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Riva v. Massachusetts Parole Board (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-136-17)

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August 18, 2017.

Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Parole.  Practice, Criminal, Discovery.

The petitioner, James Riva, appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying his petition pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3.  We affirm.

Riva is currently serving a life sentence for second degree murder.  After the parole board (board) denied him parole in January, 2015, he filed a complaint in the Superior Court seeking certiorari review and a declaratory judgment in connection with claimed constitutional violations that occurred in the course of the proceedings before the board.  The board’s motion to dismiss the complaint was allowed as to the declaratory judgment claim but denied as to the certiorari claim.  Riva’s subsequently-filed motion to compel discovery was initially denied, but, on Riva’s motion for reconsideration, the motion judge indicated that the motion was allowed “to the extent that the administrative record shall reflect the evidence relied upon by the parole board to issue its decision.”  Riva then filed a “motion for relief,” which also pertained to certain discovery.  After this motion was denied, Riva filed his G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition in the county court.  In the petition, he argued that his case could not proceed in the trial court without the requested discovery.  The single justice denied the petition without a hearing. read more


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