Boston Defense Attorney Elikann’s Criminal Law Writings

Peter Elikann has 4 books which he has either authored or contributed a chapter to and had more than 85 articles published in legal publications making him, arguably, one of the most prolific legal writers in the United States Books authored by Attorney Elikann

  • Superpredators: The Demonization of Our Children By the Law, New York: Perseus Books
  • The Tough on Crime Myth: Real Solutions to Cut Crime, New York: Plenum Publishing,
  • Automobile Torts “The Intoxicated Driver”, Matthew-Bender Legal Publishers, (140p. chapter) 4 vol. set
  • Boston Tenant’s Guide to Housing, Boston University Publications

Attorney Elikann was asked to appear on 245 television and radio talk shows alone to discuss his two most recent books. Both the Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstore chains featured Superpredators on the front table of every one of their stores in the United States. Publisher’s Weekly described The Tough On Crime Myth: Real Solutions to Cut Crime as a “well-argued, passionate book.” Library Journal noted that his book, Superpredators: The Demonization of Our Children by the Law, ” . . . is well researched, straightforward, and unforgettable. Buy it, promote it, use it . . . ” More than 85 articles authored by Attorney Elikann published in legal publications

  1. “Probable Cause or Reasonable Suspicion: Commonwealth v. Pridgett” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (November, 2019, Vol. 101, No. 1) p. 10.
  2. “Should Massachusetts Jails and Prisons Follow the Danish Model,” Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review (November/December 2019) p. 2.
  3. “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration” by Emily Bazelon (Random House, 2019) (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (August, 2019, Vol. 100, No. 4) p. 111.
  4. “Flight Alone No Indicia of Probable Cause: Commonwealth v.  Warren” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (August, 2018, Vol. 99, No. 4) p. 101.
  5. “A primer on the criminal justice reform bill,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 9, 2018) p. 25.
  6. “Early termination of probation,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (Jan/Feb, 2018, Vol. 25, No. 3), p. 23.
  7. “Eyewitness Identifications Questioned: Commonwealth v. Johnson” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (November, 2017, Vol. 99, No. 1) p. 12.
  8. “Mandatory minimum sentences endanger public safety,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (Sept/Oct, 2017, Vol. 25, No. 1), p. 30.
  9. “For now, new marijuana law filled with gray areas,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (December 22, 2016) p. 38.
  10. “Prosecuting the losing candidate: the end of democracy?” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 17, 2016) p.
  11. “A guide to the new rules on contacting jurors post verdict,” Massachusetts Law Journal (July/August 2016, Vol. 23, No. 8) p. 20.
  12. “Stalking Through Social Media: Commonwealth v. Walters” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (October, 2016, Vol. 98, No. 1) p. 9.
  13. “Criminal Law: New Parole Procedural Protections for Juvenile Homicide Offenders: Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District & others” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (December, 2015, Vol. 97, No.2) p. 41.
  14. “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind and Changed the History of Free Speech in America” by Professor Thomas Healy (Henry Holt and Co., 2013) (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (December, 2015, Vol. 97, No.2) p. 45.
  15. “Massachusetts Practice Series, Volume 30, 30A and 30B, Criminal Practice and Procedure (Fourth Edition)” by Elspeth B. Cypher (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (June, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 10), p. 12.
  16. “Viewpoint: Mandatory minimum sentences endanger public safety,” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal (May, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 9), p. 12.
  17. “Understanding the New Eyewitness I.D. Jury Instruction” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (March, 2015, Vol. 22, No. 7), p. 1.
  18. “The Fourth Amendment and Drug-Sniffing Dogs: Florida v. Jardines” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (January, 2015, Vol. 96, No. 2) p. 50.
  19. “Getting Ready for the New Voir Dire Law” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (January, 2015 Vol. 22, No. 5), p. 1.
  20. “When the War Came Home,” by Bill Newman, Levellers Press Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (December 22, 2014) p. 20.
  21. “‘Wrong-headed idea in otherwise thoughtful I.G. report’,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 17, 2014) P. 39.
  22. “U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA: Impact on criminal law” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (August, 2013 Vol. 20, No. 12), p. 14.
