Blog Posts in October, 2014

  • Boston Herald: Full Court Press: Youth has been no excuse

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Bob McGovern Jurors didn't buy Robel Phillipos' too-stoned defense or Azamat Tazhayakov's argument that he was a "good kid" - and that could be bad news for the Tsarnaev defense team's anticipated argument that accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar was an impressionable youth controlled by his now-deceased older brother Tamerlan. When it comes to cases related to the ...
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  • California Passes New Affirmative Consent Law in Sexual Assault Cases; Will Massachusetts and Other New England States Follow?

    BOSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to protect students from sexual assault on college campuses, on September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown adopted a new bill in regards to the high number of campus assaults. The bill known as “Yes Means Yes” is an affirmative consent law which aims to aid and change the way sexual assault reports are investigated by colleges. Photo – ...
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  • MA Lawyers Weekly: Podcast: Former prosecutor Brad Bailey on Phillipos conviction

    By: Noah Schaffer October 28, 2014 A federal jury today (Oct. 28) convicted Robel Phillipos of two counts of lying to federal agents who were investigating the Boston Marathon bombings. FBI agents testified that Phillipos told them a string of lies about the night of April 18, 2013, before finally acknowledging that he had been in bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room at the University of ...
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  • Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in State and Federal Drug Cases

    As a former state and federal prosecutor who now defends clients accused of all types of felonies, and frequently represents clients accused of state and federal narcotics violations, I am often asked if there are any changes regarding mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug crimes convictions in either jurisdiction. The short answers are yes and no. On the state side, at least here in ...
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  • Boston Herald: Full Court Press: Impartial attorney says of weed plea: 'It could work in this case'

    DAY IN COURT: Robel Phillipos, left, leaves federal court with an unidentified man yesterday. Phillipos is claiming he was too high to have willingly aided accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 By Bob McGovern Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's buddy may have hit on a primo legal defense. If Robel Phillipos' lawyers can get jurors to believe that the UMass Dartmouth student ...
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