific analysts.”  The court held for the defendant, … Continue reading

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2012 Public Policy by the Numbers

2012 was a productive year for the BBA, and Issue Spot would like to look back on the numbers. 2 Amicus Briefs – The BBA filed amicus briefs in Rachel A. Bird Anderson v. BNY Mellon, N.A. trustee and others … Continue reading

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A Few Things We’re Thankful for this Season

Before we break to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s pause to remember what we’re thankful for. . . The fact that the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights provides for three co-equal branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and the Judiciary. The unanimous passage of … Continue reading

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Advances for the BBA’s legislative agenda

The Massachusetts Legislature wrapped up the formal part of the 2011-2012 legislative session on Tuesday, July 31st.  The energy, excitement and hurried atmosphere at the state house during the waning days of formal session is a contrast to the quiet … Continue reading

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Reflections for the 4th

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July and reflect on the founding of our nation, the BBA is reminded of its own beginnings and the meetings convened by John Adams in the 1700’s.  These meetings provided lawyers throughout … Continue reading

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State House Happenings

Today, May 17th, marks the day that Massachusetts joins the 48 other states that provide post-conviction access to DNA and testing.  Getting to this point has been a long time coming as bills providing for such testing have been filed … Continue reading

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