• Anti-Panhandling Law Dec 16, 2020

    Top Court Strikes Down Mass. Anti-Panhandling Law

    The highest court in Massachusetts on Tuesday struck down a state law making it illegal for people to ask for money for their own support on public roads. A decision from the Supreme Judicial Court found that the law violated free speech rights because it prohibited people from requesting money for personal support on roadways but specifically allowed the sale…

  • SJC Nov 4, 2020

    Gov. Baker Taps Dalila Argaez Wendlandt for Supreme Judicial Court

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday nominated Appeals Court Associate Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to a seat on the Supreme Judicial Court, paving the way for her to become the first Latina to serve on the high court bench. In a press conference, Baker highlighted Wendlandt’s thoughtfulness, collegiality and judiciousness in tapping her for the seat, one of two on...

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Nov 2, 2020

    Mass. SJC to Hear Arguments in Fall River Anti-Panhandling Suit

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments challenging a law that makes it illegal for people to ask for money on public roads Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Fall River in March of last year, arguing the city was aggressively enforcing the state law. They also argue the law itself is unconstitutional….

  • panhandling Nov 2, 2020

    Mass. SJC to Hear Arguments on Panhandling Ban

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was scheduled to hear arguments Monday on a case out of Fall River that challenges a law that makes it illegal for people to ask for money on public roads.

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Nov 2, 2020

    Mass. SJC to Hear Arguments on Panhandling Ban

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments challenging a law that makes it illegal for people to ask for money on public roads Monday.

  • SJC Oct 29, 2020

    ‘We Need Her Leadership': Baker Taps Kimberly Budd for SJC Chief

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated Associate Justice Kimberly Budd as the next chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, paving the way for her to become the first Black woman to lead the body. In a press conference at the State House, Baker repeatedly highlighted Budd’s ability to listen to others and collaborate, saying such qualities were...

  • Massachusetts Sep 15, 2020

    Ralph Gants, Chief Justice of Massachusetts' Top Court, Dies

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants has died, the associate justices of the court announced Monday. Their statement did not give any details about when or how Gants had died. “It is with deep sadness that the Associate Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court announce the death of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants. Our hearts and prayers are…

  • Massachusetts Sep 8, 2020

    Mass. SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants Says He Suffered Heart Attack Friday

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants suffered a heart attack last week, he announced Tuesday in a statement. “I suffered a heart attack on Friday, September 4,” Gants said in the statement released by the court’s public information office. “I was admitted to the hospital where surgeons inserted 2 stents in the occluded artery, and I expect to…

  • ballot question May 26, 2020

    Mass. SJC Allows Beer, Wine Sale Ballot Question to Move Forward

    Supporters of a ballot question that would let convenience stores and other food stores sell beer and wine won a key legal battle in Massachusetts’s highest court on Tuesday. The question was launched by the convenience store chain Cumberland Farms and would let local authorities issue licenses allowing food stores to sell beer and wine. Local licensing authorities would...

  • coronavirus Apr 4, 2020

    Bar Exam in Mass. Pushed Back to Fall

    The Bar Examination in Massachusetts has been postponed until the very end of September, authorities said Saturday. The two-day exam, which evaluates the qualifications of prospective lawyers, was originally scheduled for the end of July. It will now be held in Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar…

  • coronavirus Apr 3, 2020

    Mass.' High Court Orders Release of Some Inmates Due to Coronavirus Crisis

    People in jail awaiting trial in Massachusetts should be released due to the coronavirus pandemic unless prosecutors can prove they pose an “unreasonable” danger to the community or flight risk, the state’s highest court said Friday. People who are being held on bail and aren’t facing certain serious offenses are entitled to a “rebuttable presumption of release,” the Supreme...

  • Massachusetts Feb 12, 2020

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  • Massachusetts Nov 26, 2019

    Mass. Supreme Judicial Court: Former House Speaker Finneran Must Lose Pension

    Massachusetts’ highest court has reportedly ruled that former House speaker Thomas Finneran must give up his state pension.

  • NBC Nov 26, 2019

    Appeal Denied in Texting Suicide Case

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a Plainville woman after she encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with toxic gas.

  • Massachusetts Nov 15, 2019

    Youth Hockey Coach Accused of Child Rape Arrested for Missing Court Appearance

    A Massachusetts youth hockey coach awaiting trial for child rape charges was located and arrested Friday morning, after failing to turn himself in to a Vermont court on Thursday. He was released on bail earlier this month after he met certain conditions due to rulings by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in two unrelated cases.

  • Massachusetts Nov 7, 2019

    Hockey Coach Accused of Child Rape Set for Release Ahead of Trial

    A youth hockey coach awaiting trial for child rape charges is expected to be released on bail following rulings by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in two unrelated cases. Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Prew of Marblehead is accused of sexually assaulting eight boys under the age of 14. He had been held without bail since a court appearance in March of 2018.

  • OFFICER Nov 1, 2019

    Mass. High Court Sides With Police Cadet in Drug Test Case

    Massachusetts’ highest court has sided with a black police cadet who was refused a job after he failed a hair follicle drug test. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 6-to-1 on Wednesday that Michael Gannon was wrongly denied employment by Boston police.

  • