Bernard Baran Should Lose His GPS Bracelet!

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

Dear Friend of Justice,

Bernard Baran was released nearly three years ago, although his case is still not resolved. (The Appeals Court has been sitting on it for nearly 15 months now.)

Baran was released under obnoxious restrictions, including unreasonable curfews and the requirement that he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. The GPS device has caused him a lot of grief, partly because the technology really doesn’t work very well.

Well, we received some great news today. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that monitoring devices can only be required for people who have been convicted of a crime. Since Baran’s conviction was thrown out three years ago, my presumption is that the bracelet will come off soon.

See http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/05/high_court_over.html

I will keep you posted on developments.

-Bob Chatelle