Friday, April 20, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Dell has a few options, will accept any make, and even picks them up at your home.
Hewlett-Packard will also take any brand, and sends a shipping tag for between $13 and $30. They offer HP coupons for HP merchandise in return.
Lenovo's ThinkPlus Recycling Service offers prepaid shipping labels for $30 each to be used for sending any manufacturer's old equipment for recycling or refurbishment. They use a designated center to recycle your materials and sends reusable equipment to Gifts In Kind International, a charity specializing in product philanthropy.
Apple also offers $30 shipping labels for any brand equipment. Free shipping if you purchase Apple equipment.
Plenty of other groups, such as the National Cristina Foundation (http://www.cristina.org) and Share the Technology (http://sharetechnology.org) specialize in distributing reusable computers to people or organizations in need of computers. A partial list of donation sites can be found at the DEP page.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
In 2005, after Pring-Wilson's conviction, the SJC decided the case of Com. v. Adjutant, 443 Mass. 649. In that case, much as in Pring-Wilson's, the defense had sought to introduce evidence of prior bad acts by the victim to support the notion that the defendant had acted in self-defense. The court in Adjutant established a new rule "that 'where the identity of the first aggressor is in dispute and the victim has a history of violence,' the judge has the discretion to admit 'evidence of specific acts of prior violent conduct that the victim is reasonably alleged to have initiated, to support the defendant's claim of self-defense.' Declaring that the decision marked a 'new common-law rule of evidence,' we stated that the rule 'shall apply only prospectively.'"
Shortly after that decision, and after holding a hearing, the trial judge concluded, "in the exercise of her broad discretion under rule 25 (b) (2), that the integrity of the defendant's trial was compromised by his inability to introduce evidence of the violent pasts of Colono and Rodriguez." The Commonwealth appealed, and direct appellate review was granted. In today's case, the SJC affirmed the trial judge's order granting the defendant a new trial.
The opinion describes the facts of the case at some length, and also provides an analysis of judicial discretion to grant a new trial.
Friday, April 06, 2007
The Appeals Court recently clarified its stance on child support modification requests when the noncustodial parent’s income increases. In an earlier case, Brooks v. Piela the court ruled that an increase in child support was warranted, based on the fact that there was a greater disparity between the standards of living between the two households, even though the custodial parent’s income had also increased.
In Smith v. Edelman, reported on April 2nd, the Appeals Court decided against an upward adjustment of modification based on the reasoning that the children's needs were well met and there was no material disparity in the standards of living between the custodial and noncustodial households. They went on to state “the goal of maintaining the standard of living of the family as though it had remained intact is not without limit; an increase in child support based solely on an increase in income of the noncustodial spouse may have the effect of constructively distributing the noncustodial parent's estate, and is accordingly disfavored.”
These cases should get some attention as the topic of child support modification is hotly contested. View our topical page on Child Support.