Of the state's 351 cities and towns, residents of 350 of them get to vote for their district attorney. Only voters in Bellingham don't get to vote for a DA - which might have made a difference in Scott Bolton's appeal of his sentence for unarmed robbery there if he lived in Bellingham, but he doesn't. Read more.
Massachusetts Appeals Court
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that state law protects the city of Somerville from a lawsuit filed by a man who became a quadriplegic at the hands of a man with a gun police had once confiscated. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Dorchester woman's conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - the belt with which she struck her five-year-old son in the face after he acted out in kindergarten. Read more.
Boston police officers did nothing wrong when they arrested a teenager on gun charges near Ruggles station in 2015 because they had ample reason to suspect he'd been involved in a criminal act, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that while Randall Tremblay might have been intoxicated when a police detective questioned him about the death of his girlfriend in their Hyde Park apartment, he was not so incapacitated that he didn't understand what he was doing when he agreed to be questioned. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that DeLuca's Market can keep using a narrow alley off Beacon Street for once-daily trash removal, but told the market it can no longer use the space for parking cars or trucks. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today agreed with a Lynn-area woman that her former boyfriend has to be ordered to leave her alone, but overturned a lower-court decision ordering him to surrender his guns, after hearing about a 15-month harassment campaign that included showing up at her workplace, her yoga studio and a Starbucks to threaten her. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court said today that prosecutors can use alleged cocaine and a crack pipe as evidence against a man caught up in raid on a Eustis Street house of prostitution in 2013. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today the MBTA didn't break any implied contract with riders when it cancelled or delayed scores of commuter-rail trains in the the Winter of Our Discontent. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that officers pursuing a man they found in a car full of apparent marijuana smoke were wrong to follow him into his own house, where they frisked him and found a gun in his pocket, because he displayed no signs before he fled that would lead them to think he had a gun or of being an immediate threat to anybody inside his home. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a gun charge out of Roxbury because "court congestion" deprived him of his right to a speedy trial. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for a West Roxbury housebreak based in part on data from the GPS device he was ordered to wear at his arraignment on charges he beat a woman in Dorchester. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Boston police officers had enough details on the suspect in the robbery and shooting of a Dot Ave. convenience-store owner that they had the right to stop a suspect they found four blocks away. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for illegal gun possession in a 2013 Newton road-rage incident because a gun is a gun no matter when it's made and, in any case, he failed to prove his gun was actually an antique exempt from normal state gun-licensing requirements. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a permanent stay-away order for a man who repeatedly abused his girlfriend, culminating in a 2013 incident in which, in a drunken rage, he choked her, stuck his fingers down her throat, punched her several times in the side and in the genitals, slapped her at least 15 times, asked her if she was ready to die and, when she managed to briefly escape and lock herself in the bathroom, broke down the door and pushed her up against the wall and held her there by her neck. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned the conviction of a Dorchester man whom a jury found guilty of possession of a loaded firearm without a license after acquitting him of illegal possession of a gun and ammunition for the same 2012 incident in Dorchester. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reinstated a one-year jail sentence for a Brockton man who sent repeated threats to a lawyer for a bank trying to foreclose on his mother's house - threats that included sending him e-mail showing how easy it would be to create bombs out of plastic bottles and wondering how heavy the lawyer's heart would be after the guy got his hand wrapped around it. Read more.
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.
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.
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