Blog Posts in December, 2015

  • A Criminal Defense Attorney’s New Year’s Eve Countdown…

    As New Year's Eve is now upon us, many of us will be up late tonight counting down the last 10 seconds of 2015 before carrying the celebration on into the New Year. With that in mind, here is my Top 10 countdown of criminal defense tips... BONUS: Always carry your attorney's phone number: Brad Bailey's is 781-589-2828. Please be careful celebrating tonight, and don't drink and drive. If you do ...
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  • Mexican Jaunt in Affluenza Case Won't Pay Dividends for Couch or his Mother

    The fugitive from justice case out of the state of Texas involving 18 years old Ethan Couch and his mother, Tonya, that in equal parts fascinated, and appalled, Americans everywhere for the past three weeks is both instructive and cautionary. Couch, as you may recall, pleaded guilty in 2013 to four counts of vehicular manslaughter for plowing his speeding pickup truck into a disabled motor ...
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  • Defense Counsel Q & A

    Here at Brad Bailey Law, potential clients regularly contact us with questions and/or concerns about legal problems they or a loved one are facing and whether they need the help of an experienced lawyer. Legal issues, particularly those pertaining to criminal charges, are never simple, and there is no substitute for meeting with an experienced criminal defense attorney and discussing all the facts ...
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  • Redefining "Crime of Violence" in the Wake of United States v. Johnson

    Here at Brad Bailey Law, we have been following , and blogging about, United States v. Johnson , a case recently decided by the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") which has significant implications for sentencing in federal criminal cases across the nation, especially here in Massachusetts. In federal court, a defendant who has been convicted of 2 or more prior "crimes of violence" can ...
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  • A Bit of Perspective with Chism Sentencing on the Horizon

    Now that the Philip Chism verdicts in the horrific 2013 rape and murder of Danvers, MA high school teacher Colleen Ritzer are in, I'm being asked to share my related thoughts beyond those I already mentioned live on FOX25 as the jury's decision was being announced (guilty Murder 1, guilty aggravated rape, guilty armed robbery; not guilty aggravated rape). Even as a former homicide prosecutor, and ...
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  • 2015’s True Crime Obsession, and “The Making of a Murderer”

    Serial , Bowe Bergdahl , who was today arraigned on desertion and misbehavior charges, manages to be more than merely a discredited hero, but a subject whose story is worthy of airing in all its complexity. It's an attitude that a defense attorney is used to adopting, but the public seems to be catching up too. Documentary makers in the Durst case certainly thought that his story deserved to be ...
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  • From Insanity Defense to Guilty Verdict – A Defense Expert's Perspectives on the Philip Chism Trial

    In the tense few days before the Philip Chism verdict was read, I spoke to several Boston Media outlets about the trial, contributing my expertize both as a former homicide prosecutor and insanity defense expert. On Monday I spoke to The Boston Herald about the defense’s "uphill battle" in a state that has traditionally been unforgiving of insanity defenses, and in the light of the prosecution's ...
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  • Safe Package Delivery Tips for the Holiday Season Courtesy of The Boston Police Department

    The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, many presents and the possibility of theft. Online shopping is extremely popular, and thus, packages are constantly delivered to our doorsteps, especially during the time most people are at work. If the package is left unattended, it could mean a quick and easy theft or worse. It signals to potential burglars that no one is home and if it is there ...
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  • Philip Chism's plea of insanity is an uphill battle

    The Jury in the case of Philip Chism, accused of the murder and rape of his teacher Colleen Ritzer, began deliberations Monday. Former homicide prosecutor and insanity defense expert, Brad Bailey, told the Boston Herald that "legally, the burden is not on the defense to prove [Chism] was mentally ill when he killed Ritzer, 24, but on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he wasn't." ...
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  • Prostitution, Human Trafficking & Drug Arrests in Peabody Home

    In the suburbs of Peabody, Massachusetts, a female owner of a half-million-dollar home was charged with human trafficking for sexual servitude and two counts of drug possession. News accounts report that Dawn Spurr, who is listed as the current owner of the property, was also charged with being the keeper of a noisy and disorderly household. Spurr was set to be arraigned on December 7, 2015. ...
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  • Possible Jail Time is No Laughing Matter for those Calling in Bomb Hoaxes

    Look, when it comes to being a criminal defense attorney, I don't judge. I don't condemn. I don't sermonize, and I don't preach. Whether the charge is pending in state or federal court, I simply do my job. When friends and strangers ask, "but how can you represent guilty people?," I calmly reply, "I don't. I represent people accused of crimes." I'm good at what I do, and handle amongst the most ...
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