Articles Posted in Property Crimes

In a 4-3 decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed convictions against two men who were found guilty of possessing burglarious tools as they walked along railroad tracks in Norton in the middle of a freezing February night in 2013.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SquiresContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today held it was error for a superior court judge to order bail posted on behalf of the defendants by their family members could be used to partially satisfy a large restitution order against them.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. UnittContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a terrible opinion by the Appeals Court that upheld the conviction of a defendant based on a single fingerprint found at the scene of the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FrenchContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that double jeopardy principles do not prohibit the prosecutor from charging a defendant with larceny when he was already acquitted of receiving stolen property (related to the same property) at a prior trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RodriguezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed the conviction of a man who was hired by a Marshfield couple to perform home improvement work but didn’t finish the job after receiving payment.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LongContinue Reading

In upholding a woman’s animal cruelty conviction for starving her dog to death, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled it was proper for the trial judge to prohibit her from owning any pets as a condition of her probation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. WallerContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered a criminal defendant to pay restitution to his victim for storage fees that were accumulated when the police department failed to tell the victim where his car had been stored.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BuckleyContinue Reading

In an interesting decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the larceny conviction against a man who had passed along his government subsidized apartment to an illegal immigrant who did not qualify for the subsidy.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvarezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that while the malicious destruction of property statute requires proof that the defendant acted with malice, it is not necessary that the malice was directed toward the owner of the property.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Chambers. Continue Reading