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By adamg - 7/2/21 - 11:32 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that a man convicted of fatally shooting Nicholas Fomby-Davis, 14, on Bowdoin Street - as his friend held the teen - got a fair trial and that police did nothing wrong in the way they questioned him, but that his sentence should be amended to allow for the possibility of parole because he was only 16 at the time. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/21 - 11:21 am

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that blackjack players who won at the cheap tables at the Encore and MGM Springfield casinos, then sued to get the higher winnings they would have gotten at higher-stakes tables, should have quit while they were ahead. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone's lawsuit against a New York blog and one of its writers under the state wiretap law, because the guy asked if he could record a phone "interview" with Curtatone, and the wiretap law only bars "secretly" recorded conversations. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/21 - 11:35 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who rented out his Lynnfield mansion to people who then threw a massive party that ended with a guest shot to death was not negligent, in part because he wasn't there and had given control of the property over to the five men who'd rented the place. Read more

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 11:03 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man's text messages can be used against him in a criminal case because they were recovered from another man's phone. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/17/21 - 11:25 am

A man convicted of trying but failing to kill another man in a car at Quincy Street and Baker Avenue in Dorchester in 2015 will get a new trial because prosecutors used speed data from the GPS device strapped to his ankle - a condition of his parole on a federal drug charge - without proving that the GPS system was actually reliable for seeing how fast he was moving before and after the shooting. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 10:47 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that holding key court hearings via Zoom in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic is constitutional - but that a man facing criminal charges who agrees to waive his speedy-trial rights can decide to wait until he can have a hearing on evidence in person. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 11:31 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Facebook has to comply with requests from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office on specific applications and companies that may have sucked out more personal information from user than they should have - but also said a judge will have to review hundreds, if not thousands, of documents to make sure none of the information could reveal any of the discussions by Facebook employees and lawyers on how to collect the data. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 11:33 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a man who got into an argument that ended when another guy shot at him and wound up killing a woman standing a block away before the start of the J'Ouvert parade on Blue Hill Avenue in August, 2014. Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 10:39 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Cambridge has to pay the owner of a long abandoned and boarded-up apartment building $3.7 million even as he continues to fight to get the property back, under a state eminent-domain law drafted with the acknowledgement of the "sudden and heavy financial burdens" such land takings can have on property owners. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/21 - 1:37 pm

In 1976, Larry Watkins of Louisville, KY was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a man who'd given him and his girlfriend a ride in Roxbury. After unsuccessful appeals over the years, a Superior Court judge ordered a new trial. But the state's highest court today overturned that, in a decision which likely means Watkins will now die in prison. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/21 - 10:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the sentence of life without parole for Garrett Jackson for putting a bullet in the back of a rival crack dealer's head in the Lenox development in 2009. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 11:03 am

A Randolph man who is charged as a pimp says he doesn't want to go to a hearing in his case because of the risk of Covid-19, but also says he doesn't want his hearing to be conducted on Zoom because it would violate his constitutional rights. Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/20 - 11:24 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that FBI records related to the shooting death of an alleged ISIS sympathizer in a Roslindale parking lot became Massachusetts "public records" once the bureau shared them with Massachusetts investigators, and that the Suffolk County District Attorney's office has to do a better job explaining why the man's mother shouldn't get copies of them. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/20 - 11:57 am

People have a First Amendment right to panhandle on public streets, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today, striking down a law that bars panhandling while allowing others to try to sell newspapers, solicit charitable contributions or hail a cab at the very same street corners. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/20 - 11:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today re-affirmed Keron Pierre's first-degree murder sentence for killing two women and a man outside a Mt. Ida Road house party in 2009 because the women wouldn't give him and his buddies their phone numbers. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. Baker has the power to order businesses shut and to limit the size of gatherings during a public-health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/20 - 11:36 am

Frederick "Drano" Henderson got a fair trial before he was convicted of first-degree murder for the murder of Derrick Barnes on Fayston Street in Dorchester in 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 2:34 pm

The Massachusetts court system announced today it's postponing the resumption of jury trials until at least the week of Jan. 11 due to "the expectation of rising infections during the holiday period." Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 11:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man convicted on OUI charges for a 2014 crash because state troopers handcuffed him and restrained him so a nurse could withdraw two blood samples that were then used against him at his trial. Read more.

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