Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the Massachusetts statute that allows crime victims to personally address the judge who is about to impose sentence on defendants is constitutional.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McGonagleContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed the murder conviction of a man who helped his codefendant gun down a 14-year-old boy on a Dorchester street.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LopesContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a convicted sex offender’s motion to withdraw his guilty pleas to sexually assaulting three women in the town of Montague, which is located in the northwest part of the Commonwealth.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LastowskiContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction against a man who viciously stabbed his girlfriend to death in front of their teenage daughter.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PiantedosiContinue Reading