Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2019

Butcher v. University of Massachusetts  
Date: December 31, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12698

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the newspaper in this defamation case was not liable for republishing public police logs and requests for assistance received from a police department because the fair report privileg...

Malachi M. v. Quintina Q.  
Date: December 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12674

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the modification judgment that granted sole legal custody of the parties' child to Father, holding that a substantial change in circumstances warranted modification of the custody orde...

Commonwealth v. Barreto  
Date: December 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12699

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the motion judge denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence found in his motor vehicle following a search, holding that the exit order that precipitated the search of...

Commonwealth v. Norris  
Date: December 20, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-08998

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and the denials of Defendant's two motions for a new trial and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that ther...

Commonwealth v. Don  
Date: December 20, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and the denial of his postconviction motions and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that any error in the...

Commonwealth v. Morales  
Date: December 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-10917

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder and declined to grant extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that the tr...

Rawan v. Continental Casualty Co.  
Date: December 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12691

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court allowing Insurer's motion for summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiffs' action claiming that Insurer failed to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equit...

In the Matter of Swanson
Date: December 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12589
Padmanabhan v. Cooke  
Date: December 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12718

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the county court denying Petitioner's petition for relief in the nature of certiorari pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 249, 4, holding that the sin...

Simonton, petitioner
Date: December 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12588
Anderson v. Commonwealth
Date: December 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12628
A.F. v. D.F.  
Date: December 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12686

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Petitioner was not entitled to review pursuant...

Lynch v. Crawford  
Date: December 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12700

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Congress intended the Federal Volunteer Protection Act (VPA), 42 U.S.C. 14503(a), to provide qualified immunity from suit for officers in nonprofit organizations who receive no compen...

Commonwealth v. Camacho  
Date: December 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12704

Justia Opinion Summary: In this postconviction action arising from the misconduct of chemist Annie Dookhan at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying Def...

Ryan v. Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp.  
Date: December 5, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12708

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the decision of the trial court dismissing this case alleging that a Massachusetts assisted living residence's (ALR) charge to new residents of an upfront "community fee" violated the...

Plymouth Retirement Board v. Contributory Retirement Appeals Board  
Date: December 3, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12711

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the superior court concluding that a police officer who is a member of a municipal retirement system need not remit payments under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 32, 4(2) to obtai...

In the Matter of Claude David Grayer
Date: December 2, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12642
Goodwin v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Petitioner sought a stay of execution of sentence pending appeal, hold...

Commonwealth v. Niemic  
Date: November 19, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and remanded the case, holding that errors in the closing argument constituted a miscarriage of justice requiring that Defendant's c...

Commonwealth v. German  
Date: November 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12601

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of armed robbery, holding that the motion judge did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence of a showup identification but that, for showup id...

Commonwealth v. Freiberg
Date: November 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12772
Commonwealth v. Lee  
Date: November 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12383

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

Kiago-Wilson v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12766

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 where Petitioner had ordinary means to challenge her sentence t...

Commonwealth v. Dowds  
Date: November 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-10340

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from a judgment of conviction against Defendant of murder in the first degree the Supreme Judicial Court exercised its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to reduce the degree of guilt to murder i...

477 Harrison Avenue, LLC v. JACE Boston, LLC  
Date: November 8, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12600

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from ongoing litigation involving adjoining property owners the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the motion judge's order denying plaintiff developer's special motion to dismiss defendant abutters' countercl...

Aroian v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 31, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12716

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition seeking review of an order of a district court judge denying his motion for relief from the requirement that...

Boston Police Department v. Civil Service Commission  
Date: October 30, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12653

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Civil Service Commission concluding that the Boston police department had not demonstrated reasonable justification for bypassing Michael Gannon for employment in 2...

Commonwealth v. Ashe A.  
Date: October 29, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12723

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated a juvenile court judge's decision to adjudicate Juvenile delinquent for disturbing a school assembly, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, 40 and declining to apply the amended stat...

In Care & Protection of M.C.  
Date: October 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12652

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the application of the standard set forth in Care & Protection of M.C., 479 Mass. 246 (2018) (M.C. I), governing requests for limited relief from impoundment of records in a care and protection pr...

Roberio v. Massachusetts Parole Board  
Date: October 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12482

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court judge's judgment concluding that the Parole Board did not abuse its discretion by denying Appellant's application for parole and applying the 1996 amendment to Mass....

