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Recent Decisions From the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Commonwealth v. Brown  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12529

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction on a single count of deriving support from prostitution under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, 7, holding that Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, 7 is constitutional and that ther...

Thomann v. Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers & Salesmen  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12360

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the single justice that the decision of the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers suspending Michael Thomann’s license for ten days, imposing a $1,200 civil pena...

Commonwealth v. Parker  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-10988

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions as a joint venturer of kidnapping and murder in the first degree and the denial of his motions for a new trial and for post trial discovery and further declined...

Commonwealth v. Ayala  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-10776

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and the denial of Defendant’s motion for a new trial, holding that no reversible error occu...

Patel v. Martin  
Date: November 28, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12500

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held a party in a civil case has no right to an immediate appeal from a discovery order under the doctrine of present execution but nevertheless retains two other avenues to seek immediate appe...

Buffalo-Water 1, LLC v. Fidelity Real Estate Company, LLC  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court allowing Defendant’s motion to dismiss this complaint seeking a judgment declaring that an appraisal was invalid and nonbinding and breach of the covena...

Garcia v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12579

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying, without a hearing, Appellant’s petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the superior court judge properly denied A...

Commonwealth v. Lys  
Date: November 19, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12476

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the district court denial of Defendant’s motion for a new trial after he pleaded guilty to violating multiple controlled substances laws, holding that remand was required for further pr...

Calhoun v. Boyd/Smith, Inc.
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12123
Cichocki v. Town of Rehoboth  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioners’ petition or relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and for a writ of mandamus pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch....

Reznik v. Mendes  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking, inter alia, an order requiring the Appeals Court to ac...

Hudson v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Concord  
Date: November 13, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed as moot Petitioner’s appeal from a judgment of a single justice of the court denying his petition for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the appeal was moot i...

Eresian v. Scheffer  
Date: November 13, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioners’ petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 asking the court to address the issue whether a trustee can appear “pro se”...

Commonwealth v. Owens  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-12494

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge allowing Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence discovered when police officers “froze” a house while they obtained a warrant, holding that the suppressi...

Commonwealth v. Moore  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: SJC-11652

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first degree murder on theories of deliberate premeditation, extreme atrocity or cruelty, and felony-murder with armed home invasion and armed robbery as the...

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