A small group of Journalism students gathered with their professor in their 4 o'clock class to listen to Thomas Townsend discuss his experiences as Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Appeals.
Townsend, who is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, returned to his place of undergraduate studies to enlighten the 11 students on the study of law and how it can be applied in appeals court. Townsend became Chief of Appeals in 2011. He discussed cases he has seen throughout his term that range from murders to child rape.
Because Townsend deals with hundreds of cases a year, when one student asked how the more harrowing cases affect him he said, "you develop a sense of detachment."
Townsend talked a lot about how laws have been shaped throughout history, particularly focusing on the differences in regulations state by state. Massachusetts he said, "if measured by individual freedom would probably come out the #1 state."
Townsend took the time to break down the legal system for the students and it's different branches, also educating the students on the newest agenda of the U.S. Supreme Court: The 2nd Amendment.