Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to prohibit the Commonwealth from introducing evidence seized by the police from a cell phone found in the defendant’s pocket when he was arrested in connection with a murder investigation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BarillasContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that possessing an open container of alcohol in a car is a civil violation, rather than a criminal offense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Mansur. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a probation officer’s search of a probationer’s cell phone, without a warrant, was constitutionally permissible.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Shipps. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld a superior court judge’s decision to grant a new trial to a Mattapan man who had been convicted of shooting to death a 19-year-old man following a baby shower in Roslindale.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PerezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge correctly suppressed a gun found by Boston police officers during an inventory search of the defendant’s car after a valid motor vehicle stop.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goncalves-MendezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today clarified the constitutional standard that must be satisfied by the Commonwealth to uphold a police officer’s exit order and patfrisk of a motorist.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Torres-Pagan. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today agreed with the Appeals Court that a superior court judge had erroneously ruled a large amount of cocaine has been properly seized by the police.  The SJC’s ruling means the drugs will no longer be admissible at the defendant’s trial and he will likely go free.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barreto. Continue reading ›