Commonwealth v. ChismAnnotate this Case
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 the statements were not made voluntarily. Defendant then moved to impound a video recording and transcript of a police interview with Defendant that was the subject of the motion to suppress and that was subsequently suppressed. A superior court judge orally denied the motion to impound. A single justice of the Appeals Court denied Defendant’s request for interlocutory relief. A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the denial of the motion to impound, concluding that the single justice committed an error of law and abused his discretion in affirming the judge’s denial of the motion to impound. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the motion judge's denial of the motion to impound, holding (1) the motion judge applied the correct legal standard in deciding Defendant’s motion to impound; and (2) the motion judge did not abuse his discretion in denying the motion to impound.