Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2020

Rahim v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District  
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12884

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that certain materials requested and received by the office of the district attorney for the Suffolk district from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to a fatal shooting by...

Commonwealth v. Montarvo  
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12905

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 279, 25(a) of the habitual offender statute allows sentencing judges to impose probation on defendants who fall within its ambit. Defendant was convicted of assau...

In re Estate of Kendall  
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the Estate of Jacqueline Ann Kendall was not required to pay a claim for reimbursement from the Commonwealth's MassHealth program when the estate proceeding was commenced more than th...

Commonwealth v. Tillis  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12555

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree and related charges and the order denying Defendant's motion for a new trial, holding that the trial judge did not err in denying...

Commonwealth v. Feliz  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12879

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court denying Defendant's motion for relief from a condition of probation, holding that imposition of the condition did not violate Defendant's rights under a...

Doherty v. Civil Service Commission  
Date: December 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12855

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of superior court finding that the Civil Service Commission had jurisdiction to review Plaintiff's appeal of the discipline of loss of two days of accrued leave time impose...

Commonwealth v. Taylor  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12877

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that double jeopardy barred this prosecution because the termination of Defendant's first trial was not justified by manifest necessity. The Commonwealth charged Defendant with carrying a...

Commonwealth v. Ashford  
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12874

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, 10(n), holding that the holding in Commonwealth v. Brown, 479 Mass. 600 (2018...

Commonwealth v. Pierre  
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12154

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of three counts of murder in the first degree, one count of armed assault with intent to murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm and declined to order a ne...

Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless v. City of Fall River  
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12914

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 85, 17A, sometimes referred to as the panhandling statute, is unconstitutional on its face under the First Amendment to the federal constitution and article 16 of...

Commonwealth v. Nash  
Date: December 14, 2020
Docket Numbers: SJC-12976, SJC-12990

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two cases in which Defendants sought stays of execution of their sentences pending appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court provided additional guidance as to how judges who are faced with requests for stays should ta...

Commonwealth v. Boger  
Date: December 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12878

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction for committing the crime of distribution of cocaine within one hundred feet of a public park in connection with a sale of the controlled substance to an undercove...

Commonwealth v. Ramos-Cabrera  
Date: December 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12900

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of distribution of a class A controlled substance and committing the crime within one hundred feet of a public park, holding that Defendant's arguments on appea...

Desrosiers v. The Governor  
Date: December 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12983

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the Civil Defense Act (CDA), Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 17, 2A, provided the Governor with the authority for his March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency in response to the COVID-1...

Garcia v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12749

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice denying Defendant's petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking to remove the conditions of GPS monitoring and home confinement on Defendant...

Commonwealth v. Henderson  
Date: November 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11702

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and unlawful possession of a firearm, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the...

Commonwealth v. Wilson  
Date: November 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11985

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and improper disposition of a human body, holding that there was no prejudicia...

Commonwealth v. Chesko  
Date: November 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on the theory of felony murder, with armed robbery as the predicate felony, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proc...

Thompson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: November 25, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12798

Justia Opinion Summary: In this foreclosure action, the Supreme Judicial Court answered a certified question from the Court of Appeals for the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by concluding that a challenged statement in a default and acc...

Blake v. Hometown America Communities, Inc.  
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12902

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the determination that time of entry into a lot rental agreement does not render the renters dissimilar under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, 32L(2), holding that the requirement that renters...

Commonwealth v. Gosselin  
Date: November 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree, holding that Defendant failed to demonstrate that his trial counsel was ineffective and that the trial court did not err in denyin...

Commonwealth v. Lester  
Date: November 18, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-10129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of two counts of murder and other crimes, holding that any error committed during the proceedings below was not prejudicial. Specifically, the Supreme Judicia...

Commonwealth v. Bohigian  
Date: November 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12858

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's convictions for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OUI) causing serious bodily injury and misleading an investigator, holding that errors at tri...

Commonwealth v. Moffat  
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-08733

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below nor reason to exercise the Court's authority under Mass. Gen....

Ernest E. v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the juvenile court judge denying a juvenile's motion for relief from sex offender registration, holding that the record below was inadequate for the Court to decide the co...

