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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Holyoke Murder Conviction

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who gunned down an acquaintance in a car in 2010.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Miguel Roman.  (more…)
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SJC Relaxes Standard To Seal Criminal Record

Posted on August 17, 2014 in
The Massachusetts Legislature amended the law in 2010 regarding the rights of former defendants who wanted to seal their criminal records.  On Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a very important ruling clarifying the standard defendants must meet to have their criminal records sealed.  Click on Commonwealth v. Pon to read the opinion. (more…)
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Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner Convicted of Racketeering

Posted on July 24, 2014 in
Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien was convicted today in federal court of racketeering, mail fraud, and conspiracy for his involvement in a scheme in which politically-connected job applicants were given preferential hiring treatment over other candidates.  O’Brien was the probation commissioner from 1998 until his resignation in 2010.  Federal prosecutors alleged that O’Brien...
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Statute Allowing for Lifetime Community Parole Declared Unconstitutional

Posted on June 25, 2014 in
On June 11, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the law allowing for community parole supervision for life (CPSL) is unconstitutional. (more…)
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