In an opinion delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court concluded that an East Boston child care center satisfied the definition of a preschool under the school zone statute, thereby exposing the defendant to a mandatory minimum jail sentence in addition to the punishment he received on the underlying drug crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CruzContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld a murder conviction against a Fall River man who shot to death his neighbor, despite evidence that the jury deliberations had been tainted by an improper outside influence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MillerContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the manslaughter conviction against an illegal immigrant from Ecuador in a case that drew widespread media attention at the time of the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Guaman. Continue Reading

In an important decision that will impact the thousands of people arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts every year, the Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a defendant has no constitutional right to consult an attorney before deciding whether to take the Breathalyzer test.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Neary-French. Continue Reading

In a very important opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a criminal defendant cannot face additional criminal sanctions if he is unable to pay restitution to a victim as ordered by a judge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Henry. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a defendant’s argument that his probation should not have been revoked for marijuana use, because he was using marijuana for medical purposes.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. VargasContinue Reading

An Everett man who gunned down his ex-wife in the street in front of their home had his murder conviction upheld yesterday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PhilbrookContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a superior court judge’s order to suppress a large amount of cocaine and hundreds of Percocet pills, which will allow the defendant to escape further prosecution.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Abdallah. Continue Reading