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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a Suffolk Superior Court judge’s decision that denied the defendant’s motion to suppress a gun and drugs found in his clothes following an arrest by an undercover Boston cop.  The Appeals Court ruled the cop lacked reasonable suspicion to detain the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Chin-ClarkeContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today agreed with a Worcester Superior Court judge that a man buying drugs was properly stopped and searched, which led to his conviction for possessing Oxycodone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Santa Maria. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an alleged drug dealer’s convictions because a police officer violated the defendant’s constitutional rights by answering his cell phone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barrett. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Somerville man’s murder conviction after the defendant shot the victim during an attempted armed robbery.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when police use automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to track a suspect’s car as it travels on public roadways, it might constitute a search.  However, in the case being considered, the police limited the use of the ALPR system to track the defendant, so his constitutional rights were not violated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McCarthy. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers has acted unlawfully in stopping and searching a man on a public street near Franklin Field Park in Dorchester.  Accordingly, the gun found in the man’s pocket will be suppressed and his case will be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kearse. Continue reading ›

A Lowell District Court judge today dismissed serious firearms charges against Attorney Chris Spring’s client after Attorney Spring successfully argued the stop that led to the discovery of the gun was unconstitutional.  As a result, the defendant will not be subject to the mandatory minimum 18-month jail sentence that accompanies the charges he was facing. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to suppress more than 100 grams of cocaine discovered during the execution of a search warrant at a New Bedford apartment, concluding that the warrant failed to establish probable cause to believe drugs would be discovered in the defendant’s home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PonteContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge correctly suppressed a gun found by Boston police officers during an inventory search of the defendant’s car after a valid motor vehicle stop.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goncalves-MendezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today agreed with the Appeals Court that a superior court judge had erroneously ruled a large amount of cocaine has been properly seized by the police.  The SJC’s ruling means the drugs will no longer be admissible at the defendant’s trial and he will likely go free.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barreto. Continue reading ›

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