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Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Peter Elikann Media Interviews & Appearances

8/19/20 15. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Evan White about the ruling by the Florida Appeals Court affirming the decision suppressing the evidence against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida. This was a win for Kraft as it indicates that the charges against him will likely be dismissed.

 

8/17/20 14.  Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Litsa Pappas on the just-released joint sentencing recommendation for actress Lori Loughlin and her husband who pleaded guilty in the so-called Varsity Blues scandal where more than 50 affluent people were arrested nationwide in what authorities have called the largest college admissions scam ever for allegedly paying bribes to get their children admitted into some of the nation’s top colleges.

 

8/15/20 13. Boston Globe newspaper, “Environmental police officer probed for use of body camera” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article about an environmental police officer who allegedly wore a body camera without authorization in possible violation of state wiretapping laws and the video somehow wound up on Facebook.

 

8/3/20  12. WBZ Radio, “Nightside with Dan Rea,” hour-long interview with substitute host Jordan Rich with listener call-ins concerning the overturning of the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by a federal appeals court which sent it back down to the lower court for a second trial to determine the penalty. 

 

7/16/20 11. Boston Globe newspaper, “A noise complaint, a questionable arrest, and an alleged beating at the Lynn police station” by Thomas Grillo interviewed for this article about police arrest of African-American citizen for drinking on the porch of his private property, a subsequent beating and allegations of police bias and brutality.

 

7/6//20 10. NBC 10 Boston television interviewed by Ryan Kath for investigative story on how Massachusetts drivers are having their driving licenses wrongly suspended for out of state driving violations that have already been resolved and how difficult it is to get this mistake cleared up.

 

6/30/20 9.  Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed on-air live over Skype by anchor Sara Underwood about the appeal by Florida prosecutors of the decision suppressing the evidence against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida.

 

 5/22/20 8.  Associated Press (AP) Television News interviewed by Rodrique Ngowi following the change of plea of actress Lori Loughlin in the so-called Varsity Blues scandal where more than 50 affluent people were arrested nationwide in what authorities have called the largest college admissions scam ever for allegedly paying bribes to get their children admitted into some of the nation’s top colleges

 

5/21/20 7. Law 360 (legal news and analysis website), “Loughlin’s ‘Sweetheart Deal’ may spark ‘Varsity Blues’ Pleas,” interviewed by Chris Villani on agreement for 2-month prison sentence recommended for actress Lori Loughlin accused along with more than 50 other parents in the varsity blues scandal of bribing college officials to get their children into college.

 

5/21/20 6. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Elizabeth Hopkins live on the surprise change of plea of actress Lori Loughlin in the so-called Varsity Blues scandal where more than 50 affluent people were arrested nationwide in what authorities have called the largest college admissions scam ever for allegedly paying bribes to get their children admitted into some of the nation’s top colleges

 
2/25/20 5. MassLive newspaper chain, “‘Insufficient evidence’: How a disturbing case of child rape charges against Joshua Rezsnyak and Mary McForbes was dropped” by Scott Croteau interviewed for this article about terrible allegations of infant sexual abuse that had to be dismissed by the prosecution because the one eyewitness died and no other evidence existed. The accused were not vindicated, but the prosecution lacked proof to go on.

 

2/20/20 4.  Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Elysia Rodriguez on whether one can legally bequeath money to their pet after they are gone through a will or trust and how it is best done.

 

2/17/20 3. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Vanessa Welch on how the growing use of emojis can potentially get the user into legal trouble as they are frequently open to interpretation for a variety of problems such as being perceived rightly or wrongly to be conveying messages of sexual harassment or actual threats and can get the user sued or even criminally prosecuted.

 
1/29/19 2. Vice News online news service “Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out” interviewed by reporter Todd Feathers for this article about the rise in use of Ring doorbell security cameras that help identify and prosecute thieves going up to the front doors of homes and potentially stealing mail or packages or breaking-in and whether they can be used in court or are an infringement of civil liberties.

 
1/13/20 1. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Vanessa Welch on the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to deny hearing the appeal of the involuntary manslaughter conviction of teenager Michelle Carter for verbally encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide

 
12/12/19 69. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed live on air by anchor Sara Underwood on the appeal to be heard later in the day of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, currently incarcerated at the supermax penitentiary near Florence, Colorado after being sentenced to the death penalty.

 
11/22/19 68. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by anchor Elizabeth Hopkins about a Boston College student who was arraigned today in Suffolk County Superior Court on the charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly repeatedly talking her boyfriend into killing himself for months in an extremely abusive relationship featuring 75,00 text messages which he did hours before his graduation. This is a 6 ½ minute piece and the Elikann interview comes on at approximately the 3 ½ minute mark.

 

11/5/19 67. WBUR-Radio (NPR) interviewed by producer Jon Cain on legislation to require first time drunk driving offenders to have the interlock device installed in their vehicles that will supposedly prevent them from driving if they have been drinking alcohol. 

