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COMMONWEALTH VS. ANTONIO MARCOS FERREIRA

COMMONWEALTH VS. ANTONIO MARCOS FERREIRA (MARCH 2019) [DNA, exigent circumstances, searches & seizures, consciousness of guilt] Overview: In the early morning of October 2, 2009 Sheila dos Santos, the victim, was stabbed to death near the back en… Read More
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Search & Seizure, Probable Cause, Reasonable Suspicion

COMMONWEALTH VS. DONNE K. AGOGO (MARCH 2019)  [Search & Seizure, Probable Cause, Reasonable Suspicion]  Overview:             In this case the Commonwealth appealed from a District Court judge’s order allowing the motion of the def… Read More
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Jury Selection

COMMONWEALTH VS. QUINTON K. WILLIAMS (FEB. 2019) [Jury Selection]  Background The defendant, Quinton K. Williams, an African-American man, was charged with possession of a class B substance with the intent to distribute. During jury selection, over… Read More
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Post-Conviction Relief & Gatekeeper

WILLIAM M. TYREE VS. COMMONWEALTH (FEB. 2019) [Post-Conviction Relief, “Gatekeeper”] The petitioner, William M. Tyree, was convicted of murder in the first degree in 1980. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the conviction on appeal… Read More
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Rape & Consent

COMMONWEALTH VS. RICHARD SHERMAN, JR. (FEB. 2019) [Rape, Consent] Overview: A Superior Court jury convicted the defendant of penile-vaginal and digital-vaginal rape, rejecting the defendant’s testimony that all sexual intercourse between him and th… Read More
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Search and Seizure, Evidence, Scientific Test, & Jury Instructions

COMMONWEALTH VS. JAMEL BANNISTER (FEB. 2019) [Search and Seizure, Evidence, Scientific Test, & Jury Instruction] Overview On February 28, 2013, Courtney Jackson was shot twice in the back as he boarded a bus at the Massachusetts Bay Transportatio… Read More
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Involuntary Manslaughter & Free Speech

COMMONWEALTH VS. MICHELLE CARTER (FEB. 2019) [Involuntary Manslaughter & Free Speech] Overview Seventeen-year-old defendant, Michelle Carter, was charged with involuntary manslaughter as a youthful offender for the suicide death of Conrad Roy, ag… Read More
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License to Carry a Firearm

JAKE NICHOLS VS. CHIEF OF POLICE OF NATICK & OTHERS (JAN. 2019) [License to Carry a Firearm]  Overview Jake Nichols applied to the Natick Police Department for a Class A (large capacity) license to carry in October 2015. Nichols had a fifteen-y… Read More
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Sufficiency of Impairment Evidence & Opinion Testimony

COMMONWEALTH VS. EVENS FLEURANCIN (JAN. 2019)  [Sufficiency of Impairment Evidence & Opinion Testimony]   Overview After a jury-waived trial, a judge convicted Evens Fleurancin of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marij… Read More
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Evidence, Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, & Effectiveness of Council

COMMONWEALTH VS. DAVID COPELAND (JAN. 2019)  [Evidence, Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, & Effectiveness of Council]  Overview             On July 29, 2008, John Marshall was stabbed to death in a parking lot in the Roxbury sect… Read More
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