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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1196         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1178


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Cory Atkins


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 victims rights.






Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1196        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1178

By Ms. Atkins of Concord, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1178) of Cory Atkins and others for legislation relative to victims rights.  The Judiciary. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 774 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to victims rights.

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

              SECTION 1. Chapter 228 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 14 the following section:-

              Section 15. The death of a criminal defendant who is convicted of a criminal offense shall automatically terminate the right to appeal or any appeal pending of such conviction, and where such conviction has not been previously vacated or reversed by an order or decision of a court, the judgment of conviction shall stand.

              This section shall not preclude the attorney general or district attorney from commencing an action to vacate the conviction judgment against a deceased defendant in the interest of justice.

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