The Woodward School for Girls, Inc. v. City of Quincy, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-129-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11390   THE WOODWARD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, INC.  vs.  CITY OF QUINCY, trustee,[1] & another.[2]       Norfolk.     December 2, 2013. – July 23, 2014. Present:  Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Trust, Charitable trust, Investments, Trustee’s accounts.  Damages, Breach of fiduciary duty, Interest.  Interest.  Massachusetts Tort Claims Act.  Governmental Immunity.  Immunity from Suit.  Municipal Corporations, Trusts, Governmental immunity.  Waiver.  Laches.       Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on July 11, 2007.   After transfer to the Norfolk County Division of the Probate and Family Court Department, the case was heard by Robert W. Langlois, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court.     John S. Leonard (James S. Timmins, City Solicitor, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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Commonwealth v. Golding (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-086-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-768                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  CHRISTOPHER GOLDING. No. 13-P-768. Middlesex.     May 5, 2014. – July 23, 2014. Present: Grasso, Grainger, & Milkey, JJ. Firearms.  Controlled Substances.  Constitutional Law, Vagueness of statute.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on April 30, 2009.   The case was heard by Thomas P. Billings, J.     Stephen Neyman for the defendant.
Hallie White Speight, Assistant District Attorney (David Solet, Assistant District Attorney, with her) for the Commonwealth.

     GRAINGER, J.  Following a jury-waived trial in the Superior Court, the defendant was convicted of possession of a machine gun while in the commission of a felony (G. L. c. 265, § 18B), two counts of possession of a machine gun (G. L. c. 269, § 10[c]), and possession of a silencer (G. L. c. 269, § 10A).+/0+/    The judge found that the defendant had participated in an exchange of drugs for firearms with an undercover special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  We are unpersuaded by the numerous evidentiary, statutory, and constitutional arguments the defendant raises on appeal, and affirm the judgments.

Factual background.  The judge could have found the following:  On the basis of information received from a confidential informant, an ATF agent arranged for the controlled purchase of a hand grenade from the defendant.  The grenade that the defendant sold to the informant contained no live explosives; confronted thereafter with the defective nature of his merchandise, thedefendant offered to “make up the grenades” in a meeting with the informant and an undercover ATF agent at which the participants discussed the possibility of supplying machine guns and a silencer to the defendant.  The negotiations began with a proposed exchange of weapons; thereafter the defendant offered to provide marijuana for the machine guns.  The participants eventually agreed that the defendant would provide payment for the firearms in the form of OxyContin pills.  After the defendant had taken possession of the firearms, he was arrested.  We refer to additional facts as they pertain to the issues raised on appeal.       Sufficiency of the evidence.  The defendant asserts that the evidence was insufficient to support his read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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Commonwealth v. Fisher (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-084-14)

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-837                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  CYRUS S. FISHER. No. 13-P-837. Hampshire.     May 9, 2014. – July 22, 2014. Present:  Cohen, Sikora, & Agnes, JJ. Search and Seizure, Motor vehicle, Reasonable suspicion.  Controlled Substances.  Constitutional Law, Search and seizure, Reasonable suspicion.  Practice, Criminal, Motion to suppress, Interlocutory appeal.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Northampton Division of the District Court read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

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USF Insurance Company v. Langlois, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-085-14)

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-1387                                  Appeals Court   USF INSURANCE COMPANY  vs.  DAVID LANGLOIS & others,[1] trustees,[2] & others.[3] No. 13-P-1387. Essex.     May 6, 2014. – July 22, 2014. Present:  Rapoza, C.J., Brown, & Berry, JJ. Insurance, Fire, Business owner’s policy, Construction of policy, Insured, Illegal acts exclusion.  Contract, Insurance, Construction of contract.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on December 23, 2010.   The case read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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Watkins v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-128-14)

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-11635   ERNEST WATKINS  vs.  COMMONWEALTH. July 17, 2014.     Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.     Ernest Watkins appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying, without a hearing, a petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3, from the denial of his motion to dismiss an indictment charging him with murder in the first degree.  We affirm.   Watkins was fourteen years old at the time of the incident that gave rise to the indictment.  He moved to dismiss the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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Lu v. City of Boston, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-127-14)

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-11611   FREIDRICH LU  vs.  CITY OF BOSTON & others.[1] July 17, 2014. Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Declaratory Relief.  Practice, Civil, Pendency of prior action.      The plaintiff, Freidrich Lu, filed a complaint in the county court pursuant to G. L. c. 231A, § 1, essentially seeking a judgment declaring that the Trustees of the Boston Public Library (trustees) are not a subsidiary corporation, division or unit of the city of Boston (city), that the trustees and the city “are two separate, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

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Golrick v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-126-14)

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-11632 JEANNE A. GOLRICK  vs.  U.S. BANK, N.A.       July 17, 2014.     Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.     The petitioner filed a petition in the county court pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3, challenging a Superior Court order denying her request that the respondent’s attorney be disqualified from representing the respondent in the underlying litigation between the parties.  A single justice of this court denied the petition without a hearing, and the petitioner read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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Commonwealth v. Baptista (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-083-14)

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   12-P-1407                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOHN BAPTISTA. No. 12-P-1407. Bristol.     February 7, 2014. – July 16, 2014. Present:  Sikora, Hines, & Maldonado, JJ.     Practice, Criminal, Sentence.  Evidence, Prior misconduct.  Rape.  Indecent Assault and Battery.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on February 14, 2007.   The cases were tried before Richard T. Moses, J., and a proceeding to revise read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

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Commonwealth v. Peck (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-081-14)

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   12-P-132                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MELISSA PECK. No. 12-P-132. Berkshire.     March 12, 2014. – July 16, 2014. Present:  Vuono, Grainger, & Agnes, JJ.     Practice, Criminal, Cross-examination by prosecutor, Loss of evidence by prosecution, Preservation of evidence.  Evidence, Cross-examination, Prior inconsistent statement, Impeachment of credibility, Expert opinion, Exculpatory.  Witness, Cross-examination, Impeachment, Expert.  Fraud.  Insurance, Defrauding insurer, Motor vehicle read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

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Stone-Ashe v. Department of Environmental Protection, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-082-14)

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-489                                        Appeals Court WENDY STONE-ASHE, trustee,[1]  vs.  DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION & another.[2] No. 13-P-489. Suffolk.     January 14, 2014. – July 16, 2014.   Present:  Trainor, Graham, & Agnes, JJ. Trust, Public trust.  Department of Environmental Protection.  Administrative Law, Agency’s authority, Regulations.  Regulation.  Real Property, Littoral property, Harbors, Wharf, Restrictions.  Harbors.  Evidence, Expert opinion.  Witness, Expert.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on October 29, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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