A recent ruling by a Superior Court judge implicates everyone's privacy rights. The Court allowed the police to obtain warrants for the telephone information of thousands of unknowing individuals over the course of several days--because they had no specific suspect.
Defense counsel Eric B. Tennen of Boston, however, described cell tower dumps like these as a threat to privacy rights. “The only person who would ever know [he was tracked] is a person who may eventually be prosecuted out of one of these warrants,” said Tennen. “Meanwhile, the government has data on people who may be in a public space, but also a private space. If you’re walking down the street and can be seen in public, your data may be part of that, but if you’re at home and can’t be seen, your data is part of that too.” Data for someone who was participating in a political rally, visiting an abortion clinic or attending a religious service could be part of a dump, and that person would never know, Tennen said. “I would think most people would be appalled to know the police can do that,”
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In a unanimous decision, the SJC ruled that our client did not have a duty to register an address where he performed services as an independent contractor. A lower court had found the client violated his probation. But the SJC reversed, and sided with the arguments by Eric Tennen. A copy of the decision can be found here.
Eric Tennen was quoted in an article about the impact the coronavirus is having on the courts. You can read the article here.
Eric Tennen is quoted in an article about Harvey Weinstien's potential defenses:
"Weinstein could also argue the encounters were consensual but with the passage of time the accusers’ perspectives and memories of the event changed, said Tennen..."
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Eric Tennen speaks to Fox News about the purpose of bail and GPS. Unfortunately some people on bail do commit new crimes. But that is not the norm. A super majority of pre-trial defendants return to court without incident. You can view the segment here.
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.
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