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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Commonwealth v. Squires; Commonwealth v. Angier
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12086; 12087
Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Attleboro  
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12021

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the assessor for the city of Attleboro determined that Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. (Shrine) owed property taxes in the amount of $92,292.98. The Shrine filed an application for abatement, which the cit...

Commonwealth v. Dragotta  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12186

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of wantonly or recklessly permitting another person to commit an assault and battery that resulted in bodily injury to her infant daughter. The injury was recklessly inf...

Ferri v. Powell-Ferri  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12070

Justia Opinion Summary: This certified questions in this case arose out of divorce proceedings pending in Connecticut between Wife and Husband, who was the beneficiary of a Massachusetts irrevocable trust. The Connecticut Supreme Court certifie...

Chitwood v. Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12101

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a shareholder of a Corporation, made a demand for corporate records pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 156D. 16.02(b), claiming that he needed to inspect the records in order to investigate his allegation that th...

Commonwealth v. Rutherford  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12094

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and felony-murder. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the conviction and declined to grant relief under M...

In re N.L.  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12183

Justia Opinion Summary: After N.L. was admitted to a mental health facility (hospital) the hospital filed a petition for commitment pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123, 7 and 8 and for authorization for medical treatment for mental illness purs...

Commonwealth v. DePina  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11794

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendants were each found guilty of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and related offenses. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendants’ convictions and declined t...

City of Revere v. Massachusetts Gaming Commission  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12111; SJC 12177

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded a gaming license to Wynn MA, LLC. An unsuccessful applicant for the license (the company), the city that would have hosted the unsuccessful applicant, a labor union, a...

Commonwealth v. Crowley-Chester  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12128

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers recovered a loaded firearm from a motor vehicle after impounding and conducting an inventory search of the vehicle. Defendant was subsequently charged with carrying a firearm without a license and possess...

Commonwealth v. Tuschall  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12151

Justia Opinion Summary: Police made two warrantless entries into Defendant’s apartment after receiving reports that it smelled like drugs. Based on observations of drug activity, the policy obtained a warrant. Thereafter, Defendant was arrested...

Balles v. Babcock Power Inc.  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12112

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the meaning and application of the stockholders’ agreement between Babcock Power Inc. and its former executive, Eric Balles. Babcock terminated Balles’ employment after discovering that he was e...

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 129 Benefit Fund v. Tucci  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12137

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases, shareholders of a publicly traded corporation (Plaintiffs) filed a complaint claiming that a merger transaction proposed by the board of directors would result in the effective sale of the co...

Commonwealth v. Oberle  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12149

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of assault and battery and one count of kidnapping. The conviction arose out of an incident of domestic violence. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding (...

Commonwealth v. Blanchard  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12041

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the second degree and carrying a firearm without a license. On appeal, Defendant argued, in part, that the trial judge erred in denying his motion for a mistrial o...

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