Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2019

Commonwealth v. Wardsworth  
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11125

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated and set aside Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree, armed assault with intent to murder, and firearm offenses, holding that four trial errors required that the verdict...

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC v. Department of Public Health  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12622

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the superior court denying Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC's (Globe) motion for summary judgment in this public records case, holding that the trial judge erred in conclud...

Commonwealth v. Hardy  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12637

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving Defendant's failure to properly install child safety seats in her vehicle, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's convictions of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment as to Dyl...

Commonwealth v. Garcia  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11423

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that there was no reversible error nor a reason to...

Commonwealth v. LaPlante  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12570

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's sentence of three consecutive terms of life imprisonment, with the possibility of parole after forty-five years, in connection with his conviction of three counts of murder...

Commonwealth v. Zagwyn  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12663

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of conviction in this case as to negligent operation and affirmed the judgment of conviction of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, holding that the evide...

DaPrato v. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12651

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial judge finding the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) liable for a retaliatory termination and awarding a total damages of $1,332,271, holding that...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12638

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court answered in the affirmative a reported question, holding that a defendant who has pled guilty to possession of a large capacity feeding device in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, 10(m) may...

Commonwealth v. Jeannis  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to suppress drug evidence, holding that the reveal of a plastic bag protruding from the cleft between Defendant's buttocks wa...

Pembroke Hospital v. D.L.  
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12599

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving involuntary civil commitment due to mental illness, the Supreme Court held that an individual may not be said to have been "discharged" from a facility within the meaning of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123...

District Attorney for the Northern District v. Superior Court Department  
Date: May 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12508

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the issue of how to allocate responsibility for retaining and preserving exhibits after criminal trials the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the exhibit-transfer orders in two of three criminal case...

Boston Housing Authority v. Y.A.  
Date: May 19, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12623

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed a lower court judge's order of execution on the fifth agreement for judgment between Y.A., an alleged victim of domestic violence, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), a covered hou...

Commonwealth v. Grassie  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the second degree and affirmed the trial judge's denial of Defendant's motion to reduce the verdict to manslaughter, holding that the trial judge di...

Sandman v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12645

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 relief from his sentence imposed as a result of a proba...

Cooper v. CVS Pharmacy  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Petitioner's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err or abuse his discretion in denyi...

Commonwealth v. Mack  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12319

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree on the theories of felony-murder and extreme atrocity or cruelty and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen....

In re Chapman  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12537

Justia Opinion Summary: In this, the second of two cases decided today involving Wayne Chapman, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the Court denying Petitioners' petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch....

Lazlo L. v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12625 & 12660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the motion judges' denial of two juveniles' motions to dismiss and remanded these matters to the juvenile court with directions to dismiss each case, holding that the amended definition...

Chapman, petitioner  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12632

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court judge's order allowing Wayne Chapman's petition for release from civil commitment as a sexually dangerous person, holding that Defendant was not required to remain c...

Commonwealth v. Silva  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of armed robbery and murder in the first degree and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to reduce the verdict or to order a new...

Commonwealth v. Rivera  
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12424

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty and declined to exercise its extraordinary authority to aff...

Commonwealth v. Bennefield  
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial judge denying Defendant's motion for a new trial, holding that a defendant's waiver of his right to a jury of six persons need not be in writing as long as th...

Sullivan v. Sleepy's LLC  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12542

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning whether retail salespeople who are paid entirely in commissions or draws are entitled to additional overtime or Sunday pay, the Supreme Judicial Court held that such employees are entitled to over...

Meyer v. Veolia Energy North America  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12606

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the superior court's grant of summary judgment to Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's personal injury action on the grounds that Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 84, 15, the road defect statute, p...

Commonwealth v. Espinal  
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12597

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of indecent assault and battery, holding that the trial judge did not abuse his discretion in denying Defendant's request that a question be posed to potential j...

Commonwealth v. Colon  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court Defendant's conviction of first degree murder and declined to exercise its extraordinary powers to grant relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding (1) where a defendant facing trial on...

Commonwealth v. Pfeiffer  
Date: May 1, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12431

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of arson of a dwelling house, felony-murder in the second degree, and two counts of injuring a firefighter, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support...

Commonwealth v. Rivera  
Date: May 1, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12605

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of accessory after the fact to murder, holding that the evidence was insufficient to sustain the conviction. Defendant, who witnessed a killing, did not provide...

RCA Development, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Brockton  
Date: May 1, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12619

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Land Court judge reversing the decision of the zoning board of appeals of Brockton (board) denying Plaintiffs' appeal of the denial of their permit to construct a h...

