Articles Posted in Criminal Law

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 clarified the types of crimes that qualify for pretrial detention pursuant to the dangerousness statute.  The names of the cases are Scione v. Commonwealth and Commonwealth v. BarnesContinue 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

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