• Mastering the Science In OUI Cases

Spring course from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

The Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy presents Mastering the Science in Operating Under the Influence Cases, co-sponsored with the Committee for Public Counsel Service, Flaschner Judicial Institute, and the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association

Even experienced litigators can get tripped up when it comes to scientific evidence. This advanced-level conference is designed to raise participants' level of knowledge and trial expertise surrounding chemical testing as it pertains to the prosecution and defense of persons charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

A toxicologist will discuss how the human body metabolizes alcohol; a representative of the State Police Office of Alcohol Testing will discuss how the Alcotest 7110 operates; and a forensic computer scientist will discuss how the Alcotest 7110 measures breath alcohol and converts the measurement to a blood-alcohol level.

To address drug cases, a drug recognition expert will explain the issues surrounding the administration and evaluation of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test and other issues surrounding the investigation, prosecution, and defense of Operating under the Influence of Drugs.

 Three judges will provide expert analysis of evidentiary issues regarding the admissibility of breath test results in light of the recent decision in Commonwealth v. Colturi, as well as issues surrounding expert evidence as it pertains to OUI trials and drug recognition experts.

This conference is intended for judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors who handle a significant number of OUI cases. All attendees should have a basic level of trial experience with OUI cases involving chemical testing, breath test operators, and toxicologists.

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