By - 4/5/17 - 1:42 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that former House Speaker Thomas Finneran of Mattapan forfeited his right to a state pension when he pled guilty in 2007 to lying in federal court about his role in a state redistricting plan following the 2000 census. Read more.

By - 3/27/17 - 2:45 pm

A 4-3 majority on the Supreme Judicial Court today overturned convictions for possession of burglarious tools for two men who were stopped by police as they walked down train tracks in Norwood late one frigid winter night with two crowbars, gloves, a flashlight, walkie talkies and a map of a possible building with arrows and X's on it, because police failed to prove the men were going to use all that stuff to commit a break in, rather than just going for a little stroll. Read more.

By - 3/22/17 - 3:38 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today better defined just what sort of property a religious organization can claim a tax deduction on - and wildlife sanctuaries and buildings entirely rented out to non-religious groups are not included - but cafeterias and gift shops can be.

The ruling comes in an appeal by the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, which objected to the Attleboro board of assessors demanding $92,292.98 in taxes be paid in 2012 on 110 acres of land on which the Mass. Audubon Society has an easement, a former convent now rented to a safe house for battered women, a shrine welcome center and a shrine storage building Read more.

By - 3/10/17 - 10:57 am

With the Wynn casino in Everett now under construction, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a judge should consider whether the state Gaming Commission violated a law requiring public deliberations during its considerations on whether to award a license to Wynn or a competing proposal at Suffolk Downs. Read more.

By - 2/13/17 - 12:32 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed out a man's disorderly-conduct conviction for acting up in a room in a hospital ER, even though it took several canisters of pepper stray to bring him under control, saying it would be wrong to criminalize behavior a large psych unit should be equipped to handle. Read more.

By - 2/9/17 - 11:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court chose today, of all days, to release its ruling in a case called Snow vs. Snow (it's attached, if you want to read a ruling in an alimony case).

H/t Jim Corbo.

By - 2/9/17 - 11:11 am

Alexander Soto of Charlestown, one of three men charged with murdering Ryan Morrissey outside of a Charlestown convenience store in 2014, will also have to face charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in connection with Morrissey's death, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled. Read more.

By - 1/23/17 - 11:51 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed a man's conviction for illegal possession of a loaded gun because the Boston cops who pulled him over initially didn't really have a good enough reason to do so. Read more.

By - 1/20/17 - 12:46 pm

A gun police say they found in a man's car on a Dorchester street can be used as evidence against him in an upcoming trial, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By - 1/12/17 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a biotech company that genetically modifies bacteria and animal cells to produce new drugs is engaged in manufacturing, which means it has to pay more state taxes. Read more.

By - 1/11/17 - 11:25 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Cambridge man's gun convictions because police had no legal reason to frisk him after a woman reported seeing a group of young men fleeing following a bullet hitting her car one night in 2006. Read more.

By - 11/25/16 - 11:11 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a Quincy man whose marijuana-possession conviction was set aside because the pot had been tested by infamous result forger Annie Dookhan can't get back the $830 in probation and victim-assistance fees he paid after he initially pleaded guilty. Read more.

By - 11/15/16 - 12:04 pm
John Adams

The Supreme Judicial Court decided today it will not break a below-market-rates lease between Quincy and the local historical society for a building on land originally owned by John Adams, even though that deprives a beneficiary of Adams's largesse of revenue.

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By - 10/27/16 - 11:03 am

A man convicted on two counts of "misleading" state troopers in a criminal investigation had one of the counts tossed today because only some of his lies might have changed their investigation into how somebody got smashed in the head with a bottle during a brawl at a house party he and his sister threw. Read more.

By - 10/11/16 - 10:54 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a bar patron in search of the men's room who mistakenly opened a door marked "employees only" that led to a fatal fall down the stairs behind the door was not legally a "trespasser" and so the bar owes his estate damages. Read more.

By - 9/27/16 - 12:44 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that obnoxious comments, including invective-laced allegations of criminal wrongdoing and affairs with subordinates, are "protected speech" under the First Amendment when included in letters addressed to an elected official. But put the same comments in a letter to his wife, ask her if she's going to get plastic surgery when she goes into hiding after being run out of town, and you're treading on thin ice. Read more.

By - 9/21/16 - 3:06 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the six-month jail sentence of a Christian landlord who pushed a Muslim tenant down the stairs of her Somerville triple decker after harassing the tenant and her children for weeks about their faith. Read more.

By - 9/20/16 - 11:26 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a man's conviction for illegal gun possession in Roxbury because while police found him with a gun, they should never have stopped him in the first place - and that the fact that he tried to elude officers cannot be used against him because black men in Boston might have legitimate reasons to be wary of police. Read more.

By - 9/9/16 - 1:03 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed an order for a new trial for Sean Ellis, one of two men convicted of fatally shooting BPD Det. John Mulligan in 1993. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says it will once again try Ellis for first-degree murder - in what will be his fourth trial on the charge.

The court had rejected Ellis's first appeal for a new trial in 2000, but agreed with a Superior Court judge that he should get a new trial because of the discovery of "evidence regarding the victim's participation in crimes of police corruption with several Boston police detectives who investigated his murder, and information provided to the police regarding possible third-party culprits." Read more.

By - 9/7/16 - 10:50 am

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a state law and regulation intended to protect consumers from shoddy vehicle repairs applies to corporations as well. Read more.