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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a defendant’s conviction for violating a restraining order, concluding that the Commonwealth had not proven a message sent to his ex-girlfriend from his Instagram account was written by him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McMannContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded that a district court judge had properly dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a Lakeville man whose daughter had consumed a Suboxone pill.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CostaContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court delivered an opinion today concluding that a non-motorized camper qualified as a “vehicle” when it was attached to the defendant’s pickup truck.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Davenport. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that the common law crime of “interference with the lawful duties of a police officer” is  still a crime in the Commonwealth.  However, because the prosecution failed to prove the elements in the case at issue, the defendant’s conviction for that crime was reversed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AdamsContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that a potential juror who offered her opinion that the judicial system is rigged against young black men should not have been automatically excluded from serving on a jury deciding the fate of a young black male defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WilliamsContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled there was probable cause to charge a man with criminal harassment after he allegedly attached GPS monitors to the cars belonging to a married couple he had never met.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BrennanContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a district court judge’s decision to dismiss a charge of reckless endangerment of a child against a woman whose three-year-old daughter was found alone on a nearby playground.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SantosContinue reading ›

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