Commonwealth v. Wilkerson  
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of deliberate premeditation and an attempt to suborn perjury and declined to exercise its extraordinary authority under...

D'Allessandro v. Lennar Hingham Holdings, LLC  
Date: November 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12891

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Judicial Court responded to a certified question posed by a judge in a federal district court concerning the application of the six-year statute of repose in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 260, 2B to claim...

Mark Mendes's Case  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the reviewing board of the Department of Industrial Accidents determining that the Department lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the claim of Mark Mendes, holding t...

Richardson v. UPS Store, Inc.  
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12769

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the $1.25 fee cap set forth in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 262, 41 applies only to a particular notarial act known as "noting," and that the meaning of that section has not been expanded to i...

In re J.P.  
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12872

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court judge in this civil commitment matter, holding that sufficient admissible evidence was presented to warrant an order to civilly commit J.P. for a per...

Daniel Wright's Case  
Date: October 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12873

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the reviewing board of the Department of Industrial Accidents (department) concluding that marijuana's status as a federally illicit substance preempted any state level...

Ardaneh v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12852

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 did not err or abuse his discretio...

Commonwealth v. Nieves  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12906

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the superior court denying Appellant's motion for refund of parole supervision fees she paid while on parole, holding that Appellant was entitled to return of the parole fe...

Commonwealth v. Waller  
Date: October 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11484

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm, holding that no error occurred during the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme Judi...

Commonwealth v. Miller  
Date: October 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11696

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree by deliberate premeditation and assault with intent to murder, holding that no error occurred in the proceedings below. Specifica...

Falcone v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12833

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Defendant's petition under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 for relief from home confinement as a condition of his bail, holding...

In the Matter of Bertrand
Date: October 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12849
Commonwealth v. Johnson  
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-09999

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. After Defendant w...

De Prins v. Michaeles  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12865

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court answered a question certified to it by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, holding that the assets of a self-settled discretionary spendthrift irrevocable trust governed b...

Commonwealth v. Phuon  
Date: October 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12496

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree but dismissed Defendant's convictions of possession of ammunition, holding that those convictions were duplicative of the convicti...

Commonwealth v. Guastucci  
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of possession of child pornography, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, 29C, holding that the information in the search warrant was sufficient...

Roberts v. Hingham Division of the District Court Department  
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12854

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the extraordinary remedy of...

Commonwealth v. Silvelo  
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12866

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of carrying a firearm without a license and of possessing a loaded firearm, holding that no prejudicial error occurred in the proceedings below. Specifically,...

Young v. Contributory Retirement Appeal Board  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12809

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court affirming the decision of the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board (CRAB) that Appellant was not entitled to retirement benefits calculated based on...

Commonwealth v. Richards  
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and the denial of his motion for a new trial and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to reduce th...

Commonwealth v. Dunphe  
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12533

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that there was a substantial likelihood of a miscarriage of justice arising fr...

Commonwealth v. Castillo  
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12316

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the verdict of murder in the first degree and the sentence imposed in this case and remanded the matter to the superior court with directions to enter a verdict of guilty of murder in t...

Commonwealth v. Harding  
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12875

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the district court finding that Defendant violated a special condition of probation and vacating the findings that Defendant violated his conditions of probation, holdi...

In re Olchowski  
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12730

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that trust funds on deposit in an Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) do not fall within the statutory definition of "abandoned property," and therefore, the disposition of these fu...

In re Juvenile  
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12860

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that due process does not permit a juvenile court judge to conduct a transfer hearing pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 119, 72A where the defendant, now an adult, is incompetent to stand tr...

Commonwealth v. McCalop  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12845

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's guilty plea to a sentencing enhancement and his conviction of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, holding that where a defendant makes a good faith claim that a deliber...

Town of Sudbury v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority  
Date: September 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12738

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the land court judge dismissing the Town of Sudbury's complaint seeking to prevent the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) from entering into an option ag...

Commonwealth v. Evelyn  
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12808

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the denial of Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a stop, holding that, going forward, the age of a juvenile suspect, if objectively apparent to a reasonabl...

Tinsley v. Town of Framingham  
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12826

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment on several claims against police officers personally, holding that there was a genuine issue of material fact whether the polic...