 

10/23/19 66. Lynn Item newspaper, “Lynnfield dad faces new charges in varsity blues college scandal,” by Thomas Grillo  interviewed for this article about a defendant in the college admissions scandal case where he and some of the other parents who have not pleaded guilty have been hit with additional new charges. The article highlights the benefits of pleading early and the consequences of facing more severe punishments if the accused person wishes to exercise their right to trial.

 

 10/22/19 65. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Elysia Rodriguez  on incident where Dale Holloway, a defendant with a long criminal record of violent crime who had just shot a person in a New Hampshire church, also physically assaulted his criminal defense attorney during a jailhouse interview so severely that he was transported to the intensive care unit.

 

10/11/19 64. CNHI chain of 90 daily newspapers including Salem News and Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper, “Outstanding warrants piling up,” by Christian Wade, interviewed for this article about how hundreds of thousands of people just do not show up in Massachusetts criminal courts every year. Although they all have warrants out for their arrest, many are for petty minor offenses and the police just don’t have the manpower to go after them.

 

9/19/19 63. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Natalie Rubino on parole hearing of Michelle Carter who had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for verbally encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide

 

9/16/19 62. Law 360 (legal news and analysis website), “Prison Suddenly Seems Inevitable For ‘Varsity Blues’ Parents,” interviewed by Chris Villani on 14-day prison sentence received by actress Felicity Huffman who was probably the most minimally blameworthy of all the accused parents in the varsity blues scandal of bribing college officials to get their children into college, and how that does not bode well for the other defendants who have not yet been sentenced.

 

9/11/19 61. Boston Globe newspaper, “State police found years-old records in fraud scandal after telling prosecutors they didn’t exist” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article about new evidence found that might help support ongoing prosecutions against Massachusetts state troopers in payroll theft scandal.

 

8/28/19 60. Boston Globe newspaper, “Amazon rings in police help for sales of doorbell security cameras” by Hiawatha Bray interviewed for this article about the rise in use of doorbell security cameras that help identify and prosecute thieves going up to the front doors of homes and potentially stealing mail or packages or breaking-in among other crimes.

 

8/27/19 59. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Drew Karedes about the situation where the actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, accused along with other parents in the varsity blues scandal of bribing college officials to get their children into college, are using the same attorney and whether or not that is legally a potential conflict of interest.

 

8/13/19 58. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Malini Basu about an incident where the police entered a Framingham, Massachusetts home without a search warrant and made arrests for distribution of marijuana. The discussion centered around the legality of warrantless searches.

 

8/8/19 57. Boston Herald newspaper, “Appeal in city hall case seen as an ‘uphill battle,’ ” by Rick Sobey interviewed for this article about two Boston city hall aides convicted in federal court of pressuring concert promoters to hire union labor for an event.

 

7/31/19 56. WBUR-Radio (NPR) interviewed by reporter Fausto Menard on judge’s ruling that breathalyzer tests for suspected drunk drivers can again be used in Massachusetts courts after a 2-year suspension. Their use had been banned because they were deemed presumptively not “scientifically reliable” because the State Police’s Office of Alcohol Testing was deemed to be in a state of disarray. But the state police came up with new regulations and guidelines and managed to get their lab accredited for more effectively calibrating these breath test machines so their use now been deemed to be reliable.

 

7/29/19 55. Boston Herald newspaper, “Lawyers: Secrets, abuse can thrive under cover of NDAs,” by Mary Markos interviewed for this article about legislation to ban non-disclosure agreements (nda) where abuse victims can settle their case, but have to keep it secret.

 

7/24/19 54. Boston Herald newspaper, “AG: Westfield Transport under investigation,” by Mary Markos interviewed for this article about Massachusetts Attorney General launching criminal investigation of company with alleged poor history that employed driver who killed 7 motorcyclists when he crossed over double yellow line on highway.

 

7/23/19 53. CNHI chain of 90 daily newspapers including Salem News and Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper, “Finegold bill seeks prison for those who encourage suicide,” by Christian Wade interviewed for this article about proposed legislation that would make it a crime in the slightest way to encourage the suicide of another even if you do not actually assist or help

 

7/23/19 52. Boston Herald newspaper, “Mayor Walsh should tread carefully if called to stand, attorneys advise,” by Andrew Martinez interviewed for this article about mayor of Boston possibly being called as a witness in the extortion trial of two of his city hall employees who were accused of pressuring a concert promoter to hire union rather than nonunion workers.

 

7/17/19 51. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Julie Leonardi after news broke that prosecutors had dropped charges against actor Kevin Spacey for indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan in a Nantucket bar.

 

7/17/19 50. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by phone live on-air by anchors Kerry Kavanaugh and Blair Miller immediately after news broke that prosecutors had dropped charges against actor Kevin Spacey for indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan in a Nantucket bar.

 

 7/9/19 49. Boston Globe newspaper, “Here’s what legal experts are saying about the Kevin Spacey sexual assault case” by Travis Andersen, Matt Rocheleau and John R. Ellement interviewed for this article about specific legal issues and developments that have apparently weakened the criminal case against the actor Kevin Spacey for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in a Nantucket bar.

