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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 ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a defendant’s conviction for murdering a Plymouth man in his home 13 years ago, but ordered a superior court judge to hold a hearing to determine if the defendant is entitled to a new trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HolbrookContinue reading ›

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 ›