Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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 ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today partially reversed a former New Bedford police officer’s conviction for sexually abusing a young girl and ordered him to be resentenced.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Gomes. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the convictions of a man who was accused of assaulting and threatening his sister’s ex-boyfriend, concluding the trial judge had committed two reversible errors.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PalermoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that the common law crime of “interference with the lawful duties of a police officer” is  still a crime in the Commonwealth.  However, because the prosecution failed to prove the elements in the case at issue, the defendant’s conviction for that crime was reversed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AdamsContinue 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 Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a woman’s convictions for manslaughter and reckless endangerment of a child for her involvement in a car accident that killed her two young nephews.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HardyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that defendants accused of murder, rape, and sexual offenses against children are entitled to request individual questioning of potential jurors about their potential racial or ethnic prejudices when the alleged victim is a different race.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Colon. Continue reading ›