Commonwealth v. Long  
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12868

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court established a revised test for a court to determine whether a defendant seeking to suppress evidence based on a claim that a traffic stop violated equal protection principles. The Supreme Judi...

Commonwealth v. Weidman  
Date: September 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12612

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and felony murder, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motion...

Commonwealth v. Adams  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12709

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction, after a second jury trial, as a joint venturer in vaginal and anal rapes committed by his two coventurers, holding that subjecting Defendant to a second trial d...

Commonwealth v. Rosa-Roman  
Date: September 8, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12504

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree and declined to grant extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E, holding that there was no basis to set aside...

In re Grand Jury Investigation  
Date: September 8, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12869

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the trial judge authorizing the disclosure to defense counsel of a discovery letter written by a district attorney describing misconduct by Petitioners, two police officer...

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC v. Department of Public Utilities
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12886
Walsh v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12648

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases, the Supreme Judicial Court held that a delay in providing counsel to Defendants did not entitle them to release from pretrial detention under Lavallee v. Justices in the Hampden Superior Cour...

Doe v. Board of Registration in Medicine  
Date: September 1, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12817

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the board of registration in medicine may use a sealed criminal record as a basis for discipline but that the board is statutorily prohibited from making the contents of that record a...

Grossman v. Secretary of the Commonwealth  
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12996

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the existing September 1, 2020 deadline for the receipt of mail-in primary election ballots is constitutional. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislature passed an em...

Commonwealth v. Mason  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-09070

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree, armed assault with intent to murder, and animal cruelty, and declined to grant extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 27...

Commonwealth v. Sanchez  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12778

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving procedures and remedies for impermissible peremptory challenges the Supreme Judicial Court adopted the language of the Federal standard for the first step of a challenge pursuant to Batson v. Kentu...

Commonwealth v. Lopez  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on a theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that there was no error that resulted in a substantial likelihood of a miscarri...

Tallage Lincoln, LLC v. Williams  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12847

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Land Court judge ruling that the statutory scheme set forth in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 60, 52 did not permit assignees of tax title accounts to include their own subseq...

Commonwealth v. Santiago  
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11798

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree, holding that any claimed instructional errors did not give rise to a substantial likelihood of a miscarriage of justice and that...

Commonwealth v. Vasquez  
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court denied Defendant's motion for attorney's fees and costs made by an attorney who claimed to have been privately retained by Defendant for the purpose of opposing the Commonwealth's application f...

Dorchester Mutual Insurance Co. v. Krusell  
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12856

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Dorchester Mutual with respect to its duty to indemnify the parents of Timothy Krusell, holding that the allowance...

Commonwealth v. Peno  
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree on a theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that the errors that occurred during the trial did not require a new trial. O...

Commonwealth v. Mora  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12890

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the denial of the motions to suppress filed by Nelson Mora and Ricky Suarez, holding that the continuous, long-term pole camera surveillance targeted at the residences of Mora and Suar...

Brady v. State Ballot Law Commission  
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12979

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the State Ballot Law Commission (SBLC) preventing Helen Brady from appearing on the September 1, 2020 State primary election ballot and ordered the Secretary to place Br...

Linardon v. United States Department of Housing & Urban Development  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12940

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the single justice denying Plaintiff's motion asking the single justice to find Defendants and the superior court in contempt of a Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 4A transfer ord...

Landry v. Transworld Systems Inc.  
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12813

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Defendant's motion to compel arbitration of Plaintiff's claims that Defendant had engaged in improper debt collection practices and debt coll...

Helfman v. Northeastern University  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12787

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court granting summary judgment to Northeastern University on Plaintiff's negligence-related claims stemming from a nonconsensual encounter with a fellow stud...

Commonwealth v. Medina  
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12830

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the superior court judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress statements he made to police officers, holding that Defendant was not subjected to custodial interrogation...

Commonwealth v. Walters  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11769

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below, and there was no reason for the Court to exercise its autho...

Ulla U. v. Commonwealth  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12752

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that a juvenile court judge has authority to hear a motion to dismiss as part of a transfer hearing after arraignment and that a juvenile does not have an automatic right of appeal under M...

Atlanticare Medical Center v. Division of Medical Assistance  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12828

Justia Opinion Summary: On appeal from a federal appellate court's decision that the Federal Medicare scheme prohibits State Medicaid agencies, including MassHealth, from receiving funds from Medicare, the Supreme Judicial Court ordered that th...

