The Power of Attorney

Tests of Justice


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.

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