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Commonwealth v. Tahlil (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-062-18)

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SJC-12338

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ADNAN TAHLIL.

April 18, 2018.

Practice, Criminal, Discovery, Interlocutory appeal.  Evidence, Videotape.  Constitutional Law, Self-incrimination.  Attorney at Law, Use of confidence or secret.

The Commonwealth appeals from a judgment of a single justice of the county court denying its petition for relief pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3, from an interlocutory ruling of the Boston Municipal Court Department.  We reverse.

The defendant, Adnan Tahlil, has been charged in the Boston Municipal Court Department with larceny from a person, in violation of G. L. c. 266, § 30; assault and battery, in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 13A; assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 15A (); and receiving stolen property, in violation of G. L. c. 266, § 60.  The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 18, 2013, during which several individuals assaulted and robbed the victim.  Shortly thereafter, someone used the victim’s Citizens’ Bank card at a Tedeschi market.  The police obtained a digital video disc (DVD) containing surveillance video from the market.  The victim viewed the DVD at the police station and identified the defendant and two other individuals as three of the four assailants. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 19, 2018 at 6:34 am

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Commonwealth v. Escobar (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-063-18)

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SJC-12430

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JUSTINO ESCOBAR.

April 18, 2018.

Controlled Substances.  Constitutional Law, Plea, Conduct of government agents.  Due Process of Law, Plea, Disclosure of evidence.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Practice, Criminal, Plea, Conduct of government agents, Disclosure of evidence, New trial.  Evidence, Certificate of drug analysis, Disclosure of evidence.

The defendant, Justino Escobar, pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking in 2009 and was sentenced to a term of from eight to twelve years in State prison.  In July, 2015, he filed a motion for a new trial and a related motion to conduct postconviction discovery, seeking to have his conviction vacated pursuant to Commonwealth v. Ware, 471 Mass. 85 (2015), and Commonwealth v. Scott, 467 Mass. 336 (2014).  In his motions, Escobar argued that the Commonwealth had not fully investigated misconduct at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute (Hinton drug lab).[1]  In his view, the Inspector General’s investigation of the Hinton lab was incomplete because it did not inquire into whether any chemist other than Annie Dookhan had acted improperly.[2] read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

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Ramirez v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-060-18)

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SJC-12340

JORGE RAMIREZ  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.

Suffolk.     December 5, 2017. – April 17, 2018.

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

Firearms.  Constitutional Law, Right to bear arms, Severability.  Statute, Validity, Severability.

Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on March 21, 2017.

The case was reported by Hines, J.

Benjamin H. Keehn, Committee for Public Counsel Services, for Jorge Ramirez. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

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Commonwealth v. Richardson (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-061-18)

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SJC-12375

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JOSHUA A. RICHARDSON.

Middlesex.     December 7, 2017. – April 17, 2018.

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

Marijuana.  Medicine.  Controlled Substances.  Search and Seizure, Affidavit, Probable cause, Warrant.  Probable CauseLicense. Jury and Jurors.  Evidence, Expert opinion, Intent.  Intent.  Practice, Criminal, Affidavit, Motion to suppress, Warrant, Instructions to jury.

Complaint received and sworn to in the Framingham Division of the District Court Department on September 9, 2013. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

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O’Donoghue, et al. v. Commonwealth, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-046-18)

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16-P-72                                         Appeals Court

KEN O’DONOGHUE, trustee,[1] & others[2]  vs.  COMMONWEALTH & others.[3]

No. 16-P-72.

Suffolk.     December 5, 2017. – April 17, 2018.

Present:  Vuono, Sullivan, & Massing, JJ.

Res JudicataJudgment, Preclusive effect.  SeashoreReal Property, Littoral property.  Words, “Beach.”

Civil action commenced in the Land Court Department on July 22, 1998. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm

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Commonwealth v. Pereira (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-045-18)

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16-P-975                                        Appeals Court

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MARIA C. PEREIRA.

No. 16-P-975.

Plymouth.     December 4, 2017. – April 13, 2018.

Present:  Sacks, Ditkoff, & Singh, JJ.

Practice, Criminal, Revocation of probation, Restitution, Newspaper article.  Constitutional Law, Freedom of speech and press.  NewspaperThreatening.

Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on April 18, 2014. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm

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Commonwealth v. Cruz (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-044-18)

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16-P-1299                                       Appeals Court

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ROBERTO CRUZ.

No. 16-P-1299.

Essex.     November 8, 2017. – April 13, 2018.

Present:  Milkey, Blake, & Singh, JJ.

Indecent Assault and BatteryPractice, Criminal, Required finding.

Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on June 15, 2015.

The cases were tried before Richard E. Welch, III, J.

Daniel P. Tarlow for the defendant. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

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J.H. v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-055-18)

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SJC-12395

J.H.  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.

Suffolk.     December 7, 2017. – April 12, 2018.

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

Juvenile Court, Delinquent child.  Practice, Criminal, Juvenile delinquency proceeding, Transfer hearing, Lesser included offense, Delay in commencement of prosecution.  Due Process of Law, Notice.  Notice.  Rape.

Civil action commenced in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk on July 3, 2017.

The case was reported by Lenk, J. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 13, 2018 at 12:19 am

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Commonwealth v. Walters (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-057-18)

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SJC-12364

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MICHAEL WALTERS.

Bristol.     December 4, 2017. – April 12, 2018.

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

Practice, Criminal, Sentence.  Moot Question.

Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on March 28, 2011.

Following review by this court, 472 Mass. 680 (2015), a resentencing hearing was had before E. Susan Garsh, J.

After review by the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court granted leave to obtain further appellate review. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

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Commonwealth v. Faherty (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-043-18)

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16-P-1486                                       Appeals Court

COMMONWEALTH  vs.  KEVIN J. FAHERTY.

No. 16-P-1486.

Middlesex.     December 8, 2017. – April 11, 2018.

Present:  Sacks, Ditkoff, & Singh, JJ.

Motor Vehicle, Operating under the influence.  Evidence, Prior conviction, Intoxication, Blood alcohol test.  Practice, Criminal, Prior conviction, Assistance of counsel, Sentence, Required finding.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Due Process of Law, Assistance of counsel, Blood alcohol test.  Intoxication. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm

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