Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

In a 5-2 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a Milton police sergeant improperly patfrisked a man (and searched his backpack) who was trespassing at Milton High School.  The search yielded a loaded gun, which the SJC said should have been suppressed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. VillagranContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a defendant’s gun conviction, ruling the police had improperly viewed the photographs stored on a digital camera found in his backpack that led to the charge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Mauricio. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of participating in an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a Springfield drug dealer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CooleyContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers acted unlawfully in chasing a man involved in a marijuana investigation into his house after he fled the scene.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a Worcester Superior Court judge improperly denied a defendant’s motion to suppress a gun and other contraband found in a safe in his car, where there was no nexus between the safe and the defendant’s drug activities.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MoraContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a Roxbury man’s murder conviction because the judge did not properly question a prosecutor who removed a black person from serving on the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JonesContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Springfield District Court judge’s decision to suppress a gun by concluding the police were engaged in an unlawful protective sweep when the gun was discovered.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SaywahnContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled a police officer cannot prolong an ordinary traffic stop to investigate an unrelated suspected crime unless the officer can articulate specific facts that suggest the crime has been committed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CorderoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the drug-dealing conviction of a man who asserted the rarely-used (and rarely-successful) entrapment defense at his superior court trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DentonContinue Reading