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Commonwealth v. Rosa (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-089-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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‑11377   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DANIEL ROSA.     Hampden.     January 10, 2014.  ‑  May 20, 2014. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Gants, & Duffly, JJ.     Homicide.  Firearms.  Evidence, Constructive possession, Telephone conversation, Relevancy and materiality, Joint venturer, Expert opinion.  Imprisonment, Inmate telephone calls.  Telephone.  Joint Enterprise.  Constitutional Law, Privacy.  Privacy.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Verdict, Instructions to jury.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on March 29, 2011.   The cases were tried before Peter A. Velis, J.     Stewart T. Graham, Jr., for the defendant. Marcia B. Julian, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.     BOTSFORD, J.  A Superior Court jury found the defendant, Daniel Rosa, guilty of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and of possession of a firearm without a license.  The defendant appeals, arguing that:  (1) the trial judge erred in admitting evidence of bullet shell casings and live ammunition because the Commonwealth failed to prove that the defendant constructively possessed these items; (2) it was unduly prejudicial and violative of due process to admit the recording of a jailhouse telephone call made by the defendant in which he used street jargon and offensive language; (3) the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated by the monitoring of his telephone calls from jail and a jail officer’s sending to law enforcement authorities information derived from the calls; (4) the evidence was insufficient to prove the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree on a joint venture theory; and (5) the trial judge erred in failing to provide a special verdict slip and special jury instruction requiring the jury to determine separately whether the defendant was guilty of murder in the first degree as a principal or as an accomplice.  We affirm the defendant’s convictions and decline to grant relief under G. L. c. 278, § 33E. 1.  Background.  We recite the facts as the jury could have found them at trial, reserving certain details for later discussion.  On January 26, 2011, at approximately noon, the victim, David Acevedo, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back.  The shooting occurred on Riverton Road in Springfield, near the home of Eric Caraballo, Sr., a mutual friend of the victim’s and the defendant’s. Earlier that morning, at 9:30 or 10 A.M., the defendant had gone to […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

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Bank of America, N.A. v. Rosa (and three consolidated cases) (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-198-13)

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‑11330   BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.  vs.  CEFERINO S. ROSA (and three consolidated cases[1]). Essex.     September 9, 2013.  ‑  December 18, 2013. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ. Mortgage, Foreclosure.  Summary Process.  Housing Court, Jurisdiction.  Practice, Civil, Summary process, Affirmative defense, Counterclaim and cross‑claim.  Jurisdiction, Summary process, Housing Court, Equitable.  Uniform Summary Process Rules.  Rules of Civil Procedure.  Statute, Construction.       Summary process.  Complaints filed in the Northeast Division of the Housing Court Department, two on February 6, 2012, and one each on January 20, 2012, and April 2, 2012, respectively.   Motions to strike and to dismiss affirmative defenses and counterclaims were heard by David D. Kerman, J.   Proceedings for interlocutory review were heard in the Appeals Court by Mary T. Sullivan, J., and the cases were consolidated and reported by her to the Appeals Court.  The Supreme Judicial Court granted an application for direct appellate review.       Phoebe N. Coddington, of North Carolina (Jennifer E. Greaney & Stephen C. Reilly with her) for Bank of America, N.A., & another. Thomas J. Santolucito (Rachel B. Meisterman with him) for Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Richard M.W. Bauer (Eloise P. Lawrence with him) for Ceferino S. Rosa & others. Marylyn E. Flores (David S. Flores with her) for Gerard J. Cioffi. Benjamin O. Adeyinka, for The Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, Inc., & another, amici curiae, submitted a brief. Arielle Cohen & Charles Delbaum, for National Consumer Law Center, amicus curiae, submitted a brief.     SPINA, J.  In each of these consolidated appeals the plaintiff bank brought a summary process action against the former homeowner-mortgagor in the Housing Court after foreclosure.  Each former homeowner raised various defenses and counterclaims in his or her answer to the complaint that challenged the bank’s right to both possession and title as derived through foreclosure sale, as well as other defenses and counterclaims.  In each case the bank filed a motion to strike the affirmative defenses and to dismiss the counterclaims on grounds that the only defenses and counterclaims available in summary process are (1) those allowed by G. L. c. 239, § 8A, which does not apply here because there was no landlord-tenant relationship between the parties, and (2) a challenge to title (and thereby possession) based only on a failure to comply […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - December 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

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