The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a search warrant application established probable cause for the police to search for and seize the defendant’s computers, which contained child pornography.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinezContinue Reading

A Concord District Court judge recently agreed with Attorney Chris Spring that the sobriety roadblock regulations used to stop and seize his client were unconstitutional.  Therefore, it was unlawful for the police to pull over Attorney Spring’s client and all of the evidence against him will be suppressed.  Unless the Commonwealth appeals the judge’s ruling (and the Appeals Court reverses the decision), the case will need to be dismissed. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that double jeopardy principles do not prohibit the prosecutor from charging a defendant with larceny when he was already acquitted of receiving stolen property (related to the same property) at a prior trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RodriguezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that Boston police officers unlawfully stopped the defendant’s car and therefore, the gun that was found underneath his seat should have been suppressed.  As a result, the defendant’s convictions were overturned and the case will now be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PintoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a superior court judge’s allowance of a defendant’s motion to suppress a gun found in his car, which will allow the prosecution of the defendant to continue to trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. EdwardsContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a criminal defendant’s argument that the Commonwealth should not be permitted to retry him after his first trial ended in a mistrial as a result of his attorney’s misconduct.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BryanContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has once again waded into the mess caused by rogue chemist Annie Dookhan, but still did not implement a protocol that is likely to quickly fix the problems caused by her criminal conduct.  The Court’s most recent decision, delivered today, is Bridgeman v. District Attorney for the Suffolk DistrictContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the murder conviction of a man who delivered a pipe bomb to the woman he was stalking, resulting in her death.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CarusoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a defendant’s conviction for filing a false police report because the report was made to a deputy sheriff instead of a police officer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Gernrich. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today overturned the conviction of a young man who was found guilty of firearms offenses, ruling the police lacked constitutional authority to stop and search him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MeneusContinue Reading