Articles Posted in Constitutional Law

For the second time in three weeks, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reversed a Suffolk County murder conviction after the trial judge failed to determine whether the prosecutor was improperly excluding black people from serving on the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Ortega. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the murder conviction of an alleged drug dealer who was accused of shooting to death another drug dealer in a Boston apartment.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DraytonContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reaffirmed the principle that a police officer may stop a car for a motor vehicle infraction, despite the officer’s true motive for stopping the car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Buckley. Continue Reading

In a 4-3 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that when a driver gave his consent for a police officer to search “in the vehicle” for contraband, the consent to search did not extend to the area behind the air filter underneath the hood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. OrtizContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an alleged thief’s conviction for stealing an elderly woman’s jewelry because the investigating police officer conducted an improper identification procedure of the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CarlsonContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled it was proper for a Suffolk Superior Court judge to prohibit certain individuals from attending a murder trial with overtones of gang violence and witness intimidation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FernandesContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the Massachusetts statute that allows crime victims to personally address the judge who is about to impose sentence on defendants is constitutional.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McGonagleContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed the conviction of a 19-year-old Chelsea man who was found guilty of murdering his mother.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Cartright. Continue Reading