Articles Posted in Massachusetts Appeals Court

In a trio of cases decided yesterday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court clarified the Commonwealth’s burden in cases where defendants are alleged to have violated the “stay away” provision of restraining orders.  The names of the cases are Commonwealth v. Watson, Commonwealth v. Telcinord, and Commonwealth v. Goldman.   Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that the police did not act unreasonably in waiting 85 days to obtain a warrant to search a defendant’s cell phones when the phones were already being held by the police pending trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Arthur. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that an assault victim who suffered cuts on his fingers while being slashed with a knife did not sustain a “bodily injury” as defined by the state hate crime statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SudlerContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a New Bedford man’s child abuse convictions following a jury trial in which it was proven the defendant viciously beat a small child with a belt.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Garcia. Continue Reading

In a divided opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted 2-1 to uphold the indecent assault and battery convictions returned against a man who repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl over the course of many years.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ChildsContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a defendant’s conviction for possessing heroin and cocaine where the drugs were removed from his rectum without the necessary warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JeannisContinue Reading

In a troubling opinion released today, a divided panel of the Appeals Court voted 2-1 to affirm the serious assault convictions of a man who was convicted by a jury containing a member who repeatedly questioned his ability to be fair and impartial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ChambersContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a Lawrence man’s conviction for illegally carrying a firearm because the police arrested him without first establishing probable cause he was committing a crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SantiagoContinue Reading