Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of participating in an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a Springfield drug dealer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CooleyContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a defendant who has been found not guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol under one theory of liability can be prosecuted again for the same incident under a different theory of liability.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Hebb. Continue Reading

In an important search and seizure case delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a police officer may not stop a car to serve a restraining order on its driver absent extraordinary circumstances.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SanbornContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a Worcester Superior Court judge improperly denied a defendant’s motion to suppress a gun and other contraband found in a safe in his car, where there was no nexus between the safe and the defendant’s drug activities.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MoraContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a Roxbury man’s murder conviction because the judge did not properly question a prosecutor who removed a black person from serving on the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JonesContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled a police officer cannot prolong an ordinary traffic stop to investigate an unrelated suspected crime unless the officer can articulate specific facts that suggest the crime has been committed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CorderoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the drug-dealing conviction of a man who asserted the rarely-used (and rarely-successful) entrapment defense at his superior court trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DentonContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against Brockton man despite acknowledging multiple errors made by his attorney at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Montrond. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week upheld a superior court judge’s decision to grant a new trail to a man who was convicted of starting a fire in 1982 that killed eight occupants of a Lowell apartment building.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rosario. Continue Reading

In an important decision delivered earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that police officers need a warrant to search the porch of a multifamily home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeslieContinue Reading