Donis v. American Waste Services, LLC  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12842

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order granting judgment to Plaintiffs on their claims under the Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 148, 150, and the Prevailing Wage Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 26-27H, on the gr...

Murchison v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Sherborn  
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12867

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the Land Court dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint challenging a dimensional zoning requirement, holding that Plaintiffs were not persons aggrieved for purposes of Mass. G...

Shaffer v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12812

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the appellate tax board (board) upholding the Commissioner of Revenue's assessment of an additional Massachusetts estate tax based on the value of a qualified terminabl...

Commonwealth v. Fernandes  
Date: July 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree and assault and battery and several related orders denying postconviction relief, holding that each of Defendant's claims lacked...

Commonwealth v. Hall  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11952

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated Defendant's conviction for kidnapping but affirmed all other convictions, holding that the verdicts of murder in the first degree were consonant with justice but that Defendant's kidnap...

Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement v. Grullon  
Date: June 25, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12784

Justia Opinion Summary: In Father's appeal from a civil contempt order and subsequent judgment on a complaint for unpaid child support filed by Mother, the Supreme Judicial Court held that the judge abused her discretion in holding Father in ci...

Commonwealth v. Francis  
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12683

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that Defendant's right to choice of private counsel and right to be present during a critical stage of the proceedings under both the federal and state constitutions were violated during h...

Goreham v. Martins  
Date: June 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12761

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury action, the Supreme Judicial Court held that Tenant was not entitled to personal injury damages based on Landlord's failure keep the driveway reasonably free of snow and ice. Tenant was severely...

Commonwealth v. Lougee  
Date: June 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12949; 12950; 12955

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court declared that periods of delay resulting from trial continuances pursuant to the Court's emergency orders should be excluded from the computation of time limits on pretrial detention under Mass...

Bank of New York Mellon v. King  
Date: June 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12859

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Housing Court ordering Defendant to pay $4,000 in use and occupancy to the Bank during the course of his appeal from a judgment in favor of the Bank in a summary pr...

Commonwealth v. Dilworth  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12764

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying the Commonwealth's petition, filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, for relief from an interlocutory order the superior court in an underlying cr...

Ramos v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12924

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

Commonwealth v. Beverly  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12814

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the entry of continuance without a finding and immediate dismissal of the criminal case but held that the disposition cannot be imposed in any such future case because, without the imp...

Commonwealth v. Rossetti  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court declined to remand this case for resentencing, holding that the sentencing judge imposed an illegal sentence by entering a continuance without a finding and immediately dismissing a charge abse...

Commonwealth v. Ellsworth  
Date: June 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12816

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the sentencing judge imposed illegal sentences by entering continuances without a finding and immediately dismissing criminal charges without imposing any terms and conditions or prob...

Commonwealth v. Miranda  
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11690

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree and other crimes, affirmed orders denying Defendant's pretrial and postconviction motions, and declined to grant extraordinary re...

Commonwealth v. Leiva  
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12166

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for murder in the first degree and felony murder and declined to exercise its authority to reduce or set aside the murder verdict, holding that the record revea...

Commonwealth v. Watt  
Date: June 4, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11693

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendants' convictions and the orders denying their motions for a new trial and for postconviction relief but remanded the matter of Sheldon Mattis's sentence for an evidentiary heari...

Foster v. Commissioner of Correction (No. 2)  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12935

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by incarcerated individuals challenging the conditions of confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic the Supreme Judicial Court allowed the parole board's motion to dismiss only with respect to the cla...

Foster v. Commissioner of Correction (No. 1)  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12935

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court denied Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Correction (DOC) from housing prisoners in facilities where the population exceeds its design-rated capacity a...

Vazquez v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Norfolk  
Date: May 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12939

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court dismissing as moot Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice did not abuse her discret...

Bigelow v. Massachusetts Courts Promulgator of Official Forms  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12794

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Plaintiffs' complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus and for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3,...

Lavoie v. Justice of the District Court Department  
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12923

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

Snell v. Superintendent, Massachusetts Correctional Institute, Shirley  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12807

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a single justice of the court treating Petitioner's requests for declaratory, injunctive, and other relief concerning certain inmate mail regulations as a petition purs...

