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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Police Use of Automatic License Plate Readers Could Constitute a Search

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when police use automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to track a suspect's car as it travels on public roadways, it might constitute a search.  However, in the case being considered, the police limited the use of the ALPR system to track the defendant, so his constitutional...
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Suppresses Gun Found by Boston Cops in Man’s Pocket

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled Boston police officers has acted unlawfully in stopping and searching a man on a public street near Franklin Field Park in Dorchester.  Accordingly, the gun found in the man's pocket will be suppressed and his case will be dismissed.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kearse....
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules a Non-Motorized Camper Attached to a Truck Constitutes a “Vehicle”

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The Massachusetts Appeals Court delivered an opinion today concluding that a non-motorized camper qualified as a "vehicle" when it was attached to the defendant's pickup truck.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Davenport. (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Authorizes Bail Reviews to Thin Out Jail Population in Light of Coronavirus

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Convictions in Chelsea Double Murder Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed a man's conviction for murdering two Chelsea residents during the course of an armed robbery.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Andre.  (more…)
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