Archive for April, 2011

Second Baran Judge Nominated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Dear Friend of Bernard Baran,

I  just got this from

Barbara Lenk wrote the terrific unanimous appellate decision in the Bernard Baran case. Another of the Appellate Judges, Fernande Duffly, was recently elevated to the Supreme Judicial Court  by Patrick. Lenk just be confirmed by the Governor’s Council. (The Governor’s Council is a holdover from pre-revolutionary Massachusetts, created to appease colonialists who wanted a check on the powers of the Royal Governor.)

Patrick had previously also elevated Francis Fecteau, the judge who threw out Baran’s conviction, to the state Appellate Court.

According to radio station WBUR, Massachusetts Bar Association Chief Counsel, Michael Healy, cited Lenk’s work in the Baran case as particularly distinguished.