 

7/9/19 48. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed live on-air by anchor Gene Lavanchy at 7 a.m. for an early morning follow-up look-back at the previous days explosive courtroom hearing on the case accusing Kevin Spacey of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan in a Nantucket bar. At that hearing, the alleged victim refused to testify pleading the Fifth Amendment on the grounds that his testimony might tend to incriminate him. Also, the prosecution stated that crucial evidence that Spacey’s legal team requested that might provide proof of his innocence was lost. Both developments underscored that this criminal charges is not as strong as initially alleged and the criminal case against Spacey may possibly have to be dismissed.

 

7/9/19 47. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Malini Basu at abut what lies ahead for the Kevin Spacey case after the explosive courtroom hearing on the case earlier in the day. Kevin Spacey was accused of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan in a Nantucket bar. At that hearing, the alleged victim refused to testify pleading the Fifth Amendment on the grounds that his testimony might tend to incriminate him. Also, the prosecution stated that crucial evidence that Spacey’s legal team requested that might provide proof of his innocence was lost. Both developments underscored that this criminal charges is not as strong as initially alleged and the criminal case against Spacey may possibly have to be dismissed. 

 

7/8/19 46. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed live on-air for the third interview of the evening after an explosive courtroom hearing on the case accusing Kevin Spacey of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan in a Nantucket bar. Here, at this hearing, the alleged victim refuses to testify pleading the Fifth Amendment on the grounds that his testimony might tend to incriminate him. Also, the prosecution states that crucial evidence that Spacey’s legal team requested that might provide proof of his innocence was lost. Both developments underscore that this criminal charges is not as strong as initially alleged and the criminal case against Spacey may possibly have to be dismissed. 

 

7/7/19 45. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Litsa Pappas about the dropping of a civil lawsuit a little more than a week after it was filed by the alleged victim in the ongoing criminal case against actor Kevin Spacey on the charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan. Also discussed the ongoing issue of cell phone evidence claimed to be lost by the accusing alleged victim that Spacey’s legal defense team asserts they believe might have been very helpful to his defense.

 

7/4/19 44. Worcester Telegram and Gazette newspaper, “In Worcester court, Bellingham teacher pleads not guilty to secretly photographing minors,” by Gary V. Murray quoted in this article concerning successful bail argument on behalf of teacher charged with allegedly secretly photographing students.

 

6/27/19 43. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Robert Goulston about the questionable timing of a civil lawsuit by the alleged victim in the ongoing criminal case against actor Kevin Spacey on the charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan.  This goes against the conventional wisdom that civil lawsuits are generally filed by crime victims after the criminal case is over so that they not look like they are only alleging criminal charges as a way to make money.

 

6/19/19 42. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Blair Miller for story previewing the expected decision by a judge the next day in the murder trial of Erika Murray, whose lawyer claimed she was mentally ill after being discovered living in squalid conditions with 3 dead babies in Blackstone, Massachusetts.

 

6/7/19 41. Lynn Item newspaper, “Lynnfield man risks jail to fight college scandal charges,” by Thomas Grillo interviewed for this article about a defendant in the college admissions scandal case and the benefits and liabilities of pleading guilty early in a federal case as opposed to taking the case to trial. 

 

6/3/19 40. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Ted Daniel about a hearing in Nantucket District Court on the ongoing case of actor Kevin Spacey on the charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan. Here the defense counsel sharply accused the prosecutors of misrepresentations and withholding exculpatory evidence.

 

6/3/19 39. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed on-air live by phone off-and-on for an hour by anchor Ted Daniel on a hearing in Nantucket District Court on the ongoing case of actor Kevin Spacey on the charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan. Here the defense counsel sharply accused the prosecutors of misrepresentations and withholding exculpatory evidence.

 

5/31/19 38. WBUR-Radio (NPR) interviewed by host Deborah Becker about the ongoing state police embezzlement scandal concerning fraudulently claiming overtime pay and whether, with new revelations, the officers could now be criminally charged under conspiracy or RICO statutes rather than just as individuals.

 

5/13/19 37. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Elysia Rodriguez about the breaking news of a Florida judges ruling that suppresses and therefore throws out the evidence in the criminal case against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida.

 

5/12/19 36. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Drew Karedes as a preview for the next day’s scheduled guilty plea in federal court in Boston of Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman as one of the co-defendants in the college admissions scandal where she paid to have her daughter’s college board scores altered.

 

5/7/19 35. WBUR-Radio (NPR) interviewed by reporter Hannah Chanatry on Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling today on encouraging judges during jury selection to ask if anyone is prejudiced against non-English speaking defendants. 

 

5/5/19 34. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Jim Morelli about the case of George Perrot, a man who was released from prison a year earlier after 30 years when it was determined that he was unfairly convicted of rape, only to face new rape charges.

