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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a district court judge’s ruling that a police officer lacked constitutional authority to stop a car where the passenger was hanging out of the passenger’s side window.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kaplan. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that parts of an accused murderer’s statement to the police cannot be used at trial because he was not provided with his Miranda warnings.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PinneyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld a superior court judge’s decision to grant a new trial to a Mattapan man who had been convicted of shooting to death a 19-year-old man following a baby shower in Roslindale.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PerezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that while a defendant’s statement to the police should not have been introduced to the jury, the error was harmless and his conviction can therefore stand.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SpringContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after concluding the trial judge improperly excluded prospective jurors who said they would view witnesses who uttered racial slurs in a negative light.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvesContinue reading ›

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 Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that the police must ordinarily obtain a search warrant before obtaining the real-time location of a suspect’s cell phone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlmonorContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a Massachusetts prosecutor can read into evidence the previous testimony given by a crime victim, where the victim has subsequently died and is obviously not available to testify at the trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FontanezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a juvenile’s age must be considered by a judge in determining whether the juvenile was subjected to the functional equivalent of an interrogation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. QuinonesContinue reading ›

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