Commonwealth v. JarrettAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order finding Probationer in violation of his probation, revoking his probation and imposing the remainder of his suspended sentence, holding that the evidence was sufficient to for the superior court judge to find, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Probationer had violated a term of his probation by committing a new offense.
On appeal, Probationer argued that the judge erroneously relied upon an unreliable, in-court identification by a witness who had made no prior, out-of-court identification. Specifically, Probationer asked the Supreme Judicial Court to extend the rule set forth in Commonwealth v. Crayton, 470 Mass. 228, 214 (2014), excluding such identifications in criminal trials without a showing of good reason to probation violation hearings. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding (1) this Court declines to extend Crayton to probation violation hearings; and (2) sufficient evidence supported the holding that Probationer had violated a term of his probation by committing a new offense.