Complex Issues in Murder Cases 2018 - PROGRAM ONLY

Event Start:
03/09/2018 9:00 AM
Event End:
03/09/2018 4:30 PM

A Bench-Bar Program Co-Sponsored with the Flaschner Judicial Institute

CPCS approved for 6.0 credit hours from the Adult Criminal, Post-Conviction and Juvenile Delinquency Panels.

When: Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Social Law Library, Boston, MA
Cost: Program Only - $150 l Program with Lunch - $170

Program Faculty:

  • Superior Court Judge Linda E. Giles, Program Chair
  • Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Fishman
  • Superior Court Judge Peter B. Krupp
  • Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Locke
  • ADA David A. Deakin, Chief of the Family Protection and Sexual Assault Bureau, Suffolk County DA’s Office
  • Steven Devlin, Deputy Director of the Digital Evidence Laboratory of the AG's Office
  • ADA Mark T. Lee, Deputy Chief, Homicide Unit, Suffolk County DA’s Office
  • ADA Adrienne C. Lynch, Chief, Homicide & Unsolved Homicide, Middlesex County DA’s Office
  • Attorney Rosemary C. Scapicchio, Law Offices of Rosemary C. Scapicchio
  • Attorney Robert L. Sheketoff, Law Offices of Robert L. Sheketoff
  • Attorney James L. Sultan, Rankin & Sultan, Boston
  • Attorney Larry R. Tipton, Attorney-in-Charge, Norfolk County Superior Court Office, Committee for Public Counsel Services

“Complex Issues in Murder Cases” will focus on the most difficult areas of a murder trial, with comprehensive analysis from all perspectives. You will gain powerful, timely insights from leading practitioners, both prosecutors and defense attorneys, and a forensic expert regarding how to tackle these problematic issues. Judicial commentary and reflection from four veteran Superior Court judges will give you an inside look at how judges view these demanding aspects of a murder trial. Four crucial topics will be covered during the program through presentation, discussion, and demonstrations:

(1) Pre-Trial Discovery, Protective Orders, and Motions in Limine

  • Update on recent homicide caselaw
  • Pretrial discovery motions (including BRIC and gang evidence issues, prior bad acts of defendant and alleged victim, and information regarding failure of lab personnel to pass proficiency test)
  • Protective orders (including uses and application of discovery material, redactions of discovery, and preservation of turret and police recordings, video surveillance, cell tower records, and officers’ texts and e-mails)
  • Motions in limine (including allowance of Commonwealth or defense to subpoena records from Clerk’s Office, sequestration (with family member exceptions), motive, jail calls, gang evidence, and to exclude/introduce third-party culprit, Adjutant, and Bowden evidence)

(2) Methods of Impanelment

  • Revised Superior Court Rule 6 (jury selection process, including attorney-participatory voir dire)
  • Methods of voir dire (panel vs. individual) 
  • Use of jury questionnaires
  • Recent cases involving Soares challenges (including Comm. v. Jones)

(3) Cyber Components in Murder Cases

  • Legal update on searching cell phones and other digital devices
  • Decryption of digital devices
  • Available digital evidence and data in the possession of third parties
  • Forensic demonstration of mining digital devices
  • Practical discussion of related motions and litigation strategies

(4) Special Issues on Jury Instructions and Juveniles

  • Proposed changes to the SJC Model Homicide Instructions (including felony-murder (Comm. v. Brown), self-defense as it relates to felony-murder (Comm. v. Rogers, Comm. v. Fantauzzi), and clarification of heat-of-passion instruction (Comm. v. Felix) and instruction related to accident)
  • Continuing evolution of joint venture instruction since Comm. v. Zanetti (including issues relating to withdrawal from participation (Comm. v. Rivera) and impact of acquittal of principal based on self-defense (Comm. v. Norris)
  • Issues relating to potential jury instructions in juvenile murder cases (including brain development, expert testimony, impaired judgment and impulse control, and whether there should be a different objective standard in juvenile cases for third-prong malice and self-defense)

This program is critical for judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, homicide investigators, and forensic experts. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and expertise of seasoned judges, attorneys, and experts who have grappled with these complex issues.

Produced by C.W. Consulting Co.

Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito at msaporito@socialaw.com. Space is limited. Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars and other educational events and activities.

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