 

5/2/19 33. Boston Globe newspaper, “Judge asks prosecutors why they haven’t pursued conspiracy charges in State Police OT scandal” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article about the revelation that the state police fraud and embezzlement cases and why they are being prosecuted individually rather than as a conspiracy

 

4/13/19 32. Boston Herald newspaper, “Robert Kraft’s lawyers say spa video is ‘pornography’ and shouldn’t be released,” by Alexi Cohan interviewed for this article about whether a video of New England Patriots football team owner Robert Kraft in alleged sexual acts at a Florida massage parlor as part of the case against him for allegedly hiring the services of a prostitute should be released to the public 

 

4/12/19 31. Cape Cod Times newspaper, “Flurry of legislation after Sean Gannon shooting slow to bring change” by Wheeler Cowperthwaite interviewed for this article about pending legislation to improve the process of determining bail for people arrested after this police officer was shot to death a year earlier by someone who it is reasoned had gotten out on bail a month prior to shooting the officer and should not have.

 

4/3/19 30. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed on-air live at the studio by anchor Gene Lavanchy as a preview for the court appearance later in the day of the remaining defendants among the dozens of wealthy people arrested nationwide in what authorities were calling the largest college admissions scam ever, including 33 parents and a California businessman who allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to get students into some of the nation’s top colleges.

 

3/28/19 29. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed about the first time that the Middlesex District Attorney’s office has ever criminally charged a corporation and not just a person, a Billerica auto auction company and its operator have both been charged with manslaughter in connection to a crash inside the building that killed five people in 2017.

 

3/28/19 28. MassLive newspaper chain, “‘Chilling effect;’ ICE made more than 100 arrests at Massachusetts courthouses in the past year” by Steph Solis interviewed for this article about the impact on court proceedings when ICE law enforcement officials enter Massachusetts courthouse and seize illegal immigrants while attempting court business such as victims seeking help or crime witnesses there to testify for the prosecution.

 

3/27/19 27. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Chris Flanagan about the waiver of arraignment and not guilty plea made by New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida and my thoughts on the possible strategy of Kraft’s defense team.

 

3/24/19 26. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Julie Leonardi Moser as a preview for the next day court appearance of many of the defendants among the dozens of wealthy people arrested nationwide in what authorities were calling the largest college admissions scam ever, including 33 parents and a California businessman who allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to get students into some of the nation’s top colleges.

 

3/23/19 25. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Litsa Pappas about the public apology made by New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida and how that will affect his case and also any future NFL disciplinary proceedings against him.

 

3/20/19 24. Worcester Telegram and Gazette newspaper, “Worcester legislators not ready to comment on bill to increase power to lock up suspects,” by Brad Petrishen interviewed for this article about Governor Baker’s proposed legislation to make it easier to hold people charged with crimes in custody before being convicted based on a showing of dangerousness.        

 

3/19/19 23. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed about the breaking news of a possible plea bargain deal being made to dismiss the criminal misdemeanor charges against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida.

 

3/19/19 22. WBZ-Radio interviewed by reporter Al Griffith on a possible plea bargain deal being made to dismiss the criminal misdemeanor charges against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida.

 

3/19/19 21. MassLive newspaper chain, “Ticket quotas are illegal, legal expert says after prosecutors in Mass State Police OT probe says trooper had to issue specific number of citations” by Scott Croteau interviewed for this article about the revelation that the state police had a quota for handing out traffic tickets which is illegal

 

3/19/19 20. Boston Globe newspaper, “State Police had a quota system for issuing tickets, prosecutors allege” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article about the revelation that the state police had a quota for handing out traffic tickets which is illegal

 

3/13/19 19. New England Cable News Network (NECN) interviewed by investigative producer Doug Moser on this news story about dozens of wealthy people arrested nationwide in what authorities were calling the largest college admissions scam ever, including 33 parents and a California businessman who allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to get students into some of the nation’s top colleges

 

3/13/19 18. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by anchor/reporter Chris Flanagan about a precedent-setting court ruling that left the murder conviction in place of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. Until this ruling there had been an archaic common law rule called abatement ab initio which meant that, if someone died after they were convicted of a crime, but before their appeal was heard, the conviction would wiped out since the case was never final.

 

3/12/19 17. Variety Magazine, “Felicity Huffman’s bond set at $250,000 for alleged college admissions bribe” by Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang interviewed for this article about dozens of wealthy people arrested nationwide in what authorities were calling the largest college admissions scam ever, including 33 parents and a California businessman who allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to get students into some of the nation’s top colleges

 

3/10/19 16. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Natalie Rubino as a preview for the next day’s federal court arraignment of Louis Coleman who, in a horrific case, is alleged to have picked up Jassy Correia outside a Boston nightclub, murdered her, transported her body to his apartment in Rhode Island, then was stopped with her body in his car trunk in Delaware.

 

2/22/19 15. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed on-air live by phone by anchor Bob Ward about the breaking news of criminal misdemeanor charges against New England Patriots football team owner Bob Kraft for soliciting the services of a prostitute in Florida.

