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In a divided opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a defendant’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol by ruling it was proper for the police to stop him after watching him briefly cross over the fog line.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LaroseContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today overturned an involuntary manslaughter conviction against a defendant whose friend died of a drug overdose after shooting heroin provided to him by the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Carrillo. Continue reading ›

In a split decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the gun conviction resulting from a motor vehicle stop by a state trooper in Lawrence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilveloContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today partially reversed a former New Bedford police officer’s conviction for sexually abusing a young girl and ordered him to be resentenced.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Gomes. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a prisoner is entitled to have his cell phones returned to him, despite the presence of sexually-explicit images of the victim on the phones.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Salmons. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld a district court judge’s dismissal of a case charging operating under the influence of alcohol because the police failed to issue a citation to the defendant in a timely manner.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WerraContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded Barnstable police officers acted in a constitutional manner in seizing a home invasion suspect’s cell phone without a warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Fencher. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the convictions of a man who was accused of assaulting and threatening his sister’s ex-boyfriend, concluding the trial judge had committed two reversible errors.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PalermoContinue reading ›