And one of those reasons would be a manhunt for a man police believed had just murdered somebody with a sawed-off shotgun, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a man's Second Amendment challenges to his conviction for illegal gun possession, ruling he failed to obtain a gun license within 60 days of moving here as required by state law, and never mind that he allegedly used the gun to threaten his Massachusetts girlfriend at least twice during the six months they shared her apartment, the last time during a drunken rage that forced her to flee her apartment and call 911. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed out a legal doctrine that calls for a person's criminal convictions to be dismissed if he dies while appealing them and reinstated Aaron Hernandez's 2015 conviction for first-degree murder. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a fine of more than $2.6 million against a beer distributor for kickbacks paid to some Boston-area bars to give its beers guaranteed taps, but said that the state commission that oversees liquor laws can't punish a Seaport bar that accepted the bribes because of what it said was a tortured interpretation of those laws. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that jurors can perform impartially in cases involving criminal charges against an African-American man even if they feel the justice system as a whole is biased against young African-American men. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a decision by Brookline's Zoning Board of Appeals that the owners of the topmost condo in a two-family house on Searle Avenue can add a dormer to their roof, and roughly 630 square feet of living space. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected claims by Michelle Carter that urging her suicidal boyfriend, in both text messages and on the phone, to finish himself off are covered by the First Amendment. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court waded into an online rap battle today, in a ruling that clarifies just how far somebody who posts rap songs to online media can go before somebody else can seek a court order to make them stay away because of threats in the song. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld David Copeland's first-degree murder conviction for killing John Marshall in a parking lot on Dale Street in Roxbury on July 29, 2008.
The ruling means Copeland will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the reinstatement of a harassment order against a Hingham man who monitored the whereabouts of two people via tracking devices he'd put on their cars for no good reason. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a man convicted of deriving support from prostitution should have quit when he was behind and accepted his punishment, because he was caught pimping out two women and the law is pretty clear on that, even if it doesn't actually use the word "pimp." Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Harold Parker's first-degree murder conviction for the 2001 murder of Io Nachtwey, a homeless woman from Hawaii who was stabbed and then beaten in the head with nunchucks before her body was dumped into the Charles from the Grand Junction railroad bridge over the Charles River. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today vacated George Ortega's conviction for the 2012 murder of Steven Fuentes on Leyland Street in Dorchester, saying the judge in the case should have should have pressed prosecutors more on their decision to try to exclude a black woman from the jury - and should have told the jury to consider whether Fuentes's death was a case of self defense. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Massachusetts companies cannot enforce Massachusetts non-compete contract clauses on employees in states that bar non-compete agreements, such as California. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the state's 111-year-old law against political contributions by companies to candidates for state and local offices, saying it is not only constitutional but a safeguard against political corruption. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Massachusetts has a right to make in-state electricity generators cut their carbon emissions dramatically over the next 30 years.
It's the second time in two years that the state's highest court has recognized the science of climate change. Referring to the state law that called for cuts in carbon emissions through "cap regulation," the justices wrote: Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Anthony Robertson, convicted of fatally shooting Aaron Wornum in the head on Sumner Street in Dorchester on June 26, 2011, because the judge in the case failed to adequately consider whether the prosecution's rejection of two prospective jurors might have been racially biased. Read more.
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