Articles Posted in Violent Crimes

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the conviction against a man who beat to death his six-month-old son in a Chicopee apartment in 2009.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goitia. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that the police did not act unreasonably in waiting 85 days to obtain a warrant to search a defendant’s cell phones when the phones were already being held by the police pending trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Arthur. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that an assault victim who suffered cuts on his fingers while being slashed with a knife did not sustain a “bodily injury” as defined by the state hate crime statute.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SudlerContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a New Bedford man’s child abuse convictions following a jury trial in which it was proven the defendant viciously beat a small child with a belt.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Garcia. Continue Reading

For the second time in three weeks, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reversed a Suffolk County murder conviction after the trial judge failed to determine whether the prosecutor was improperly excluding black people from serving on the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Ortega. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday overturned a Dorchester murder conviction, ruling the trial judge failed to properly consider whether the prosecutor was intentionally blocking black men from the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RobertsonContinue Reading

In a troubling opinion released today, a divided panel of the Appeals Court voted 2-1 to affirm the serious assault convictions of a man who was convicted by a jury containing a member who repeatedly questioned his ability to be fair and impartial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ChambersContinue Reading