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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 ›

A Somerville District Court judge today allowed Attorney Chris Spring’s motion to suppress evidence found during the execution of a search warrant at his client’s apartment, resulting in the dismissal of his case (where he was charged with unlawfully possessing ammunition). Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld the murder conviction against a man who beat to death the owner of the Majestic Dragon Restaurant in Ipswich in 2011.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeeContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today decided to reduce a man’s conviction for first-degree murder to second-degree murder, citing the defendant’s longstanding cognitive problems resulting from brain injuries suffered during his childhood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DowdsContinue reading ›

In an important case delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court drastically changed the analysis for determining if a suspect has been seized by the police in the constitutional sense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MattaContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a man’s conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm, concluding he did not satisfy the definition of a “new Massachusetts resident,” which would have provided him with a legal defense to the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PaulContinue reading ›