Perry v. U.S. Bank Trust, N.A.  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12832

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking review of a Housing Court judge's order denying his motion fo...

Cline v. Cline
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12851
Weiner v. Attorney General  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter to the county court for entry of a judgment declaring that the Attorney General's decision to certify Initiative Petition 19-14, entitled "An Initiative Petition for a Law...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in ruling that Defendant's...

Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 21634 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court dismissing John Doe's complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, relief in the nature of mandamus, equitable relief, and extraordina...

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12795

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, the Commonwealth's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 from an order of the municipal court, holding that...

In the Matter of Leo
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12803
Doe, Sex Offender Registry Board No. 234076 v. Sex Offender Registry Board  
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12762

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal challenging Appellant's classification before the Sex Offender Registry Board (Board) as a level three sex offender, the Supreme Judicial Court remanded the matter, holding that once a hearing examiner has...

Commonwealth v. Cousin  
Date: May 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12840

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court granting the Commonwealth's petition under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 and ordering that a certain superior court judge be recused from act...

Harrington v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12791

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's complaint for relief in the nature of mandamus and for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding...

In the Matter of Liviz
Date: May 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12732
DeCicco v. 180 Grant Street, LLC  
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12831

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action where the trial court allowed Defendant's special motion to dismiss, the Supreme Judicial Court held that Defendant was entitled to appellate attorney's fees under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 184, 15(c). Plaintif...

Shak v. Shak  
Date: May 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12748

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated certain portions of a trial judge's nondisparagement orders issued to the parties in this case in an attempt to protect the psychological well-being of the parties' minor child, holding...

Commonwealth v. Tavares  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12631

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 power pursuant to Mass. Gen. L...

Commonwealth v. Martin  
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-08768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree and the denial of his motion for a new trial and declined to exercise its authority under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278E to reduce Defend...

Commonwealth v. Billingslea  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12715

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and the decision of the Appeals Court denying Defendant's motion to vacate the entry of his appeal from his convictions in that court and to have the case enter...

Burnham v. Commonwealth (No. 1)  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12792

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither erred nor...

Burnham v. Commonwealth (No. 2)
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12818
In re Burnham  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-OE-142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Plaintiff's complaint seeking relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that mandamus relief did not lie with respect to Plaintiff's challenges to discretionary decisions of the super...

Hlatky v. Steward Health Care System, LLC  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12688

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court finding that Defendant committed a breach of contract and the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and awarding $10.2 million in damages, hol...

Doe v. Worcester Public Schools  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12827

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court granting Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction seeking immediate reinstatement to school after she was suspended for 152 school days for posse...

Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court (No. 2)  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12926

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case regarding the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth's prison decision the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed its prior decision, issued on April 3, 2020, as to the extent of the Court's const...

Boss v. Town of Leverett  
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12780

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Susan Boss on her complaint seeking a declaration that the Town of Leveret was obligated to pay fifty percent o...

Garden v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking an order vacating Petitioner's plea to agg...

In re Mitchell  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12910

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 did not err or abuse his...

Commonwealth v. Mazza  
Date: April 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the order of the superior court denying Defendant's motion for a new trial and set aside the jury's verdicts of first degree murder and robbery, holding that a recently discovered witn...

Goldstein v. Secretary of the Commonwealth  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court granted Plaintiffs' emergency petition and allowed Plaintiff's application for declaratory relief to the extent that this Court declares, in light of emergency circumstances arising from the CO...

Commonwealth v. McCarthy  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12750

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motions to suppress, holding that the limited use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) in this case did not implicate const...

Massachusetts General Hospital v. C.R.  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12844

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the decision of the Appellate Division dismissing as untimely Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) petition seeking to have C.R. committed, holding that the activity governed by Mass...

Deal v. Massachusetts Parole Board  
Date: April 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12746

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court entering judgment in favor of the parole board on Plaintiff's appeal from the denial of his application for parole, holding that the board did not abuse...

Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of Trial Court  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12926

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that, due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, pretrial detainees who have not been charged with an excluded offense are entitled to a rebuttable presumption of release on person...

