Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the conviction of a Tewksbury man for unlawfully possessing a pistol that he had legally owned while previously living in New Hampshire.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HarrisContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a statute requiring defendants convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography to wear a GPS monitor violates the state constitution.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Feliz. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the murder conviction against a Somerville man who killed an Everett stripper he had previously dated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FerreiraContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that Lawrence police officers conducted an unconstitutional search by entering an apartment without a warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AriasContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the strip search of a suspected drug dealer by Chelsea police officers was not supported by probable cause, and the drugs recovered during the search are therefore inadmissible at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Agogo Continue reading ›

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 ›