Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for violating the state’s school zone statute, concluding the Commonwealth had failed to present evidence the school was “accredited” as required by the law.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Cooper. Continue 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

In an important decision delivered earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that police officers need a warrant to search the porch of a multifamily home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeslieContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week limited the criminal exposure of defendants who are charged with violating the state’s habitual criminal statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Garvey. Continue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded a defendant who swallowed a baggie containing drugs to prevent its seizure did not violate the witness intimidation statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TejedaContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court concluded a defendant cannot be convicted of possessing a loaded firearm unless he knew the firearm was loaded at the time of the possession.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BrownContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a terrible Appeals Court decision regarding the unconstitutional inventory search of a car in which the defendant was riding.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Crowley-ChesterContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the convictions against a defendant who was arrested after police received information about his criminal activities from an unlikely source – his wife.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Abdul-AlimContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a superior court judge’s order suppressing drugs that were seized by Watertown police officers who entered an apartment, without a warrant, because it “smelled like drugs.”  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TuschallContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld a superior court judge’s decision to prohibit a witness in a murder case from offering an opinion that a gun (shown to her in a police photograph) was used by the defendant during the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ThomasContinue Reading