Commonwealth v. Villalobos (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-059-16)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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   14-P-497                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ANTHONY VILLALOBOS. No. 14-P-497. Suffolk.     September 10, 2015. – May 27, 2016.   Present:  Green, Rubin, & Hanlon, JJ. Homicide.  Assault and Battery.  Practice, Criminal, Required finding, Voir dire, Jury and jurors, Conduct of juror, Argument by prosecutor, New trial, Assistance of counsel, Admissions and confessions, Motion to suppress.  Evidence, Joint venturer, Admissions and confessions.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on November 9, 2009.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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Commonwealth v. Thomas (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-058-16)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-666                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  RICKY THOMAS. No. 13-P-666. Hampden.     March 11, 2016. – May 26, 2016.   Present:  Meade, Sullivan, & Massing, JJ. Rape.  Rape-Shield Statute.  Evidence, Prior conviction, Impeachment of credibility.  Witness, Impeachment. Practice, Criminal, Impeachment by prior conviction, New trial.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on March 23, 2010.   The case was heard by Tina S. Page, J., and a motion for a read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm

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Opinion of the Justices to the Senate (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-073-16)

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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-12092   OPINION OF THE JUSTICES TO THE SENATE.       Beach.  Public Land.  Real Property, Beach, Littoral property.       On May 26, 2016, the Justices submitted the following response to a question propounded to them by the Senate.     To the Honorable the Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The undersigned Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court respectfully submit this response to the question set forth in an order adopted by the Senate on April 13, 2016, and transmitted to us the next day.  For reasons outlined below, we are unable to answer read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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Commonwealth v. Neves (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-072-16)

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-11173   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ADILSON F. NEVES.       Plymouth.     October 9, 2015. – May 25, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Felony-Murder Rule.  Constitutional Law, Admissions and confessions, Waiver of constitutional rights, Voluntariness of statement.  Evidence, Admissions and confessions, Voluntariness of statement, Testimony before grand jury.  Grand Jury.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Admissions and confessions, Waiver, Voluntariness of statement, Grand jury proceedings, Transcript of testimony before grand jury, Sequestration of read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

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Commonwealth v. Stevenson (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-071-16)

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-11962   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  CARLOS G. STEVENSON.       Dukes.     February 11, 2016. – May 25, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Practice, Criminal, Indictment, Dismissal, Grand jury proceedings.  Grand Jury.  Evidence, Grand jury proceedings.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on October 6, 2014.   A motion to dismiss the indictments was heard by Cornelius J. Moriarty, II, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court granted an read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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Federal National Mortgage Association v. Rego, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-069-16)

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-11927   FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION  vs.  EDWARD M. REGO & another.[1] Essex.     November 3, 2015. – May 24, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Summary Process, Appeal.  Mortgage, Foreclosure.  Real Property, Mortgage.  Practice, Civil, Summary process, Counterclaim and cross-claim.  Consumer Protection Act, Unfair act or practice.  Housing Court, Jurisdiction.  Jurisdiction, Housing Court.       Summary Process.  Complaint filed in the Northeast Division of the Housing Court Department on August 31, 2012.   Motions for read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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Commonwealth v. Beal (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-070-16)

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-11938   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DAUNTE BEAL.[1]       Suffolk.     December 10, 2015. – May 24, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Firearms.  Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.  Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.  Practice, Criminal, Duplicative convictions, Sentence.  Evidence, Prior violent conduct.  Due Process of Law, Vagueness of statute.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on November 14, 2008, and January 30, 2009. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

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Guardianship of B.V.G. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-068-16)

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-11925   GUARDIANSHIP OF B.V.G.       Norfolk.     December 7, 2015. – May 23, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Guardian, Incompetent person.  Probate Court, Guardian, Standing.  Practice, Civil, Appointment of guardian, Intervention, Standing.  Words, “Interested person.”       Petition for guardianship filed in the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court Department on February 16, 2011.   A motion to intervene was heard by George F. Phelan, J.   After review by the Appeals Court, the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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Commonwealth v. Lodge (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-057-16)

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; SJCReportersjc.state.ma.us   14-P-1826                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  KENDALL T. LODGE. No. 14-P-1826. Suffolk.     February 1, 2016. – May 20, 2016.   Present:  Trainor, Meade, & Sullivan, JJ. Firearms.  Practice, Criminal, Opening statement, Conduct of prosecutor, Argument by prosecutor, Assistance of counsel. Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel, Admissions and confessions.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.  Evidence, Admission by silence.       Complaint received and sworn to in read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm

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Commonwealth v. Valentin (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-067-16)

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-11448   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ELVIN VALENTIN.       Bristol.     January 12, 2016. – May 20, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Homicide.  Intoxication.  Evidence, Prior misconduct, Relevancy and materiality.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Argument by prosecutor, Request for jury instructions, Instructions to jury.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on September 28, 2009.   The cases were tried before Thomas F. McGuire, Jr., J.     John F. Palmer for the defendant. Rachel W. van Deuren, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - May 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

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