The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an Everett man’s conviction for assaulting an elderly woman (his neighbor) when surveillance video of the incident was accidentally erased and the only witness – a police officer – was improperly permitted to describe what he saw on the video.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Connolly. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for violating the state’s school zone statute, concluding the Commonwealth had failed to present evidence the school was “accredited” as required by the law.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Cooper. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against Brockton man despite acknowledging multiple errors made by his attorney at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Montrond. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court this week upheld the convictions of a man who violently stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend by concluding the trial judge had properly admitted the ex-girlfriend’s hearsay statements under the forfeiture by wrongdoing rule.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Valentin. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week upheld a superior court judge’s decision to grant a new trail to a man who was convicted of starting a fire in 1982 that killed eight occupants of a Lowell apartment building.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rosario. Continue Reading

In an important decision delivered earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that police officers need a warrant to search the porch of a multifamily home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeslieContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week limited the criminal exposure of defendants who are charged with violating the state’s habitual criminal statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Garvey. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld a defendant’s conviction for defrauding an insurance company after the defendant lied about hitting an animal with his car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DriscollContinue Reading