Commonwealth v. Colon  
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11610

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony-murder and the denial of his motion for a new trial and declined to grant relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 27...

UBS Financial Services, Inc. v. Aliberti  
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12662

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the legal relationship between the commercial custodian of three nondiscretionary IRAs and a named beneficiary of those accounts the Supreme Judicial Court reversed in part the decision of the sup...

Commonwealth v. Vieira  
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12696

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court judge's order denying pretrial detention, holding that a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of fourteen may not form the basis for pretr...

Commonwealth v. Matta  
Date: October 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12693

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, reversed the denial of Defendant's motion for a new trial on the Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 94C, 32J (32J) charge, an...

Commonwealth v. Johnson
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12765
Commonwealth v. Perry
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12771
Commonwealth v. Yasin  
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the Commonwealth's appeal from the trial court's allowance of Defendant's motion filed under Mass. R. Crim. P. 25(a), holding that the trial judge erred in reserving decision on Defen...

Coggins v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12585

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the Court denying Appellant's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that principles of double jeopardy did not bar Appella...

Commonwealth v. Larose  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12610

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the superior court judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress all evidence related to an illegal seizure on the ground that the stop of his motor vehicle was not reasonable, hold...

Board of Higher Education v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board  
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12621

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board upholding a certain provision in a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Higher Education (BHE) and the Massa...

Commonwealth v. Moseley  
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11805

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation and the denial of his motion for a new trial, holding that Defendant was not entitled to...

Commonwealth v. Carrillo  
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12617

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of involuntary manslaughter but affirmed Defendant's conviction of distribution of heroin, holding that the Commonwealth did not introduce evidence showing that D...

Commerce Insurance Co. v. Szafarowicz  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Numbers: SJC-12655, SJC-12656

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the orders denying a motor vehicle insurer's motions to stay trial in a wrongful death action until the question of coverage had been determined in a declaratory judgment action but an...

Commonwealth v. Linton  
Date: September 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12528

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the motion judge denying Defendant's motion for access to evidence and scientific and forensic testing pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A, holding that, given the evi...

Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, Inc.  
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12618

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge denying Defendants' special motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' defamation claim pursuant to the anti-SLAPP statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231, 59H, holding that...

McLean Hospital Corp. v. Town of Lincoln  
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12675

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the Land Court judge determining that the primary purpose of Plaintiff's proposed residential program for adolescent males could not be characterized as "educational" un...

Commonwealth v. Newberry  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12575

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the pretrial diversion of Defendant, the Supreme Judicial Court held that the language of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 276A, 3 requires arraignment, at the Commonwealth's request, before a defendant can par...

Davis v. Comerford  
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12712

Justia Opinion Summary: In this summary process eviction action, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the housing court judge's order for use and occupancy payments, holding that a court has statutory and equitable authority to order use and occu...

Marchese v. Boston Redevelopment Authority  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12659

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court challenging the legality of the Boston Redevelopment Authority's (BRA) actions executing a permanent taking of the "Yawkey Way" easement and subseque...

Commonwealth v. Gomes  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12692

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of fourteen, holding that because there was no evidence that Defendant was acting in his professional capacity wh...

Doe v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12695

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court affirming the Sex Offender Registry Board's (SORB) classification of John Doe No. 23656 as a level two sex offender, holding that Doe's claims on app...

Veolia Energy Boston, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Boston  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12634

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the board of assessors of Boston, holding that taxed personal property owned by and assessed to Veolia Energy Boston, Inc. consisting principally of pipes that Veolia u...

Commonwealth v. Reyes  
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11590

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 prejudicial error in the proceed...

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court  
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12681

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court denied the request sought by Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC (the Globe) for declaratory relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that records of show cause hearings where a clerk-magi...

Commonwealth v. Odgren  
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11573

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 authority under Mass. Gen. Law...

Commonwealth v. Fernandes  
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12429

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held in this plurality opinion that it is generally advisable for prosecutors to instruct grand juries on the elements of lesser offenses and defenses when such instructions would help the gran...

Commonwealth v. Vasquez  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed in part the superior court's order denying in part and affirming in part Defendant's motions to suppress, holding that the superior court erred in denying Defendant's motions to suppre...

Commonwealth v. Bonnett  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11496

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the motion judge denying Defendant's second motion for a new trial, holding that there was no clear error or abuse of discretion and that there was no reason for this C...

