Welcome to MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL LAW: A PROSECUTOR'S GUIDE Online.
On this site, you will find the full text of the 40th edition of the Prosecutor's Guide. The Guide presents a timely and comprehensive analysis of Massachusetts criminal law and its practice in the courts of the Commonwealth. It is fully updated each fall and during the year as new developments in the law warrant. Please consult our What's New page for the most recent changes. In addition, this online text is linked to a database of Massachusetts court decisions maintained by the Trial Court Law Libraries at masscases.com.
The text also cites and discusses significant criminal law cases decided by the Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts from around the country. The principal focus, however, is on Massachusetts criminal law and its practice in the courts of the Commonwealth.
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2/24/21: Judge Stearns has updated "Identification Evidence", "Battery", and "Drug Crimes" to note new cases discussing authentication, third-party culprit hearsay, self-defense, constructive possession, and the medical use of marijuana, among other topics.
2/5/21: Judge Stearns has revised the chapter on "Searches with Warrants" to explain the impact of the new "Police Reform" statute severely restricting the issuance of no-knock search warrants. Also included are new cases discussing staleness, digital searches, connection to the premises, and controlled buys, among other topics.
Please see What's New for further details.