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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reverses Drug Conviction Because of Prosecutor’s Improper Profiling of the Defendant

In an important decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed a drug dealing conviction after the prosecutor was permitted to elicit testimony from a police witness that the defendant did not "look" like a crack cocaine user (and, therefore, must be a dealer).  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Horne. ...
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Says Suspects Detained in Drug Investigation Were Not Legally “in Custody”

In reversing a superior court judge's allowance of two men's motions to suppress evidence and statements, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled the men were not in custody despite being approached in a restaurant parking lot by two police officers, being ordered not to move, and being separated for interrogation.  The name of the...
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Murder Conviction Where Jury Was Permitted to View News Coverage of Killing

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who was found guilty by jurors who were permitted by the judge to watch news coverage of the killing.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Martinez.  (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Limits Reach of School Zone Drug Dealing Law

In an important decision delivered yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court limited the application of the school zone statute to defendants charged with drug dealing crimes.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Peterson.  (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reverses Sex Conviction Against Man Who Exposed Himself in Subway Station

Posted on January 3, 2017 in
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed a terrible decision issued by the Appeals Court in 2015 and held that a defendant's public exposure of his penis did not constitute open and gross lewdness and lascivious conduct.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Maguire.  (more…)
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