Bay Colony Railroad Corporation v. Town of Yarmouth, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-011-15)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11608   BAY COLONY RAILROAD CORPORATION  vs.  TOWN OF YARMOUTH & another.[1] Norfolk.     October 7, 2014. – January 29, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Railroad.  Solid Waste Management.  Municipal Corporations, Contracts.  Contract, Municipality, Performance and breach, Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  Federal Preemption.  Statute, Federal preemption.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on January 14, 2008.   Motions for summary judgment were heard by John P. Connor, Jr., J.; read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

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The First Marblehead Corporation, et al. v. Commissioner of Revenue (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-010-15)

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NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11609   THE FIRST MARBLEHEAD CORPORATION & another[1]  vs.  COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE. Suffolk.     October 7, 2014. – January 28, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Financial Institution.  Taxation, Excise, Apportionment of tax burden.  Constitutional Law, Taxation.  Notice, Tax taking.       Appeal from a decision of the Appellate Tax Board.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court.     John S. Brown (Donald-Bruce Abrams with him) for the taxpayer. Brett M. Goldberg (Daniel J. Hammond, Assistant Attorney General, with him) for Commissioner of Revenue. Helen Hecht, Bruce Fort, Sheldon Laskin, read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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Commonwealth v. Fujita (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-009-15)

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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-11578   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  NATHANIEL FUJITA. Middlesex.     May 6, 2014. – January 27, 2015.   Present:  Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.[1]     Constitutional Law, Jury, Public right, Access to court proceedings.  Jury and Jurors.  Practice, Criminal, Jury and jurors, Record.  Impoundment.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on August 4, 2011.   Following entry of an order on a posttrial motion for access to the jury list by Peter M. Lauriat, J., review of the order was sought by a read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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Commonwealth v. Russell (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-008-15)

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-11602   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  GERALD RUSSELL. Essex.     November 3, 2014. – January 26, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Hines, JJ.     Reasonable Doubt.  Practice, Criminal, Reasonable doubt, Instructions to jury, Lesser included offense.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Rape.  Indecent Assault and Battery.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on September 18, 1990.   The cases were tried before Richard E. Welch, III, J.   The read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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Commonwealth v. Strickland (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-009-15)

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   10-P-666                                        Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JASON STRICKLAND. No. 10-P-666. Hampden.     September 8, 2014. – January 23, 2015.   Present:  Berry, Kafker, & Maldonado, JJ.     Assault and Battery.  Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.  Evidence, Medical record, Relevancy and materiality, Third-party culprit, Impeachment of credibility, Prior misconduct, Expert opinion.  Minor, Medical treatment.  Witness, Impeachment, Expert.  Practice, Criminal, Assistance of counsel.  Dangerous Weapon.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 23, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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Commonwealth v. Ubeira-Gonzalez (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-008-15)

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-1735                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  FRANCISCO L. UBEIRA-GONZALEZ. No. 13-P-1735. Hampden.     October 2, 2014. – January 22, 2015.   Present:  Grasso, Kantrowitz, & Meade, JJ.     Controlled Substances.  Constitutional Law, Plea, Conduct of government agents.  Due Process of Law, Plea.  Evidence, Guilty plea.  Practice, Criminal, Plea, Conduct of government agents, Assistance of counsel.       Complaints received and sworn to in the Holyoke Division of the District Court Department on October 19 read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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Kelcourse v. Kelcourse (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-007-15)

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-1741                                       Appeals Court   REBECCA KELCOURSE  vs.  LAWRENCE KELCOURSE. No. 13-P-1741. Essex.     October 6, 2014. – January 21, 2015.   Present:  Graham, Brown, & Sullivan, JJ.     Husband and Wife, Antenuptial agreement.  Contract, Antenuptial agreement.  Divorce and Separation, Division of property.       Complaint for divorce filed in the Essex Division of the Probate and Family Court Department on August 20, 2010.   The case was heard by Amy L. Blake, J.     read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

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Commonwealth v. Simpkins (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-007-15)

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-11601   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ADAM SIMPKINS. Suffolk.     October 9, 2014. – January 21, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Practice, Criminal, Required finding, Double jeopardy.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Accessory and Principal.  Firearms.       Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on October 7, 2013.   The case was reported by Gants, J.     read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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Commonwealth v. Corliss (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-006-15)

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-11523   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  EDWARD CORLISS. Suffolk.     October 29, 2014. – January 20, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Firearms.  Robbery.  Practice, Criminal, View, Loss of evidence by prosecution, Capital case.  Evidence, Firearm, Jury view, Prior misconduct, Relevancy and materiality, Exculpatory, Expert opinion, Experiment.  Witness, Expert.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on February 25, 2010.   The cases were tried before Diane M. Kottmyer, J.   read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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Commonwealth v. Bresilla (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-005-15)

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-10837   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ELYSEE BRESILLA. Middlesex.     October 10, 2014. – January 16, 2015.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Firearms.  Evidence, Firearm, Identification, Relevancy and materiality.  Identification.  Constitutional Law, Identification.  Due Process of Law, Identification of inanimate object.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Motion to suppress, Identification of defendant in courtroom, Conduct of prosecutor, Argument by prosecutor, Request for jury instructions, New read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - January 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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