Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed the conviction of a 19-year-old Chelsea man who was found guilty of murdering his mother.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Cartright. Continue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded it was error for a trial judge to mention the Breathalyzer test to a jury in a case where the defendant was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol but chose not to take the test.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Wolfe. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed the convictions of a Worcester man who was accused of possessing ingredients with the intent to manufacture an incendiary device.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AldanaContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a police officer who is not qualified as drug recognition expert may not tell the jury he believed a motorist arrested for OUI-Drugs was under the influence of marijuana.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GerhardtContinue Reading

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

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reminded trial judges that the purpose of bail is not to detain criminal defendants pending trial.  The name of the case is Brangan v. CommonwealthContinue 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 affirmed a mentally ill woman’s murder conviction, despite acknowledging her trial attorney had improperly failed to consult with a mental health expert prior to trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Field. Continue Reading