Articles Posted in Domestic Violence

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for violating a restraining order where the Commonwealth failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had been served with, or was otherwise aware of, the existence of the order.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Tiernan.   Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against a Somerville man who killed an Everett stripper he had previously dated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FerreiraContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday ruled that a jury’s guilty verdict should stand, despite two of the six jurors initially believing the defendant was not guilty.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DiBenedetto. Continue reading ›

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 ›