The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today held that a state trooper properly relied on the allegation of an anonymous caller to stop a motorist suspected of an act of road rage and search his vehicle.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ManhaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday agreed with a superior court judge that the stop of a home invasion suspect, and a subsequent search of his backpack, was supported by reasonable suspicion and therefore constitutional.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HilaireContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld the heroin trafficking and school zone convictions against a man who was dealing heroin near an elementary school in Billerica.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Polanco. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for heroin trafficking when it was discovered that disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan had analyzed the purported drugs and the prosecutor did not present sufficient independent evidence to establish the substance in question was heroin.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rodriguez. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reaffirmed the principle that a police officer may stop a car for a motor vehicle infraction, despite the officer’s true motive for stopping the car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Buckley. Continue Reading

In a 4-3 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that when a driver gave his consent for a police officer to search “in the vehicle” for contraband, the consent to search did not extend to the area behind the air filter underneath the hood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. OrtizContinue Reading

In a troubling decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a district court judge’s ruling that allowed a police officer to seize the defendant, later found to be carrying a gun, for no reason other than he was walking next to a man who was wanted for a prior shooting.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RamirezContinue Reading

A Cambridge District Court jury today found Attorney Chris Spring’s client not guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in a case that involved allegations of significant histories of domestic violence by both parties.  Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an alleged thief’s conviction for stealing an elderly woman’s jewelry because the investigating police officer conducted an improper identification procedure of the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CarlsonContinue Reading