Articles Posted in Criminal Law

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

A Massachusetts jury today rejected the Commonwealth’s prosecution of Attorney Chris Spring’s client, who was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.  The jury took less than 10 minutes to find Attorney Spring’s client not guilty of all charges. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled there was probable cause to arrest a man who drunkenly stumbled along a set of train tracks while holding onto his 11-year-old son.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Coggeshall. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that a trial court judge has the authority to revoke a defendant’s personal recognizance and lock him up even if the defendant had already defaulted and was no longer “on release” as required by the statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Morales. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge violated the Rules of Criminal Procedure by imposing a “Commonwealth-capped” plea on a defendant.  The name of the case is Charbonneau v. Presiding Justice of the Holyoke Division of the District Court Department. Continue Reading