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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Prosecutors Win Drunk Driving Challenge Posted on Apr 20

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday in the cases of Commonwealth v Colturi and Commonwealth v. Thomas that prosecutors need not provide expert testimony to extrapolate from blood alcohol level at the time the test is taken to what it would have been at the   …Continue Reading Prosecutors Win Drunk Driving Challenge

Names of Jurors Can be Sealed Posted on Apr 12

The Supreme Judicial Court decided last week in Com. v. Silva that a judge may seal the names of jurors with good cause. In this case, Bristol Superior Court Judge Gary A. Nickerson sealed the names of jurors in a gang-related murder trial out of   …Continue Reading Names of Jurors Can be Sealed

Pring-Wilson to Get New Trial Posted on Apr 10

In Com. v. Pring-Wilson, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Alexander Pring-Wilson, previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter after an altercation in Cambridge, is entitled to a new trial. In 2005, after Pring-Wilson’s conviction, the SJC decided the case of Com. v. Adjutant, 443 Mass.   …Continue Reading Pring-Wilson to Get New Trial

Child support modifications – noncustodial parental income Posted on Apr 6

The Appeals Court recently clarified its stance on child support modification requests when the noncustodial parent’s income increases. In an earlier case, Brooks v. Piela the court ruled that an increase in child support was warranted, based on the fact that there was a greater   …Continue Reading Child support modifications – noncustodial parental income

Massachusetts wins at the Supreme Court Posted on Apr 2

The state of Massachusetts won an important case decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Massachusetts v. EPA, the court decided 5-4 that the Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from cars. The oral   …Continue Reading Massachusetts wins at the Supreme Court