Commonwealth v. Johnson  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court's order denying Defendant's second motion filed under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278A seeking DNA testing of biological material pertaining to his sex offense, holding that...

Commonwealth v. Watt  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12689

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the superior court's denial of Defendant's motion seeking a refund of fees associated with his vacated convictions, holding that due process principles req...

Commonwealth v. Rhodes  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the jury's verdict convicting Defendant of murder in the first degree, holding that the motion judge abused his discretion in denying Defendant's motion for a new trial because defense...

Finn v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12687

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 276, 58A permits a superior court judge to conduct a dangerousness hearing upon a defendant's first appearance in that court, regardless of whether that appearance...

Commonwealth v. Long  
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12694

Justia Opinion Summary: In this matter concerning the search of a warehouse pursuant to a warrant that was issued in part based on the odor of unburnt marijuana the Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter to the district court for further p...

Wallace W. v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12669

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this case for entry of a judgment vacating the juvenile court's order denying Juvenile's motion to dismiss a delinquency complaint issued against him, holding that the juvenile court j...

Commonwealth v. Buttimer  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree with deliberate premeditation, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder, and other crimes, hol...

Commonwealth v. Petit-Homme  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12636

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the municipal court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his admission and vacate the court's finding of sufficient facts for a finding of guilty on two counts of assaul...

Commonwealth v. Robinson  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-08464

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 grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass...

Commonwealth v. Bryant  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11675

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to grant a new t...

Commonwealth v. Tavares  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11264

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's convictions, holding that the motion judge committed reversible error in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained from the search and seizure of a motor vehi...

Commonwealth v. Ware  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11387

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation, holding that the Commonwealth erroneously elicited false tes...

Perez v. Commonwealth
Date: July 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12611
Commonwealth v. Wentworth  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12633

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of carrying a loaded firearm unlawfully as an armed career criminal with one predicate offense, holding that Defendant's indictment was not void and that Defenda...

Massachusetts Fine Wines & Spirits, LLC v. Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12654

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that because Total Wine & More sold liquor and wine purchased through invoices sales in the record at prices below the net price reflected in those invoices the Alcoholic Beverages Control...

Doe v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12594

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated and set aside a superior court judgment affirming a Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) decision to classify John Doe as a level two sex offender, holding that there was not substantial...

Navom v. Clerk of the Superior Court in Middlesex County  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner's petition seeking relief in the nature of mandamus and pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did...

Commonwealth v. Anderson
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12667
Vinnie v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Norfolk  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12729

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioner's "Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief" without a hearing, holding that the single justice did not err in den...

Ghebrehiwet v. Commonwealth  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12731

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 did not err or abuse his discretion in denying re...

White v. Chief Justice of Boston Municipal Court  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Petitioner's document entitled "Abuse of Authority: Judicial Misconduct" arising from the alleged misconduct of an assistant clerk-magistrate...

Commonwealth v. Barnett  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-11910

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and felony-murder and declined to exercise its power under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to...

Hedberg v. Wakamatsu  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12624

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the jury's verdict in favor of Defendant in this medical malpractice action for injuries arising after surgery, holding that while the trial judge did not err under current law of evide...

Commonwealth v. Palermo  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12639

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of simple assault and threatening to commit a crime, holding that the criminal docket of one of Defendant's friends was improperly admitted as evidence against De...

Commonwealth v. Holbrook  
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-10592

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E but reversed the order denying Defendant's moti...

Chelsea Housing Authority v. McLaughlin  
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12635

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the superior court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants, the former accounts of Plaintiff, the Chelsea Housing Authority, on the ground that Plaintiff's claim of negligenc...

Commonwealth v. Wassilie  
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12672

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated three of the indictments in this case for a new trial, holding that the trial judge improperly failed to include certain language from paragraph three of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, 105(b)...

Commonwealth v. Hobbs  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12216

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and the denial of his motion for a new trial, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below and that there was no reason for this Court to...

Commonwealth v. Adams  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12620

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that interference with the lawful duties of a police officer is a common-law crime in Massachusetts but that the evidence was not sufficient in this case to establish that Defendant commit...

Commonwealth v. Amaral  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12244

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and the order denying his motion for a new trial and further declined to reduce the verdict of murder in the first degree to a lesser degree of guilt or to set...

Commonwealth v. Tiscione  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: SJC-12629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments entered against Defendant and remanded this case for further proceedings, holding that the dismissal of a juror was prejudicial error and that there was sufficient evidence to surv...

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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