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In an important case delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court drastically changed the analysis for determining if a suspect has been seized by the police in the constitutional sense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MattaContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a man’s conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm, concluding he did not satisfy the definition of a “new Massachusetts resident,” which would have provided him with a legal defense to the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PaulContinue reading ›

In a divided opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a defendant’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol by ruling it was proper for the police to stop him after watching him briefly cross over the fog line.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LaroseContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today overturned an involuntary manslaughter conviction against a defendant whose friend died of a drug overdose after shooting heroin provided to him by the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Carrillo. Continue reading ›

In a split decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the gun conviction resulting from a motor vehicle stop by a state trooper in Lawrence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilveloContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today partially reversed a former New Bedford police officer’s conviction for sexually abusing a young girl and ordered him to be resentenced.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Gomes. Continue reading ›

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 ›