Blog Archives - Attorney Steven J. Topazio

In a partial victory for defendants charged with a Drunk Driving Offense, a judge rules that all breathalyzer tests results in Massachusetts obtained between June of 2012 and September 14, 2014 using the Alcotest 9510 have been excluded from evidence, yet rules breathalyzer devices scientifically reliable.

On February 16, 2017, Robert A. Brennan, Justice of the District Court, issued a Memorandum of Decision in a consolidated litigation matter which affects cases involving breath test results produced by the Alcotest 9510, a breathalyzer instrument developed by Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc. The court ruled that the state’s Office of Alcohol Testing lacked “scientifically reliable” protocols for calibrating breath test devices between June of 2012 and September 14, 2014 and without the written standards, read More

Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Murdered

According to the Boston globe, the Auburn police allege that the .45-caliber handgun used by Jorge A. Zambrano to murder Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. during a routine traffic stop had been stolen. Tarentino was shot in the back by Zambrano.  Zambrano was eventually tracked to Oxford where he was killed by State Police in a shootout. Why did this have to happen? Could it have been prevented?  Good questions with not so easy read More

ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL DEAN SHOOTS STUDENT

A Boston Municipal Court judge imposed an additional $150,000 bail on a former English High School dean for firearms and drug charges.  Shaun O. Harrison Sr., onetime dean of students at English High School in Boston, was arrested and accused of attempted murder in the shooting a 17-year-old student who was allegedly selling drugs for him now faces additional charges. Harrison was initially held on $250,000 on March 4, 2015 on charges connected with the read More

OPENING STATEMENTS IN BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL

On March 4, 2015, opening statements were made to the jury in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Boston marathon bombing trial.  Although media coverage of the trial in Federal court is not allowed the drama was nevertheless high.  ABC News and the Associated Press reported that Tsarnaev’s attorney made a dramatic move in her opening statement and stated her client did the act. Defense attorney Judy Clarke told jurors “It was him”. She told the jury that read More

BOY FALLS FROM MOVING SUV AS MOTHER FLEES WITH STOLEN TELEVISION

It was reported today in the Boston Herald that a 5-year-old boy tumbled out of a moving SUV in Falmouth Massachusetts when his mother fled from a Wal-Mart parking lot with a stolen flat-screen television hanging out of her vehicle. “As the vehicle was fleeing the scene, a small child was ejected from the vehicle due to an unsecured door that was left ajar due to the size of the television,” the police statement said read More

AARON HERNANDEZ’S MURDER TRIAL TESTIMONY

Prosecutors today sought to use testimony of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s housekeeper in his murder trial to bolster their assertion that Hernandez’s fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, took steps to hide the missing murder weapon.   Hernandez’s fiancée has been charged as an accessory to murder for her suspected involvement in assisting Hernandez after he allegedly killed Lloyd. Carla Barbosa, a housekeeper who cleaned Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home three times, testified that she saw Hernandez’s read More

JURY SELECTION IN MARATHON BOMBER TRIAL

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team told a federal appeals court today that their client’s case should be moved out of Boston because his crimes have received more publicity than even those of reputed gangster Whitey Bulger; arguing Tsarnaev cannot get a fair trial in Boston because of bias among potential jurors. Tsarnaev’s attorneys have raised the question of the “unexpressed” bias among those jurors. They argue the bombings and the lock down read More

DEFENDING OUI CHARGES

According to a published reported in the Boston Globe on December 16, 2014, an off duty State Trooper was arraigned in Salem Superior Court on an OUI charge where it was alleged that he crashed his 1965 Corvette into a utility pole in North Andover in May of this year. The trooper was initially arraigned in the Lawrence District Court after the accident back in May, but was arraigned again today in Superior Court after read More