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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 Appeals Court Reverses Essex County Convictions as a Result of Sleeping Juror

Posted on September 7, 2014 in
When a criminal defendant elects to have a jury trial, there is an expectation that the jurors will be attentive during the trial.  But what happens when one of the jurors appears to sleep through the evidence?  The Appeals Court considered the issue this week in Commonwealth v. Luis Gonzalez. During the deliberations, the...
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Massachusetts Enacts New Domestic Violence Law

Posted on August 13, 2014 in
Last week, Governor Deval Patrick signed an Act Relative to Domestic Violence.  The Act makes important changes to a number of laws that govern domestic violence prosecutions in the Commonwealth.  The criminal justice system has been in turmoil since the arrest of Jared Remy on charges that he murdered his girlfriend.  Remy pled guilty...
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SJC chastises Suffolk DA’s Office for “egregious” conduct

In a strongly-worded opinion issued today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court wrote that the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office’s conduct during a recent murder trial was “egregious.”  The case is Commonwealth v. William Wood, SJC-10977. (more…)
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Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies Wiretap Statute

On June 18, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of the “one-party consent exception” to the state wiretap law (chapter 272, section 99).  In Massachusetts it is illegal to secretly record an oral communication unless all parties to the conversation consent.  However, the one-party consent exception allows a law enforcement officer, or...
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