 

2/21/19 14. Lynn Item newspaper, “What is the cost of free speech? The legal argument in black and white,” by Thomas Grillo interviewed about the constitutional issues involved in the appeal to the United States Supreme Court of the ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upholding the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michelle Carter for verbally encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide

 

2/20/19 13. CNHI chain of 90 daily newspapers including Salem News and Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper, “Bill seeks to open secret court hearings,” by Christian Wade interviewed for this article about proposed legislation to open up private hearings on misdemeanors that are used in Massachusetts to determine whether to issue charges on certain minor misdemeanors

 

2/10/19 12. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Natalie Rubino as a preview for the hearing the next day on whether Michelle Carter will have to begin serving her sentence of incarceration while awaiting further appeal to the United States Supreme Court of the ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upholding the involuntary manslaughter conviction of her for verbally encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide

 

2/6/19 11. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Kathryn Burcham on the ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upholding the involuntary manslaughter conviction of teenager Michelle Carter for verbally encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide

 

2/5/19 10. Boston Herald newspaper, “Charlie Baker proposes change in cocaine testing,” by Mary Markos interviewed for this article about new method suggested by the Governor to streamline the drug testing process.

 

1/28/19 9. WBUR-Radio (NPR) interviewed in studio on a 3-person panel for a half hour by host Deborah Becker on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed legislation to assist law enforcement in prosecuting those charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana.

 

1/14/19 8. MetroWest Daily News newspaper (and all other publications of the GateHouse Media chain), “Justice is unserved” by Daphne Chen, Doug Caruso, Eli Sherman, John Futty, and Mike Wagner interviewed for this investigative article about the almost 400,000 outstanding criminal warrants in Massachusetts that have not yet been served

 

1/14/19 7. WBZ-Radio interviewed by reporter Jamie Blanco on Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling today on guidelines for police to have probable cause that a driver is operating under the influence of marijuana 

 

1/10/19 6. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Bob Ward on a judge’s ruling to ban all breathalyzer tests in Massachusetts courts until reforms are made to the dysfunctional state agency of Office of Alcohol Testing to make them more accurate

 

1/7/19 5. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed live at the anchor desk for an hour by anchors Gene Lavanchy and Kerry Kavanaugh doing live coverage of the arraignment of actor Kevin Spacey in Nantucket District Court on charges of sexual assault

 

1/4/19 4. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Blair Miller on the case of actor Kevin Spacey scheduled for arraignment next week in Nantucket District Court on the charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan.

 

1/4/19 3. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “New rule opens door to conditional guilty plea” by Kris Olson interviewed for this article about a new rule in Massachusetts permitting defendants to appeal certain previous rulings by a judge in their case even though they have already pleaded guilty to the charge

 

1/3/19 2. WCVB-TV 5 News interviewed by reporter Shaun Chaiyabhat about the state Cannabis Control Commission’s just released report of recommendations for the legislature on how to better deal with driving while impaired by marijuana cases that are expected to increase with the recent legalization of marijuana.

 

1/3/19 1. WHDH-TV 7 News interviewed by reporter Steve Tellier about the state Cannabis Control Commission’s just released report of recommendations for the legislature on how to better deal with driving while impaired by marijuana cases that are expected to increase with the recent legalization of marijuana.

 

12/31/18 32. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Evan White on the case of actor Kevin Spacey charged in Nantucket District Court with indecent assault and battery after allegedly sexually groping an 18-year old fan. 

 

12/28/18 31. Boston Globe newspaper, “Commission reverses course on recommended penalties for impaired drivers” by Naomi Martin interviewed for this article about how police officers cannot penalize drivers suspected of driving while impaired because it could violate the drivers’ constitutional right not to incriminate themselves.

 

12/17/18 30. WGBH- Radio interviewed by Mike Deehan on how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol. 

 

12/15/18 29. Springfield Republican newspaper, “With marijuana legal in Massachusetts, state needs dramatic increase in drug recognition officers” by Gintautas Dumcius interviewed for this article about how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

12/15/18 28. Boston Herald newspaper, “Massachusetts pot board says still no concrete way to detect high drivers” by Jordan Graham interviewed for this article about how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol. 

 

12/15/18 27. Boston Globe newspaper, “Detecting pot use in drivers will be tricky” by Naomi Martin interviewed for this article about how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

12/14/18 26. WCVB-TV 5 News interviewed by reporter Shaun Chaiyabhat about how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

12/14/18 25. WHDH-TV 7 News interviewed by reporter Sharman Sacchetti about how much more difficult it is for law enforcement to determine whether someone is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana than it is for detecting whether someone is driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

11/21/18 24. Cape Cod Times newspaper, “Orleans investment advisor pleads guilty in $3M fraud” by Ethan Genter and Wheeler Cowperthwaite interviewed for this article about investment advisor who embezzled money and how it works when one is both criminally charged and sued at the same time.

 

11/20/18 23. WHDH-TV 7 News interviewed by reporter Steve Tellier about the danger and legal concerns of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana in light of the fact that this is the first day that marijuana had gone on sale in Massachusetts since a new law was passed by referendum.

 

10/25/18 22. Boston Globe newspaper, “Baker says it’s for others to decide whether fired Environmental Police chief loses pension” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article about Colonel James McGinn, head of the Massachusetts Environmental Police who spent money to attempt to better his agency on surveillance and surveillance cameras, but didn’t follow established procedures as he did not get clearance and permission through the proper channels. A complicated matter as he was in the wrong, but it really wasn’t that egregious as his intent may have been good and he did not personally benefit in any way.

