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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, Inc.
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12141
477 Harrison Ave., LLC v. JACE Boston, LLC
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12150
Commonwealth v. Montrond  
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-10834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and declined to exercise its extraordinary power under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to redu...

Benoit v. City of Boston  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12204

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the City, seeking enforcement of the Department of Industrial Accidents' (DIA) order to restore plaintiff's workers' compensation payments. The City suspended plaintiff's payments under the s...

Modica v. Sheriff of Suffolk County  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12201

Justia Opinion Summary: The term “bodily injury” as used in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 126, 18A and Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 30, 58 is that which results in physical injury. Through these two statutes, correction officers are granted additional compensatio...

Crowell v. Massachusetts Parole Board  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12203

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, who pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree and was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole, filed a petition for parole, which the Parole Board denied. Plaintiff filed a complaint...

Washington v. Gagliani  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12026

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington commenced a medical malpractice action in a federal district court against Maryjo Gagliani. A medical malpractice tribunal reviewed the case and found for Gagliani. Washington then moved the superior court to...

Commissioner of Administration & Finance v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12208

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance submitted to the legislature a request for an appropriation to fund collective bargaining agreements between the Commonwealth and two public em...

Commonwealth v. Rosario  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12115

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1983, Defendant was convicted of one count of arson in a dwelling house and eight counts of murder in the second degree. In 2012, Defendant filed a motion for a new trial, asserting newly discovered evidence regarding...

Federal National Mortgage Ass’n v. Marroquin  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12139

Justia Opinion Summary: The decision in Pinti v. Emigrant Mortgage Co. applies in any case where the issue was timely and fairly asserted in the trial court or on appeal before July 17, 2015. In Pinti, the Supreme Judicial Court held that a for...

Commonwealth v. Garvey  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12110

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court interpreted one provision in the habitual criminal statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 279, 25(a), which provides for an enhanced penalty where a defendant has two prior convictions resulting in priso...

Commonwealth v. Leslie  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court clarified the application of the Florida v. Jardines warrant requirement to a search in a multifamily home. The Court held (1) the side yard of Defendant’s multifamily home in this case was a “...

Commonwealth v. Fulgiam  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11674

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Earl T. Fulgiam and Michael T. Corbin guilty as joint venturers of murder in the first degree of Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Billie Marie Kee. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the convictions and declined to gr...

Commonwealth v. Colton  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-08772

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for murder in the first degree on theories of extreme atrocity or cruelty and deliberate premeditation, holding that there was no error in this case warranting r...

Perullo v. Advisory Committee on Personnel Standards  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12095

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a series of disciplinary reprimands and suspensions for misconduct, Plaintiff was removed from her positions as an assistant clerk-magistrate of the Salem Division of the District Court Department. Plaintiff br...

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