Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2017

Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. v. Visionaid, Inc.
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12142
Commonwealth v. George  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12173

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was determined to be a sexually dangerous person (SDP) pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123A and was committed to the Massachusetts Treatment Center for an indeterminate period of from one day to life. Defendant...

Commonwealth v. Jones  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. The court held (1) while not overwhelming, the evidence pre...

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. v. Department of Agricultural Resources  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court’s determination that information such as names, addresses and telephone numbers contained on animal health certificates in the custody of the Department of Agricultur...

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Inc. v. Town of Barnstable  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12224

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 2009, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Inc. (ASGCC) has been operating a free hypodermic needle access program in a village in Barnstable. The Town of Barnstable ordered the cessation of the program, asserting that...

Langan v. Board of Registration in Medicine  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12242

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Langan, a physician certified by the Board of Registration in Medicine, entered into a letter of agreement with the Board under which Langan agreed to certain conditions in order to continue practicing medicine....

in re Guardianship of Penate  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12138

Justia Opinion Summary: On a motion for special findings for Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJ), the judge shall make such findings without regard to the ultimate merits or purpose of the juvenile’s application. The issue presented in the...

Edwards v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12175

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff's complaint against Governor Deval Patrick did not allege sufficient facts to establish actual malice, and therefore, Plaintiff failed to state a cognizable claim for defamation. After Governor Deval Patrick r...

Rockland Trust Co. v. Langone  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12129

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court judge is not required, pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 218, 19 and 19A, to grant a plaintiff’s motion to dismiss a compulsory counterclaim under Mass. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(10) because the counterclaim is rea...

Commonwealth v. Cordero  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12210

Justia Opinion Summary: Once a police officer has completed the investigation of a defendant’s civil traffic violations and the facts do not give rise to reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the officer is required to permit the defendant...

Commonwealth v. Dayton  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12213

Justia Opinion Summary: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 276, 58A requires three convictions of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OUI) before a defendant can be held without bail pending trial, and therefore, the statute does n...

Commonwealth v. Denton  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12272

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial judge erred by permitting the Commonwealth to respond to Defendant’s affirmative defense of entrapment by introducing evidence of three prior convictions despite Defendant’s objection that they were too stale t...

In the Matter of Hass
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12131
In the Matter of Greene
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12132
Van Arsdale v. Van Arsdale  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12223

Justia Opinion Summary: The application of the durational limits of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 to certain alimony agreements that predate the Act is not unconstitutionally retroactive. Here, William Van Arsdale filed a complaint for modifi...

Popp v. Popp  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12228

Justia Opinion Summary: For reasons set forth in its decision issued today in Van Arsdale v. Van Arsdale, 477 Mass. __ (2017), the Supreme Judicial Court held that the durational limits of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 are constitutional. In 2...

Daley v. Secretary of Executive Office of Health & Human Services  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12200

Justia Opinion Summary: Neither the grant in an irrevocable trust of a right of occupancy and use in a primary residence to an applicant nor the retention of a life estate by the applicant in the applicant’s primary residence makes the equity i...

Commonwealth v. Pacheco  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12212

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held in this case that the principles of double jeopardy bar the imposition of a consecutive sentence of eight years’ probation, imposed in 2015 by a judge who was not the plea judge, where Def...

Padmanabhan v. Yout
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12266
Commonwealth v. Lydon  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12289

Justia Opinion Summary: In appropriate circumstances a judge has discretion to impose a concurrent State prison sentence nunc pro tunc to the commencement of a house of correction sentence then being served. Defendant appealed from an order d...

Commonwealth v. Robinson  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11907

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1969, Defendant was convicted of two counts of murder in the first degree and two counts of assault with intent to rob. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed. After the denial of Defendant’s seventh motion for a new tri...

Commonwealth v. McGrath
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11909
In re Application for a Criminal Complaint  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12062

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Boston police officer, filed an application for a criminal complaint alleging that Respondent, her supervisor, committed an assault and battery against her. Two clerk-magistrates denied the application for...

In the Matter of a Grand Jury Investigation
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12249
Deputy Chief Counsel for the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Acting First Justice of the Lowell Division of the District Court Department  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Deputy Chief Counsel for the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Private Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (collectiv...

Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, Inc.  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court took this opportunity to augment the framework set forth in Duracraft v. Holmes Products Corp., 427 Mass. 156 (1998), regarding anti-SLAPP suits. Plaintiffs, nine registered nurses who previous...

477 Harrison Ave., LLC v. JACE Boston, LLC  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12150

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Defendants owned abutting parcels of property. After several years of Defendants opposing Plaintiff’s redevelopment plans, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging abuse of process and a violation of Mass. Gen....

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...

Afrasiabi v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12146

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the denial of two Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 petitions he filed related to ongoing trial court proceedings. The subject petitions were the fourth and fifth such petitions Appellant had filed in the cou...

Pare v. Harmony House, Inc.  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12169

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner appealed from the denial of his petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 after the Housing Court entered judgment in Respondent’s favor in a summary process action. Petitioner filed a motion to wa...

Howell v. Brockton Division of the District Court Department
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12217
Cucinelli v. Commonwealth
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12221
Schumacher v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12248

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 petition seeking interlocutory relief from an order of the superior court temporarily committing him to the Massachusetts Treatment Center pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123A...

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...

Commonwealth v. Garcia  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12125

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of raping his nineteen-year-old stepdaughter, Sally. Defendant and Sally’s mother were married. The Appeals Court reversed, concluding that Sally was precluded from testifying...

Commonwealth v. Baldwin  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12188

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with offenses arising from alleged domestic violence. The Commonwealth and Defendant filed motions in limine regarding the admissibility of a record of a 911 call placed by the son of Defendant and...

Caira v. Zurich American Insurance Co.  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-16-P-927

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that Zurich American Insurance Co. committed unfair claim settlement practices in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 176D, 3(9)(f) and Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A, 2. Specifically, Plaintif...

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...

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...

Commonwealth v. Long  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11253

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation. Defendant appealed from his convictions and from the trial court’s denial of his motion for a new tria...

Commonwealth v. Mendez  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: SJC-11869, SJC-11870

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, Charles Mendez and Tacuma Massie, were convicted of murder in the first degree, armed robbery, and other offenses. Both defendants were charged on a theory of felony murder. Each defendant filed a timely noti...

Commonwealth v. Samuel S.  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12135

Justia Opinion Summary: Samuel S., a juvenile, was adjudicated a youthful offender and a delinquent juvenile as the result of a single sexual offense. As part of his sentence, Samuel was committed to the Department of Youth Services. The juveni...

Commonwealth v. French  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12012

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was found guilty of breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony and larceny of property over $250. Defendant’s fingerprint at the crime scene constituted t...

Cardno ChemRisk, LLC v. Foytlin  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12082

Justia Opinion Summary: This lawsuit arose from the explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon that caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Defendants, environmental activists, contributed an article appearing in an I...

In re Adoption of Yadira  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12113

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the arrival in Massachusetts of four minor siblings from a Nepalese refugee camp through a minor refugee program. The children’s parents subsequently arrived, but had very limited contact with the chi...

Commonwealth v. Thomas  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12055

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury returned indictments against Defendant on various charges, including three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and murder in the second degree. Defendant moved to suppress the identification of him...

Commonwealth v. Accime  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12081

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge arose from Defendant’s behavior as a patient in the psychiatric area of the emergency department at a Boston hospital. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was...

Commonwealth v. Goddard  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11955

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and declined to grant relief under Mass. Ge...

Commonwealth v. Soto  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12074

Justia Opinion Summary: Alexander Soto was a juvenile when he was indicted for murder in the first degree and related offenses. The superior court dismissed the non-murder indictments, concluding that the nonmurder charges must first be brought...

Snow v. Snow  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12102

Justia Opinion Summary: During the divorce proceedings of Husband and Wife, Wife did not pursue her claim for alimony. Four years after the divorce judgment, Wife sought and obtained an alimony award. Both parties appealed. On appeal, both part...

Commonwealth v. Molina  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12022

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography with the intent to disseminate, one count of dissemination of child pornography, and three counts of possession of child...

Commonwealth v. Martinez  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12076

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possessing child pornography. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress computer evidence obtained pursuant to a search war...