Commonwealth v. Andre  
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of murder in the first degree on the theory of deliberate premeditation and three related charges, holding that there was no reversible error in th...

In re Adoption of Daphne  
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12846

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the probate and family court judge's dismissal of Petitioner's third petition for adoption due to lack of jurisdiction, holding that the probate and family court had bot...

Christie v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12927

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of a single justice of the Appeals Court denying Defendant's motion for reconsideration of a stay pending appeal brought after the Governor declared a state of emergency ar...

Carrasquillo v. Hampden County District Courts  
Date: March 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12777

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the order issued by the Springfield District Court that required the attorney in charge of the Springfield office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) to provide counse...

Commonwealth v. Buono  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the superior court judge's allowance of Defendant's motion to dismiss three indictments against him for statutory rape and three indictments for forcible rape of a minor for three crim...

Youghal, LLC v. Entwistle  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12754

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the Housing Court for Landlord on its summary process complaint and affirmed the denial of relief on Tenants' counterclaims, holding that Landlord's summary process com...

Commonwealth v. Thomas  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12789

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 265, 18B, holding that the judgment of conviction was not erron...

Commonwealth v. Marrero  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12782

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, ho...

Commonwealth v. McGann  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12742

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences for assault and battery on a family or household member and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, holding that that a trial judge may order a de...

Commonwealth v. Norman  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12744

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the trial judge granting Defendant's motion to suppress certain GPS location data and its fruits, holding that the initial imposition of a GPS device as a condition of pre...

In re a Minor  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the juvenile court committing a juvenile for substance use disorder treatment pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 123, 35, holding that the juvenile was committed on insufficie...

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC v. Department of Criminal Justice Information Services  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12690

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a superior court judge declaring that booking photographs of police officers arrested for alleged crimes and police incident reports involving public officials were not...

Attorney General v. District Attorney for Plymouth District  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part the superior court's grant of summary judgment for the Attorney General and entering a judgment declaring that Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC's (Globe) request for data tables contain...

Rivera v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Petitioner's petition for relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking review of a superior court judge's decision denying Petitioner'...

Commonwealth v. Barillas  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12720

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress evidence derived from the warrantless seizure and search of his cell phone, holding that the seizure of the cell p...

Commonwealth v. Birks  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the ruling of a single justice dismissing Appellant's postconviction petitions, holding that Appellant should seek his requested relief in the superior court. Appellant was convicted...

Care & Protection of a Minor  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12793

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice dismissing Petitioner's petition treated pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the single justice neither abused his discretion nor made...

NTV Management, Inc. v. Lightship Global Ventures, LLC  
Date: March 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the trial judge's order setting aside the jury verdict and reinstated the original judgment in favor of Plaintiff, holding that the contract at issue in this appeal did not require an o...

Commonwealth v. Lopez  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the judgment of the trial court and set aside Defendant's conviction as a joint venturer of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that the ev...

Green Mountain Insurance Co. v. Wakelin  
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12760

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in this insurance dispute, holding that deaths caused by the improper use of a portable generator did not arise out of the uninsured premises as defi...

Drake v. Town of Leicester  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the Supreme Judicial Court dismissing Plaintiff's negligence action against the Town of Leicester due to her untimely presentment, holding that Plaintiff's presentment...

Commonwealth v. Claudio  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12786

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a consequence of the evidence tampering by Sonja Farak, a chemist at the State Laboratory Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Supreme Judicial Court held that a defendant w...

Doherty v. Diving Unlimited International, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12707

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant based on the release from liability and covenant not to sue that the d...

GGNSC Administrative Services, LLC v. Schrader  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12714

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action brought against a nursing home notwithstanding the existence of an arbitration agreement between the decedent and the nursing home the Supreme Judicial Court answered two certified questions...

Montanez v. Flahive  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12796

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 seeking an order requiring a single justice of the appeals co...

Gentili v. Town of Sturbridge  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12810

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiffs' action seeking compensation for what it alleged was a taking, by the Town of Sturbridge, of cert...

Brace v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12841

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 Petitioner's claim could adequately be resolved by the...

Commonwealth v. Mansur  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is a civil motor vehicle infraction rather than a criminal offense, thus overruling Commonwealth v. Giannino, 371 Mass. 7...

