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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the strip search of a suspected drug dealer by Chelsea police officers was not supported by probable cause, and the drugs recovered during the search are therefore inadmissible at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Agogo Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reinstated the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, ruling that his death while his case was being appealed did not justify vacating the guilty finding.  The decision can be read at Commonwealth v. HernandezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld second-degree murder convictions against two men who assisted a fellow inmate in murdering an elderly inmate at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ConnorsContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court delivered an important decision today, ruling that a trial court can order a criminal defendant to provide the password to his phone that has been seized by the police and contains incriminating information about him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Jones. Continue reading ›

In a decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court concluded a police officer’s incomplete recitation of Miranda warnings to a suspected sex offender was good enough to allow the defendant’s statement to be admitted to the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LajoieContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a second-degree murder conviction against a defendant who participated in the fatal shooting of a man who was boarding a bus in Roxbury in 2013.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Bannister. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a man’s first-degree murder conviction following his trial in which it was proven he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CollazoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that a potential juror who offered her opinion that the judicial system is rigged against young black men should not have been automatically excluded from serving on a jury deciding the fate of a young black male defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WilliamsContinue reading ›

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a Salem man’s rape conviction despite ruling the trial judge had improperly instructed the jury on the defendant’s consent defense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ShermanContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday agreed with a Boston Municipal Court judge that there was no probable cause to arrest a man sitting in the passenger seat of a stolen car, and therefore his subsequent statements to the police must be suppressed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PridgettContinue reading ›