Melinda L. Thompson, an associate with Todd & Weld LLP who concentrates her practice on criminal defense and government investigations, was interviewed by David Frank of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly with regard to the dismissal of a criminal action against Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger. Mr. Frank reported his conversation with Ms. Thompson in the "Sidebar" section of the November 4, 2013 edition of the paper, with a link to a Podcast which included the full interview.
Ms. Thompson represents Deann Smith who filed an affidavit in Waltham District Court on October 28, 2013 supporting Mr. Sullinger's motion requesting that the criminal case against Mr. Sullinger be dismissed. Ms. Thompson stated that her client "was requesting that the case be dismissed, and she was informed by me, through consultation with me, that she had a Fifth Amendment privilege not to testify. She asserted that privilege in an affidavit, and then I asserted it on her behalf today in court."
Ms. Smith had requested that the government dismiss the case several months ago. Though prosecutors from the Middlesex County District Attorney's office initially refused, Judge Gregory C. Flynn ultimately agreed to dismiss the case, finding that Smith had a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.