Fourth Amendment U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Judicial Court Cases 2021

Event Start:
10/05/2021 4:00 PM
Event End:
10/05/2021 6:00 PM

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Program Fee: $50

This program is online only.

This program is cosponsored by the Flaschner Judicial Institute.


CPCS credit has been granted for 2.0 hours for the Adult Criminal, Adult Criminal Appeals, YAD and YAD Appeals panels.

Hon. Richard G. Stearns, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Hon. Richard G. Stearns, U. S. District Court, District of MassachusettsJudge Stearns 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 (misdemeanor hot pursuit), and how they fit into the context of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’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 and separate 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 cases addressing issues of racial profiling and juvenile justice.

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