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Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Rape Conviction Based on Defendant’s Confessions in IM Chat

Posted on September 25, 2014 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday affirmed a defendant's conviction for multiple counts of child rape that were based, in part, on the defendant's confessions during an instant messaging ("IM") chat with one of the prosecution witnesses. The name of the case is Commonwealth v. David Oppenheim. The defendant and his wife founded and operated...
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Attorney Chris Spring Wins Acquittal in Child Rape Case

Posted on September 25, 2014 in
A Lowell Superior Court jury today found a Spring & Spring client not guilty of multiple counts of child rape, indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14, and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.  Attorney Chris Spring tried the case. (more…)
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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 Appeals Court Affirms Conviction of Man Who Wore See-Through Shorts to Target Store

In an entertaining opinion delivered last week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court considered whether a man had been fairly convicted of a crime for wearing see-through shorts to a local Target store.  The Court concluded, in Commonwealth v. Coppinger, that the law was constitutional and that the prosecution had provided sufficient evidence to convict the defendant....
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