 

10/22/18 21. Oxygen Television Network, “‘Serial’ shows what happens when you try to put a cop in jail. Spoiler: It’s not good,” by Gina Tron. Interviewed for this summary of an episode of the Peabody Award-winning podcast documentary program series, Serial. This episode featured the story of the East Cleveland Police Department which reportedly commits bizarre police brutality on innocent people, kidnaps and tortures them and then says that no one should bother to sue them because the municipality is bankrupt and couldn’t pay anyway.

 

10/3/18 20. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Ted Daniel on the appeal of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide scheduled to be heard the next day before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

 

9/27/18 19. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Crystal Haynes for a news story about the U.S. Senate’s confirmation hearing on controversial Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of earlier sexual assaults. I provided a criminal defense attorney’s perspective on what it is like for someone to bring charges and another to defend against them when it is a “he say/she say” case where there may be no evidence other than one person’s word against another.

 

8/10/18 18. Boston Herald newspaper, “Saliva tests for drivers is going to be challenged” by Mary Markos interviewed for this article about new procedure where police are swabbing the inside of the mouths of drivers suspected of operating their motor vehicles while under the influence of drugs.

 

8/6/18 17. The Brockton Enterprise newspaper and Wicked Local newspaper chain (syndicated in 160 publications), “Massachusetts district court findings have dropped over 20 years – why?” by Eli Sherman interviewed for this article on why the number of both criminal and civil cases in Massachusetts courts has dropped dramatically over the past two decades.

 

7/18/18 16. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Jacob Long for a story about man charged with stalking because he secretly put GPS on woman’s car to track her and how, surprisingly, that may not be against the law since the law has not kept up with the latest technology. 

 

6/25/18  15. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Chris Flanagan for a story about whether Governor Baker is appropriately responding to reports of a federal investigation into his son’s alleged behavior on an airplane flight.

 

5/18/18 14. Springfield Republican newspaper, “Unintended consequences of Massachusetts criminal justice reform hurts veterans charged with drunken driving,” by Shira Schoenberg interviewed for this article about how a program to get veterans treatment while diverting them from being criminally prosecuted got accidentally canceled.

 

5/6/18 13. Worcester Telegram and Gazette newspaper, “Closer look at 91 cases cited by DA in Bibaud defense raises questions,” by Brad Petrishen interviewed for this article about the law and practice concerning redacting or impounding police reports in light of allegations that a state police report on the drunk driving arrest of a judge’s daughter had certain parts redacted.

 

5/4/18 12. WBZ-Radio interviewed on overturning of Connecticut murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel due to ineffective assistance of counsel

 

5/3/18 11. Worcester Telegram and Gazette newspaper, “Jury selection begins in Hope Cemetery murder trial,” by Gary V. Murray article about murder trial where I was co-counsel for the defendant Jose Lora who claimed he shot the victim in self-defense of himself and others.

 

4/30/18 10. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Drew Karedes for a story about whether allowing witnesses to testify in court accompanied to a service dog will prejudice juries into sympathizing with the witness.

 

4/26/18 9. Boston Herald newspaper, “Attorneys object to service dogs aiding witnesses” by Bob McGovern interviewed for this article about whether allowing witnesses to testify in court accompanied to a service dog will prejudice juries into sympathizing with the witness.

 

4/13/18 8. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Eric Rasmussen for a story about why a man who killed a police officer in Yarmouth, Massachusetts was not already locked up since he already had an exceptionally long record for violent crimes.

 

3/27/18 7. New England Cable News network (NECN) interviewed by Frank Holland on 8-10 year sentence received on highly publicized and notorious “Puppy Doe” case where a man brutally tortured and abused a dog.

 

3/15/18 6. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Matt Gregoire on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court accepting the appeal of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

3/6/18 5. Boston Herald newspaper, “Attorneys warn that trooper scandal could lead to convictions being tossed” by Chris Cassidy interviewed for this article about a state trooper who was discovered having a serious criminal record before being hired.

 

2/28/18 4. KIRO-TV (CBS affiliate in Seattle, Washington) interviewed for a lengthy investigative piece on DNA and phenotyping where it is asserted that DNA can actually reveal what someone looks like.

 

2/2/18 3. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Bob Ward for a lengthy investigative piece on DNA and phenotyping where it is asserted that DNA can actually reveal what someone looks like.

 

2/26/18 2. New England Cable News network (NECN) interviewed by Ally Donnelly on stabbing death of a woman at Winchester Library by mentally ill man Jeffrey Yao and whether police, who had numerous previous encounters with Yao, should have, in hindsight, done something more preventively.

 

2/7/18 1. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Religion won’t deter conviction, insanity might” by Bob McGovern interviewed for this article about a woman who killed two children in a voodoo ritual.==

 

11/17/17 56. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Troopergate claims may be criminal,” by Bob McGovern interviewed for this article about police removing embarrassing details from an arrest report of judge’s daughter

 

10/9/17  55. Cape Cod Times newspaper, “Expert testimony comes at a price,” by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz  interviewed for this article all about the hiring and use of expert witnesses at a trial.

