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Monteiro v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-185-15)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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   SJC-11782   ROBERT E. MONTEIRO  vs.  COMMONWEALTH.     November 20, 2015. Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.  Practice, Criminal, Assistance of counsel.     The petitioner, Robert E. Monteiro, was convicted of murder in the first degree in 1983.  This court affirmed the conviction.  See Commonwealth v. Monteiro, 396 Mass. 123 (1985).  Since then, Monteiro has filed, among other things, two motions for a new trial in the trial court and an earlier application in the county court requesting leave to appeal pursuant to G. L. c. 278, § 33E, all of which have been denied.  See Commonwealth v. Monteiro, 451 Mass. 1009 (2008).  He has also sought, unsuccessfully, the appointment of counsel to assist with various postconviction motions.  Most recently he filed, in the county court, a “Petition to Invoke the Extraordinary Power of the Supreme Judicial [Court] Pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3, and G. L. c. 278, § 33E, to Answer the New and Substantial Question Related to G. L. c. 278A, § 5.”  A single justice denied the petition, and Monteiro appeals.   In December, 2013, Monteiro filed, in the trial court, “Defendant’s Pro Se Motion for Appointment of Counsel to Prepare and File for Forensic and Scientific Analysis Pursuant to G. L. c. 278A.”  A judge referred the motion to the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) for screening.  CPCS had previously declined to appoint counsel to represent Monteiro in connection with other postconviction efforts and declined again to do so here.  The judge denied Monteiro’s motion, as well as his subsequent motion for reconsideration, and Monteiro then filed his petition in the county court, asking the court to order the judge to appoint counsel or, in the alternative, to grant him leave to appeal, pursuant to G. L. c. 278, § 33E, from the denial of the motion for appointment of counsel.   To the extent that Monteiro sought relief pursuant to G. L. c. 211, § 3, the single justice properly denied his petition on the basis that he has an adequate alternative remedy.  He can pursue, pro se, a motion for forensic or scientific analysis pursuant to G. L. c. 278A in the trial court.  If he does so, and he receives an adverse ruling, he would then be free to seek leave to appeal from that ruling, pursuant to G. L. c. 278, § 33E, including any claim that the trial court erred in denying his request for appointment of counsel.   Monteiro […]

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