Complex Issues in Murder Cases - 10-21-16

Program Faculty:

Program Faculty: Hon. Linda Giles, Chair; Hon. Kenneth Fishman; Hon. Peter Krupp; Hon. Janet Sanders; ADA Lynn Beland, Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office; Christopher Kelly, Director, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Digital Evidence Lab; ADA Mark Lee, Deputy Chief--Homicide, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; ADA Adrienne Lynch, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office; Lt. David McSweeney, Massachusetts State Police Criminal Information Section, Computer Crimes Unit; Attorney David Meier; Attorney Robert Sheketoff; Attorney James Sultan; Attorney Larry Tipton, CPCS

“Complex Issues in Murder Cases” focuses on the most difficult areas of a murder trial, with comprehensive analysis from all perspectives. You will gain powerful, timely insights from leading practitioners, both prosecutors and defense attorneys, and a forensic expert regarding how to tackle these problematic issues. Judicial commentary and reflection from four veteran Superior Court judges will give you an inside look at how judges view these demanding aspects of a murder trial.

Four crucial topics will be covered during the program through presentation, discussion, demonstrations, and mock hearings: pretrial evidentiary and empanelment issues(e.g., motions in limine, gang evidence issues, in-court identification issues, and individual juror voir dire), cyber components in murder cases (e.g., mining mobile devices, decryption issues, CSLI, GPS, and the circumstances under which a warrant is required), forensic experts and evidence (e.g., Confrontation Clause issues, the reliability of an expert to testify regarding hearsay, and the proper foundations and form of expert opinion evidence), and special issues on jury instructions and juveniles(e.g., proposed changes to the SJC Model Homicide Instruction, recent new jury instructions (including NGI, in-court eyewitness identification, felony-murder joint venture, and reasonable doubt), and the issue of whether to instruct on juvenile brain development).

This sophisticated program is critical for judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, homicide investigators, and forensic experts. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and expertise of seasoned judges, attorneys, and experts who have grappled with these complex issues.

The program was recorded at the Social Law Library on 10/21/2016.  Your digital download purchase includes the full audio recorded at this event in MP3 format as well as the materials provided to everyone who attended in PDF format.  Instructions to download your purchase will be provided in a confirmation email post checkout.   

CDs of this recording are available upon request. For questions about accessing your digital download or to request a CD, please contact the Social Law Library Technology Service department at 617-226-1570 or by emailing  

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