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Commonwealth v. Shipps (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-183-17)

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COMMONWEALTH  vs.  WILLIAM M. SHIPPS, JR.

November 10, 2017.

Practice, Criminal, Postconviction relief, Stay of proceedings.

William M. Shipps, Jr., was convicted of murder in the first degree, armed assault in a dwelling house, and armed robbery in 1984.  This court affirmed the convictions.  Commonwealth v. Shipps, 399 Mass. 820, 840 (1987).  Shipps has since filed, in the Superior Court, several motions for postconviction relief, including, most recently, a motion for “post-verdict juror inquiries. ”  A judge other than the trial judge (who had retired) denied the motion after a nonevidentiary hearing.  Shipps then filed, in the county court, a gatekeeper application seeking leave to appeal pursuant to G. L. c. 278, § 33E.  At the same time, he also filed a motion to stay action on the application pending completion of a transcript of the nonevidentiary hearing on the underlying motion.  He claimed that staying action pending completion of the transcript would allow him to file a more comprehensive application. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm

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