Commonwealth v. HerringAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the single justice of the court vacating the order of the superior court judge granting pretrial release to Defendant, holding that the single justice acted pursuant to his broad powers and within his considerable discretion.
In 2017, Defendant was arraigned on various charges and held without bail. Defendant later filed multiple motions for release based on the health risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by his heart condition. The fourth motion resulted in Defendant's being released temporarily from pretrial custody subject to certain conditions. The single justice vacated the order and directed that Defendant continue to be held without bail. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the single justice's determination was not an abuse of discretion.