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Who Decides Cases Heard By Appellate Courts?

June 29, 2020

The United States court system is divided into three levels: district courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court. Appellate courts were born out of a need to reduce the caseload on the Supreme Court, so they became an intermediary between the lower courts and the highest court in the land. Today, as then, the Supreme…

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Digital Evidence in Criminal Trials

January 2, 2020

By its very definition, digital or electronic evidence is any information that is stored or has been transmitted in digital form. It may be used at trial if the court determines it to be relevant. To admit it, the court must find out whether it is authentic and decide if they would accept a copy…

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Breath Test Results Still Being Excluded From Evidence in Massachusetts OUI Cases

February 20, 2018

On August 23, 2017, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association announced that their prosecutors would suspend the use of alcohol breathalyzer tests in current and future Operating Under the Influence (“OUI”) cases and would refrain from offering the tests into evidence at OUI trials or in plea negotiations.  The reason for this suspension is due to the questionable…

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Breaking Down RI’s New Firearms Law – What You Need To Know

November 13, 2017

In response to the growing problem of domestic violence, the Rhode Island legislature enacted the Protect Rhode Island Families Act, which requires people served with restraining orders and convicted of domestic violence offenses to surrender their firearms. The Protect Rhode Island Families Act amends Section 8-8.1-3 of the Domestic Assault chapter to allow a court…

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