The ball is now in Sandra Hautanen’s court. Ben LaGuer’s team of pro bono lawyers headed by James C. Rehnquist filed their brief in the Supreme Judicial Court yesterday. It is posted as a PDF file to BenLaGuer.com. Go there to read it in full. The brief is focused on the fingerprint issue and has some pointed thing to say about the Appeals Court ruling it is seeking to reverse. For instance, Rehnquist asserts that the precedent it sets would:
… eviscerate defendants’ constitutional right to a fair trial.
In another development, attorney Debra S. Krupp filed an appearance on behalf of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, a state agency which intends to submit an amicus brief in support of LaGuer.
Sandra Hautanen, by the way, is the assistant district attorney who will be arguing the case for the Commonwealth. She now has until October 11 to file her brief. There will be much more on her in subsequent posts.