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2014-07-31 23:09:55

Advance Sheets of Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court in e-Book Format New York, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced today that it has been named official publisher of the Massachusetts Reports, the Commonwealth's authoritative body of appellate decisions, including all opinions of the Supreme Judicial Court and published opinions of the Appeals Court. By statute, the Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals...

2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Laura Crimaldi, Boston Herald Aug. 3--Physicians can now be held liable for negligent acts that reduce a patient's chance of survival even if the patient's odds for recovery had already been less than 50 percent, the Supreme Judicial Court has declared in a groundbreaking ruling. "This is a win for the patient who has been brushed aside by the doctors and the system," said Dr. Max Borten, the litigator in the case that prompted the SJC's July 23 ruling. "This corrects the law for a...

2006-07-10 13:30:25

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' highest court ruled on Monday that voters could have a chance to overturn a landmark court decision that made the state the first and only in the country to legalize gay marriage. But a popular vote on the issue would be unlikely to resolve the issue, according to the court. Even if voters approve a ban on gay marriage, the state's Supreme Judicial Court said, such a law would look "starkly out of place" in the Massachusetts...

2006-01-18 14:40:18

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' officials and doctors were deciding on Wednesday when to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a vegetative state, following a court ruling that she had a right to die. Doctors will run tests on Haleigh Poutre after the Supreme Judicial Court, the state's top court, decided on Tuesday that her breathing machines and feeding tubes could be disconnected. The court's decision adds fuel to America's divisive "right to die"...

2006-01-18 12:33:55

BOSTON (Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl beaten so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state can be taken off life support, Massachusetts' top court has ruled in a case that adds fuel to America's divisive "right to die" debate. State officials will soon decide when to disconnect the breathing machines and feeding tubes keeping Haleigh Poutre alive after Tuesday's Supreme Judicial Court decision, which could lead to murder charges against her stepfather. Her stepfather, Jason...

2005-10-06 17:25:58

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' highest court heard a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to give same-sex couples from other states the legal right to marry here in a case that could turn the liberal New England state into America's gay marriage capital. A lawyer for eight gay couples from neighboring states urged Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court to strike down a 1913 law that prevents them from marrying in the only U.S. state that allows same-sex marriages. "These...

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