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Seventeen Year Olds No Longer Prosecuted as Adults in Massachusetts

On September 18, 2013 Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts. Prior to this legislation, 17-year-olds in Massachusetts were prosecuted as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense. Thirty-nine other states and the federal government use 18 as […]

The Senate passes the LBGT anti-discrimination bill

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, the U.S. Senate approved a landmark civil rights legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32. Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake became the latest GOP members to […]