Pinney v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12774

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice denying Defendant's Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 petition for bail review, holding that because the bail determinations were properly made and no violati...

Murphy v. Superior Court  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12820

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court denying Plaintiff's requests for declaratory relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231A, 1, holding that the single justice properly de...

Kyricopoulos v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12824

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 neither erred nor abused his discretion in d...

Commonwealth v. Upton  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11459

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree, aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and armed assault in a dwelling house, holding that there was no Bra...

In re Adoption of Luc  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12719

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the appeals court affirming the decision and decree of the juvenile court judge terminating Mother's parental rights to Luc, holding that there was sufficient proof to...

Parker v. EnerNOC, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12703

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the jury's verdict awarding Plaintiff damages after finding that Defendants violated Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, 148, 148A & 150 (the Wage Act) but vacated portions of the trial judge's f...

Wilson v. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., LLC  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Appellant's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Appellant sought review of certain rulings in a...

Smith v. Kelley  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12759

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a final judgment entered against a professional corporation for the fraudulent activity of one of its associates, the Supreme Judicial Court held that, in the unique circumstances of this case, Pla...

Prince v. Obelisk, Inc.  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the county court denying, without a hearing, Appellant's petition for extraordinary relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, in which Appellant sought relief from a jud...

Commonwealth v. Loya  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12475

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of murder in the first degree and related crimes, holding that Defendant was not deprived of a meaningful defense due to the current law on criminal responsibil...

Citrix Systems, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12741

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Tax Board (the Board) upholding sales tax assessments for fees charged for subscriptions to use online software products, holding that the subscription fe...

Commonwealth v. Diaz Perez  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-10581

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions entered by the trial court after a second trial, at which Defendant had different counsel, holding the second trial judge did not err in granting Defendant's mo...

Commonwealth v. Goncalves-Mendez  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court allowing Defendant's motions to suppress evidence seized during an inventory search of his vehicle and his subsequent statements to police, holding that...

Commonwealth v. Kelly  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, in violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, 12E, and unlawful possession of a firearm, in violation of Mass...

Commonwealth v. Heywood  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12724

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, holding that there was no error with respect to the seating of a blind individual on the jury and that the...

Commonwealth v. Torres-Pagan  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the motion judge allowing Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that both the patfrisk of Defendant and the search of Defendant's motor vehicle were improper. Two law e...

Buckman v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court answered questions reported by a single justice upon Petitioners' petition pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 249, 4 asserting claims for mandamus, injunctive, and declaratory relief after the sup...

Commonwealth v. Tejada  
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-11951

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and declined to exercise its powers under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, 33E to order a new trial or to reduce the degree of guilt, holding that there was no reason t...

Magliacane v. City of Gardner  
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12736

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff's putative class action suit alleging that the City of Gardner and its private water supply contractors were negligent and grossl...

Aquino v. United Property & Casualty Co.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the superior court judge's decision granting in part Plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment against Insurer, holding that the standard fire insurance policy set by statute imp...

Automile Holdings, LLC v. McGovern  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12740

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court concluding that Defendant committed a breach of an "anti-raiding" restrictive covenant entered into between between the parties but held that the equ...

Greci v. Travelers Insurance Co.  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12646

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying without a hearing Plaintiff's petition for relief under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that Plaintiff failed to demonstrate t...

Negron v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12773

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 remedies in the ordinary appellate process...

Howell v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12775

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 did not err or abuse her discretio...

Myrick v. Superior Court Department  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12802

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for relief in the nature of mandamus, holding that the single justice did not abuse his discretion in denyin...

Trahan v. Pelczar  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12822

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 and related motions, holding that the single justice did not err or...

Collazo v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12557

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

Marley v. Bank of New York  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of the single justice dismissing Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3 challenging orders issued by the Land Court in connection with a servic...

Commonwealth v. Stirlacci  
Date: January 8, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12735

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the indictments of Dr. Frank Stirlacci and his office manager, Jessica Miller, for violations of the Controlled Substances Act and for submitting false health care claims to insurance providers, th...

Commonwealth v. Preston P.  
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: SJC-12706

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court remanded this matter to the juvenile court for further proceedings, holding that, for revocation of pretrial probation in the juvenile court based on a new criminal offense, the Commonwealth mu...

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