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January 6, 2013

New England In Brief


The auction is scheduled for Jan. 17-24 in Amherst.

Harvard to host discussion on guns

BOSTON — Harvard University is hosting a discussion on gun violence as a public health crisis after a gunman killed his mother at the home they shared before he gunned down 20 children and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Harvard School of Public Health forum comes after the Dec. 14 killings in Newtown, Conn., that ended when the assailant committed suicide as police arrived.

The rampage prompted President Barack Obama form a team tasked with coming up with “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence.

Organizers of the Harvard discussion say the United States witnessed an alarming string of mass shootings last year.

Tuesday’s discussion will investigate the legal, political and public health factors that could influence future efforts to prevent such massacres.

Participants at the forum include constitutional law, health policy, child psychiatry and public policy experts.

US Magistrate Judge Sorokin reappointed

BOSTON — U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Sorokin has been reappointed to a second eight-year term.

Sorokin was first appointed as a magistrate judge in April 2005. The judges of the United States District Court of Massachusetts reappointed him to another term to begin after his current term expires on April 10.

Since last February, Sorokin has served as chief magistrate judge. Sorokin also presides over the Court Assisted Recovery Effort, a program that promotes the development and maintenance of sober, employed and law-abiding lives by felons under the supervision of the court.

Sorokin previously worked as a private attorney, an assistant state attorney general and an assistant federal defender.

Judge to serve on war crimes tribunal

BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge has been appointed as the international reserve judge for the Supreme Court Chamber of a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia.

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