Articles Posted in Criminal Law

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 ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the conviction of a Waltham man who was caught removing smoke detectors from an apartment building (without first obtaining a permit) and throwing them away.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GraftonContinue reading ›

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reminded trial judges that the purpose of bail is not to detain criminal defendants pending trial.  The name of the case is Brangan v. CommonwealthContinue reading ›