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A Lowell District Court judge today dismissed serious firearms charges against Attorney Chris Spring’s client after Attorney Spring successfully argued the stop that led to the discovery of the gun was unconstitutional.  As a result, the defendant will not be subject to the mandatory minimum 18-month jail sentence that accompanies the charges he was facing. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to suppress more than 100 grams of cocaine discovered during the execution of a search warrant at a New Bedford apartment, concluding that the warrant failed to establish probable cause to believe drugs would be discovered in the defendant’s home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PonteContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a probation officer’s search of a probationer’s cell phone, without a warrant, was constitutionally permissible.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Shipps. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld a superior court judge’s decision to grant a new trial to a Mattapan man who had been convicted of shooting to death a 19-year-old man following a baby shower in Roslindale.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PerezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge correctly suppressed a gun found by Boston police officers during an inventory search of the defendant’s car after a valid motor vehicle stop.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goncalves-MendezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today clarified the constitutional standard that must be satisfied by the Commonwealth to uphold a police officer’s exit order and patfrisk of a motorist.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Torres-Pagan. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that a juvenile court judge properly admitted “first-complaint” testimony against a teenager who was convicted of raping his young cousin.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Alce. Continue reading ›

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