Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Because of a high profile case (Commonwealth v Walter Shelley) that is to be tried in the Middlesex Superior Courthouse in Lowell next week, the trial judge Hon Janet Kenton-Walker) has issued an order banning "cell phones, laptops, notepads, tablets, cameras and electronic recording devices" from the courthouse during the trial. The order specifically exempts "court employees, title examiners, law enforcement officers and jurors." Members of the news media who are registered with the Supreme Judicial Court's public affairs office and who receive prior approval of the trial judge may be permitted to cover the trial. Copies of this order are posted prominently at the entrance of the courthouse.