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By adamg - 1/30/20 - 11:09 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's conviction for sucker-punching another man in the face at a Roxbury community center, ruling he got a fair hearing from all his jurors, including one who was blind. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 10:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors in Springfield can't use a knife found on a guy during a traffic stop - and the gun then found in his car - as evidence against him because police didn't have enough proof he was "armed and dangerous" before they frisked him. Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/19 - 11:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a libel suit against the news editor of the UMass Boston student newspaper because the paper accurately reported accounts by campus police that they were looking for a man for some "suspicious" activity on a shuttle bus - and that means she is covered by a legal principle that protects journalists reporting on "official" statements and actions. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/19 - 10:17 pm

The case against Onaxis Barreto might seem like a good one: Police, acting on a tip a guy was driving around Roxbury with a large stash of cocaine in his green Volvo spotted Barreto driving a green Volvo stop and engage in what seemed like a drug transaction, so after watching him turn left without signaling, they stopped him and ordered him out of the car - in which a drug-sniffing dog found a box stuff with cocaine and cash.

But the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today prosecutors can't use the cocaine as evidence against him. Read more.

By adamg - 10/30/19 - 10:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the Boston Police Department to put Michael Gannon at the top of its next list for available slots for patrolman - a job he has been trying to get for ten years despite a positive result on a test for cocaine. Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 2:55 pm

A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that crossing the "fog line" that separates a road from its shoulder, even if just for a couple seconds, is a marked-lane violation that a cop driving behind you can use as justification to pull you over. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 11:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the city of Boston was wrong to try tax Veolia Energy's network of steam pipes through Boston Proper, ruling that, collectively, they are parts of a "great integral machine," which have been exempt from taxation since an 1866 ruling. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/19 - 8:45 pm

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins has asked a Supreme Judicial Court justice to make a Boston Municipal Court judge accept her office's decision not to prosecute several people arrested during and after Saturday's march of the bigots. Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/19 - 12:08 pm

A man facing deportation to his native Haiti after pleading guilty to threatening two men with a gun in Dorchester in 2016 can withdraw his plea because the judge in the case didn't adequately explain that a conviction would likely result in deportation, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 12:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state commission's ruling to suspend a liquor chain's license for several days at two stores because it sold alcohol at costs lower than the invoice price it paid, in violation of state regulations. Read more.

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.

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