The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a defendant’s rape conviction after concluding the trial judge had erroneously allowed the prosecutor to elicit testimony that the defendant had confessed his guilt to his wife.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GarciaContinue Reading

In a horrible decision delivered today, a divided panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a woman’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol, despite an egregious error made by the trial judge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GallagherContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded a defendant who swallowed a baggie containing drugs to prevent its seizure did not violate the witness intimidation statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TejedaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday reversed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 where the prosecution improperly admitted medical records without the necessary expert testimony.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HamelContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the principle that an attorney who was a witness to an alleged crime ordinarily cannot then represent the defendant in court.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Delnegro. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled a defendant who was linked to a crime by data compiled by the GPS bracelet he was wearing had no expectation of privacy in his location because he voluntarily wore the bracelet as a condition of his release in an earlier criminal case.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Johnson. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld the murder and arson convictions against a Springfield man who stabbed his estranged wife and set her house on fire, causing her death.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SanchezContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court concluded a defendant cannot be convicted of possessing a loaded firearm unless he knew the firearm was loaded at the time of the possession.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BrownContinue Reading