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Fourth Amendment U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Judicial Court Cases 2021 (Zoom Program)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

*This is a bench/bar program co-sponsored with the Social Law Library

*This is a Zoom program*

Hon. Richard G. Stearns, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts will begin with (in his estimation) the United States Supreme Court’s three most important Fourth Amendment decisions of this last Term, Caniglia v. Strom (community caretaking), Torres v. Madrid (seizure), and Lange v. California (misdemeanorhot pursuit), and how they fit into the context of the Massachusetts Supreme JudicialCourt’s art. 14 jurisprudence.

In that same vein, he will be discussing (what he considers) the most important of the Supreme Judicial Court’s criminal law cases of the last year, taking note of convergences in state and federal law. The cases will include Commonwealth v. Rand(Confrontation Clause), Commonwealth v. Delgado-Rivera (rethinking of the traditional art. 14 dual andseparate analysis of standing and the reasonableness of the expectation of privacy), Commonwealth v. Pearson (independent source exception), Commonwealth v. Ashford (Armed Career Criminal Act predicate offenses), and Commonwealth v. Gosselin (the third-party records doctrine).

Judge Stearns will also more generally discuss emerging law governing the authentication of social media evidence, pretrial detention in the age of COVID-19, post-Camblin developments in the prosecution of drunk driving offenses, the Police Reform Law and its impact on the doctrine of qualified immunity and police practices, and recent casesaddressing issues of racial profiling and juvenile justice.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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