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Williams v. Steward Health Care System, LLC  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12451

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Steward Carney Hospital owed Mary Miller, who was fatally stabbed in her home by N, a former patient of the hospital, and her family a duty of care, and if so, whether the hospital breached that duty...

Polanco v. Sandor  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12389

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this medical malpractice action was whether a surety bond in the amount of $6,000 satisfied the requirement of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231, 60B that a plaintiff wishing to proceed after a tribunal has found in fa...

Juvenile v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12455

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Juvenile’s petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 challenging the superior court judge’s denial of Juvenile’s petition for bail...

Commonwealth v. Cruzado  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-11670

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree and declined to exercise its extraordinary power to set aside or reduce the verdict under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding tha...

Commonwealth v. Deconinck  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for murder in the first degree on a theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty and declined to exercise its authority to grant relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 3...

Commonwealth v. Gomez  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12437

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that a conditional guilty plea is permissible if it is entered with the consent of the superior court and the Commonwealth and identifies the specific ruling from which the defendant inten...

Commonwealth v. Woods  
Date: August 7, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12324

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the motion judge’s denial of Defendant’s motion seeking a new trial on the basis that he was the target of a grand jury investigation and that his grand jury testimony was improperly a...

Phone Recovery Services, LLC v. Verizon of New England, Inc.  
Date: August 7, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Phone Recovery Services, LLC (PRS), as a corporation, did not have standing to bring this qui tam action on behalf of the Commonwealth against Defendants, Verizon of New England, Inc....

Commonwealth v. Delmore D., a juvenile
Date: August 6, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12426
Noe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 5340 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: August 1, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12447

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that reclassification hearings of convicted sex offenders under the sex offender registry law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 6, 178C-178Q, require the Sex Offender Registry Board (Board) to meet the...

Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 76819 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: August 1, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12462

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the burden and quantum of proof in cases in which sex offenders seek termination of their duty to register under the State’s sex offender registry law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 6, 178C-178Q. In thi...

Commonwealth v. Waweru  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-11784

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on the theories of premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty and other crimes and declined to exercise its authority under Mass...

Commonwealth v. Webster  
Date: July 27, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12358

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony-murder and other crimes and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E,...

Commonwealth v. Robinson  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-09265

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that, by failing to raise a timely objection to an improper courtroom closure at trial, a defendant forfeits or procedurally waives his or her entitlement to the standard of review designa...

Commonwealth v. McDonagh  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for aggravated statutory rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of fourteen, holding that the trial judge erred in allowing the prosecut...

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