Author Archives: Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to RSellon@PoliceLegalPromotions.com

Assault & Battery is a Lesser included Offense of Rape

Recently in an unpublished opinion the Appeals court ruled that Assault & Battery is a lesser included offense of Rape in COMMONWEALTH vs. PERDITE SCOTT MEMORANDUM AND ORDER PURSUANT TO RULE 1:28 COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPEALS COURT The court in … Continue reading

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SJC Rules “CWOF” is Not a Conviction For License Suspension Purposes

Recently, in PAUL J. SOUZA vs. REGISTRAR OF MOTOR VEHICLES & another 462 Mass. 227 (2012) the SJC ruled that a driver who had a prior 1997 “Continued without a Finding” or “CWOF” was not sufficient for the purposes of suspending the … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Rules on Lesser Included Offense

Recently the Appeals court decided COMMONWEALTH vs. HERIBITO FIGUEROA MEMORANDUM AND ORDER PURSUANT TO RULE 1:28 COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS APPEALS COURT. The unpublished decision stated that the defendant’s conviction of unlawful possession of ammunition is duplicative of his conviction of possession … Continue reading

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SJC Decides Double Jeopardy Case

Recently the SJC ruled on whether a defendant charged with summary contempt procedings was barred from Being charged by the principles of “double jeapardy” in ADMILSON VIZCAINO vs. COMMONWEALTH 462 Mass. 266 (2012). The court in ruling that double jeopardy … Continue reading

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Pension Reform Update November 2011

The 3rd and final (or so we are all told) phase to pension reform has been signed by the Governor and is set to take effect in 90 days. The legislation, “Chapter 176 of the act of 2011” can be … Continue reading

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“Evergreen” Clause Legislation Passed by House and Senate 11/2011

Since last years SJC case Boston Housing Authority v. National Conference of Firemen and Oilers, Local 3 458 Mass. 155 (2010) rejected the states use of the so called “Evergreen clause” there has been a ton of confusion as parties to the agreements … Continue reading

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SJC: Sex Offender Still Entitled to Hearing Under G. L. c. 6, § 178L (1) Despite Not Attending it Themselves

Recently the SJC ruled in JOHN DOE, SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOARD NO. 941 vs. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOARD 460 Mass. 336 (2011) that the Sex Offender Registry Board lacked the authority to declare that a sex offender had waived his right to … Continue reading

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