HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 150        FILED ON: 1/12/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1363

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul R. Heroux

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to raising the standard of proof for juvenile defendants.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Leah Cole

12th Essex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 150        FILED ON: 1/12/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1363

By Mr. Heroux of Attleboro, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1363) of Paul R. Heroux, Leah Cole and Benjamin Swan relative to the standard of proof for juvenile defendants.  The Judiciary.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1378 OF 2013-2014.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act relative to raising the standard of proof for juvenile defendants.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 5. Section 5 of chapter 258E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended, in line 9, by inserting after the word "entered;" the following words:- However, if the defendant is 13 or younger, then the burden of proof necessary to issue a harassment protection order is clear convincing evidence, as opposed to preponderance of the evidence.