The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered a criminal defendant to pay restitution to his victim for storage fees that were accumulated when the police department failed to tell the victim where his car had been stored.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BuckleyContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a superior court judge should have thrown out a murder case against the defendant, who allegedly drove her boyfriend and others to meet and ultimately kill the victim.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Gonzalez. Continue Reading

In an interesting decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the larceny conviction against a man who had passed along his government subsidized apartment to an illegal immigrant who did not qualify for the subsidy.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvarezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that while the malicious destruction of property statute requires proof that the defendant acted with malice, it is not necessary that the malice was directed toward the owner of the property.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Chambers. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded there was sufficient evidence to convict a Springfield man of first-degree murder, but nonetheless reduced the conviction to voluntary manslaughter.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. VargasContinue Reading

In a case involving some of the most disturbing allegations ever to pass through a Massachusetts courtroom, the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday affirmed several sexual assault convictions against the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Mayotte. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that a criminal defendant cannot shield evidence from the prosecution simply by providing the evidence to his attorney.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HernandezContinue Reading

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