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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Bishay v. District Court Department of the Trial Court
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12267
Riva v. Massachusetts Parole Board
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12270
Martin v. Superior Court Department of the Trial Court
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12288
Bishay v. Land Court Department of the Trial Court
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12304
Wassilie v. Commonwealth
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12306
Hodges v. Thorup
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12309
Commonwealth v. Wampler
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12333
Commonwealth v. Santana  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for murder in the first degree on the theories of extreme atrocity or cruelty and felony murder with home invasion and armed burglary, assault on occupant as th...

Commonwealth v. Duart  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court’s denial of Defendant’s motion for a new trial. Following a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of rape, subsequent offense, and indecent assault and battery...

Commonwealth v. Asenjo  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12227

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed Defendant’s convictions for three counts of aggravated rape of a child. Among the issues raised on appeal, Defendant argued that the trial judge erred in interpreting the first complai...

Commonwealth v. Mauricio  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12254

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant’s convictions for carrying firearm without a license and receiving stolen property valued over $250. The convictions arose from a search of Defendant’s backpack after he was...

Commonwealth v. Francis  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12118

Justia Opinion Summary: An order granting the specific performance of a plea agreement constituted error. Pursuant to a plea agreement reached in 1994, Defendant pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree in exchange for the opportunity to...

Energy Express, Inc. v. Department of Public Utilities  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12262

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the distribution of natural gas to consumers, the Supreme Judicial Court accepted the conclusion of the Department of Public Utilities that only an end consumer, and not a marketer - or a private...

Fergus v. Ross  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the superior court finding that Defendant, an attorney, was negligent for his part in financing a real estate loan to Plaintiff. The judge found that Defendant had conf...

Commonwealth v. Field  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11403

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction, rendered after a jury verdict, of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. On appeal, Defendant asser...

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