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MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER WINS MOTION TO SUPPRESS IN DRUG CASE

Posted on May 28, 2015
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Samuel Goldberg, legal counsel to Altman & Altman, LLP recently walked out of Brighton Municipal Court with a huge victory for the civil rights of one our clients. As a result of our success, our client?s drug case is likely to be dismissed...


DRIVER IS CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENT DRIVING AFTER CRASHING INTO SIX WOMEN IN ORLEANS

Posted on May 26, 2015
It is easy for most of us to condemn a drunk driver. One should not drink alcohol and drive. That?s pretty clear. Sometimes, though, the lines are a bit blurrier when it comes to questions of safe driving. Take the recent case of a 65-year-old man from New York who just plowed into six pedestrians […]


ESSEX COUNTY COURT OFFICER IS CHARGED WITH RAPE

Posted on May 22, 2015
Surprise! I am not Ian. He will be with you next week with one of our “war stories”. Speaking of surprises, here is a little tale from yesterday’s session in Salem Superior Court. As you know, anybody can suddenly find themselves with the sudden last name of “defendant”...


?CAN I APPEAL MY CRIMINAL CONVICTION??

Posted on May 20, 2015
Folks are focused on the federal criminal appeal of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (hereinafter, the ?Defendant?). While his appeals will be automatic because of his unusual penalty, all criminal defendants, especially if convicted after a trial, have the right to appeal their conviction...


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THE BOSTON FEDERAL JURY CHOOSES THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER

Posted on May 19, 2015
As you know, I have been ensconced in the criminal justice system since the early 1980?s. One of the perks of being around so long, and being fairly successful, is that various media outlets often contact me to discuss some development in criminal justice...


A BOSTON CRIMINAL LAWYER PREPARES FOR THE FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY VERDICT

Posted on May 15, 2015
Juries are often criticized in this country when folks don?t like the verdict they deliver. In my experience, though, jurors are not some ignorant bundle of jello-wobbling mindlessly from side to side during the trial, just waiting to pop out a verdict for the side with more money...


MASSACHUSETTS BREATHALYZER ERROR GROUNDS FOR MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL

Posted on May 14, 2015
The Executive Office of Public Safety recently released a report detailing their investigation into 39,000 breath test results. The investigation started when questions arose regarding the calibration of the breathalyzer machines. The report found that in fewer than 150 cases, breath test personnel should have deemed the results to be invalid...


FORMER MIDDLESEX COUNTY SCHOOL TEACHER IS FOUND GUILTY IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AFTER FEDERAL JURY TRIAL

Posted on May 13, 2015
It was actually a mixed verdict…but will that help 28-year-old Josh Wairi (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) very much? The former elementary school teacher in the Somerville and Cambridge public school systems has finished his five-day jury trial...


MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT SUPPRESSES SEARCH WARRANT OF PREMISES FOR SUSPECTED MARIJUANA CULTIVATION

Posted on May 08, 2015
When it comes to marijuana, law enforcement has consistently used its odor, unburnt and burnt, as probable cause to search suspected criminals. However, since the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana was decriminalized in 2008, the criminal justice system has had to take a new look at what set of facts Police may […]


DNA EVIDENCE: IN MURDER CASES, IT CAN BRING DEATH TO THE INNOCENT

Posted on May 06, 2015
Let?s not accept the exception to the rule as a substitute for the general criminal justice rule. Particularly in cases where the stakes are as high as they are in murder cases. Especially when the penalties are either death or life imprisonment without the chance of parole...


MASACHUSETTS FEDERAL JURY FINALLY SEES EMOTION FROM BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER

Posted on May 05, 2015
As you may recall, we were talking about death and were about to move on to the convicted Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (hereinafter, ?Convicted?). As you no doubt know, Convicted is now sitting through the penalty phase of his murder trial in Boston?s Federal District Court...


MASSACHUSETTS MURDER AND SEX TRIALS?DEATH IS NOT FAR AWAY

Posted on April 30, 2015
This is ?D-week? for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Marathon bomber. This has brought up a new discussion about the death penalty. That new discussion has brought up some facts which should frighten you a great deal. We will get to them. Presently, there is no death penalty in Massachusetts state court?even in cases of Murder […]


MASSACHUSETTS SEXUAL ASSAULT AND THE DEFENSE OF CONSENT

Posted on April 22, 2015
In my last posting, we discussed Emmanuel Bile and his conviction in the rape trial that had just ended. After the sentencing hearing, Mr. Bile was sentenced to serve eight to ten years in Massachusetts State Prison. The complainant addressed the court at the hearing...


PITTSFIELD JURY TRIAL OF UMASS AMHERST RAPE SUSPECTS ENDS IN CONVICTION

Posted on April 08, 2015
We have had a number of discussions about how schools (primarily colleges) grapple with the allegations of sex crimes. Some of the ?new? and ?improved? solutions have boarded on the ludicrous in my experienced opinion, but that is an issue for another day...


ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION? WHAT PRISON SENTENCES SHOULD YOU BE FACING?

Posted on March 25, 2015
Last week, we began discussing the issue of mandatory minimum prison sentences in drug cases. The Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court himself has come out in favor of abolishing the statutes containing these penalties. The District Attorney of Suffolk County, a political advocate for punishing crime in general disagreed...


FRANKLIN MAN FACES HIS FOURTH OUI AS WELL AS LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT CHARGES

Posted on March 21, 2015
Law enforcement is often on high alert for drunken behavior…particularly drunk driving…during holidays. Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is one such holiday. ‘Nuff said. Apparently, Franklin’s Dominick Revell, 43, (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) did not get that particular memo...


PENALTIES FOR MASSACHUSETTS DRUG CRIMES ARE DEBATED BY TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TOP JUDGE

Posted on March 19, 2015
?And so the ?war against drugs? continues?more or less. The question today is one of penalty. In other words, the prisoners†of the drug wars. What do you do with them once you?ve got†them? On the criminal justice platter†is the question of mandatory minimum prison sentences for those convicted of participating in drug crimes...


SURVELIENCE VIDEOS ARE PRESENTED IN FALL RIVER MURDER TRIAL OF AARON HERNANDEZ

Posted on March 18, 2015
As you are probably aware, the first murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez (hereinafter, the ?Defendant?) continues in Fall River. In this case, he is charged with the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd. No doubt, many interesting facts and allegations have come to light during the testimony...


MICHAEL JORDAN IS ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING MURDER IN COPELY SQUARE

Posted on February 24, 2015
There is an abundance of high profile criminal cases pending in various courts. A number of these cases feature sports figures in the role of “The Defendant”. However, no, this is not that Michael Jordan. This Michael Jordan is a 27-year-old Boston gent (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) who has been charged with gunning down another man […]


FELONY LARCENY CHARGES ARE DISMISSED DUE TO COMMONWEALTH?S GRAND JURY ERROR

Posted on February 23, 2015
Grand juries meet in private? Except for the prosecution of course. No judge, no defense attorney and no defendant. I would imagine you could almost quote by heart at this point the saying that “a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich”. Different jurisdictions have different procedures which take place after there is an indictment to […]


WORCESTER PRISON GUARD IS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE OF ARMED ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO MURDER

Posted on February 20, 2015
Jaime Fuentes ,48, is/was a prison guard at the infamous maximum security state prison,Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. As of Wednesday, he is the “Defendant”. He was living in Worcester. Now he in custody, held without bail...


INTERNET SEXUAL ASSAULT PLOT HATCHED BY HOMETOWN SECURITY

Posted on February 18, 2015
As discussed in my last blog, Paul Hinkel of Connecticut (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) has been convicted of traveling to Massachusetts with the intention of having sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl; the girl did not exist, but a federal agent did in her stead...


MAN IS CONVICTED OF SOLICITING A CHILD FOR RAPE ONLINE

Posted on February 18, 2015
It is a story we are hearing quite often these days. Someone is allegedly using the internet to lure an underage boy or girl into sexual activity. I don’t know how many adults are engaging in that practice successfully?but there are certainly a large number of such adults who are actually exchanging such messages with […]


MORE POLICE ? INVOLVED SHOOTINGS TAKE PLACE IN MASSACHUSETTS AND BEYOND

Posted on February 07, 2015
?And so it still continues. Let?s turn to the end of December and look south for example. This time in Decatur, Georgia. The dead man is 44-year-old Kevin Davis. His involvement with law enforcement occurred when?he called them seeking their protection...


SPRINGFIELD MEN ARE ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING IN AND POSSESSION OF DRUGS AND GUNS

Posted on February 03, 2015
While the rest of us have been battling with snow, wagers on the Super Bowl and the like, Springfield?s law enforcement has been continuing its battle against Massachusetts drug crimes. It has been relatively lucrative too. In Springfield, police recently confiscated over $22,000 in cash and over 2,000 bags heroin after arresting two local gentlemen...


JUROR IN HERNANDEZ MURDER TRIAL IS QUESTIONED AND REMOVED FROM PANEL

Posted on February 03, 2015
A number of high profile matters are seeing action in the Commonwealth at the moment. One of them is a trial in Fall River. It is the murder trial of former new England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. This trial concerns murder allegations that Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd...


SUPPRESSION HEARING IN MURDER CASE CONTINUES IN SALEM SUPERIOR COURT

Posted on January 21, 2015
Friday, the hearing continues in Salem Superior Court. It is a hearing on a motion to suppress statements in the murder case of Philip Chism (hereinafter, the "Defendant"). The Defendant has been charged with the rape and murder of Danvers teacher Colleen Ritzer...


SALEM SUPERIOR COURT SUPPRESSION HEARING BEGINS IN RAPE AND MURDER CASE

Posted on January 09, 2015
You may remember Philip Chism (hereinafter, the ?defendant?). He is the 15-year-old juvenile who has been charged as an adult with the rape and murder of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013. Today, the Defendant?s case is on the calendar again at Salem Superior Court...


?PHASE ONE? OF BOSTON?S FEDERAL COURT MULTI-MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES: WHAT IS THIS JURY SELECTION ALL ABOUT?

Posted on January 08, 2015
?Phase One? of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, hereinafter, the ?Defendant? ?s jury trial for, among other things, multiple murder continues in Boston?s Federal District Court. The Defendant is accused of carrying out bombings with his now-deceased brother near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013...


EXTREMELY HIGH PROFILE MULTI-MURDER TRIAL BEGINS ?PHASE ONE? IN BOSTON?S FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

Posted on January 05, 2015
?And so it begins. A new year. A new high profile multi-murder, among other criminal charges of course, trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (hereinafter, the ?Defendant?) is having what will serve as his ?day in court?. As you will no doubt recall, the Defendant is charged with the terror attack near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon...


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