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Lynn Criminal Defense Attorney, Russell C. Sobleman, Quoted in Lynn Daily Item About Giovanni Gonzalez Case

Gonzalez found incompetent to stand trial SALEM — A Lynn man charged in connection with the 2008 disappearance of his 5-year-old son has been deemed incompetent to stand trial. “I think it was the appropriate decision by the district attorney and the judge,” Defense Attorney Russel Sobelman said of the ruling. “To the district attorney’s [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|Boston criminal law, court system, criminal charges, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Russell C. Sobelman, Lynn Criminal Defense Attorney, quoted in Gonzalez Case in Boston Globe

Man deemed incompetent to stand trial in son’s disappearance SALEM — The father of a Boston boy missing since 2008 was declared incompetent Thursday to stand trial in the child’s disappearance, raising the possibility that charges will be dismissed because he has already been in jail for years. In a 10-minute hearing, Judge Timothy Feeley [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|Boston criminal law, court system, criminal charges, Uncategorized|0 Comments

US Supreme Court Allows Police to take DNA Samples of People Arrested for a “Serious Offense.”

The US Supreme Court ruled today in Maryland v. King, 133 S.Ct. 594 (2012) that police can now take a DNA swab from a persons mouth after they had been arrested for a "serious offense".  In a 5-4 decision, the majority related a DNA swab to taking fingerprints or mugshot at the time of arrest.  [...]

By | June 5th, 2013|court system, criminal charges, DNA|0 Comments

The Evolving World of Criminal Immigration Motions

In 2010, The United States Supreme Court held in the landmark decision of Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010) that defense attorneys must inform non-citizen clients the risks of deportation arising from guilty pleas.  After this decision the real question became is the ruling retroactive?  The US Supreme Court did not answer this important [...]

Massachusetts State Drug Laboratories

First chemist Annie Dookhan, and now chemist Sonja Farak is facing criminal charges for not properly handling drugs that were to be analyzed and stored at their Boston-area laboratories.  These are not just drugs, it is evidence that will likely be used during court proceedings, whether it be a motion hearing or at trial.  Sure, many think that it is just good that the drugs are [...]