Commonwealth v. Burgos (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-187-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-11005   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOHN BURGOS.       Bristol.     September 5, 2014. – November 21, 2014.   Present: Gants, C.J., Spina, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.   Electronic Surveillance.  Evidence, Wiretap, Corroborative evidence, Telephone conversation.  Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.  Telephone.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Motion to suppress, New trial, Assistance of counsel.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on June 24, 2009.   A pretrial motion to suppress evidence was heard read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

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Fernandes v. Attleboro Housing Authority (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-186-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-11580   DAVID FERNANDES  vs.  ATTLEBORO HOUSING AUTHORITY.     Bristol.     September 4, 2014. – November 19, 2014. Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.   Labor, Wages.  Superior Court, Jurisdiction.  Jurisdiction, Primary jurisdiction, Superior Court, Civil Service Commission.  Public Employment, Termination, Reinstatement of personnel.  Civil Service, Applicability of provisions, Termination of employment, Reinstatement of personnel.  Employment, Termination, Retaliation.  Damages, Additur.  Practice, Civil, Additur, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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Commonwealth v. Ford (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-151-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-1327                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  KENNETH FORD. No. 13-P-1327.     November 18, 2014. Dangerous Weapon.  Evidence, Knife.  Arrest.  Practice, Criminal, Instructions to jury.     Following a two-day jury trial in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department, the defendant was convicted of carrying a dangerous weapon, a knife, in violation of G. L. c. 269, § 10(b).[1]  He appeals, claiming the judge erred by:  (1) read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

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Kelley, et al. v. Boston Fire Department, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-150-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-1701                                       Appeals Court   JOSEPH KELLEY & others[1]  vs.  BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT & another.[2] No. 13-P-1701.     November 18, 2014.   Fire Fighter, Appointment.  Municipal Corporations, Fire department.  Boston.  Civil Service, Appointment.  Practice, Civil, Review of interlocutory action.     Four fire lieutenants employed by the city of Boston (city) fire department filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission (commission) pursuant to G. L. c. 31, § 2(b) and (c), read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

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Commonwealth v. Reade (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-185-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-11655 COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DEVIN R. READE.     November 17, 2014.     Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Notice, Timeliness.  Practice, Criminal, Interlocutory appeal, Assistance of counsel.     The petitioner, Devin R. Reade, appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying, without a hearing, his petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3.  In his petition, Reade sought relief from a District Court judge’s decision not to appoint counsel for him in an read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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Downey, et al. v. Chutehall Construction Co., Inc., et al. v. The Follett Company, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-149-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-819                                        Appeals Court   CHRISTOPHER DOWNEY & another[1]  vs.  CHUTEHALL CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.; THE FOLLETT COMPANY, INC., third-party defendant. No. 13-P-819. Suffolk.     September 15, 2014. – November 13, 2014.   Present:  Berry, Kafker, & Carhart, JJ.     Libel and Slander.  Consumer Protection Act, Unfair or deceptive act.  Privileged Communication.  Evidence, Opinion, Privileged communication.  Practice, Civil, Summary judgment, Entry of judgment.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

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Subcontracting Concepts, Inc. v. Commissioner of the Division of Unemployment Assistance, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-147-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-269                                        Appeals Court   SUBCONTRACTING CONCEPTS, INC.  vs.  COMMISSIONER OF THE DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE & another.[1] No. 13-P-269. Middlesex.     October 8, 2013. – November 12, 2014.   Present:  Rubin, Milkey, & Agnes, JJ.   Employment Security, Employment relationship, Burden of proof.   Civil action commenced in the Ayer Division of the District Court Department on August 23, 2011.   The case was heard by Michael J. Brooks, J.     Jack K. Merrill for the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

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Cape Cod Shellfish & Seafood Company, Inc., et al. v. City of Boston, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-148-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   11-P-1474                                       Appeals Court   CAPE COD SHELLFISH & SEAFOOD COMPANY, INC., & others[1]  vs.  CITY OF BOSTON & another.[2]   No. 11-P-1474. Suffolk.     October 9, 2013. – November 12, 2014.   Present:  Cypher, Katzmann, & Maldonado, JJ. Taxation, Exemption, Leased property, Abatement, Real estate tax:  exemption, abatement.  Contract, Lease of real estate.  Landlord and Tenant, Taxation, Tenancy at sufferance, Lease as contract.  Real Property, Lease. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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Commonwealth v. Thompson (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-184-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-11623   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  WALTER THOMPSON.       November 10, 2014.   Controlled Substances.  “School Zone” Statute.  Statute, Amendment, Retroactive application.     After a jury trial, Walter Thompson was convicted of distributing cocaine and doing so in a school zone.  While his appeal was pending in the Appeals Court, the school zone statute, G. L. c. 94C, § 32J, was amended to reduce the radius of the school zone from 1,000 feet to 300 feet.  St. 2012, c. 192, § 30.  In an unpublished decision, a panel of the Appeals Court ruled that this amendment did not have retroactive read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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Haskins v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-146-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-506                                        Appeals Court   JOHN E. HASKINS  vs.  DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, trustee,[1] & others.[2] No. 13-P-506. Worcester.     September 3, 2014. – November 10, 2014.   Present:  Green, Graham, & Katzmann, JJ.   Mortgage, Foreclosure.  Notice, Foreclosure of mortgage.  Assignment.  Consumer Protection Act, Investigative demand.  Fraud.  Practice, Civil, Complaint.  Contract, Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on June 13, 2012.   A motion to dismiss was heard by Janet Kenton-Walker, J. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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