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2008 - 2009 Criminal Justice Project Produces Multiple Amicus Briefs

(Boston, Revised 11/13/09) New England Law | Boston: Directed by Professor David Siegel, the Criminal Justice Project took on numerous amicus briefs this past school year, researching and writing the briefs that either have been, or will be, submitted to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Found below is information about the individual briefs that the CJP worked on:

September 2008 - November 2008: Students Ciara Mason (’09) and Laura Mannion (’09) compiled research for an amicus brief for the cases Commonwealth v. Gomes and Commonwealth v. Little. Professor David Siegel wrote the brief for the Suffolk Lawyers for Justice. The focus of the amicus brief was whether in the circumstances of this case expert testimony was required to prove that the quantity and packaging of the drugs the defendant possessed were consistent with an intent to distribute. To see information about the case, and to read the submitted brief by Professor David Siegel on behalf of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, please click here.

 September 2008 - February 2009: Professor David Siegel researched and wrote an amicus brief for the Suffolk Lawyers for Justice for the case Commonwealth v. Oscar Lyles. The focus of the amicus brief was whether the motion judge correctly ruled that police officers' encounter with the defendant was not a field investigation interrogation, but rather a Terry stop based on a hunch; whether the contraband found on the defendant's person after his arrest on an outstanding warrant after he had furnished his identification to the police officers as requested should have been suppressed.

On February 25, 2009, Professors David Siegel and Lawrence Friedman, with CLSR Fellow Susan Walton, mooted the attorney for the Oscar Lyles case in preparation for oral arguments.

To see information about the case, and to read the submitted brief by Professor David Siegel on behalf of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, please click here.

 February 2009 - April 2009: On behalf of the New England Innocence Project, Professor David Siegel worked with associates from Goodwin | Proctor and a faculty member from Roger Williams School of Law to file an amicus brief in the Rhode Island Supreme Court case of State of RI v. Tracey Barros.

 February 2009 - Present: Students Martha Drane (‘10) and Maria Giraud (’10) are working with an associate at Goodwin | Proctor and Professor David Siegel on an amicus brief for Commonwealth v. Brandon Watson on behalf of NEIP. The focus of the amicus brief is whether cautionary jury instructions should be given when police indicate to a witness that a suspect is present in an identification procedure or when police fail to warn the witness that the perpetrator may or may not be included in the procedure; whether in such circumstances, expert testimony regarding eyewitness identification should be admissible at the defendant's request.

For information about this case, please click here.



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