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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man’s convictions for multiple sex crimes while acknowledging the prosecutor and trial judge committed repeated errors at the trial.  However, the case was sent back to superior court for re-sentencing by another judge after the Appeals Court concluded the trial judge made improper comments before imposing sentence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Suarez. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man’s conviction for indecent assault and battery, ruling that the defendant’s naked kiss planted on the lips of an unsuspecting sleeping woman constituted an indecent act.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BeneditoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that the common law crime of “interference with the lawful duties of a police officer” is  still a crime in the Commonwealth.  However, because the prosecution failed to prove the elements in the case at issue, the defendant’s conviction for that crime was reversed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AdamsContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a Leicester man’s convictions for firearm offenses after concluding the trial judge had improperly removed a juror during deliberations.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TiscioneContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a superior court judge’s order suppressing evidence seized pursuant to a warrant that implicated the defendant in participating in the multi-million dollar burglary of a jewelry manufacturer in Attleboro in 2008.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MurphyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a woman’s convictions for manslaughter and reckless endangerment of a child for her involvement in a car accident that killed her two young nephews.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HardyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a man’s convictions for human trafficking and deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute, ruling that the evidence produced at trial was sufficient to support the convictions.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Steed. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that defendants accused of murder, rape, and sexual offenses against children are entitled to request individual questioning of potential jurors about their potential racial or ethnic prejudices when the alleged victim is a different race.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Colon. Continue reading ›