  23. “Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial” by Janet Malcolm (Yale University Press, 2011) (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (June, 2013, Vol. 95, No. 1) p. 185.
  24. “Bill on juvenile life sentences will boost public safety,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (February 18, 2013) P. 39.
  25. book review “Life of this small-town lawyer far from dull” review of “Jake Dellahunt Vineyard Lawyer with an office on the Cape” by A.J. Cushner, Martin Sisters Publishing LLC Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (November 19, 2012) p. 15.
  26. “Practical steps for representing a crime lab defendant,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (October 29, 2012) P. 39.
  27. “The new ‘three-strikes’ law: a practical guide,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (August 12, 2012) p. 39.
  28. “A Fundamental Reconsideration of Juvenile Offenders: Supreme Court Rules Mandatory Life Sentences Without Parole for Juveniles Violates 8th Amendment” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (August, 2012, Vol. 19, No. 12) p. 16.
  29. “Odor of Marijuana Alone Doesn’t Justify an Automobile Search: Commonwealth v. Benjamin Cruz” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (March, 2012, Vol. 94, No. 2) p. 65.
  30. “In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate” by Nancy Gertner (Beacon Press, 2011) (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (March, 2012, Vol. 94, No. 2) p. 77.
  31. “A Primer on Sealing Criminal Records” Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, (April, 2012, Vol. 19, No. 8), p. 21.
  32. “William P. Homans, Jr.: A Life in Court” by Mark S. Brodin (Vandeplas Publishing, 2010) (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (April, 2011 issue, Vol. 93, No. 4) p. 407.
  33. “Count Them One By One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote” by Gordon A. Martin, Jr. (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (February, 2011) p. 15.
  34. book review “‘Try To Remember’ proves hard to forget” review of “Try to Remember” by Iris Gomez, Grand Central Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (August 9, 2010) p. 14.
  35. op-ed commentary “Attacks on detainees’ lawyers show lack of understanding” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 22, 2010) p. 39.
  36. “A Half Dozen Hot Tips for Starting a Solo Practice” MBA Section Review, (2010, Vol. 12, No. 1), p. 12.
  37. book review “From start to finish, hard to let go of ‘Permanent Bond’ ” review of “A Permanent Bond,” by former Judge Gerald D. McLellan, iUniverse, Inc. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (October 19, 2009) p. 12.
  38. “Lizzie Borden” by Karen Elizabeth Chaney, Commonwealth Editions 2006 (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (August 2009 issue, Vol. 92, No.2) p. 120.  
  39. book review “Dark chapter in Boston police history makes good reading years later” review of “The Fence: A Police Cover-Up Along Boston’s Racial Divide,” by Dick Lehr, HarperCollins Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 17, 2009) p. 8.
  40. “Governor Patrick introduces wide-ranging crime bills,” Lawyer’s Journal June 2009), p. 1.
  41. book review “Crime Novel Probes the Dark Side of Public Defender Work” review of “A Cure for Night,” by Justin Peacock, Doubleday Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (February 16, 2009) p. 9.
  42. book review “Ex-DA Shows True Grit As Prosecutor and Author” review of “The Paradiso Files: Boston’s Unknown Serial Killer,” by Timothy M. Burke, Steerforth Press, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (September 29, 2008) p. 4.
  43. Editor “The Evolution of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry” by Daniel A. Less Massachusetts Law Review (July 2008 Issue, Vol. 91, No. 2). p. 66.
  44. “Storming the Court: How A Band of Law Students Fought the President and Won” by Brandt Goldstein, Scribner, 2006 (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (Winter 2007 Issue, Vol. 91. No. 1)
  45. book review “The Appeal,” by John Grisham, Doubleday Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 7, 2008) p. 12.
  46. book review “Old City Hall,” by Gerald D. McLellan, AuthorHouse Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (December 3, 2007).
  47. book review “Beyond A Reasonable Doubt” edited by Larry King, Phoenix Books Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (August 27, 2007), p. 6.
  48. “Inspecting Victim Treatment Records,” MBA Section Review (Summer, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 2), p. 8.
  49. op-ed commentary “Mandatory-minimum sentences are endangering public safety” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 23, 2007) p.46.
  50. book review “The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival” by Stanley N. Alpert, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 9, 2007) p. 6.
