When does the justice system realistically exhaust all efforts to determine if a conviction is correct? Or is there no limit? Its a provocative subject that has recently been raised again in the political arena with regard to the Ben Laguer case in Massachusetts, involving a man convicted of a brutal rape in 1984. Join the President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Power of Attorney host, Marsha Kazarosian in a discussion with two very special guests:WBZ-TV Reporter and lawyer, Dan Rea and Attorney Michael J. Traft, partner at the Boston firm of Carney & Bassil, P.C.. Both Rea and Traft have a depth of experience in real-life cases in which a conviction is later questioned and in some instances overturned. The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association have honored Rea for his investigative journalism leading to freedom for Joe Salvati, wrongly convicted of murder and imprisoned for 30 years. Traft is one of the most experienced appellate attorneys in Massachusetts and has represented hundreds of clients in appeal cases in the highest courts of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Traft is also a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and a member of the executive board of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions.
Two big cases in the Boston area making national news are up for discussion on this Power of Attorney show. Nationally known Attorney Marsha Kazarosian hosts the show with special guest, Attorney David E. Frank, former prosecutor and now, an editor for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. One case involves an elderly retired dentist acquitted of involuntary manslaughter after feeding weed killer containing arsenic to an infant, thinking the clear, odorless liquid was spring water. And the other story surrounds the death of college student killed by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police into a crowd of Red Sox fans celebrating near Fenway Park last year. It was recently announced that the police officers will not face charges. Listen in as Marsha and David sort through the many issues such as the criteria for manslaughter charges and jury versus jury-waived trials.
“Hollywood: Fact or Fiction?”
Television shows about lawyers and the law are dominating prime-time TV and influencing real-life juries and trials. Power of Attorney host, Marsha Kazarosian is joined by prominent guests from the legal world and the television world to help discuss whether or not the effects of shows such as The Practice, Boston Legal, Law & Order, Ally McBeal, the CSI Series of shows…even L-A Law and the longest running legal TV show, Perry Mason, are good or bad or somewhere in between.
Join Marsha with special guests: Jonathan Wald, NBC Executive Producer and professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism from New York; Attorney Alice Richmond, legal analyst for CBS/Boston Television, former President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and currently serving on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association as well as a well-known former prosecutor in Boston; and Attorney Mike Cavalluzzi, a high-profile criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles County known to judges as relentless in defending his clients and soon to appear on a new NBC primetime legal show called The Law Firm, the latest show created by producer David E. Kelley and scheduled to debut July 28th. Don’t miss this lively and compelling discussion on the Legal Talk Network!
MATA President-Elect and nationally known Trial Attorney Marsha Kazarosian hosts The Legal Talk Network show, ‘POWER OF ATTORNEY’ at the 15th Annual Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Convention on Friday, May 20, 2005! On the show, we’ll be talking with the leaders of MATA about the important legal issues and challenges that are priorities for MATA in the coming year.
Guests on the show: Incoming MATA President Patrick Jones, Outgoing MATA President Alan S. Pierce, Valerie A. Yarashus of Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C., John Bair from Forge Consulting, David L. Yas, Esq, Editor in Chief Mass Lawyers Weekly and Doug Sheff from Sheff Law.
Sexual harassment cases in the workplace can be very tough. On this show, nationally known attorney Marsha Kazarosian and colleague Janet Dutcher explain a case that has many levels of difficult legal strategy and an extraordinary issue of privacy for the plaintiff. Who really has the right to know? Hear attorneys and the press weigh in on the battle in the court and in the press. This is one ‘Power of Attorney’ you can’t afford to miss.