Articles Posted in Property Crimes

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

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the identify fraud conviction for a man found guilty of attempting to steal from the charity set up to help Boston Marathon bombing victims, but the defendant’s other convictions will keep him in prison for three years.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MattierContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a series of serious convictions against a man who had been accused of robbing a high-stakes poker game in North Andover.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. NavarroContinue Reading