Articles Posted in Search and Seizure

In an important decision delivered earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that police officers need a warrant to search the porch of a multifamily home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LeslieContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled a defendant who was linked to a crime by data compiled by the GPS bracelet he was wearing had no expectation of privacy in his location because he voluntarily wore the bracelet as a condition of his release in an earlier criminal case.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Johnson. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a terrible Appeals Court decision regarding the unconstitutional inventory search of a car in which the defendant was riding.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Crowley-ChesterContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the convictions against a defendant who was arrested after police received information about his criminal activities from an unlikely source – his wife.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Abdul-AlimContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a superior court judge’s order suppressing drugs that were seized by Watertown police officers who entered an apartment, without a warrant, because it “smelled like drugs.”  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. TuschallContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the murder convictions against two men who robbed and shot to death a drug dealer in a Fall River housing complex.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MendezContinue Reading

Attorney Chris Spring successfully argued that the drugs seized from his client’s Billerica home by police officers who were executing a search warrant should be suppressed because the warrant application did not establish probable cause that contraband would be found in the defendant’s bedroom.  Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a search warrant application established probable cause for the police to search for and seize the defendant’s computers, which contained child pornography.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that Boston police officers unlawfully stopped the defendant’s car and therefore, the gun that was found underneath his seat should have been suppressed.  As a result, the defendant’s convictions were overturned and the case will now be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PintoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a superior court judge’s allowance of a defendant’s motion to suppress a gun found in his car, which will allow the prosecution of the defendant to continue to trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. EdwardsContinue Reading