A Boston high-school student caught with five small bags of marijuana has sparked a change in the way judges deal with teens arrested on charges the judges don't feel are warranted.
Ironically, however, the decision does not help the kid, who was seeking to have his permanent court record expunged because the judge in his case dismissed the charge because he should never have been... Read more
A man charged with "upskirting" a woman on the Green Line in 2010 - and captured the next day by a decoy T cop in a skirt of her own - wants the Supreme Judicial Court to toss the charges, saying the law used to prosecute him was only meant to protect women in the shower or dressing rooms, not to people practicing the First... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the validity of evidence obtained through tapped cell-phone convesations and text messages obtained under the state wiretapping law, written in 1968, before the advent of cell phones or widespread text messaging.
Two alleged coke dealers in Berkshire County had sued to bar the conversations as evidence against them, arguing that because state law doesn't refer to these newfangled ways... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a judge's refusal to reduce a filing fee required in medical-malpractice case for two poor families.
In both cases, the judge said the families were so poor they couldn't possibly afford the $6,000 fee, that therefore, their lawyers must be picking up the fee in the hopes of winning settlements and so making them pay the full fee wouldn't... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today slapped a Dedham company that fired a worker because it didn't want to bear the insurance costs of his wife's brain-tumor treatment.
Marc Flagg sued AliMed under the state's anti-discrimination law, arguing that firing him for taking care of his wife and their daughter amounted to workplace discrimination. A lower-court judge dismissed his claim, but the court's ruling today reinstates... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can order e-mail providers such as Google hand over the complete e-mail records of people under indictment - if they're being investigated for additional charges and under strict supervision to ensure they don't get a look at any messages between the defendants and their lawyers.
The ruling comes in the case of the owner and an employee... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a man arrested by a Smith College police officer will have to stand trial for operating under the influence even though his alleged infraction happened on a street not owned by the college.
The state's highest court noted that state law gives campus police officers the right to patrol and make arrests on land which their college makes "use."... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a Hudson man's conviction for plying his underage daughter with spiked lemonade, but said he was guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving the same booze to her even more underage friend, because state law gives parents the right to serve liquor to their children.
The state's highest court also ordered a new trial for... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who outgrew his violent neighborhood to become a respectable member of society still cannot legally own a concealed weapon in Boston for self protection, even though he sometimes carries large amounts of cash.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld first-degree murder convictions for two men who decided to escalate an Orange Line staredown with a rival in 2003 by shooting him, only the guy with the gun missed and instead put a bullet into a woman whose baby was only two weeks from term.
The baby was delivered alive in an emergency Caesarian section, but died shortly after.... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that doctors' first responsibility is to their patients, not to the public at large.
The decision comes in suit by a man who wanted damages from a Mass. General neurologist whose patient suffered a seizure and crashed into him.
Richard Medina required multiple operations to repair the arm damage done in the 2001 crash and said Dr. Fred Hochberg... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors could use heroin seized from a Forest Hills home as evidence against three men charged with selling it, even though a BPD detective's request for a search warrant for the home wasn't really as detailed as it should have been.
A trial judge and the Massachusetts Appeals Court had both agreed with Reginald Clagon, Anthony Gerald... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Boston police officer should not have searched the glove compartment of a car he had stopped in Dorchester because he failed to provide evidence he needed to search the car immediately to protect either his own or the public's safety.
The ruling upholds the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge to disallow the gun and ammunition, which... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a filmmaker making a documentary about a Somerville cop convicted of child rape has no right to a stenographer's audio recording of the trial because he was able to buy a copy of the official transcript she produced.
The Supreme Judicial Court today vacated an order that had prevented a British man from seeing the then 16-year-old Massachusetts girl with whom he had had a dalliance while she and her family were on a European vacation.
After the family returned to the US, the two continued exchanging romantic messages via e-mail and Skype - even after the girl admitted she was only 16... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled against a Canton company that makes padded hip protectors, saying a Harvard Medical School researcher did not libel it in a medical-journal article that said the devices did not seem to do much to protect the elderly from broken hips.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a chain of arts and craft stores violated a state consumer-privacy law when it used a woman's Zip code on her credit-card transaction to figure out where she lived and start bombarding her with circulars.
The opinion, however, does not mean Melissa Tyler gets anything, because her suit against Michaels is in federal court and the state's highest... Read more
UPDATE: Reactions from the DA's office and the victim's family in the comments below.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Lamory Gray, ruling the Heath Street gang member got an unfair trial before he was convicted of murdering somebody he thought was a member of the rival H-Block gang in 2006.
The court ruled a rap video, in which Gray... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a state board was wrong to bar an embalmer from working in Massachusetts because he agreed to an interview with the Boston Phoenix.
In a ruling today, the state's highest court said the Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers simply went too far in banishing Troy Schoeller for allegedly speaking in "an undignified and salacious manner about... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a complaint by a teacher at a Newton Hebrew school that she was fired because of her age, saying the First Amendment prohibits government from interfering in how religious organizations teach their young.