 

8/29/17 54. Boston 25 News interviewed by reporter Robert Goulston on new ruling by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on the case of Jonathan Villagran whose conviction for illegally carrying a gun and other charges was overturned because there was no reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime to justify a search of his backpack near a school.

 

8/21/17 53. Law 360 (legal news and analysis website), “‘Top Chef’ Acquittals, Not Satisfying But Right, Juror Says,” interviewed by Brian Amaral on impact of not guilty verdict in the extortion trial of 4 members of the Teamsters union who allegedly intimidated the cast and crew of the television series “Top Chef” including its host, Padma Lakshmi and how it may impact future decisions to prosecute such matters.

 

8/17/17 52. Attleboro Sun Chronicle newspaper, “Court allows injunction labeling house raided by Foxboro police a ‘drug-free zone,'” by David Linton interviewed for this article about local police chief doing unique manoeuver of obtaining civil restraining order prohibiting drug-dealing at a house as a public nuisance.

 

8/15/17 51. WBZ radio interview by Mary Blake about the acquittal on extortion charges of 4 members of the Teamsters union who allegedly intimidated the cast and crew of the television series “Top Chef” including its host, Padma Lakshmi.

 

8/15/17 50. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Holdout could help defense,” interviewed by Bob McGovern for this article about jury sending the judge a question in the extortion trial of 4 members of the Teamsters union who allegedly intimidated the cast and crew of the television series “Top Chef” including its host, Padma Lakshmi. The jury foreman in a note told the judge that one lone juror was assuming guilt over innocence and asked the judge what to do in this situation.

 

8/14/17 49. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Kathryn Burcham for story on the verdict watch of the extortion trial of 4 members of the Teamsters union who allegedly intimidated the cast and crew of the television series “Top Chef” including its host, Padma Lakshmi.

 

8/5/17 48. Springfield Republican newspaper, “Michelle Carter’s probation prevents pricy book deal, paid interviews,” by Michelle Wlliams interviewed for this article on judge’s order forbidding Michelle Carter to profit after her conviction for manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/4/17 47. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) did lengthy live-on-tape interview with Anchor Mark Ockerbloom for a half hour special wrapping up case of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/4/17 46. Boston Globe newspaper, “Appeal in Michelle Carter case may take years to resolve, experts say,” by Matt Rocheleau interviewed for this article on previous days sentencing of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/3/17 45. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) did live interview on nightly news with Anchor Blair Miller about sentencing earlier in the day of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/3/17 44. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) did live commentary from the anchor desk with Anchor Blair Miller for one hour, 45 minutes during live sentencing and its aftermath of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/3/17 43. Vice News online news service interviewed by reporter Carter Sherman about upcoming sentencing later in the day of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

8/2/17 42. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by reporter Drew Karedes for story that was a preview of the next day’s sentencing of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

7/27/17 41. Boston Herald newspaper, “Experts: Body parts find could hurt case,” by Marie Szaniszlo interviewed for this article about woman stabbing her boyfriend to death, severing parts of two of his limbs and then getting arrested when police find the body in the apartment. But after police leave, relatives reenter his apartment and discover police failed to find the missing body parts which were still right there in apartment in backpack.

 

7/24/17 40. Boston 25 News interviewed by reporter Bob Ward on new ruling by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that Massachusetts police cannot hold in custody people who the INS and ICE want detained for a non-criminal civil complaint, only for a detainer on a criminal case.

 

6/27/17 39. Boston 25 News interviewed in the studio by anchor Gene Lavanchy on verdict in murder trial of Michael McCarthy convicted of murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case.

 

6/25/17 38. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Lisa Pappas prior to sentencing of Barry Cadden, president of pharmaceutical compounding company that negligently sold tainted drugs leading to deaths of 64 people and injuries to almost 800 others.

 

6/19/17 37. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Crystal Haynes on last day of testimony in the trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case.

 

6/16/17 36. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed in the evening about the earlier verdict in manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

6/16/17 35. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) did live commentary from the anchor desk with Anchor Blair Miller for one hour, 45 minutes during live verdict and its aftermath of manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

6/16/17 34. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Strong offense not best defense,” interviewed by Bob McGovern for this article about today’s expected judge’s verdict in manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

6/15/17 33. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Ted Daniels after judge stated he would announce his verdict tomorrow in manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

6/14/17 32. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Jessica Reyes on awaiting judge’s verdict on manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

6/12/17 31. LNN (LawNewz Network), a live trial online video network. Did live commentary on three trials – Bill Cosby rape trial; Michelle Carter charged with manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide; and murder trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor with host Heather Hansen.

 

6/7/17 30. LNN (LawNewz Network), a live trial online video network. Did live commentary on Michelle Carter charged with manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide and also murder trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case, with host Beth Karas.

