The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned Robert Iacoviello's second-degree murder conviction for the death of Revere police officer Daniel Talbot behind Revere High School in 2007 because the judge in the case refused to tell the jury to consider whether the death was a case of self defense or the lesser charge of manslaughter. Read more.
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The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the one-year jail sentence a Quincy man got after his conviction for animal cruelty in an incident involving his girlfriend's annoying little dog. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that "permanent" means "permanent," and that an injunction that permanently barred Karl Clemmey from Great Woods in 1993 remains in effect despite the facility's change of both ownership and names. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty conviction for a man who shot a dog that kept showing up on his property in an attempt to "sting" her and make her stay away. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld a Swampscott man's conviction for a 2012 attack in Revere that left his former business partner with part of his nose missing.
The court ruled that Kenneth Michaud, 44, got a fair trial and he just needs to deal with the 3-to-5-year prison sentence he got after a jury convicted him of assault and battery causing serious personal injury and mayhem. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court refused today to consider the First Amendment issues involved in a judge ordering a man to stop writing horrible things about his ex-girlfriend online as part of a domestic protective order against him. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has tossed a libel suit by a car-detailing firm against a lawyer for a state car-dealer association because he was merely stating the truth when he advised members the company and some of its customers were under investigation by the federal Labor Department. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a police report was good enough evidence with which to terminate a Section 8 voucher even if the materials found in an apartment had yet to be tested in a state drug lab for confirmation they were drugs. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a couple suing Boston Medical Center for negligence will get their day in court.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge had dismissed their case against BMC before it could go to trial after agreeing with the hospital that it had no way to know the interpreter, who had a clean criminal record, might disregard hospital rules against being in a room with a patient alone and instead sneak in and sexually assault the Guatemalan immigrant. Read more.
In the second judicial defeat for the BRA in a week involving waterfront land, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the developer of an apartment complex in Charlestown has to comply with a state order to set aside most of its ground floor for "public accommodation" uses under state waterfront regulations.Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Suffolk County prosecutors can't use a bag of crack a man had in his mouth as evidence against him because Boston Police didn't have a good reason to stop him and force him to spit it out in the first place. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ordered a new trial for a man convicted of packing an illegal gun in Malcolm X Park in Roxbury because the officers who arrested him in 2010 looked at his cell phone's call history without a warrant, and Suffolk County prosecutors used the evidence they found against him. Read more.
A Belmont man convicted of his second OUI offense appealed, arguing his arrest was illegal because a trooper only showed up at his home based on the word of an anonymous 911 caller and that's just not good enough to warrant a potential arrest.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the home-invasion and kidnapping convictions of a man who, with an accomplice, tied up all the participants in a high-stakes poker game in North Andover, took all the money and fled.
When Santiago Navarro and another masked man tied up all the players, he left Christopher "Shorty" Maldonado's zip tie loose enough that he could easily undo them - not surprising since it turns out Maldonado was the brains behind the robbery. Only Maldonado may not have been playing with a full deck:
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled yesterday prosecutors can use a gun found in a car occupied by two East Boston men as evidence against them on charges of illegal gun and ammunition possession.
A lower-court judge had earlier tossed the gun as evidence, saying police didn't have enough evidence to warrant a search of the car in which Andres Buenrostro, 26, and Jose Ordaz, 25, had been sitting outside 128 Gladstone St. where a gang-linked shooting had occurred three weeks earlier in 2011.
NOTE: Headline changed to reflect the fact it was the US government, not the Chinese, that wouldn't let the family return here.
A Chinese CFO who rented a house in Belmont for a year owes the landlord rent for the entire year, even though she and her family found themselves stuck in China midway through the year after the US would not grant them visas to return here after a trip there.
A Roslindale man convicted of shooting, beating and robbing a Fall River real-estate agent will have ample time over the next few decades to consider his actions.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Peter Chamberlin got a fair trial before being convicted and sentenced to up to 40 years in state prison and that there was nothing wrong in the way police obtained his cell-phone records before his arrest for the 2007 attack.
UPDATE: Suffolk County District Attorney's office considering whether to appeal this ruling to the Supreme Judicial Court. DA's brief attached to this post, also see this comment for a synopsis.
If prosecutors want to try Brian Maingrette of West Roxbury on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm without a license, they're going to have to do it without the gun police say they found in his car on Edgemere Road on Sept. 10, 2012.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a man cannot be charged with selling marijuana within 100 feet of a "public park or playground" because the playground in question was on privately owned land.
The ruling means that Christopher Gopaul will now only face 13 drug charges instead of 14 when he comes to trial for allegedly selling pot to an undercover cop at the the Windsor Meadows Apartment Complex in Marlborough in 2011.
Prosecutors had argued that word "public" in the phrase applied only to the word "park," and so it shouldn't matter if the playground was on private land or not, but the court disagreed:
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