The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Bampumim Teixeira's two first-degree murder convictions for the stabbing deaths of Drs. Lina Bolanos and Richard Field in their condo in their home in 2017. Read more.
Man convicted of killing two doctors in their South Boston condo gets to spend the rest of his life in prison
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Covid-19 delays in court proceedings don't help contractor that had trouble figuring out who to sue when it didn't get paid for work on North Station movie theater
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that rules it issued in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic to temporarily halt statutory time limits on court actions are of no help to a contractor that kept suing the wrong corporate entities for payment for work it did to build North Station movie theaters - because the suit it also filed was largely based on the "mechanic's lien" it filed in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, which is not a court. Read more.
Court makes it easier for people charged for holding small amounts of marijuana to have their records deleted now that marijuana possession is decriminalized
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered records related to a Dorchester man's arrest on marijuana-possession charges in 2003 and 2006 permanently deleted from court and criminal databases, under a state law that allows for "expungement" of such records for what are now legal activities. Read more.
Court upholds continued imprisonment for man convicted of Brookline rape in 1976, when he was a teenager
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Jose Martinez, now 61, will have to wait until 2025 to re-apply for parole for the life sentence he got for raping a BU student in Brookline, when he was just 16. Read more.
State's highest court details why Mass GOP is wrong and should feel wrong in effort to block expanded early voting
The Supreme Judicial Court had already ruled against an effort by Jim Lyons and the rump state Republican Party to block early voting, but today it released its detailed reasons for why the Republicans are wrong in so many ways, from their claim the Legislature has no right to expand early voting to their alleged fears of "zombie votes" by people who die after casting an early ballot. Read more.
Prosecutors can't use results of man's blood-alcohol test in OUI case because he didn't give his consent for the test to be run, court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that state law requires police to get an OUI suspect's permission to have his blood tested before they can hand over the results to prosecutors. Read more.
Raping altar boys not part of Church's charitable mission, so abuse lawsuit can continue, court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a western-Massachusetts man who says he was raped repeatedly in the 1960s by various Catholic Church clergy, including the then bishop of Springfield, can make his case to a jury that he is owed damages not only for that but for the way the church handled his case after he came forward in 2014. Read more.
Court tosses wage, tips suit against GrubHub, says drivers have to go to arbitration just like the long agreement they clicked on says
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a federal law that lets certain workers engaged in interstate commerce file class-action suits over pay disputes doesn't apply to GrubHub drivers who clicked their agreement to settle any disagreements in arbitration with the company. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the state's environmental secretary went too far in approving a plan that would let developers replace the Aquarium garage and the James Hook seafood store with skyscrapers - not on the merits but because the legislature didn't give her specific permission to put her stamp on waterfront projects. Read more.
State's high court rules unlicensed gun possession still a legitimate reason to hold somebody without bail in some cases
Unlike in some other states, you still need a license to own a gun in Massachusetts. The state's highest court ruled today that in certain cases, judges can order people arrested for violating the law to be held without bail before trial as a danger to society - such as a man arrested after driving through a police barricade at the Franklin Field housing project early one morning last year, allegedly with a loaded gun in his glove compartment Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the state can go ahead and mail out applications for voters who want to vote by mail in the fall elections, tossing a bid by what's left of the Massachusetts Republican Party to block mail-in voting. Read more.
Court upholds murder conviction in case of man fatally shot in the eye while walking to work in Dorchester in 2017
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Shaquille Brown's conviction for murdering Christopher Austin on Ashmont Street in Dorchester in 2017. Read more.
Court blasts Harvard for the way it treated a woman whose ancestors were stripped half naked for photos ordered up by one of its more notoriously racist professors
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a woman who sued Harvard University both to gain possession of four daguerreotypes of two of her ancestors ordered stripped half naked in 1850 by professor Louis Agassiz, whose contributions to geology were matched by the depths of his racism, has no right to the images, but that she does have the right to try to convince a jury that Harvard committed "negligent and indeed reckless infliction of emotional distress" by continuing to use the images for its own purposes even after she objected. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Joseph Pope, who was convicted in 1986 for his role in a drug-related murder in Uphams Corner two years earlier because an assistant Suffolk County district attorney withheld notes he took during the murder investigation that that might have helped the defense. Read more.
Nothing wrong with Zoom trials during the pandemic, but woman deserves a new one because of all the technical glitches at hers, court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a woman whose child a judge took away after a Zoom-based trial that started with the woman getting cut off and being unable to log in via video to make her pro-se case or even to hear some witnesses. Read more.
Court rejects Covid-19 insurance claims from owner of three Boston-area restaurants; says virus caused no permanent damage to his property
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the insurers for Coppa and Toro in the South End and Little Donkey in Central Square do not have to reimburse owner Ken Oringer for Covid-19 losses because the virus did not cause the permanent damage to his tables and other furnishings that might be covered under his "all risks" policies. Read more.
Court rules man who didn't pull trigger in 2018 Dorchester killing can't be re-tried for first-degree murder after mistrial, but can still face other charges
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that re-trying Dario Baxter for first-degree murder for the 2018 death of Michael Ross on Wayland Street in Dorchester would be a violation of his right against double jeopardy, but added that Suffolk County prosecutors can still try to convict him as an accessory after the fact and on gun charges related to the case. Read more.
Court gives police limited ability to sift through tens of thousands of phone records to link somebody to a crime, in case involving murder of a Codman Square gas-station attendant
The Supreme Judicial Court today set out ways that police can subpoena tens of thousands of cell-phone records to try to link specific phone calls to crimes, in a case in which they used the technique to connect a Canton man to the murder of Jose Luis Phinn Williams at a Dorchester gas station and to a series of other similar, if less deadly, robberies that year in Mattapan, Canton and Cambridge. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the suspension of Paul Sushchyk as a probate and family judge for "intentional, nonconsensual, and unwelcome" groping of a court worker at an outing and then lying about it - and said he should remain off the job until the legislature and governor decide whether he should be booted off the bench permanently. Read more.
One of two men who pumped bullets into a man in Dorchester before a third kicked him got a fair trial and will spend the rest of his life in prison, court concludes
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Andrew Robertson's first-degree murder conviction for the shooting death of Romeo McCubbin on Havelock Street on Dec. 14, 2013. Read more.