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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

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld the murder and arson convictions against a Springfield man who stabbed his estranged wife and set her house on fire, causing her death.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SanchezContinue Reading

In upholding a defendant’s kidnapping conviction yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled the defendant had attempted to unlawfully strike women from serving on his jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. William OberleContinue Reading

In an opinion released today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a Saugus mother’s conviction for beating her daughter despite expressing concern about the trial judge’s suggestion that he might jail the young victim for committing perjury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BeaulieuContinue Reading

In upholding the defendant’s conviction for committing an assault and battery against his former girlfriend, the Supreme Judicial Court provided guidance as to what constitutes a “substantive dating relationship” in the context of the new domestic violence law.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Dustin. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Mansfield man who murdered his six-year-old daughter in July of 2009.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GriffinContinue Reading