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By adamg - 11/30/23 - 12:01 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man convicted of gunning down Marcus Hall behind a Blue Hill Avenue barbershop, where Hall had brought his four-year-old son for a haircut on June 14, 2016. Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/23 - 1:26 pm

WBUR talks to Hillary Goodridge on the 20th anniversary of the release of the ruling in Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, the Supreme Judicial Court decision that was the first to legalize same-sex marriage anywhere in the US.

Read the decision, which begins: Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/23 - 1:53 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned a man's first-degree murder conviction for the shooting death of Dantley Leonard as Leonard was helping a friend move his girlfriend move into an apartment on Ames Street in Dorchester's Franklin Field development on Nov. 12, 2016. Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/23 - 3:28 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man whose gun-possession conviction it overturned earlier this year, ruling that while it is true the Supreme Court's latest Second Amendment ruling would have nullified his conviction, he was tried before that ruling was announced, so it goofed in overturning his conviction. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/23 - 11:54 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Secretary of State Bill Galvin did nothing wrong in accusing online investment firm Robinhood of giving bad investment advice to the online poor to enrich itself. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/23 - 11:37 am

Heirs to a woman who left her entire estate to her beloved cocker spaniel, Licorice, are feuding over that estate because Licorice died two years before she did, but she didn't change her will before she also left this mortal coil. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/23 - 10:58 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed suits by the families of two Massachusetts smokers against cigarette companies and stores that sold cigarettes because their right to sue had expired even before their relatives did. Read more.

By adamg - 6/27/23 - 9:41 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that car dealerships that loan out cars to customers awaiting repairs to their own vehicles are in the rental business, and that means they are covered by a federal law that prohibits their financial liability for any problems caused by the cars' drivers - even if they are unlicensed and in a car that wasn't supposed to be taken out of state. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/23 - 10:58 am

A Dorchester man who followed his lawyer's advice to plead guilty to being a pimp will get a chance to prove his innocence at trial after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today he couldn't possibly have gotten good representation from his lawyer - who professed repeatedly and publicly online to hating Blacks as much as he hated Muslims. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/23 - 12:46 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a Berkshire town and a Land Court judge erred in rejecting a religious group's attempt to build an RV camping area because people who would park there either have to attend religious activities there or work for the group - making it exempt from zoning restrictions under state law. Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/23 - 12:09 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Nickoyan Wallace has to stand trial on charges he shot a man to death on Park Street in Dorchester in 2021. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/23 - 11:47 am

The Supreme Judicial Court concluded today that a judge erred in ordering Boston Police to hand over information about an informant in a gun case because even if his name were redacted, the information could provide enough clues for the defendant - or somebody else - to figure out who he is. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/23 - 1:16 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court is currently considering whether a Milford rape-counseling center has to turn over treatment records of a girl from Rhode Island to a court in that state that is hearing the case against her alleged rapist. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/23 - 11:15 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Holyoke Solders' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and Soldiers' Home Medical Director David Clinton will have to stand trial for elder neglect for crowding infected patients together with vulnerable, non-infected patients in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, leading to an unusually high number of deaths. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/23 - 12:42 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court concluded today that the way the State Police office responsible for testing blood-alcohol devices withheld information on machines that failed calibration tests for years was such "egregious government misconduct" that anybody convicted of OUI based on breath tests on machines tested there should be allowed to appeal without struggling to prove their tests were invalid. Read more.

By adamg - 4/18/23 - 11:44 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Dedham police officers conviction for being an accessory before the fact to a kidnapping, saying it didn't buy his argument he thought his drug dealer was just going to use his badge, handcuffs and gun holster as part of a joke or some mild bondage with his girlfriend any more than the jury that convicted him did. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/23 - 11:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a Supreme Court decision last year that lets people pack guns for protection outside the home means it has no choice but to overturn a Boston man's conviction for the gun and bullets Boston and Watertown police found in his glove box - but the court upheld his 2 1/2 to 3-year sentence for one of the magazines they also found. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/23 - 11:07 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the use of police body cameras to record voluntary statements of possible crime victims, in a case in which a man who was ordered back to jail on a probation violation in part because of those statements argued they violated the state ban on wiretapping - even though he was not involved in the recording. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/23 - 1:33 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court acknowledged today that the state corrections commissioner made a very good case that Martin McCauley, 66, locked up for the way he murdered Carlos Madariaga in an alley off Gloucester Street in the Back Bay in 1981, isn't debilitated enough by serious mobility issues and constant, severe back and nerve pain to warrant medical parole. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/23 - 5:18 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a police officer who stopped David Privette not long after the robbery of a gas station one night in 2018 had enough probable cause to conclude he was a suspect even before he found him packing a gun and several hundred dollars in cash, and so prosecutors can bring him to trial. Read more.

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