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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reverses Murder Conviction in Cambridge Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed the first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot to death his coworker at a Cambridge company in 2009.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Clyde Howard. The defendant and the victim both worked at Baystate Pool Supplies in Cambridge.  On a January morning in 2009,...
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reverses Child Rape Conviction Because of Improper Expert Testimony

Posted on September 12, 2014 in
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed the convictions yesterday of an alleged child rapist because the victim's counselor was permitted to testify that the victim exhibited the behavioral characteristics of a typical child rape survivor. The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Kevin Quinn. (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Affirms Conviction of Man for Accosting MIT Student in Cambridge

Posted on September 10, 2014 in
In an important decision issued yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the conviction of a man for accosting a female student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she walked back to campus after her Tae Kwon Do class. The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Joseph Sullivan. As the victim was returning...
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules that an Illegal Sentence Must be Honored if it is not Corrected Within 60 Days

Posted on August 31, 2014 in
What happens when a sentencing judge makes a legal error that benefits the defendant, and the error goes unnoticed for almost one year?  In Commonwealth v. Selavka, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that too much time had passed for the sentencing judge to fix the mistake, and the defendant was entitled to...
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Some Sex Offenders Required to be Monitored by GPS

The Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision this week regarding the requirement that certain sex offenders on probation be monitored by a GPS device.  The opinion was delivered in Commonwealth v. Guzman (SJC-11483 decided August 25, 2014). (more…)
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