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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today agreed with the Appeals Court that a superior court judge had erroneously ruled a large amount of cocaine has been properly seized by the police.  The SJC’s ruling means the drugs will no longer be admissible at the defendant’s trial and he will likely go free.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barreto. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a defendant’s conviction for carrying a loaded firearm, concluding that the evidence was insufficient to prove the defendant knew the gun was loaded.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GraysonContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a juvenile court judge had improperly found a juvenile in violation of his probation, where the only evidence presented was in the form of unreliable hearsay offered by his probation officer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Grant G.  Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to dismiss a child rapist’s alleged probation violations, concluding the defendant’s probation had expired while he was involuntarily committed to the Massachusetts Treatment Center.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PachecoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that while a defendant’s statement to the police should not have been introduced to the jury, the error was harmless and his conviction can therefore stand.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SpringContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a guilty finding against a man who possessed a picture of a young girl who was wearing lingerie that exposed her breast.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Graziano. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for violating a restraining order where the Commonwealth failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had been served with, or was otherwise aware of, the existence of the order.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Tiernan.   Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after concluding the trial judge improperly excluded prospective jurors who said they would view witnesses who uttered racial slurs in a negative light.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvesContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today clarified the standard required for a police officer to obtain a blood sample from a person who is being investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DennisContinue reading ›