Posts tagged "Commonwealth"

Commonwealth v. Morin (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-188-17)

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SJC-11591

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  AARON MORIN.

Bristol.     May 5, 2017. – November 21, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Hines, & Gaziano, JJ.[1]

HomicideFelony-Murder RuleRobberyPractice, Criminal, Required finding, New trial, Assistance of counsel, Instructions to jury, Warrant, Capital case.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel, Search and seizure, Probable cause.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.  Search and Seizure, Warrant, Probable cause.  Probable CauseCellular Telephone. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

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Commonwealth v. Facella (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-189-17)

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SJC-10339

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOSEPH FACELLA.

Essex.     May 5, 2017. – November 21, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Hines, Gaziano, & Cypher, JJ.[1]

Homicide.  Evidence, Rebuttal, Prior misconduct, Hearsay, Expert opinion.  Practice, Criminal, Instructions to jury, New trial, Assistance of counsel, Hearsay, Argument by counsel, Capital case.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel.

Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on May 15, 2002. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

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Commonwealth v. J.A., a juvenile (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-187-17)

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SJC-12277

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  J.A., a juvenile.

Suffolk.     September 7, 2017. – November 20, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Gaziano, Budd, Cypher, & Kafker, JJ.

DogYouthful Offender ActStatute, Construction.  Words, “Serious bodily harm.”

Indictments found and returned in the Suffolk County Division of the Juvenile Court Department on November 19, 2015.

A motion to dismiss was heard by Peter M. Coyne, J.

The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

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Commonwealth v. Sullivan (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-186-17)

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SJC-11808

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  GERALD SULLIVAN.

 

 

 

Middlesex.     April 7, 2017. – November 16, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Gaziano, Budd, & Cypher, JJ.

HomicideFelony-Murder RuleArmed Home InvasionDeoxyribonucleic AcidPractice, Criminal, Witness, Hearsay, Confrontation of witnesses, Disclosure of evidence, Capital case.  Evidence, Hearsay, Expert opinion, Disclosure of evidence, Exculpatory, Qualification of expert witness, Impeachment of credibility.  Witness, Police officer, Expert, Impeachment, Competency, Credibility.  Constitutional Law, Confrontation of witnesses.  Due Process of Law, Disclosure of evidence. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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Commonwealth v. Bolton (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-144-17)

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16-P-960                                        Appeals Court

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  SCOTT JOSEPH BOLTON.

No. 16-P-960.

Worcester.     October 18, 2017. – November 16, 2017.

Present:  Massing, Kinder, & Ditkoff, JJ.

Jurisdiction, Of crime.  District Attorney.  Constitutional Law, Place of trial.  Practice, Criminal, Place of trial, District Attorney, Plea, New trial.

Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on November 18, 2011. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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Brangan v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-185-17)

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SJC-12284

JAHMAL BRANGAN  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.

Suffolk.     September 7, 2017. – November 14, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Gaziano, Budd, Cypher, & Kafker, JJ.

Practice, Criminal, Double jeopardy, Indictment, Conduct of prosecutor, Argument by prosecutor.  Robbery.

Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on December 19, 2016.

The case was considered by Lowy, J.

Merritt Schnipper for the defendant.

Amal Bala, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

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

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SJC-12168

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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Benjamin B., a juvenile v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-181-17)

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SJC-12341

Benjamin B., a juvenile  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.

November 9, 2017.

Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts, Appeal from order of single justice.  Juvenile Court, Delinquent child.  Practice, Criminal, Juvenile delinquency proceeding, Complaint, Dismissal.

The juvenile appeals from a judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, his petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3.  The juvenile has been charged by a delinquency complaint with making a bomb threat.[1]  A judge in the Juvenile Court, apparently believing that she lacked authority to dismiss the complaint prior to arraignment, arraigned the juvenile.[2]  But see Commonwealth v. Humberto H., 466 Mass. 562, 575-576 (2013) (Juvenile Court judge has discretion to dismiss complaint prior to arraignment where complaint is not supported by probable cause).  See also Commonwealth v. Mogelinski, 473 Mass. 164, 166-167 (2015) (authority to dismiss before arraignment where judge determines that Juvenile Court lacks jurisdiction).  The following day, the judge reconsidered that decision, determined she did have authority to consider a motion to dismiss before arraignment, and entered an order vacating the arraignment of the juvenile and directing the probation department to expunge the juvenile’s court activity record information (CARI).  The probation department moved for reconsideration, arguing that it was obligated to maintain CARI records and could not expunge them.  After further briefing and argument, the judge again reversed herself, reinstating the juvenile’s arraignment and vacating the expungement order.  The juvenile’s G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition sought relief from this interlocutory ruling.  We affirm the judgment. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 10, 2017 at 12:28 am

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Commonwealth v. Arias (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-142-17)

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16-P-362                                        Appeals Court

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOSE L. ARIAS.

No. 16-P-362.

Essex.     January 13, 2017. – November 9, 2017.

Present:  Green, Trainor, Meade, Hanlon, & Desmond, JJ.[1]

 

 

Constitutional Law, Search and seizure, Probable cause.  Search and Seizure, Probable cause, Exigent circumstances, Emergency, Multiple occupancy building, Protective sweep, Plain view.  Probable Cause.  Practice, Criminal, Motion to suppress, Interlocutory appeal, Appeal by Commonwealth.  Evidence, Informer.  Witness, Police informer.  Controlled Substances. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Commonwealth v. Dew (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-174-17)

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SJC-12225

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DASHEEM DEW.

 

 

Essex.     May 1, 2017. – November 6, 2017.

Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Hines, Gaziano, Lowy, Budd, & Cypher, JJ.[1]

Robbery.  Identification.  Constitutional Law, Identification.  Due Process of Law, Identification.  Evidence, Identification.  Practice, Criminal, Identification of defendant in courtroom.

Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on February 20, 2014.

A pretrial motion to suppress evidence was heard by Timothy Q. Feeley, J., and the case was tried before him. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - November 7, 2017 at 4:33 am

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