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Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc.  
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Stored Communications Act (SCA) does not prohibit Yahoo from voluntarily disclosing the contents of a decedent’s e-mail account to the personal representatives of the decedent’s estate. Rather, the SCA permits Yahoo...

Commonwealth v. Wolfe  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12257

Justia Opinion Summary: In a jury trial of an operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (OUI) case, a trial judge should not give a jury instruction that specifically mentions the absence of breathalyzer or other alcohol-test evidence...

Commonwealth v. Ehiabhi  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12259

Justia Opinion Summary: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 94C, 32A(b) and (d) both punish possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, but 32A(b) carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years while 32A(d) carries a mandatory minimum sentence...

Commonwealth v. Dunn
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11502
Commonwealth v. Dunn  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-11502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty and armed assault with the intent to murder, among other crimes. The court held (1)...

Kiribati Seafood Co., LLC v. Dechert LLP
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12287
Kiribati Seafood Co., LLC v. Dechert LLP  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12287

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the circumstances of this legal malpractice action, a court’s error of law was a concurrent, not a superseding, proximate cause, and therefore, recovery was not barred to the plaintiff client even where the defenda...

N.M. v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 10, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12152

Justia Opinion Summary: A juvenile, who has been indicted as a youthful offender, is not entitled as of right to interlocutory review of a denial of a motion to dismiss that indictment. The grand jury returned a youthful offender indictment a...

Commonwealth v. Perkins  
Date: October 10, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12256

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this case to the superior court for a determination as to whether a search exceeded the permissible scope of a warrant authorizing a search of Defendant’s apartment for certain evidenc...

Commonwealth v. Castano  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and of unlawful possession of a firearm and declined to exercise its authority under Mass...

Commonwealth v. Muckle  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12269

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was a purely legal question concerning the correct interpretation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 218, 26. The Supreme Judicial Court held that the plain language of the statute confers jurisdiction in the Boston Municip...

Commonwealth v. Jones  
Date: October 4, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court’s judgment convicting Defendant of five charges stemming from the sexual abuse his two daughters. Specifically, the court held (1) the superior court judge did not a...

Smith v. City of Westfield  
Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12243

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether municipal parkland may be protected by Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution where the land was not taken by eminent domain and where there is no restriction recorded in the...

Commonwealth v. Rakes  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-10046

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions for two counts of murder in the first degree on the theories of felony murder, deliberate premeditation, and extreme atrocity or cruelty and the order denying h...

Koe v. Commissioner of Probation  
Date: September 27, 2017
Docket Number: SJC-12160

Justia Opinion Summary: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 276, 100A(6), the provision of a statute that retroactively prohibits Plaintiff from sealing the record of her sex offenses because she was once classified as a level two sex offender, as applied to P...

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