Commonwealth v. Monteiro  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12263

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a single justice's denial of Appellant's motion for the appointment of counsel filed in connection with a gatekeeper application that Appellant had filed in the county court pursuant t...

Miranda v. Superior Court Department
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12590
Commonwealth v. Abubardar  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12661

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the decision of the Appeals Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of assault and battery as a lesser included offense of attempted murder, holding that the trial court's failure to giv...

Commonwealth v. Lugo  
Date: April 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the second degree and the order denying his motion for a new trial, holding that Defendant's sentence was constitutional and that no prejudicial err...

Commonwealth v. Fredericq  
Date: April 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12572

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court's order granting Defendant's motion to dismiss the cocaine and cash seized during a warrantless search of his residence, holding that Defendant's consent to a search...

Commonwealth v. Almonor  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12499

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the motion judge's allowance of Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that police action causing an individual's cell phone to reveal its real-time location constitutes a search in t...

Snell v. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner  
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Appellant's complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused her discretion by denying...

Stevenson v. TND Homes I LLC
Date: April 22, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12581
Commonwealth v. Fontanez  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12469

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying the Commonwealth's petition for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and remanded the case for ent...

Gammella v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12604

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought under the Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 150, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the denial of Plaintiff's motion for class certification, holding that Mass. R. Civ. P. 23, as amended, provides...

Chawla v. Appeals Court  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12488

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Appellant's complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus or, in the alternative, for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211,...

Dickey v. Inspectional Services Department of Boston  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief from an order of the Housing Court denying Petitioner's motion to remove a receiver...

Commonwealth v. Simon  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11666

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal brought by Defendant challenging his conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony-murder the Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's underlying felony conviction of armed robbery as du...

Evans v. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12337

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioner challenged summary process proceedings in the Worcester Divis...

Adjartey v. Central Division of Housing Court Department  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12380

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the single justice's order denying Petitioners' request for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 challenging summary process proceedings in the Worcester Division of the Housing Cou...

Hilton v. Central Division of the Housing Court Department  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12406

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioners relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioners challenged summary process proceedings in the Worcester Division of...

Commonwealth v. Williams  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the motion judge denying Defendant's Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A, 3 motion, holding that Defendant, who claimed that no crime occurred, made a prima facie case for a chapter...

Commonwealth v. Putnam  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the motion court's order denying Defendant's motion filed under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A asserting his factual innocence and requesting forensic testing of certain evidence, holding th...

Branch v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated in part and affirmed in part the decision of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board upholding the Department of Labor Relations' (DLR) dismissal of Employees' challenges under the...

City Electric Supply Co. v. Arch Insurance Co.  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12561

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a claimant seeking to enforce a target lien bond by commencing a civil action pursuant to the mechanic's lien statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 254, 14, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior c...

Commonwealth v. Tejeda  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12593

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the trial judge to grant Defendant's motion to revise and revoke his sentence to match that of his coventurer, holding that a judge may allow a defendant's motion to re...

Commonwealth v. Harris  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12607

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint charging unlawful possession of a firearm on constitutional grounds and denied Defendant's request for a new...

Vasquez v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12556

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the single justice's judgment denying Defendant's petition for relief challenging the denial of his bail requests, holding that the bail judge did not abuse his discretion or commit an...

Commonwealth v. Johnson  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12483

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the motion judge's denial of Defendant's motion to suppress and Defendant's convictions of breaking and entering and larceny, holding that the Commonwealth's act of accessing and revie...

Commonwealth v. Feliz  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12545

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Judicial Court held that, as applied to Defendant, GPS monitoring as a condition of Defendant's probation was an unconstitutional search under article 14 of the Massachusetts Declaratio...

Commonwealth v. Gallett  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12214

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendants’ convictions of murder in the first degree by reason of extreme atrocity or cruelty and felony-murder and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 3...

Commonwealth v. Ferreira  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11479

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree and declined to order a new trial or reduct the verdict under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that a new trial was not requir...

Commonwealth v. Arias  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12510

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s grant of Defendant’s motion to suppress in this case concerning the scope of the emergency aid exception and the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement. D...

Arias-Villano v. Chang & Sons Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12548

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants and the denial of Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, holding that Plaintiffs, who worked for Defendants’ company that grew, h...

Commonwealth v. Agogo  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12592

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial court affirmed the district court judge’s order allowing Defendant’s motion to suppress narcotics seized from Defendant’s crotch area as a result of a strip search that took place in a cell at a poli...

