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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1491         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 774

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Susan C. Fargo

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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 victims rights.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Susan C. Fargo

 

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1491        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 774

By Ms. Fargo, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 774) of Susan C. Fargo and Anne M. Gobi for legislation relative to victims rights.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1694 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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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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