COVID-19 UPDATE: Spring & Spring Remains Operating. Learn More.

Articles Posted in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge correctly suppressed a gun found by Boston police officers during an inventory search of the defendant’s car after a valid motor vehicle stop.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goncalves-MendezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today clarified the constitutional standard that must be satisfied by the Commonwealth to uphold a police officer’s exit order and patfrisk of a motorist.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Torres-Pagan. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today agreed with the Appeals Court that a superior court judge had erroneously ruled a large amount of cocaine has been properly seized by the police.  The SJC’s ruling means the drugs will no longer be admissible at the defendant’s trial and he will likely go free.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barreto. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld the murder conviction against a man who beat to death the owner of the Majestic Dragon Restaurant in Ipswich in 2011.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeeContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today decided to reduce a man’s conviction for first-degree murder to second-degree murder, citing the defendant’s longstanding cognitive problems resulting from brain injuries suffered during his childhood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DowdsContinue reading ›

In an important case delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court drastically changed the analysis for determining if a suspect has been seized by the police in the constitutional sense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MattaContinue reading ›

In a divided opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a defendant’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol by ruling it was proper for the police to stop him after watching him briefly cross over the fog line.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LaroseContinue reading ›

Contact Information