Commonwealth v. Hernandez  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the common-law doctrine of abatement ab initio, where a criminal conviction is vacated and the indictment is dismissed after the defendant dies while his direct appeal as of right cha...

Connor v. Benedict  
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12551

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of divorce nisi that awarded general term alimony to Wife and, among other things, divided the marital estate such that fifty-five percent of the ove...

Commonwealth v. Jones  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12564

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the trial judge’s denial of the Commonwealth’s renewed motion filed pursuant to Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, 468 Mass. 512 (2014), and remanded for entry of an order compelling Defendant...

Stearns v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12544

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court answered a question certified to it by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts concerning whether the six-year statute of repose set forth in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 260,...

Craft Beer Guild, LLC v. Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Numbers: SJC-12547, SJC-12595

Justia Opinion Summary: In this review of two decisions of the alcoholic beverages control commission (commission) that resulted in the issuance of penalties against Craft Beer Guild, LLC (Craft) and Rebel Restaurants, Inc. (Rebel), the Supreme...

Mullane v. Barclays Bank Delaware  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12534

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Petitioner’s petition under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 for relief from a judgment entered in a small claims matter in the district court, holdi...

Tavares v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12580

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

Barbosa v. Commonwealth
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12526
Taylor-Cameron v. Walcott  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12532

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying Appellant’s petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused his discretion by de...

Aronova v. Mohamed  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Petitioner’s petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused...

Tyree v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner’s petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor abused his discretion in denyin...

Commonwealth v. Collazo  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11210

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and of carrying a firearm without a license, holding that Def...

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

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the award of attorney’s fees to Plaintiffs under the fee-shifting provisions of the Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 148, 150, holding that the “catalyst test” applied to the Wage A...

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...

F.K. v. S.C.  
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12452

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the trial judge’s issuance of harassment prevention orders against Defendant pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 258E, 3(a), holding that Defendant’s conduct amounted to only one act of har...

Commonwealth v. Chicas  
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-10986

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction and the denial of Defendant’s motion for a new trial and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to grant a new trial or to reduce...

Myrick v. Appeals Court  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12402

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Appellant’s petition for relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that Appellant did not demonstrate any entitlement to re...

Yee v. Massachusetts State Police  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court’s allowance of Defendant’s motion for summary judgment and remanded this discrimination case, holding that the trial judge erred in determining that Plaintiff had fai...

Commonwealth v. Braune  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12514

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of money laundering, holding that the evidence was sufficient as a matter of law to establish “concealment” money laundering, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch....

Commonwealth v. Javier  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11994

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of murder in the first degree as a joint venturer and declined to exercise its authority to grant relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that the evi...

Crittenden v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12503

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court treating Petitioner’s paper titled “Respondent’s Petition for Interlocutory Appeal and Stay of Proceedings” as a petition pursuant to Ma...

Briscoe v. District Attorney for the Northern District
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12609
Briscoe v. LSREF3/AH Chicago Tenant, LLC  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12614

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court dismissing Plaintiff’s complaint seeking relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that there was no error. After Defendant prevailed in...

Briscoe v. Middlesex Division of the Juvenile Court Department
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12615
Aldana v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12587

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a judgment of the county court denying his petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not err or abuse his discr...

Kyricopoulos v. Attorney General  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Petitioner was not entitled to review pursuant to M...

Jiang v. Liu  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12626

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner’s petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Petitioner did not show that review of the trial co...

Commonwealth v. Copeland  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-10992

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of felony-murder in the first degree and armed robbery, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below, and there was no reason for the Cour...

Essex Regional Retirement Board v. Swallow  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12458; SJC 12511

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decisions of the superior court judges allowing two police officers’ motions for judgment on the pleadings and vacating the decisions of the Essex Regional Retirement Board and the...

Scione v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12536; SJC 12540

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court judge’s order vacating the district court judge’s Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 58A (58A) pretrial detention order of David Barnes and affirmed the denial of William Scio...

Commonwealth v. Davis  
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12484

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for unlawful possession of drugs found within a locked glove compartment, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress and...

Commonwealth v. Plasse  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12486

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the denial of Defendant’s motion for release from unlawful confinement and for a new sentencing hearing, holding that, under the circumstances of this case, the judge did not abuse his...

Commonwealth v. Hernandez  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11467

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

Ciani v. MacGrath  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that, to the extent a surviving spouse’s shares of a deceased spouse’s estate exceeds $25,000, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 191, 15, the Commonwealth’s elective share statute, reduces his or her in...

Roch v. Mollica  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the trial judge allowing Defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding (1) Massachusetts courts have personal jurisdiction over nonresident indi...

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