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Laying down the law in Russia

Laying down the law in Russia
Seven members of the Massachusetts legal community visited Tomsk, Russia, from Oct. 11-18 to conduct educational sessions on the American legal system as part of an ongoing judicial exchange between the Massachusetts courts and the courts of the Tomsk region of Siberia. Members of the delegation, from left, were: Middlesex County Sheriff's Department Attorney Lee J. Gartenberg; Committee for Public Counsel Services Attorney Geoffrey C. Packard; Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Tanya Karpiak, State Representative Kevin J. Murphy; Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup; Assistant U.S. Attorney William Welch II; and Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy. The group discussed the jury process and criminal procedures during their meetings with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors, students and prison officials during their week in Tomsk. Their trip was preceded by a Tomsk delegation's visit to Boston in September. The partnership is funded by the Library of Congress' Russian American Rule of Law Project.

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