Eric Tennen held a press conference to answer questions about his client, Wayne Chapman. You can view it here.
Eric Tennen was quoted in a Boston Globe article regarding sex offenders:
"Attorney Eric Tennen, who has no involvement in Colson’s case but has represented many sex offenders, said there is a “glaring gap” in the criminal justice system for released sex offenders who may be suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse but are often denied access to services."
“There really is nothing available to most men and especially sex offenders that helps them transition out of prison or jail, so they are left to their own devices,” Tennen said. “The criminal justice system is good at charging and incarcerating them, but it’s not good at getting help.”
The full article can be found here.
Eric Tennen was quoted in a CNBC.com article about the Kevin Spacey case. You can find the article here.
Congratulation to John Swomley who was the winner of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer Clarence Gideon Award. The Award is presented annually to recognize champions of the noblest principle that all persons shall stand equal before the law.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that mandatory G.P.S. monitoring for all persons convicted of sex offenses on probation is unconstitutional. Eric Tennen authored a brief in support of the defendant; the Court unanimously agreed with his position. You can read the brief here. You can read the decision here.
Eric Tennen argued that his client should be released from his indefinite, civil commitment. You can view the argument here. A decision is expected in about four months.
From the Berkshire Eagle:
"Bernard Baran Jr. spent 21 years in state prison on child molestation charges that were eventually overturned. Four years after his death, the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission will revisit the case that many have since deemed unjust.
"Homophobia, that's what initially fueled what happened," said John Swomley, who led Baran's legal team during the appeal. "We're still grappling with that as a society, but nothing like what they did to him back then."
On Wednesday, Swomley, along with Robert Chatelle, who founded the National Center of Reason and Justice, and journalist and playwright James D'Entremont, will speak at the Berkshire Athenaeum about Baran's prosecution and imprisonment..."
You can read the entire article here.
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