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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when police use automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to track a suspect’s car as it travels on public roadways, it might constitute a search.  However, in the case being considered, the police limited the use of the ALPR system to track the defendant, so his constitutional rights were not violated.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McCarthy. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers has acted unlawfully in stopping and searching a man on a public street near Franklin Field Park in Dorchester.  Accordingly, the gun found in the man’s pocket will be suppressed and his case will be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kearse. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court delivered an opinion today concluding that a non-motorized camper qualified as a “vehicle” when it was attached to the defendant’s pickup truck.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Davenport. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a former Salem police officer’s conviction for sexually assaulting a man who was in protective custody at the police station.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Butler. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today substantially limited the number of cases where a judge can order a defendant to wear a GPS monitor while awaiting trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. NormanContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a woman’s convictions for multiple crimes, including mayhem, after determining the evidence was sufficient to prove she directed one of her employees to cut off the finger of another of her employees.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilviaContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to prohibit the Commonwealth from introducing evidence seized by the police from a cell phone found in the defendant’s pocket when he was arrested in connection with a murder investigation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BarillasContinue reading ›

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