 

6/5/17 29. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed live over the phone by anchors Gene Lavanchy and Sara Underwood on breaking news that defendant Michelle Carter charged with manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide will waive a jury trial and just have a judge decide the case.

 

6/5/17 28. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed in the studio by anchor Gene Lavanchy on trial set to begin this day of Michelle Carter charged with manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide and also murder trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case.

 

6/4/17 27. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Jim Morelli on manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter charged with encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

 

5/30/17 26. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Catherine Parrotta on the eve of opening statements in the trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case.

 

5/22/17 25. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Crystal Haynes on jury selection for the trial of Michael McCarthy charged with murdering girlfriend’s 2-year old daughter and dumping body in Boston Harbor in notorious case.

 

5/9/17 24. WBZ radio interview by Lana Jones about dismissal of murder conviction of NFL football player’s murder conviction because he committed suicide before his appeal was completed under law of abatement. Discussed history of this law.

 

5/3/17 23. Milford Daily News, “Milford lawyer to offer immigration services,” by Zachary Comeau interviewed for this article for need of criminal lawyers to get more experienced in immigration law.

 

4/19/17 22. WBZ-Radio “Nightside with Dan Rea” interviewed about suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez.

 

4/19/17 21. The Daily Beast online publication interviewed by Susan Zalkind about suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez and how it might affect the civil lawsuits filed by the family of his alleged victims.

 

4/19/17 20. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed in the studio by anchors Mark Ockerbloom and Sara Underwood about suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez. More on Peter Elikann’s thoughts on questions surrounding the Hernandez suicide.

 

4/19/17 19. New England Cable News network interviewed by Karen Hensel on how the investigation will be conducted into the suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez.

 

4/19/17 18. New England Cable News network interviewed by Alison King on the suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez. 4/19/17 17. Boston Metro newspaper and website, “Aaron Hernandez suicide means he will no longer be a convicted murderer,” interviewed by Erin Tiernan on the suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez.

 

4/19/17 16. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by phone by anchors Gene Lavanchy and Sara Underwood about suicide of convicted murderer former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez.

 

4/18/17 15. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by phone by Gene Lavanchy during live arraignment of accused murderer of jogger Vanessa Marcotte

 

4/18/17 14. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Close to 20,000 tainted drug cases may be wiped today,” interviewed by Bob McGovern for this article about final fallout of corrupt state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan who faked drug tests for courts and now almost all those previous convictions must be thrown out.

 

4/17/17 13. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Eric Rasmussen on arrest of suspect through DNA evidence in murder of jogger Vanessa Marcotte.

 

4/14/17 12. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Vanessa Welch, Ted Daniel and others live off and on for four hours straight after not guilty verdict comes in on murder trial of NFL football player Aaron Hernandez

 

4/7/17 11. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Ted Daniel while awaiting jury verdict in second murder trial of already-convicted NFL football player Aaron Hernandez

 

4/5/17 10. LNN (LawNewz Network), a live trial online video network. Did live commentary on murder trial of Massachusetts v. Aaron Hernandez, former NFL football player, with host Beth Karas

 

3/8/17 9. LNN (LawNewz Network), a live trial online video network. Did live commentary on two trials (Massachusetts v. Aaron Hernandez; Nevada v. War Machine) with host Beth Karas

 

3/3/17 8. LNN (LawNewz Network), a live trial online video network. Did live commentary on three trials (Massachusetts v. Aaron Hernandez; Florida v. Curtis Reeves; Nevada v. War Machine) with host Heather Hansen

 

3/2/17 7. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Strong offense not best defense,” interviewed by Bob McGovern for this article about defense counsel being so inflammatory and insulting in opening statements of murder trial of NFL football player that it could backfire.

 

2/28/17 6. Boston Globe newspaper, “Ex-police sergeant who faced 40 complaints wins investigator’s license,” by Jan Ransom interviewed for this article on lack of background checks on police complaints for ex-police who apply to be private investigators.

 

2/14/17 5. Boston 25 News (WFXT-TV) interviewed by Bob Ward about jury selection in second murder trial of already-convicted NFL football player Aaron Hernandez

 

1/19/17 4. Boston Herald newspaper, “McGovern: Dookhan-linked convictions closer to being overturned,” by Matt Stout interviewed for this article about possible dismissal of criminal case against entertainer Bill Cosby.

 

1/19/17 3. Boston Globe newspaper, “State’s highest court orders prosecutors to drop weak Dookhan cases,” by Andy Rosen interviewed for this article about conviction that was overturned on appeal because defense counsel didn’t hire a medical expert to challenge the prosecution’s medical expert on whether a baby was injured by intentional assault on the baby.

 

1/18/17 2. WBUR (NPR) radio interview by Deborah Becker about Massachusetts Supreme Court decision that a suspected drunk driver does not have a right to counsel when determining whether to take the breathalyzer test or not.

 

1/9/17 1. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Grant of judicial immunity to witnesses may be a first,” by Kris Olson interviewed for this article about defense counsel being able to request immunity for witnesses rather than just prosecutors as has been the case.

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