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Commonwealth v. Garcia
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12125
Commonwealth v. Baldwin
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12188
Caira v. Zurich American Insurance Co.
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-16-P-927
Commonwealth v. Tejeda  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12187

Justia Opinion Summary: A complaint issued charging Defendant with misleading a police officer. The charge arose from Defendant’s act of picking up a small bag of what was believed to be heroin and swallowing it in full view of a police officer...

Commonwealth v. Holland  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-08737

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on the theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty, and armed home invasion. After filing a notice of appeal, Defendant f...

Commonwealth v. Morgan  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12114

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a veteran of the United States Army, was arraigned in the district court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI), second offense; possession of heroin; negli...

Gannon v. City of Boston  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12136

Justia Opinion Summary: For the first decade of his employment with the Boston police department, Plaintiff was a patrol officer performing the full range of patrol officer duties. The department later placed Plaintiff on administrative duty du...

In re Guardianship of K.N.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12195

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, a few weeks after Child was born, Child's Grandmother was appointed as Child’s permanent guardian and has remained so ever since. Mother filed this removal proceeding challenging the guardianship arrangement. In...

Commonwealth v. Felix  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11692

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation. Defendant was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant...

In the Matter of Zak
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12073
Commonwealth v. Sanchez  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11360

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty, arson of a dwelling house, and violating an abuse prevention order. The S...

Commonwealth v. Gulla  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11361

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on the theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and the trial court’s denial...

Commonwealth v. Ackerman  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11983

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with operating while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, second offense, and a marked lanes violation. The charges stemmed from a single vehicle accident in which the vehicle Defendant was d...

State Board of Retirement v. Finneran  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12069

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Thomas Finneran, former Speaker of the House, pleaded guilty in federal district court to one count of obstruction of justice. The conviction stemmed from false testimony that Finneran had provided in relation t...

Commonwealth v. Squires  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: SJC-12086, SJC-12087

Justia Opinion Summary: After a joint jury trial, Defendants - John Squires and Steven Angier - were convicted of walking on a railroad track and possession of burglarious instruments. Defendants separately appealed, arguing, inter alia, that t...

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