Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reinstated the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, ruling that his death while his case was being appealed did not justify vacating the guilty finding.  The decision can be read at Commonwealth v. HernandezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court delivered an important decision today, ruling that a trial court can order a criminal defendant to provide the password to his phone that has been seized by the police and contains incriminating information about him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Jones. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a man’s first-degree murder conviction following his trial in which it was proven he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CollazoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that a potential juror who offered her opinion that the judicial system is rigged against young black men should not have been automatically excluded from serving on a jury deciding the fate of a young black male defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WilliamsContinue reading ›

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a Salem man’s rape conviction despite ruling the trial judge had improperly instructed the jury on the defendant’s consent defense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ShermanContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday agreed with a Boston Municipal Court judge that there was no probable cause to arrest a man sitting in the passenger seat of a stolen car, and therefore his subsequent statements to the police must be suppressed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PridgettContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed a juvenile girl’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter after she successfully urged her boyfriend to commit suicide by way of carbon monoxide poisoning.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CarterContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed a woman’s money laundering conviction in a case involving the theft of more than $300,000 from her girlfriend’s parents.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BrauneContinue reading ›