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Massachusetts Appeals Court Suppresses Gun and Drugs Found on Man on Boylston Street in Boston

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a Suffolk Superior Court judge's decision that denied the defendant's motion to suppress a gun and drugs found in his clothes following an arrest by an undercover Boston cop.  The Appeals Court ruled the cop lacked reasonable suspicion to detain the defendant.  The name of the case is...
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules There Was Probable Cause to Arrest Worcester Drug User

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today agreed with a Worcester Superior Court judge that a man buying drugs was properly stopped and searched, which led to his conviction for possessing Oxycodone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Santa Maria. (more…)
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules Cop Violated Constitution by Answering Alleged Drug Dealer’s Cell Phone

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed an alleged drug dealer's convictions because a police officer violated the defendant's constitutional rights by answering his cell phone.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barrett. (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Murder Conviction of Somerville Man Who Fled the Country for Decades Following the Crime

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Somerville man's murder conviction after the defendant shot the victim during an attempted armed robbery.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Martin.  (more…)
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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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