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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 in the shadow of one of Boston's most famous houses of worship, Trinity Church in the Copley Square area...


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 be sure that there was a legal basis for the indictment...


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. Of course, if what the Commonwealth says about him is true, he now has more to talk about with his former prisoners...


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 an undercover law enforcement officer...


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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...


WEYMOUTH WOMAN IS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICERS

Posted on February 17, 2015
? And, still they continue. Police-involved assaults, no matter which side starts them, generally end the same way. Law enforcement wins. Often, it is not even close. Take the recent case of 29-year old Weymouth resident Stephanie Farley (hereinafter, the "Defendant") for example...


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...


SPRINGFIELD MAN IS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST WHICH YIELDED WEAPONS AND DRUGS VALUED OVER $300,000

Posted on December 23, 2014
Springfield's Jason Arias, 31 and hereinafter, the "Defendant" did not have a particularly good weekend. He went into custody since he was the subject of a raid Friday night. It was a rather successful drug bust for law enforcement. It reportedly resulted in the seizure of guns, cash, and a stash of narcotics valued at upwards of $300,000...


SPRINGFIELD LAW ENFORCEMENT OVERJOYED IN SPREADING SELF-CONGRATULATIONS?AND DANGER?IN RECENT DRUG CASES

Posted on December 23, 2014
As I am writing this blog, the latest count is 380. That would be 380 people enjoying and commenting on the happy news of Friday?s drug bust in Springfield. Holiday cheer abounds! The comments are insightful and important too. Take Kay Thomas? commentary for example...


EXPECT MASSACHUSETTS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS DUE TO POLICE MURDERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted on December 22, 2014
This past weekend was a bad one for law enforcement. In two different states, police officers were murdered by suspects. In Brooklyn, New York, two police officers were sitting in their patrol car when a man who officials claim had come from Baltimore vowing to kill police officers made good that vow...


MASSACHUSETTS COMPOUNDING PHARMACY IS IN FEDERAL COURT ON CRIMINAL CHARGES OF RACKETEERING AND HOMICIDE IN FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

Posted on December 18, 2014
It is the next act in a drama which came to pubic attention in 2012. In 2002, there was a deadly national outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak was linked to steroid injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Owners of the pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center (Hereinafter, ?NECC?), were among those just arrested in connection with the disaster...


GEORGETOWN POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT AND FIND STOLEN ITEMS AND DRUGS

Posted on December 16, 2014
Did you know that Massachusetts law enforcement are allowed to arrest you for things they were not even looking for, but accidentally found while executing a search warrant? The fact is, if the warrant allows them to be in a certain place, and they see something without violating the parameters of the warrant, it is fair game...


WHY LAW ENFORCEMENT MISCONDUCT PUTS YOU IN DANGER IN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS

Posted on December 15, 2014
As any regular reader of this blog knows, the idea that law enforcement, including prosecutors, and the truth, go their separate ways at times is sad, but true. One of the more often cited examples is contained in a dissent opinion of Chief Judge Alex Kolinsky of the United States Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit...


ANOTHER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IS FOUND TO BE LYING BY THE FEDERAL COURT

Posted on December 12, 2014
Over the years, this blog has discussed various instances in which there is little doubt as to whether prosecutors sometimes stretch, or ?re-invent? the truth. This has been the case both in state and federal courts. At a time during which we have had to question the integrity of law enforcement involving the killing of citizens and mysterious grand jury proceedings, a new story comes up that is worth remembering...


MORE ARRESTED LAST NIGHT DURING ROUND TWO IN BOSTON PROTESTS OVER RECENT POLICE KILLINGS.

Posted on December 05, 2014
Last night, we saw Round Two of Boston protests regarding what seems to be a rash of what we have been discussing over the past few blogs. Namely, instances of police killing citizens and, seemingly, nothing happening about it. Allegations of homicide abound...


POLICE MISCONDUCT, "HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NOT KILL ME IF I AM A SUSPECT?"

Posted on December 05, 2014
There is much to be said about race relations, police officers and grand juries? not to mention the interaction of the three. However, let's deal with the facts as they exist today. We know that there are times when the police interact with someone and things get out of hand...


PROTESTERS REACT TO ADDITIONAL ALLEGED HOMICIDES BY POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE AND AFTER FERGUSON (PART THREE)

Posted on December 04, 2014
We have been discussing the Ferguson matter in which an unarmed young black man was fired upon (multiple times) by a police officer. The young man died from the wounds and many are saying that the officer committed a homicide. Despite the fact that testimony presented to the grand jury told different tales ranging from a description of a cold blooded murder to a shooting in valid self-defense, the grand jury found that there was no probable cause to believe that the officer should be formally charged with a crime...


PROTESTORS ARE ARRESTED FOR DENOUNCING APPARENT CORRUPTION AND IN FERGUSON HOMICIDE (PART TWO)

Posted on November 29, 2014
Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to ?indict a ham sandwich.? Raw data, as well as the experiences of those regularly involved with the criminal justice system can attest to this...


ARRESTED PROTESTORS PONDER MURDER, PROBABLE CAUSE AND FERGUSON (PART ONE)

Posted on November 28, 2014
Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving. Here?s hoping you enjoy ?Black Friday?. And here is a story that contains nothing for you to enjoy or be happy about. As you no doubt have heard from various sources, the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has returned its decision regarding the death of the late18-year-old Michael Brown and the allegations against Police Officer Darren Wilson...


TWO BOSTON MEN ARE ARRESTED AT LOGAN AIRPORT FOR CRIMES OF ASSAULT, ATTEMPTED MURDER AND KIDNAPPING

Posted on November 26, 2014
Boston police had a busy half-hour this past Saturday morning at Logan Airport. Law enforcement first responded to a report of a person screaming inside a car with a broken windshield around 11:23 a.m. near Terminal E. They wound up finding the car near Terminal B...


BOURNE GENTLEMAN IS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT, WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

Posted on November 21, 2014
Ever have one of "those days"? Michael Barboza, 33, of Bourne (hereinafter, the "Defendant") sure did. It was one week ago today. The Defendant , just kept losing things. First it was his temper. He was allegedly involved in a road rage incident...


?MUST I HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OPEN AND EXAMINE MY PHONE OR TABLET?? (PART TWO)

Posted on November 19, 2014
My last posting examined this subject from the standpoint of whether the police have the right to grab your smart-phone without a warrant. It triggered rights guaranteed you courtesy of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Today we continue the search and seizure issue from another angle...


?CAN A POLICE OFFICER SIMPLY TAKE MY SMART-PHONE AND SEARCH IT WITHOUT MY CONSENT AND WITHOUT A WARRANT?? (PART ONE)

Posted on November 17, 2014
We have discussed some of the myriad of issues which occur when defense counsel seeks to suppress evidence. In short, the defense brings a motion to prevent the prosecution from using evidence against a criminal defendant because it was discovered in violation of that defendant's Constitutional Rights...


BRISTOL WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING AN INVESTIGATING POLICE OFFICER

Posted on November 13, 2014
No, this is not a re-posting of my previous blog. This case is from Bristol, Connecticut, and the officer was allegedly assaulted by a woman in the field while in mid-investigation. Just to show that these dangers do not just face officers in the Bay State...


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