Commonwealth v. Nelson (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-072-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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‑11337   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  LARRY NELSON.     Suffolk.     January 10, 2014.  ‑  April 17, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Gants, & Duffly, JJ.   Homicide.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Argument by prosecutor, Instructions to jury, Question by jury.  Jury and Jurors.         Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on May 15, 2008.   The case was tried before Judith Fabricant, J.     Leslie W. O’Brien for the defendant. Teresa K. Anderson, Assistant District Attorney (Gretchen Lundgren, Assistant read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Sullivan, et al. v. Kondaur Capital Corporation (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-039-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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‑706                                        Appeals Court   JOSEPH L. SULLIVAN & another[1]  vs.  KONDAUR CAPITAL CORPORATION. No. 13‑P‑706. Suffolk.     February 4, 2014.  ‑  April 16, 2014. Present:  Kafker, Green, & Sullivan, JJ.   Mortgage, Assignment, Foreclosure.  Practice, Civil, Motion to dismiss, Standing.  Real Property, Mortgage, Registered land, Certificate of title.  Assignment.  Agency, Scope of authority or employment.  Corporation, Officers and agents.  Land Court.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on March 8, 2010.   After transfer to the Land Court Department, a motion to read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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Commonwealth v. Riley (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-071-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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‑10974   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MICHAEL RILEY.     Plymouth.     December 6, 2013.  ‑  April 15, 2014. Present:  Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, & Duffly, JJ.     Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Assistance of counsel, New trial, Required finding, Instructions to jury, Costs.  Malice.  Intent.  Evidence, Intent, Scientific test, Prior misconduct, Relevancy and materiality.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on March 23, 2007.   The case was tried before Charles J. Hely, J., and motions for authorization of funds and for a new trial were considered by him.     Dennis Shedd for the defendant. Gail M. McKenna, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.     BOTSFORD, J.  In 2007, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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Commonwealth v. Elangwe (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-038-14)

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       10‑P‑2190                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MANFRED ELANGWE.     No. 10‑P‑2190. Middlesex.     September 11, 2013.  ‑  April 15, 2014. Present:  Kantrowitz, Sikora, & Hines, JJ.   Rape.  Assault and Battery.  Practice, Criminal, New trial, Discovery, Assistance of counsel, Hearsay, Conduct of prosecutor.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.  Evidence, Exculpatory, Hearsay, Relevancy and materiality, Cross‑examination, Credibility of witness, Impeachment of credibility.  Witness, Credibility, Cross‑examination. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company, et al. v. Department of Public Utilities (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-068-14)

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‑11397     FITCHBURG GAS AND ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY[1] & others[2]  vs.  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES.     Suffolk.     December 5, 2013.  ‑  April 14, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.   Department of Public Utilities.  Public Utilities, Electric company, Rate setting, Costs of service, Rate of return.  Constitutional Law, Taking of property.  Due Process of Law, Taking of property, Regulatory proceeding.       Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 15, 2014 at 12:36 am

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Commonwealth v. Shea (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-069-14)

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‑11412 COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DONNA SHEA.       Norfolk.     January 7, 2014.  ‑  April 14, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Protective Order.  Abuse Prevention.  Practice, Criminal, Instructions to jury, Contempt, Law of the case.  Intent.  Statute.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Quincy Division of the District Court Department on May 11, 2010.   The case was tried before Robert P. Ziemian, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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May v. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-070-14)

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‑11439     KENNETH D. MAY & another[1]  vs.  SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.   Suffolk.    December 3, 2013.  ‑  April 14, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.       Massachusetts Consumer Credit Cost Disclosure Act.  Limitations, Statute of.  Statute, Construction.  Mortgage, Loan commitment.  Contract, Rescission.  Practice, Civil, Statute of limitations.  Words, “Recoupment,” “Rescission.”       Certification of a question of law to the Supreme Judicial Court by the United States Bankruptcy Court read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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Commonwealth v. Duncan (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-067-14)

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‑11373   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  HEATHER M. DUNCAN.       Essex.     December 3, 2013.  ‑  April 11, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.       Animal.  Constitutional Law, Search and seizure.  Search and Seizure, Emergency.  Practice, Criminal, Motion to suppress.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Lynn Division of the District Court Department on April 19, 2011.   A pretrial motion to suppress evidence was heard by Ellen Flatley, J., read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Sheehan v. Weaver, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-066-14)

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‑11395   WILLIAM SHEEHAN  vs.  DAVID B. WEAVER & another.[1]     Essex.     December 2, 2013.  ‑  April 10, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     State Building Code.  Building.  Strict Liability.  Statute, Construction.       Civil action commenced in the Northeast Division of the Housing Court Department on July 14, 2008.   The case was tried before David D. Kerman, J., and a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict or for a new trial was heard by him. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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Plourde v. Police Department of Lawrence (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-037-14)

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‑650                                                                              Appeals Court   RONALD PLOURDE  vs.  POLICE DEPARTMENT OF LAWRENCE. No. 13‑P‑650. Essex.     January 7, 2014.  ‑  April 9, 2014. Present:  Katzmann, Fecteau, & Milkey, JJ.   Massachusetts Wage Act.  Governmental Immunity.  Public Employment, Collective bargaining, Compensatory time.   Employment.  Contract, Employment, Collective bargaining contract.  Labor, Collective bargaining, Failure to pay wages.  Police, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm

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