What's New

2019

3/14/19: The chapter on "Indecent Assault and Battery" has been revised to incorporate a number of new cases and statutory changes, including Commonwealth v. Williams, 481 Mass. 443 (2019), on jury voir dire, and Commonwealth v. Sherman, 481 Mass. 464 (2019), on the law of consent.

3/8/19: The chapter on "Battery" has been revised to incorporate case developments in the law governing reckless conduct, self-defense, transferred intent, and accident.

3/5/19: The section on bail in "Procedure 1" has been updated to reflect the Supreme Judicial Court's decision in Scione v. Commonwealth, 481 Mass. 225 (2019), striking down the residual clause of section 58A as unconstitutionally vague.

1/22/19: The chapter on "Domestic Abuse" has been updated to reflect new Appeals Court cases refining statutory terms and procedures, among them "stay away" orders and appellate review.

1/13/19: The discussion in Exigent Searches has been revised to note Commonwealth v. Alexis, an important expansion of the substantive protections against unreasonable searches and seizures guaranteed by art. 14 of the Declaration of Rights and a rejection of the United States Supreme Court's Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in Kentucky v. King.

2018

11/25/18: The discussion in Procedure 1 regarding the prosecutor's obligation to produce exculpatory evidence in a timely fashion has been revised to reflect the Supreme Judicial Court's powerful October 11, 2018 decision attempting to right the Amherst drug testing lab scandal, Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Attorney General.

9/7/18: The 38th Edition of the Guide is now online. This update incorporates significant developments in Massachusetts criminal law through August 31, 2018.

5/27/18: Massachusetts Prosecutors' Guide Online has been updated to reflect amendments made by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018, signed by Governor Baker on April 13, 2018. This Act made significant changes in the areas of bail rules, solicitation of crimes, drug offense penalties (including those for school zone violations), operating under the influence penalties, motor vehicle homicide, witness intimidation, battery on police officers, thresholds for felony larceny and receiving stolen property, malicious mischief, and many more.

3/28/18: The Mid-Year Update to the 37th Edition of the Guide is now online. This update incorporates significant developments in Massachusetts criminal law through March of 2018.

2017

9/8/17: The 37th Edition of the Guide is now online. This update incorporates significant developments in Massachusetts criminal law through September 2, 2017.

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