Zenon v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-015-16)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11953   ABINEL ZENON  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.     February 4, 2016.     Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.     Abinel Zenon appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying his petition for relief from a protective order issued by a judge in the District Court.  Zenon was charged with assault and battery and other offenses.  He sought certain third-party records in support of his claim that the alleged victim was in fact the first aggressor.  See Commonwealth v. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm

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EventMonitor, Inc. v. Leness (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-014-16)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11920   EVENTMONITOR, INC.  vs.  ANTHONY LENESS.[1]       Suffolk.     November 3, 2015. – February 4, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Employment, Termination.  Contract, Employment, Performance and breach, Termination, Indemnity.  Indemnity.  Massachusetts Wage Act.  Damages, Employment contract.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on April 30, 2008.   The case was heard by Jeffrey A. Locke, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 4, 2016 at 5:20 pm

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Commonwealth v. Perez (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-014-16)

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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   11-P-2166                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  GLORIA PEREZ. No. 11-P-2166. Essex.     December 10, 2015. – February 3, 2016.   Present:  Kafker, C.J., Milkey, & Sullivan, JJ. Larceny.  Bank.  Constitutional Law, Confrontation of witnesses. Practice, Criminal, Confrontation of witnesses.  Evidence, Hearsay, Verbal conduct, Business record, Authentication of document.     Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on April 30, 2008.   The cases were tried before Leila R. Kern, J.     Andrew S. Crouch for the defendant. Philip Anthony Mallard, Assistant District read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 4, 2016 at 6:35 am

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Commonwealth v. Dame (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-010-16)

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-11683 SJC-11937   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  RONALD C. DAME. Worcester.     November 6, 2015. – February 3, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Delay in commencement of prosecution, Search and seizure, Probable cause.  Due Process of Law, Delay in commencement of prosecution.  Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  Probable Cause.  Search and Seizure, Motor vehicle, Probable cause.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Indictment, Delay in commencement of prosecution, Motion to suppress, Harmless error, Execution of sentence, Sentence.  Error, Harmless.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on November 20, 2006.   A motion to dismiss was heard by read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 4, 2016 at 3:01 am

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Commonwealth v. Morales (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-011-16)

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-11867   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  NELSON MORALES. February 3, 2016. Bail.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.      This case is before us on a reservation and report from a single justice of the county court.  It concerns a court’s authority to revoke a defendant’s bail pursuant to G. L. c. 276, § 58, where the defendant who was “on release” defaulted by failing to appear in court and later was charged with committing a new crime.  A judge in the Boston Municipal Court concluded read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 3, 2016 at 11:25 pm

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Commonwealth v. Fontanez (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-012-16)

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-11887   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOSE M. FONTANEZ. February 3, 2016. Bail.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.          This case is before us on a reservation and report from a single justice of the county court.  It concerns the same single issue that we address in Commonwealth v. Morales, 473 Mass.    (2016), also decided today:  whether a court has the authority to revoke a defendant’s bail pursuant to G. L. c. 276, § 58, where the defendant was “on release,” defaulted by failing to read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

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Commonwealth v. Jaiman (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-013-16)

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-11888   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  STEVIE JAIMAN. February 3, 2016.     Bail.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.          This case is before us on a reservation and report from a single justice of the county court.  It concerns the same single issue that we address in Commonwealth v. Morales, 473 Mass.   (2016), also decided today:  whether a court has the authority to revoke a defendant’s bail pursuant to G. L. c. 276, § 58, where the defendant was “on release,” defaulted by failing read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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Goddard v. Goucher, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-013-16)

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   15-P-19                                         Appeals Court   SCOTT GODDARD  vs.  RICHARD E. GOUCHER, trustee,[1] & another.[2] No. 15-P-19. Plymouth.     December 1, 2015. – February 2, 2016.   Present:  Kafker, C.J., Milkey, & Sullivan, JJ. Real Property, Purchase and sale agreement.  Contract, Sale of real estate, What constitutes.  Practice, Civil, Stipulation, Findings by judge.  Evidence, Credibility of witness, Best and secondary.  Witness, Credibility.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on October 25, 2011.   The case was heard by Robert J. Kane, J. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - February 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

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Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 203108 v. Sex Offender Registry Board

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-848                                        Appeals Court   JOHN DOE, SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOARD NO. 203108  vs.  SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOARD. No. 13-P-848.     January 29, 2016. Sex Offender.  Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act.  Constitutional Law, Sex offender.  Due Process of Law, Sex offender, Hearing, Standard of proof.  Practice, Civil, Sex offender, Standard of proof.  Administrative Law, Hearing, Standard of proof.  Internet.      In our read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

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Commonwealth v. Laguer (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-011-16)

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-1785                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  BENJAMIN LAGUER. No. 12-P-1785. Worcester.     November 18, 2015. – January 29, 2016.   Present:  Cohen, Grainger, & Wolohojian, JJ.   Practice, Criminal, New trial.  Deoxyribonucleic Acid.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on August 4, 1983.   A motion for a new trial, filed on April 28, 2011, was heard by Richard T. Tucker, J.     John H. LaChance for the defendant. Sandra L. Hautanen, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.      GRAINGER, J.  On January 30, 1984, Benjamin Laguer was convicted by read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm

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