Supreme Court orders client Michael O'Laughlin released on bail

After nearly 9 years in prison, Michael O'Laughlin was release on bail last week. Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had filed any emergency motion with the US Supreme Court to keep Michael in prison. Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court denied the Attorney General's motion and ordered Michael to be released with bail. Justice Breyer wrote: "Respondent’s liberty interest in release is particularly substantial given that it is not reasonably likely that this Court would grant a petition for certiorari filed by the Commonwealth."

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals had overturned a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision earlier this summer, holding that the evidence presented could not permit any rational jury to conclude that O'Laughlin was the assailant beyond a reasonable doubt.