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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Overturns Horrible Appeals Court Decision Regarding Fingerprint Evidence

Posted on February 15, 2017 in
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday reversed a terrible opinion by the Appeals Court that upheld the conviction of a defendant based on a single fingerprint found at the scene of the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. French.  (more…)
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Can I Be Charged With Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property for the Same Criminal Act in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that double jeopardy principles do not prohibit the prosecutor from charging a defendant with larceny when he was already acquitted of receiving stolen property (related to the same property) at a prior trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rodriguez.  (more…)
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Reverses Larceny Conviction for Contractor Who Got Paid but Didn’t Do the Work

Posted on November 23, 2016 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed the conviction of a man who was hired by a Marshfield couple to perform home improvement work but didn't finish the job after receiving payment.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Long.  (more…)
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Will My Massachusetts Jury Know I’m in Custody During My Trial?

Posted on November 9, 2016 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the seemingly obvious legal principle that the jury should not know that a defendant is in custody at the time of the trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rocheleau.  (more…)
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Can I be Prohibited from Owning a Pet in Massachusetts if I’m Convicted of Animal Cruelty?

Posted on September 20, 2016 in
In upholding a woman's animal cruelty conviction for starving her dog to death, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled it was proper for the trial judge to prohibit her from owning any pets as a condition of her probation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Waller.  (more…)
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