Anderson v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh Pa.  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12108

Justia Opinion Summary: Odin Anderson, his wife, and his daughter (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed personal injury action for injuries Odin suffered after being struck by a bus owned by Partners Healthcare Systems that was being driven by one o...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12093

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was acquitted on a charge of receipt of stolen property and then prosecuted for larceny of the same property. Defendant argues that the subsequent larceny complaint was properly dismissed on the ground of doubl...

Turra v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12075

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Deutsche Bank, seeking a declaratory judgment that the bank's foreclosure of the mortgage on plaintiff's home was invalid and seeking to quiet title to the property. The superior court grante...

Padmanabhan v. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12181

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed an action alleging claims of Medicare or Medicaid fraud and retaliation by his employer when he spoke up about the purported fraud. A federal district court judge allowed a motion to dismiss certain fede...

Commonwealth v. Pinto  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12134

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of two counts of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm and one count of possession of a firearm without a license. Appellant appealed, arguing that the Commonwealth failed to...

Bishay v. Clerk of the Superior Court in Norfolk County  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12153

Justia Opinion Summary: Bahig Bishay brought an action bringing various claims arising from Plaintiff’s eviction from his home. Bishay named as defendants National Investigations, Inc. and its principals (collectively, National), Harvard 45 Ass...

Commonwealth v. Edwards  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11989

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for multiple firearms offenses, among other offenses. Defendant moved to suppress evidence seized during the search of a motor vehicle he had been driving. A superior court judge allowed the motion...

Commonwealth v. Bryan  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12140

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was one of three occupants of a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. When Defendant, the rear seat passenger, exited the vehicle based on an exit order, a police officer observed a handgun undernea...

Bridgeman v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12157

Justia Opinion Summary: In Bridgeman v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District (Bridgeman I), the Supreme Judicial Court declined to accept a proposed “global remedy” of vacating the thousands of drug convictions affected by the misconduct...

Commonwealth v. Caruso  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-09656

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity and cruelty. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the jury’s verdict, holding (1) t...

Commonwealth v. Gernrich  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12078

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an inmate, was charged with falsely reporting a sexual assault to a deputy sheriff employed at the corrections facility. After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of making a false report of a crime t...

Genentech, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12083

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 63, corporations that generate business income in the Commonwealth and other states must pay taxes on that income according to an apportionment formula that seeks to tax the corporation’s income...

Commonwealth v. Calvaire  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12084

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Boston Municipal Court issued a criminal complaint charging Defendant, who was mentally ill, with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Defendant has been in custody ever since, but each time t...

Commonwealth v. Meneus  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12105

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of various firearm charges. On appeal, Defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress the firearm, asserting that police officers lacked reasonable suspicion...

Commonwealth v. Horne  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12068

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The Appeals Court affirmed. Defendant appealed, arguing that the admission into evidence of expert testimony opining as to t...

Commonwealth v. Grassie  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12061

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the second degree and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. Defendant appealed, arguing that, based on the evidence presented at trial and the prosec...

Oggiani v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12120

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Joan Oggiani, a judicial secretary, was designated as the deputy assistant register when that position was created. In 2015, the register requested approval to remove Aggiani’s designation. The Chief Justice of...

Commonwealth v. Martinez  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11657

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was watching a feature in an “unsolved crime” series news broadcast with his girl friend’s mother when he told her he had been the shooter in the surveillance footage showing the suspect that was aired in the b...

Commonwealth v. Chism  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11939

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with murder in the first degree. Defendant filed a motion to suppress statements he made at two police stations, arguing that he did not knowingly and intelligently waive his Miranda rights and that...

Commonwealth v. Resende  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11997

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony murder, armed home invasion, and armed assault with intent to rob. Defendant filed a motion for a new trial on the ground th...

Commonwealth v. Maguire  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12013

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior and resisting arrest. The Appeals Court affirmed. The Supreme Judicial Court (1) affirmed the judgment of conviction of resis...

Commonwealth v. Peterson  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12097

Justia Opinion Summary: The school zone statute punishes individuals who commit certain enumerated drug offenses within 300 feet of a school or 100 feet of a public park or playground. Defendant was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was drive...

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