Articles Posted in Domestic Violence

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday rejected a convicted stalker’s argument that his conviction should be overturned because his conduct was “motivated by jealousy and anger” and therefore not willful.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ChongaContinue Reading

In a trio of cases decided yesterday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court clarified the Commonwealth’s burden in cases where defendants are alleged to have violated the “stay away” provision of restraining orders.  The names of the cases are Commonwealth v. Watson, Commonwealth v. Telcinord, and Commonwealth v. Goldman.   Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against a mentally ill man who viciously stabbed his estranged girlfriend to death.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WaweruContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a man’s conviction for stalking his ex-girlfriend, ruling that several errors committed by the judge prevented him from receiving a fair trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TorresContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction against a man who viciously stabbed his girlfriend to death in front of their teenage daughter.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PiantedosiContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against a Haverhill man who killed his girlfriend in 2002.  The defendant had argued at trial that he was temporarily insane at the time of the killing, as he was suffering from the side-effects of an antiviral drug he had been taking to treat his hepatitis C.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FacellaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against Brockton man despite acknowledging multiple errors made by his attorney at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Montrond. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court this week upheld the convictions of a man who violently stalked and attacked his ex-girlfriend by concluding the trial judge had properly admitted the ex-girlfriend’s hearsay statements under the forfeiture by wrongdoing rule.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Valentin. Continue Reading