Articles Posted in Property Crimes

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 ›

In a very important opinion delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a criminal defendant cannot face additional criminal sanctions if he is unable to pay restitution to a victim as ordered by a judge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Henry. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld the convictions of a man who set fire to a truck belonging to a man who had sexually assaulted his sister earlier in the evening.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BalboniContinue reading ›