In a terrible decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court made a mockery of the  “no-fix” law, which requires a police officer to make a timely delivery of a citation following a motor vehicle violation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. O’LearyContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed the convictions of a Worcester man who was accused of possessing ingredients with the intent to manufacture an incendiary device.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AldanaContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a police officer who is not qualified as drug recognition expert may not tell the jury he believed a motorist arrested for OUI-Drugs was under the influence of marijuana.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GerhardtContinue Reading

A split panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the delinquency finding (juvenile speak for conviction) against a boy who was convicted of possessing cocaine in a car in which he was riding.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Ormond O.

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A divided panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a Boston Municipal Court judge’s order suppressing drug evidence that was discovered when Boston cops searched a brothel without a warrant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. OwensContinue Reading

In a 5-2 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled a Milton police sergeant improperly patfrisked a man (and searched his backpack) who was trespassing at Milton High School.  The search yielded a loaded gun, which the SJC said should have been suppressed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. VillagranContinue Reading

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reminded trial judges that the purpose of bail is not to detain criminal defendants pending trial.  The name of the case is Brangan v. CommonwealthContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a defendant’s gun conviction, ruling the police had improperly viewed the photographs stored on a digital camera found in his backpack that led to the charge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Mauricio. Continue Reading