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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an alleged drug dealer’s convictions because a police officer violated the defendant’s constitutional rights by answering his cell phone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barrett. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded that a district court judge had properly dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a Lakeville man whose daughter had consumed a Suboxone pill.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CostaContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that parts of an accused murderer’s statement to the police cannot be used at trial because he was not provided with his Miranda warnings.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PinneyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Somerville man’s murder conviction after the defendant shot the victim during an attempted armed robbery.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when police use automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to track a suspect’s car as it travels on public roadways, it might constitute a search.  However, in the case being considered, the police limited the use of the ALPR system to track the defendant, so his constitutional rights were not violated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McCarthy. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers has acted unlawfully in stopping and searching a man on a public street near Franklin Field Park in Dorchester.  Accordingly, the gun found in the man’s pocket will be suppressed and his case will be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kearse. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court delivered an opinion today concluding that a non-motorized camper qualified as a “vehicle” when it was attached to the defendant’s pickup truck.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Davenport. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. Continue reading ›

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