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By adamg - 6/28/19 - 11:07 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Keith Hobbs's first-degree murder sentence for the Dec. 16, 2010 death of Demetrius Blocker on Horadan Way. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/19 - 10:10 am

The Supreme Judicial Court yesterday overturned a Tyngsboro man's conviction for "interference with a police officer," saying he had a First Amendment right to yell at the cops trying to confiscate his collection of 15 guns and that prosecutors failed to prove he physically tried to block them from taking away the weapons. Read more.

By adamg - 6/19/19 - 12:34 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Demetrius Wardsworth, convicted of first-degree murder, because of errors at his trial by both Suffolk County prosecutors and the judge. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 1:45 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider her ruling that the state can refuse to give the Boston Globe copies of databases of birth and marriage records that are available as public records to anyone willing to pay $9 an hour to sit at a terminal in a state office on Columbia Point. Read more.

By adamg - 5/24/19 - 12:08 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that police do not necessarily need a search warrant to pull foreign materials from between a person's butt cheeks, even if some of the stuff might be lodged inside the person's anus. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/19 - 12:08 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a bicyclist can sue the downtown-Boston steam company for injuries he suffered when an allegedly misaligned utility cover on New Sudbury Street threw him to the ground, because the state law that governs complaints about road repair only refers to the government bodies that own the roads, not private companies that may have done something to cause a problem on those roads. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/19 - 11:39 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned Christopher Rivera's conviction for being an accessory after the fact to a 2011 murder in Jamaica Plain, ruling that while he did lie to cops interviewing him about the way his friend fatally stabbed a man in a fight outside a convenience store, none of his lies helped his the pal or threw police off the case in any way, as required by the state law that defines "accessories." Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/19 - 5:57 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court, which oversees all other courts in the state, said today it's suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph without pay while she deals with her federal indictment for obstruction of justice. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/19 - 12:01 pm

And one of those reasons would be a manhunt for a man police believed had just murdered somebody with a sawed-off shotgun, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/19 - 12:35 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a man's Second Amendment challenges to his conviction for illegal gun possession, ruling he failed to obtain a gun license within 60 days of moving here as required by state law, and never mind that he allegedly used the gun to threaten his Massachusetts girlfriend at least twice during the six months they shared her apartment, the last time during a drunken rage that forced her to flee her apartment and call 911. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/19 - 11:27 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder convictions of two men for luring Richel Nova to a vacant house on Hyde Park Avenue in 2010, stabbing him 16 times, then fleeing in his car with a blood-stained pizza box, the contents of which they ate. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/19 - 10:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed out a legal doctrine that calls for a person's criminal convictions to be dismissed if he dies while appealing them and reinstated Aaron Hernandez's 2015 conviction for first-degree murder. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/19 - 12:23 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a fine of more than $2.6 million against a beer distributor for kickbacks paid to some Boston-area bars to give its beers guaranteed taps, but said that the state commission that oversees liquor laws can't punish a Seaport bar that accepted the bribes because of what it said was a tortured interpretation of those laws. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/19 - 4:59 pm

For the fourth year in a row today, Ralph Gants, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, joined member of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury for their mid-day prayers. In remarks after the prayers, Gants said: Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/19 - 11:39 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that jurors can perform impartially in cases involving criminal charges against an African-American man even if they feel the justice system as a whole is biased against young African-American men. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/19 - 10:48 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a decision by Brookline's Zoning Board of Appeals that the owners of the topmost condo in a two-family house on Searle Avenue can add a dormer to their roof, and roughly 630 square feet of living space. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/19 - 10:50 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected claims by Michelle Carter that urging her suicidal boyfriend, in both text messages and on the phone, to finish himself off are covered by the First Amendment. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/19 - 12:20 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court waded into an online rap battle today, in a ruling that clarifies just how far somebody who posts rap songs to online media can go before somebody else can seek a court order to make them stay away because of threats in the song. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/19 - 10:34 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld David Copeland's first-degree murder conviction for killing John Marshall in a parking lot on Dale Street in Roxbury on July 29, 2008.

The ruling means Copeland will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/18 - 11:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the reinstatement of a harassment order against a Hingham man who monitored the whereabouts of two people via tracking devices he'd put on their cars for no good reason. Read more.

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