Articles Posted in Search and Seizure

In an important case delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court drastically changed the analysis for determining if a suspect has been seized by the police in the constitutional sense.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MattaContinue reading ›

In a split decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the gun conviction resulting from a motor vehicle stop by a state trooper in Lawrence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilveloContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded Barnstable police officers acted in a constitutional manner in seizing a home invasion suspect’s cell phone without a warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Fencher. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a superior court judge’s order suppressing evidence seized pursuant to a warrant that implicated the defendant in participating in the multi-million dollar burglary of a jewelry manufacturer in Attleboro in 2008.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MurphyContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that the police must ordinarily obtain a search warrant before obtaining the real-time location of a suspect’s cell phone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlmonorContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Suffolk Superior Court judge’s order suppressing a gun found during the execution of a search warrant, because the information contained in the warrant application was two months old.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HartContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded a parole officer’s search of a defendant’s bedroom was unconstitutional, resulting in the suppression of drugs and drug paraphernalia.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. JudgeContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that Lawrence police officers conducted an unconstitutional search by entering an apartment without a warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AriasContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today concluded the strip search of a suspected drug dealer by Chelsea police officers was not supported by probable cause, and the drugs recovered during the search are therefore inadmissible at trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Agogo Continue reading ›