Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
CJC decision on Dougan sides with MBA support of preserving judicial independence
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct
voted not to pursue disciplinary action against First Justice
Raymond G. Dougan Jr. of the Boston Municipal Court.
Although the Massachusetts Bar Association did not take a
position on the complaint that prompted the CJC's investigation,
the association did file an amicus brief last spring citing
concerns about the commission's request to access Dougan's mental
notes and thought processes. Click here to view the brief by Thomas J.
Carey Jr. (Collora LLP) and MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W.
Following the CJC decision, comments from Healy and chair of the
MBA's Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts Thomas M. Hoopes were
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