Articles Posted in Massachusetts Appeals Court

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an Everett man’s conviction for assaulting an elderly woman (his neighbor) when surveillance video of the incident was accidentally erased and the only witness – a police officer – was improperly permitted to describe what he saw on the video.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Connolly. Continue Reading

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 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 Appeals Court yesterday upheld a defendant’s conviction for defrauding an insurance company after the defendant lied about hitting an animal with his car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DriscollContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today determined that a motorist had been properly stopped pursuant to a sobriety roadblock, despite the fact that several of the police officers had not performed their duties pursuant to the operations plan.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BakerContinue Reading

In a horrible decision delivered today, a divided panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a woman’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol, despite an egregious error made by the trial judge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GallagherContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday reversed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 where the prosecution improperly admitted medical records without the necessary expert testimony.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HamelContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the principle that an attorney who was a witness to an alleged crime ordinarily cannot then represent the defendant in court.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Delnegro. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled a defendant who was linked to a crime by data compiled by the GPS bracelet he was wearing had no expectation of privacy in his location because he voluntarily wore the bracelet as a condition of his release in an earlier criminal case.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Johnson. Continue Reading