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Marissa Elkins Named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a 2015 Lawyer of the Year

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has named Marissa Elkins one of its 2015 Lawyers of the Year for her work before the Supreme Judicial Court successfully arguing that Article 12 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Human Rights requires that prosecutors should not be allowed to use previously acquitted conduct against a defendant in a later, unrelated trial. In so ruling, the SJC articulated greater protections under Article 12 than those provided by the federal constitution.


Client Acquitted of Manslaughter. Fiat-Chrysler Really to Blame

The young man in this case did not have to die, but the jury correctly found that Attorney Elkins' client was not to blame and acquitted him of manslaughter. Unbeknownst to him and his family, the victim's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was a deathtrap, primed to go up in flames if he ever was rear-ended. And the worst part is that the manufacturer knew of the defect and had not acted quickly to get these vehicles off the road. Read more here.


"Tased and Confused"

One hit from a Taser sends 50,000 volts of electricity coursing through the body. Oliver Rich, of Hatfield, sustained far more than that one night in 2010. Following a traffic stop in Greenfield, Rich was tased at least five times over the course of a few minutes.

The officers treated the weapons like “new toys,” he says. Read more.

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