Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

  • Statutory rape appeal rejected by SJC
    The Supreme Judicial Court has denied an appeal filed by a juvenile who was found delinquent for committing statutory rape. The juvenile argued that the statute (G.L.c. 265, §23) is unconstitutional if both the victim and the individual charged with the offense are under the age of 16. He contended that the Legislature’s rationale for […]
  • Tort – Harassment prevention order
    Where a District Court judge extended for one year a harassment prevention order, issued pursuant to G.L.c. 258E, against the defendant, the order must be vacated because there was insufficient evidence to show that the messages at issue were harassing and that the plaintiff was not the intended recipient of the messages. “Here, in her […]

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