Articles Posted in Search and Seizure

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers acted unlawfully in chasing a man involved in a marijuana investigation into his house after he fled the scene.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MartinContinue Reading

In an important search and seizure case delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a police officer may not stop a car to serve a restraining order on its driver absent extraordinary circumstances.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SanbornContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a Worcester Superior Court judge improperly denied a defendant’s motion to suppress a gun and other contraband found in a safe in his car, where there was no nexus between the safe and the defendant’s drug activities.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MoraContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Springfield District Court judge’s decision to suppress a gun by concluding the police were engaged in an unlawful protective sweep when the gun was discovered.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SaywahnContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled a police officer cannot prolong an ordinary traffic stop to investigate an unrelated suspected crime unless the officer can articulate specific facts that suggest the crime has been committed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. CorderoContinue Reading

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