The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the forfeiture by wrongdoing doctrine did not apply to a case where the defendant pressured a witness to not testify in an unrelated trial involving his friend.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RosadoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a Boston Municipal Court judge’s decision to reinstate a defendant’s driver’s license seven years after his acquittal for operating under the influence of alcohol (fourth offense).  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RichardsContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday overturned a Dorchester murder conviction, ruling the trial judge failed to properly consider whether the prosecutor was intentionally blocking black men from the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RobertsonContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a defendant’s conviction for possessing heroin and cocaine where the drugs were removed from his rectum without the necessary warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JeannisContinue Reading

In a troubling opinion released today, a divided panel of the Appeals Court voted 2-1 to affirm the serious assault convictions of a man who was convicted by a jury containing a member who repeatedly questioned his ability to be fair and impartial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ChambersContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a Lawrence man’s conviction for illegally carrying a firearm because the police arrested him without first establishing probable cause he was committing a crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SantiagoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday affirmed multiple gun convictions against a defendant who had argued the cops improperly removed him from a pickup truck and then searched the center console, finding a loaded gun.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GalarzaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the conviction of a Waltham man who was caught removing smoke detectors from an apartment building (without first obtaining a permit) and throwing them away.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GraftonContinue Reading