The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously reversed the Appeals Court yesterday in an important decision that reaffirms police officers must issue motor vehicle citations in a timely manner.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. O’LearyContinue Reading

An unusual fact pattern led the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to reverse a man’s murder conviction because the Commonwealth did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the murder happened in Massachusetts.  The name of the case, which was delivered today, is Commonwealth v. Combs. Continue Reading

In a sharply-divided opinion published yesterday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a district court judge’s decision that Chelsea police officers had conducted an unlawful strip search on a suspected drug dealer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AgogoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday ruled that drugs seized pursuant to a search warrant will be admissible at the defendant’s trial, despite the fact that the controlled buy that led to the issuance of the search warrant was defective.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MonteiroContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court offered guidance today to juries who attempt to determine if assault victims are hurt enough to satisfy the “bodily injury” element of the assault and battery statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RyanContinue Reading

In a split-decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of selling cocaine in Lawrence, despite the absence of testimony from any witness who saw the transaction.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvaradoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the witness intimidation conviction of a man who sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend imploring her not to testify against him in court.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AldenContinue Reading