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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Ferman v. Sturgis Cleaners, Inc.
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12602
Halstrom v. Dube  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court allowing Defendants’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s action for legal fees, holding that Plaintiff’s claim for fees was time barred by the...

Commonwealth v. Sherman  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of penile-vaginal and digital-vaginal rape, holding that while two errors occurred during the trial proceedings, neither error required reversal of Defendant’s...

Commonwealth v. Williams  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, holding that although the voir dire in this case was incomplete, it did not prejudice Defendant....

Commonwealth v. Barry  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-08635

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendants Kevin McCormack and Brian Porreca of murder in the first degree, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings bel...

Commonwealth v. Pina  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceed...

Commonwealth v. Pridgett  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge in this case allowing Defendant’s motion to suppress his postarrest statements, holding that the police lacked probable cause to arrest. Defendant was ch...

Brown v. Federal National Mortgage Ass’n  
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err or abuse his discretion...

Briscoe v. LSREF3/AH Chicago Tenant, LLC  
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Plaintiff’s petitions seeking relief from a summary process judgment and other orders entered against her in the housing court, ho...

Blackwell v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice correctly denied relief because Pe...

D.R. Peck Excavating, Inc. v. Machado  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12497

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice correctly denied relief because Peti...

Bellalta v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Brookline  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the land court upholding the action of the board of appeals of Brookline allowing Defendant homeowners’ request for a special permit to modify the roof of their home to...

Beauchamp v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12519

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the Court denying Appellant’s petition for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err...

Commonwealth v. Carter  
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of involuntary manslaughter as a youthful offender, holding that the evidence proved that, by her wanton or reckless misconduct, Defendant caused the victim’s de...

In re M.C.  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12481

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a municipal court judge civilly committing M.C. for a period of two months, holding that the record contained sufficient evidence to support M.C.’s involuntary commitme...

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