Massachusetts Euthanasia Case: Of Pleas and Precedents

A defendant’s admission of sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt on a criminal charge, such as one made by Elliot S. Saffran, a Massachusetts horse owner charged with animal cruelty, sounds a lot like a guilty plea. Unlike a guilty plea, however, Saffran's admission might result in no criminal conviction on the charges.

Similar to diversion programs in many states, a

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