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Commonwealth v. Perkins (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-160-17)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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-12256   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  MARK PERKINS.       Suffolk.     March 7, 2017. – October 10, 2017.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Lenk, Hines, Gaziano, & Lowy, JJ.[1]     Controlled Substances.  Firearms.  Constitutional Law, Search and seizure, Probable cause.  Probable Cause.  Search and Seizure, Warrant, Affidavit, Probable cause.  Practice, Criminal, Motion to suppress.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on August 13, 2014.   A pretrial motion to suppress evidence was heard by Shannon Frison, J., and a motion to reconsider was also heard by her.   An application for leave to prosecute an interlocutory appeal was allowed by Spina, J., in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk, and the appeal was reported by him to the Appeals Court.  The Supreme Judicial Court granted an application for direct appellate review.     Nicole M. Nixon, Assistant District Attorney (Graham G. Van Epps, Assistant District Attorney, also present) for the Commonwealth. Robert F. Hennessy (John M. Thompson also present) for the defendant.     GAZIANO, J.  A Suffolk County grand jury returned indictments charging the defendant with trafficking in cocaine over 200 grams, G. L. c. 94C, § 32E (b) (4); possession of ammunition after three or more criminal convictions, G. L. c. 269, §§ 10 (h), 10G (c); and possession of an electrical weapon, G. L. c. 140, § 131J.  The indictments stemmed from a wiretap investigation by State police and Framingham police of a drug distribution network operating in Framingham, Natick, Worcester, and Boston.[2]  Based on intercepted telephone conversations between the defendant’s alleged middleman and a street-level distributor of cocaine, police surveillance of a suspected drug transaction, and other information, a judge in the Superior Court in Suffolk County issued a warrant authorizing a search of the defendant’s apartment for evidence including a cellular telephone and drug-related records.  The warrant also authorized police to search for a distinctive article of clothing (an orange, hooded sweatshirt) allegedly worn by the defendant at the time of the suspected transaction.  The warrant affidavit did not seek authorization to search for narcotics.  When the warrant was executed, officers seized a large quantity of cocaine, cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition. The defendant filed a motion to suppress in the Superior Court in Middlesex County.  Concluding that the affidavit failed to establish either probable cause to believe that the defendant sold cocaine or a sufficient nexus between the defendant’s […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - October 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

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Commonwealth v. Perkins (and 19 companion cases) (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-111-13)

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‑11160   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  FABIAN PERKINS (and nineteen companion cases[1]).     Worcester.     February 7, 2013.  ‑  June 14, 2013. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.     Search and Seizure, Arrest, Automobile, Expectation of privacy, Plain view, Probable cause, Search incident to lawful arrest.  Constitutional Law, Search and seizure.  Probable Cause.  Practice, Criminal, Suppression of evidence by prosecutor.  Firearms.  Motor Vehicle, Firearms.  Controlled Substances.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on June 25, 2008.   Pretrial motions to suppress evidence were heard by Tina S. Page, J.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court.     Stephen J. Carley, Assistant District Attorney (Michelle R. King, Assistant District Attorney, with him) for the Commonwealth. Vincent F. Ricciardi, Jr., for Fabian Perkins. Brad P. Bennion for Tareek Hendricks. J. Gregory Batten for Elijah Cherry.     LENK, J.  Late on a May evening in 2008, a Worcester police officer pulled over an automobile for a traffic offense.  Once the automobile came to a stop, defendants Tareek Hendricks and Elijah Cherry, both passengers in the vehicle, left the automobile and walked toward an adjacent apartment building.  The officer ordered them to return to the automobile, but they disregarded the order and hastily left the scene.  Defendant Fabian Perkins, the driver of the automobile, was found to possess a learner’s permit but not a valid driver’s license.  He was arrested for driving without a valid license.  Subsequently, the arresting officer, and another officer who had arrived at the scene, searched the automobile and found a firearm, marijuana, and a substance believed to be “crack” cocaine.  Each of the defendants was charged with various drug and firearm offenses. Prior to trial, the defendants moved to suppress the evidence seized from the automobile.  After an evidentiary hearing, a Superior Court judge allowed the defendants’ motions to suppress, ruling that the warrantless search of the automobile was not justified under any exception to the warrant requirement.  The Commonwealth’s motion to reconsider was denied.  The Commonwealth appealed, and we transferred the case to this court on our own motion.   Because there was no error in the judge’s finding that the firearm was not in plain view, because the search cannot be justified as a search incident to […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 15, 2013 at 1:34 am

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Marathon Spotlight: South End’s Pflug Running for Perkins School

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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