Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

In an important decision delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court limited the reach of a law that imposes a mandatory minimum jail sentence on a specific type of license suspension crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Nascimento Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a man’s conviction for stalking his ex-girlfriend, ruling that several errors committed by the judge prevented him from receiving a fair trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TorresContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the murder conviction of an alleged drug dealer who was accused of shooting to death another drug dealer in a Boston apartment.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DraytonContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder convictions against a drug-addicted Lynn man who slit the throats of his mother and grandmother in 2012.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WrightContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today held that a state trooper properly relied on the allegation of an anonymous caller to stop a motorist suspected of an act of road rage and search his vehicle.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ManhaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reaffirmed the principle that a police officer may stop a car for a motor vehicle infraction, despite the officer’s true motive for stopping the car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Buckley. Continue Reading

In a 4-3 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that when a driver gave his consent for a police officer to search “in the vehicle” for contraband, the consent to search did not extend to the area behind the air filter underneath the hood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. OrtizContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled it was proper for a Suffolk Superior Court judge to prohibit certain individuals from attending a murder trial with overtones of gang violence and witness intimidation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FernandesContinue Reading