Articles Posted in Criminal Law

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

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the principle that an attorney who was a witness to an alleged crime ordinarily cannot then represent the defendant in court.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Delnegro. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the disorderly conduct conviction of a man who was involuntarily transported to the psychiatric wing of a hospital before scuffling with security officers.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AccimeContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the Commonwealth is not required to present expert testimony to prove a criminal defendant, who argued he was not criminally responsible when he committed a crime, was sane.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LawsonContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the United States Supreme Court reversed the capital murder conviction of a Georgia inmate who was found guilty after the racist prosecution team excluded all of the black prospective  jurors from being seated on his case.  The name of the case is Foster v. ChatmanContinue Reading