Vigiard v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-112-15)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11804        JEFFREY VIGIARD  vs.  COMMONWEALTH. July 6, 2015. Rape.  Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  Practice, Criminal, Interlocutory appeal.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.      The petitioner, Jeffrey Vigiard, appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court summarily denying his petition for relief pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3.  We affirm.   The petitioner has been indicted on charges of aggravated rape and other offenses.  It appears that some items recovered from read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 7, 2015 at 3:24 am

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Shipps v. District Attorney for the Norfolk District (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-111-15)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11733   WILLIAM M. SHIPPS, JR.  vs.  DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE NORFOLK DISTRICT. July 6, 2015.     Declaratory Relief.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Sentence.     William M. Shipps, Jr., filed a complaint in the county court in 2014, pursuant to G. L. c. 231A, seeking a declaration that his sentences for murder in the first degree under G. L. c. 265, § 2, as amended by St. 1979, c. 488, § 2, which were imposed thirty years earlier, are unconstitutional.  A single justice of this court dismissed read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm

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Doyle v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-110-15)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11787   CHRISTOPHER S. DOYLE  vs.  COMMONWEALTH. July 6, 2015.     Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Habeas Corpus.  Practice, Criminal, Sentence, Double jeopardy, Duplicative convictions, Assistance of counsel.     Christopher S. Doyle (petitioner) appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court summarily denying relief on his petition filed pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3.  We affirm.   After a jury trial, the petitioner was convicted of breaking into a depository in the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

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Commonwealth v. Companonio (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-109-15)

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-11832   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ALFREDO COMPANONIO.[1] July 6, 2015. Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Postconviction relief, Appeal.      The defendant was convicted in 1987 of murder in the first degree.  In 2005, this court affirmed the conviction as well as several trial court orders on postconviction motions.  Commonwealth v. Companonio, 445 Mass. 39 (2005).  The defendant has since filed additional motions in the trial court seeking postconviction relief, all of which have been denied.  In December, 2014, a single read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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Commonwealth v. Libby (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-108-15)

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-11831 COMMONWEALTH  vs.  BRIAN LIBBY.       Suffolk.      May 7, 2015. – July 1, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Sex Offender.  Due Process of Law, Sex offender, Pretrial detainees.  Statute, Construction.  Words, “Prisoner.”       Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on November 6, 2014.   The case was reported by Duffly, J.     Eric Tennen (Michael F. Farrington with him) for the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

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Schussel, et al. v. Commissioner of Revenue (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-107-15)

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-11807   GEORGE SCHUSSEL & another[1]  vs.  COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE. Suffolk.     March 3, 2015. – July 1, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ. Taxation, Appellate Tax Board:  findings, Income tax, Gross income, Income tax returns.  Words, “Tax-related.”       Appeal from a decision of the Appellate Tax Board.   After review by the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court granted leave to obtain further appellate review.     Francis J. DiMento for the read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm

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Commonwealth v. Dossantos (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-106-15)

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-11790   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DOUGLAS DOSSANTOS. Middlesex.     March 2, 2015. – July 1, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ. Domestic Violence Record Keeping System.       Complaint received and sworn to in the Framingham Division of the District Court Department on August 25, 2014.   A question of law was reported to the Appeals Court by Douglas W. Stoddart, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court granted an application for direct appellate review.     Alexandra H. Deal for the defendant. Melissa Weisgold read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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Commonwealth v. Komnenus (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-071-15)

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-1457                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  WALTER KOMNENUS. No. 13-P-1457. Middlesex.     November 13, 2014. – June 30, 2015.   Present:  Green, Wolohojian, & Blake, JJ. Controlled Substances.  Practice, Criminal, Motion to suppress, Required finding, Instructions to jury.  Consent.  Search and Seizure, Consent, Fruits of illegal search, Protective sweep.  Constitutional Law, Search and seizure.         Indictment found and returned in the Superior read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - July 1, 2015 at 12:43 am

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F.A.P. v. J.E.S. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-072-15)

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-758                                   Appeals Court   F.A.P.  vs.  J.E.S. No. 14-P-758. Middlesex.     February 5, 2015. – June 30, 2015.   Present:  Vuono, Milkey, & Blake, JJ. Civil Harassment.  Harassment Prevention.  Protective Order.  Rape.  Minor.  Child Abuse.  Witness, Cross-examination.  Evidence,  Hearsay.  Practice, Civil, Hearsay.       Complaint for protection from harassment filed in the Middlesex County Division of the Juvenile Court Department on March 21, 2013.   The case was heard by Gwendolyn R. Tyre, J.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

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Commonwealth v. Wallace (and a companion case) (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-105-15)

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-11705 SJC-11707   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  NICKOYAN WALLACE (and a companion case[1]). Suffolk.     February 4, 2015. – June 30, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ. Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Speedy trial, Delay in commencement of prosecution.  Due Process of Law, Delay in commencement of prosecution.  Practice, Criminal, Speedy trial, Delay in commencement of prosecution, Capital case.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on May 22, 2002.   Motions to dismiss, filed on June 18 and 28, 2010, were heard by Charles J. Hely, J. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - June 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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