SJC

By - 8/24/16 - 11:44 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected Lexus of Watertown's claim that a jury was wrong to award a female manager a settlement in a sexual-harassment suit because there was no evidence her work output suffered during months of unwanted, sexually explicit remarks and actions by her supervisor. Read more.

By - 8/18/16 - 10:20 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that owners of apartment buildings have the right to a hearing to decide whether they should be forced to install sprinklers if they make major renovations. Read more.

By - 8/4/16 - 11:58 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that two Newton homeowners can't reclaim land once used for a rail line behind their houses because the federal government never formally declared the line "abandoned," even though it hasn't seen a train since 1972 - in part because the railroad tore out the rails in 1976. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 12:01 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's conviction for violating a probation violation against the use of marijuana even though he had a note from a doctor that he should be allowed to use medical marijuana. Read more.

By - 7/28/16 - 10:51 am

A woman who says she slipped on a stone and broke her hip on a sidewalk at a Cape Cod garden shop will get to make her case to a jury that the store should be made to pay for her pain and suffering. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 11:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Daniel Francis, whom a jury found guilty of trafficking crack in 2005 because a key part of the evidence against him was certification from the disgraced chemist that the substance police found in his car - and in the mouth of a man who'd just left his car - was crack. Read more.

By - 7/14/16 - 11:30 am

For the second time in two months, the Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of shaking a young child hard enough to cause brain damage, saying his lawyer should have tried to find a scientific witness to rebut the charges. Read more.

By - 7/8/16 - 10:29 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Gregorio "Mikey" Lopez's conviction for killing his girlfriend's former boyfriend, Shoughan Morgan, on Mozart Street on March 11, 2009.

By - 7/6/16 - 10:52 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a ballot question that asks voters to outlaw keeping egg-laying hens, veal calves and breeding pigs in "cruel" confined quarters is legal. Read more.

By - 7/6/16 - 10:34 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a ballot question on ending the prohibition on recreational marijuana use is good enough to go before voters in November. Read more.

By - 7/1/16 - 11:00 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed a November ballot question aimed at forcing Massachusetts to abandon a set of national educational standards known as Common Core .

The state's highest court ruled that the six-part question asked voters to approve things that weren't really related and so violates a requirement set by the state constitution that ballot questions ask voters to approve or reject just a single basic idea at a time. Read more.

By - 6/20/16 - 11:10 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors can't use a gun as evidence against a man charged with illegal gun possession because the Boston police officers who found the weapon after stopping the car he was in for speeding failed to provide enough evidence the car was going too fast. Read more.

By - 6/6/16 - 10:36 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can force the owner of an old gas station in Athol to clean up the mess left over from a 1994 gasoline spill despite a state law that exempts "petroleum" spills from rigorous cleanups. Read more.

By - 6/3/16 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Oswalt Millien of Woburn, saying his original lawyer screwed up by not finding a medical witness to counter prosecution claims that the only way his six-month-old daughter got serious brain injuries in 2009 was by him shaking her violently.

Millien was convicted and sentenced to four to five years in prison.

It's not that Millien's lawyer didn't know of experts who could back up Millien's argument that the infant hit her head on the floor when she fell off a couch, but that Millien's father, who was paying him, couldn't afford the cost of hiring one. Read more.

By - 5/31/16 - 12:35 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a lawyer fired from a downtown firm will get to make her case to a jury that she was terminated because of her gender. A lower-court judge had dismissed Kamee Verdrager's lawsuit against Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, but the state's highest court today reinstated the gender-discrimination parts of the case. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 11:35 am

In a ruling that could, among other things, force Massachusetts to devise automobile emissions standards even tougher than California's, the Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the state to do better at reducing overall greenhouse emissions. Read more.

By - 3/21/16 - 6:40 pm

At Blue Mass Group, David explains today's ruling by the US Supreme Court in the Caetano case, in which the nation's highest court told our highest court its ruling upholding a state ban on stun guns because they weren't around in the 18th century was kind of dumb. Read more.

By - 2/10/16 - 11:30 am

WBUR reports. The court has seven justices.

By - 1/14/16 - 11:19 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can use photos found on the phone of Hyde Park man against him when he comes to trial on gun charges related to a 2011 gun battle outside his apartment.

That the decision came in a 4-3 vote, however, highlights the court's struggles to adapt search-and-seizure laws and decisions that date to the age of quill pens to the current digital world. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 10:43 am

A three-building condo association has to repay an owner of units in two buildings for an assessment to repair damage from a 9-alarm fire in 2010 in the third, but doesn't have to pay his legal fees, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.