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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court — the highest court in the Commonwealth — is comprised of a chief justice and six associate justices, who hear appeals on both criminal and civil cases.

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Crime

Judges Skeptical as Lieber Reiterates Harvard Should Pay His Legal Fees in Appeal Hearing

Justices on the Supreme Judicial Court appeared skeptical Wednesday as lawyers for former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — who is preparing for trial on federal criminal charges — argued on appeal that Harvard should be obligated to pay for his legal defense.

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Museums

Mass. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Harvard’s Possession of Photos Depicting Enslaved People

In the opening salvo of their effort to appeal the March dismissal of Lanier v. Harvard, lawyers for Tamara K. Lanier and Harvard argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court about whether the University unlawfully possesses and profits from historic photos Lanier says depict her enslaved ancestors.

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Harvard Law School

‘Hummus with a Side of Justice’: Local Pub Grendel’s Den Could Help Overturn Texas Abortion Law

A 1982 Supreme Court decision involving Harvard Square restaurant Grendel’s Den could serve as legal precedent to overturn Texas’s recent law banning most abortions, Harvard emeritus professors Laurence H. Tribe ’62 and David Rosenberg wrote in a Boston Globe opinion piece last week.

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Harvard Law School

HLS Prof. Leads Appeal to Reshape Harassment Reporting For Federal Courts Employees

Harvard Law School professor Jeannie C. Suk Gersen filed a brief last month on behalf of an anonymous federal courts employee in a case that could overhaul the way the federal judiciary handles allegations of harassment within its own halls.

Lieber News Analysis
FAS

Lieber Case Moves Closer to Trial

Former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber on Friday moved one step closer to a trial on federal charges as his attorneys and prosecutors confirmed they have completed discovery and agreed to meet for a pretrial status conference.

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University

Mass. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Demanding Harvard Refund Tuition For Pandemic Closure

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by three Harvard graduate students in 2020 over the University’s refusal to partially refund tuition as classes moved online early in the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Student Groups

Federal Judge Upholds Ruling Against Former Bolivian President in Human Rights Case Brought by HLS Clinic

HLS’s International Human Rights Clinic secured a historic victory as a federal judge turned down a former Bolivian president and defense minister's request to reverse a judgement against them for the massacre of Indigenous people.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Museums

Massachusetts Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Harvard’s Possession of Slave Photos

A Middlesex Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed Connecticut resident Tamara K. Lanier’s lawsuit against Harvard alleging that the University unlawfully possesses and profits from historic photos she says depict her enslaved ancestors. Lanier plans to appeal the decision.

Video: SFFA-Harvard Admissions Suit Observers Anticipate Change in Affirmative Action Attitudes Under Biden
College

Students for Fair Admissions Petitions SCOTUS to Take Up Suit Against Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions

The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the United States Supreme Court Thursday to review a lower court’s decision upholding Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices, marking the latest development in a nearly seven-year-long, high-profile legal battle that could determine the future of race-conscious admissions in higher education.

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University

Massachusetts Court Dismisses Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign Lawsuit Over University Investments

A Massachusetts judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign over Harvard’s investments in companies with ties to the prison industry.

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University

Federal Judge Dismisses Former Harvard Employee Eric Clopper’s Lawsuit Against The Crimson

Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought in federal court by a former Harvard employee, Eric Clopper, over the Crimson’s coverage of — and the University’s subsequent response to — a 2018 performance he put on at Sanders Theatre.

Moakley Courthouse
Chemistry

Former Chemistry Chair's Defense Could Tie Federal Charges to DOJ China Initiative, Experts Say

Legal experts say recent court filings indicate University Professor Charles M. Lieber — charged with lying to federal officials investigating his funding sources and ties to China — may try to convince jurors that Lieber was swept up in the Trump administration’s broader anti-China campaign.

Lieber Leaves Bail Hearing
FAS

Harvard Files Opposition in Chemistry Prof. Lieber Indemnification Suit

Harvard filed an opposition Thursday in response to Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber’s lawsuit alleging Harvard is contractually obligated to pay for his legal defense against federal fraud charges.

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Crime

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 21 Months for Threatening Prof. Believed to Be Affiliated With Harvard

A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release Wednesday for sending dozens of violent, threatening emails to a Massachusetts professor reportedly affiliated with Harvard.

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