Supreme Judicial Court

Lawmakers refuse to release records

Lawmakers refuse to release records

Governor, courts met some requests despite exemption

THE LEGISLATURE, THE GOVERNOR, and the judiciary are all exempt in one way or another from the state’s Public Records Law, but the governor and the judiciary sometimes voluntarily comply with requests for information. By contrast, lawmakers take the view that their records are off-limits to the public. CommonWealth tested the willingness of officials from(...)

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SJC justices mull millionaires’ tax

SJC justices mull millionaires’ tax

Ballot question decision may hinge on whether court thinks elements are sufficiently related

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT justices peppered lawyers with questions on Tuesday morning on an appeal challenging a proposed state ballot question to raise taxes on high earners, with judges repeatedly questioning whether it met a requirement that the elements of ballot measures be “related” or “mutually dependent.” The proposed constitutional amendment is sponsored by a coalition(...)

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Mandatory minimum drug sentences costly mistake

Mandatory minimum drug sentences costly mistake

DA talking points obscure real issues

SUPPORTERS OF MANDATORY minimum sentences for drug crimes are circulating a set of disconnected talking points on Beacon Hill that obscure the real issues. The debate is heating up as the Legislature prepares to hold hearings this month on bills that would eliminate Massachusetts laws requiring judges to impose a prison term of a specified(...)

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Cordy to retire from SJC

Cordy to retire from SJC

Decision will give Baker his first high court nominee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE  SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, the court announced Wednesday, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state’s highest court. The former chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld, Cordy was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov.(...)

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