The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Texas native's conviction for illegal possession of an assault weapon and illegal possession of another gun, ruling that the Second Amendment still gives Massachusetts the right to ban assault weapons and regulate ownership of other guns. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a wrongful-death suit by the father of an MIT graduate student who threw himself off the roof of a campus building, saying that while colleges do have some unique obligations to protect their students, there are limits to what they can be expected to do, in an age in which students, especially at the graduate level, expect to be treated as adults with rights, including that of privacy. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that there is no constitutional guarantee of a seat in a charter school and that the state can continue to limit the total number of charter-school seats. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today it was not going to hear Raymond White's appeal of his conviction on two first-degree murder convictions for the 1971 deaths of two security guards at a Columbia Road supermarket - at least not yet. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a Revere man's conviction for possession of a stun gun, because the state's current complete ban on their ownership violates the Second Amendment. The ruling could spur legislation to regulate the weapons, similar to the way more traditional guns are. Read more.
The case of the mystery justice has likely been solved, officials say. A portrait with no ID hanging outside the door of Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants turns out to be Lemuel Shaw, who served nearly 30 years as chief justice in the mid-1800s.
Credit for IDing the justice, who served as chief justice between 1830 and 1860, goes to a longtime court officer with a background in forensic science - and extensive knowledge of the antiques and fine-art business, according to court officials: Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the town of Acton can't give a church in its historic town center a grant to repair its stained-glass windows, at least for the time being, not because of the First Amendment, but because of a section of the Massachusetts constitution related to grants to private institutions. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the drug-possession conviction of a man who was a passenger in a car pulled over because the driver had forgotten to put on the headlights one night. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the conviction of a Chelsea man for human trafficking, deriving support from prostitution, rape, and two counts of assault and battery, all involving his former girlfriend, whom he'd convinced to prostitute herself and whom prosecutors say he then raped, beat and threatened to kill when he became convinced she was withholding some of her earnings. Read more.
You run one of the oldest courts in North America, you go through a lot of judges. Outside the office of Ralph Gants, current chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, hangs this portrait of a former justice. Only problem is: Nobody knows who he is. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that developer-written condo-trust provisions that make it impossible to sue the developer for construction-related problems are illegal. Read more.
Massachusetts judges considering how to sentence people who have just been convicted in their courts can continue to ask victims what sort of punishment they think is appropriate, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered new hearings to determine whether a man convicted of killing 10-year-old Trina Persad in a Roxbury park in 2002 deserves a new trial in part because his lawyer represented a BPD homicide detective and lieutenant in a suit over another child-murder case. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the town of Rockport can keep a resident who'd rather fly than drive from building and using a helipad on his property. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a teenager's conviction for causing "serious bodily harm" to a friend's dog, ruling that the phrase "serious bodily harm" in state juvenile laws is only intended for cases involving people. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today quashed plans for a 334-unit apartment complex in an office park off Nahanton Road in Newton, saying the state's anti-snob-zoning law doesn't apply to the parcel and so the city was within its rights to deny approval for the project - in which 85 apartments would have been rented to people making less than the typical Newton resident. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Anthony Villalobos, whom a jury convicted of involuntary manslaughter and assault and battery for his part in a fatal 2009 beating outside a now closed club on Stanhope Street, because the judge in his trial never conducted an investigation into the impact of two jurors falling asleep. Read more.
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