Commonwealth v. Ortiz (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-189-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11426   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  LUIS ORTIZ. Middlesex.     October 10, 2014. – November 26, 2014.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Firearms.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case.  Self-Defense.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on June 24, 2010.   The cases were tried before Richard T. Tucker, J.     Dana Alan Curhan for the defendant. Jamie Michael Charles, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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Commonwealth v. Liebenow (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-188-14)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11593   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  CARL B. LIEBENOW, JR.       Berkshire.     September 2, 2014. – November 25, 2014.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Larceny.  Intent.  Mistake.  Practice, Criminal, Affirmative defense.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Pittsfield Division of the District Court Department on August 12, 2010.   The case was heard by Fredric D. Rutberg, J.   After review by the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court granted leave to obtain further appellate review.     Elizabeth Caddick for the defendant. John Bossé, Assistant District read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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Byron V. Hartunian, M.D., P.C. v. Pilgrim Insurance Company (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-152-14)

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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   14-P-8                                          Appeals Court   BYRON V. HARTUNIAN, M.D., P.C.  vs.  PILGRIM INSURANCE COMPANY. No. 14-P-8. Middlesex.     September 9, 2014. – November 24, 2014.   Present:  Kantrowitz, Grainger, & Hanlon, JJ.     Insurance, Motor vehicle personal injury protection benefits, Settlement of claim, Unfair act or practice.  Consumer Protection Act, Insurance, Unfair or deceptive act.  Motor Vehicle, Insurance.     Civil action commenced in the Cambridge Division of the District Court read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

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

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-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)

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)

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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