Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a man’s conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm, concluding he did not satisfy the definition of a “new Massachusetts resident,” which would have provided him with a legal defense to the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PaulContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today overturned an involuntary manslaughter conviction against a defendant whose friend died of a drug overdose after shooting heroin provided to him by the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Carrillo. Continue reading ›

In a split decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the gun conviction resulting from a motor vehicle stop by a state trooper in Lawrence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilveloContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a prisoner is entitled to have his cell phones returned to him, despite the presence of sexually-explicit images of the victim on the phones.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Salmons. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a Leicester man’s convictions for firearm offenses after concluding the trial judge had improperly removed a juror during deliberations.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TiscioneContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Suffolk Superior Court judge’s order suppressing a gun found during the execution of a search warrant, because the information contained in the warrant application was two months old.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HartContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the conviction of a Tewksbury man for unlawfully possessing a pistol that he had legally owned while previously living in New Hampshire.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HarrisContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded a parole officer’s search of a defendant’s bedroom was unconstitutional, resulting in the suppression of drugs and drug paraphernalia.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JudgeContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the strip search of a suspected drug dealer by Chelsea police officers was not supported by probable cause, and the drugs recovered during the search are therefore inadmissible at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Agogo Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a second-degree murder conviction against a defendant who participated in the fatal shooting of a man who was boarding a bus in Roxbury in 2013.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Bannister. Continue reading ›