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Commonwealth v. Ellis (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-144-16)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-11993   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  SEAN K. ELLIS.       Suffolk.     May 5, 2016. – September 9, 2016.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Botsford, Duffly, & Hines, JJ.[1]       Practice, Criminal, New trial, Disclosure of evidence.  Evidence, Exculpatory.  Estoppel.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on October 27, 1993.   Following review by this court, 432 Mass. 746 (2000), a motion for a new trial, filed on March 13, 2013, was heard by Carol S. Ball, J.   A request for leave to appeal was allowed by Spina, J., in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk.     Paul B. Linn, Assistant District Attorney (Edmond J. Zabin, Assistant District Attorney, with him) for the Commonwealth. Rosemary Curran Scapicchio (Jillise McDonough with her) for the defendant.     GANTS, C.J.  On September 14, 1995, a Superior Court jury found the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree and armed robbery in the killing of Boston police Detective John Mulligan.  In 2000, we affirmed the defendant’s convictions and the denial of his motion for a new trial.  Commonwealth v. Ellis, 432 Mass. 746, 765 (2000).  In 2013, the defendant filed a second motion for a new trial based on newly discovered evidence regarding the victim’s participation in crimes of police corruption with several Boston police detectives who investigated his murder, and information provided to the police regarding possible third-party culprits.  A Superior Court judge  allowed the new trial motion, concluding that the newly discovered evidence cast real doubt on the justice of his convictions.  We conclude that the judge did not abuse her discretion in ordering a new trial.      Background.  1.  Evidence at trial.  The convictions at issue in this case arose from the defendant’s third trial.  At the first trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of the illegal possession of two firearms without a license, but were unable to render verdicts on the murder and armed robbery indictments, and a mistrial was declared as to those indictments.  The jury in the second trial were also unable to render verdicts on the murder and armed robbery indictments, resulting again in a mistrial.  We recount the evidence presented at the defendant’s third trial. The victim had been a Boston police detective for seventeen years before his death.  In the early […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - September 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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Ellis v. Commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-148-15)

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-402                                        Appeals Court   JAMES ELLIS[1]  vs.  COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS & another.[2] No. 13-P-402. Suffolk.     October 10, 2013. – September 18, 2015.   Present:  Berry, Green, & Trainor, JJ. Workers’ Compensation Act, Lump-sum settlement, Attorney’s fees.  Administrative Law, Judicial review.  Practice, Civil, Frivolous action.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on May 28, 2008.   The case was heard by Geraldine S. Hines, J., on a motion for summary judgment.     Teresa Brooks Benoit for the plaintiff. Timothy J. Casey, Assistant Attorney General, for Commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents. Michael K. Landman, for Landman, Akashian & White, P.C., was present but did not argue.      BERRY, J.  Reduced to essentials, in this latest appellate foray, the plaintiff, James Ellis, contends that, in considering whether to approve a lump sum agreement under § 48 of G. L. c. 152, the Workers’ Compensation Act (act), for injuries to a worker, an administrative judge of the Department of Industrial Accidents (department) or a law judge on the department’s reviewing board (reviewing board) (hereinafter collectively referred to as administrative judge) is absolutely foreclosed from reviewing the authenticity of the legal expenses and from adjusting those expenses downward, leaving more money for the injured worker under the lump sum settlement payment. We reject Ellis’s contentions regarding total unreviewability of the claimed legal expenses.  Ellis offers no precedent, i.e., no caselaw or statutory authority, for this proposition.  See note 8, infra.  We conclude that an administrative judge — in review of a proposed lump sum awarded and to be paid in settlement to an injured worker — does have the authority to review and adjust downward unsubstantiated or unreasonably excessive attorney’s fees and expenses.  Put another way, it is within the purview of an administrative judge to modify the amount allocated in the lump sum settlement to an employee’s attorney for attorney’s fees and necessary expenses where the fees and expenses, upon review, are insufficiently supported or deemed not necessary, and the administrative judge, by such an adjustment, neither increases the burden on the insurer nor decreases the net sum to be paid to the employee. In the past five years alone, Ellis or his legal assistants (collectively, Ellis) have filed over one hundred and fifty workers’ compensation appeals in this court.  In a substantial number […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - September 18, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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South End Answers: Is Ellis Memorial Park Open to the Public?

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - August 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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