  51. Dwyer establishes new protocol for inspecting victim’s treatment records,” Lawyer’s Journal (February, 2007), p. 15.
  52. op-ed commentary “Lawyer Bashing: The Big Picture” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (October 23, 2006) p.63.
  53. article in M.B.A. Section Review Vol. 8, No. 3, 2006, “No Spousal Privilege Against Grand Jury Testimony” p. 18.
  54. “What is Life Worth?” by Kenneth R. Feinberg, Public Affairs, 2005 Massachusetts Law Review (Spring 2006 Issue, Vol. 90, No.1) P.4.
  55. “Anti-Gang/Witness Protection Legislation” MBA Section Review (Vol. 8, No. 2, 2006) p. 19.
  56. book review “A Death in Belmont” by Sebastian Junger, W.W. Norton & Co. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 5, 2006)
  57. “Understanding the New Drunk Driving Statute,” MBA Section Review (Winter, 2006, Vol. 8, No. 1), p. 17.
  58. “Warrantless Searches of Dwellings Without Exigent Circumstances: Commonwealth v. DeJesus” (Case Comment) Massachusetts Law Review (Winter, 2005, Vol. 89, No. 3) p. 132.
  59. “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated By DNA,” by Tim Junkin (book review) Massachusetts Law Review, (Winter, 2005, Vol, 89, No. 3) p. 145.
  60. “Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement” by James L. Nolan, Jr. (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (Fall/2003, Vol. 88, No. 2) p. 112.
  61. “Making a Case for an ‘Innocence Commission’ in Massachusetts” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (March 1, 2004), p. 11
  62. “A Defense for the Dead” by Michael Fredrickson (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (July 2004) p. 8.
  63. “The Price of Terror” by Allan Gerson and Jerry Adler (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (Fall, 2002, Vol. 87, No. 2) p. 101.
  64. “The End of Private Conversations Between Lawyers and Their Clients” MBA Section Review (Winter, 2002), p. 56.
  65. “The Problem With Releasing Prisoners Unprepared” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 16, 2001), p. 11.
  66. “Black Mass:The Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal” (book review Massachusetts Law Review (Summer, 2001, Vol. 86, No. 1), p. 32.
  67. “Witness for the Dead” (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (June, 2001), p. B 1.
  68. “Releasing Prisoners Unprepared,” Lawyer’s Journal (May, 2001), p. 9.
  69. “Just ‘lockin’ ’em up’ Is Costly Folly” National Law Journal (April 23, 2001) p. A 16.
  70. “Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire” MBA Section Review (Spring, 2001), p. 22.
  71. “Don’t Credit Prisons With Crime Drop” Lawyers Journal (November 2000), p. 10.
  72. “Do More Jails Equal Less Crime?” National Law Journal (September 25, 2000), p. A 20.
  73. “The Solution to Youth Crime in America” Champion Magazine (publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (April, 2000), p. 18.
  74. “A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven” (book review) Massachusetts Law Review (Spring, 2000, Vol. 84, No. 4), p. 201.
  75. “A Look at the New Sex Offender Registry Law” Lawyer’s Journal (publication of the Massachusetts Bar Association) (January, 2000), p. 3.
  76. “The Argument Against Chain Gangs,” MBA Section Review (December, 1999), p. 19.
  77. “Juvenile Records” MBA Section Review (July 1999), p. 19.
  78. “A Cinderella Affidavit,” Lawyer’s Journal (May, 1999), p. 22.
  79. “Politics, Punishment and Populism,” (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (April, 1999), p. 6.
  80. “Jobs in Prison,” MBA Criminal Justice Section Review (December, 1997), p. 3.
  81. “Time to Bring Back Education in Prison” Lawyer’s Journal (September, 1997), p. 6.
  82. “Multiple Identities and False Memories,” (book review) Lawyer’s Journal (February 1997), p. 17.
  83. “Mandatory Minimums” MBA Criminal Justice Section News (April, 1996), p. 4.
  84. “Committee Explores Alternative Sentencing” MBA Criminal Justice Section News (June, 1993), p. 2.
  85. “Focus on Prevention, Not Punishment,” Boston Herald op ed (along with Governor William Weld) (March 21, 1993) p. 28.