Legislation to Watch: Abolishing Life Without Parole

Seeking to continue the success of last session’s Criminal Justice Reform Act, St. 2018, c. 69, a number of currently proposed legislative bills aim to reprioritize rehabilitation, rather than punishment, in the Massachusetts’s prison system. The specific focus of this entry will be on An Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration, S.D. 533/H.D. 154, which would…

Take Notice! Deficient Notices to Appear No Longer Trigger the Stop-Time Rule in Removal Proceedings

In Pereira v. Sessions, decided on June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court declined to apply Chevron deference in holding that a Notice to Appear (NTA), which fails to specify the time and place of a noncitizen’s removal proceeding, does not trigger the stop-time rule under section 1229(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Wescley…

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger: Consumer’s Dream or Antitrust Nightmare?

On June 18, 2019, the third and fourth largest nation-wide mobile carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint, respectively, submitted an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin the process of merging into "New T-Mobile.” See Current & Recent Transactions: T-Mobile and Sprint, WT Docket 18-197, Fed. Commc’ns Comm’n (last visited Jan. 21, 2019).  New T-Mobile…