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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Somerville man’s murder conviction after the defendant shot the victim during an attempted armed robbery.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when police use automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to track a suspect’s car as it travels on public roadways, it might constitute a search.  However, in the case being considered, the police limited the use of the ALPR system to track the defendant, so his constitutional rights were not violated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McCarthy. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today substantially limited the number of cases where a judge can order a defendant to wear a GPS monitor while awaiting trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. NormanContinue reading ›

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 ›

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