Commonwealth v. Gaston (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-138-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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   12-P-1215                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JUSTIN C. GASTON. No. 12-P-1215. Suffolk.     May 7, 2014. – October 31, 2014.   Present:  Cypher, Kafker, & Hanlon, JJ.     Controlled Substances.  Firearms.  Constitutional Law, Conduct of government agents.  Due Process of Law, Disclosure of evidence, Conduct of prosecutor.  Practice, Criminal, New trial, Disclosure of evidence, Conduct of government agents, Conduct of prosecutor.  Evidence, Disclosure of evidence, Firearm, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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K.A. v. T.R. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-139-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-108                                        Appeals Court   K.A.  vs.  T.R.[1] No. 13-P-108. Norfolk.     April 9, 2014. – October 31, 2014.   Present:  Vuono, Meade, & Carhart, JJ.   Parent and Child, Custody.  Divorce and Separation, Child custody, Findings.  Evidence, Child custody proceeding.  Probate Court, Custody of child.  Practice, Civil, Contempt.       Complaint for divorce filed in the Norfolk Division of the Probate and Family Court Department on April 16, 2010.   The case was heard by John D. Casey, J.     Michael J. Traft for the mother.     VUONO, J.  Cases concerning the custody of children are often read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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Bellerman, et al. v. Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-180-14)

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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-11492   MARCIA D. BELLERMANN & others1  vs.  FITCHBURG GAS AND ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY. Worcester.     March 4, 2014. – October 30, 2014.   Present:  Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ. Electric Company.  Public Utilities, Electric company.  Practice, Civil, Class action, Consumer protection case, Judicial discretion.  Consumer Protection Act, Class action, Unfair or deceptive act.  Administrative Law, Preclusive effect of decision.  Collateral Estoppel.  Estoppel.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on January 7, 2009.   Motions for class read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

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Commonwealth v. Rollins (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-181-14)

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-11583   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOHN K. ROLLINS. Hampden.     September 4, 2014. – October 30, 2014.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Obscenity, Child pornography.  Constitutional Law, Sentence, Double jeopardy, Freedom of speech and press.  Due Process of Law, Sentence.  Practice, Criminal, Sentence, Duplicative convictions, Double jeopardy, Argument by prosecutor.  Evidence, Photograph, Relevancy and materiality, Opinion.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Holyoke Division of the District Court Department on May 7, 2010. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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Doucette v. Massachusetts Parole Board (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-137-14)

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-149                                        Appeals Court   CHARLES DOUCETTE  vs.  MASSACHUSETTS PAROLE BOARD. No. 13-P-149. Essex.     April 4, 2014. – October 29, 2014.   Present:  Berry, Katzmann, & Sullivan, JJ.   Parole.  Administrative Law, Adjudicatory proceeding, Decision, Evidence, Failure to raise issue before agency, Hearing, Regulations.  Constitutional Law, Delay in rendering decision, Impartial tribunal, Parole.  Due Process of Law, Administrative hearing, Delay in rendering decision, Hearing, Parole.  Practice, Civil, Action in nature of certiorari, Failure to raise issue, Hearsay, Motion to dismiss, Relief read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

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Commonwealth v. Garcia (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-179-14)

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-11127 COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOONEL GARCIA. Essex.     December 6, 2013. – October 29, 2014.   Present:  Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ. Homicide.  Home Invasion.  Burglary.  Armed Assault with Intent to Rob.  Felony-Murder Rule.  Joint Enterprise.  Evidence, Joint venturer, Impeachment of credibility, Cross-examination, Redirect examination, Accident.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Practice, Criminal, Required finding, Instructions to jury, Assistance of counsel, Capital case.  Witness, Impeachment, Cross-examination, Redirect examination.     Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

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Commonwealth v. Martinez (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-136-14)

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-2063                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOSE MARTINEZ. No. 11-P-2063. Suffolk.     April 10, 2014. – October 29, 2014.   Present:  Grainger, Rubin, & Hanlon, JJ. Alien.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel, Plea.  Practice, Criminal, Assistance of counsel, Plea, Affidavit.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on June 1, 1998.   A motion for a new trial, filed on September 6, 2011, was considered by Elizabeth B. Donovan, J., and a motion for reconsideration was read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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Bank of America, N.A., et al. v. Babcock, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-176-14)

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-11651   BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. & another,[1] trustees,[2]  vs. VICTORIA BABCOCK & others.[3] October 28, 2014. Trust, Taxation.  Taxation, Marital deduction.  Practice, Civil, Declaratory proceeding.      The trustees of the Indenture of Trust of Hollis W. Plimpton, Jr., dated June 24, 1964, as amended, also known as the Hollis W. Plimpton, Jr. Family Trust (trust), filed a complaint in the county court, pursuant to G. L. c. 231A, seeking a declaration that the trust as drafted correctly expresses the intent of Hollis W. Plimpton, Jr. (settlor) that his read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 29, 2014 at 2:25 am

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Commonwealth v. Carriere (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-177-14)

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-11339   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  EDMOND J. CARRIERE, JR. Barnstable.     May 9, 2014. – October 28, 2014. Present:  Spina, Cordy, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Homicide.  Joint Enterprise.  Evidence, Joint venturer, Testimonial statement, Pattern of conduct, Subsequent misconduct, Prior misconduct, Motive, State of mind, Declaration against interest.  Constitutional Law, Confrontation of witnesses.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Confrontation of witnesses, Argument by prosecutor, Presumptions and burden of proof.       Indictment found and returned in the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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O’Connell, et al. v. Houser, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-178-14)

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-11698   MARY-KATHLEEN O’CONNELL & another,[1] trustees,[2]  vs. GEORGE C. HOUSER, JR., & others.[3] October 28, 2014.     Trust, Reformation.  Taxation, Generation skipping transfer tax.     The trustees filed a complaint in the county court seeking reformation of the trust established under Article Fourth of the Mary R. Houser Trust — 1991 to correct a drafting error that they contend frustrates the intent of the settlor and her husband to provide for their descendants in an efficient and tax-advantageous manner.  Apart from the Commissioner of Internal read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - October 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

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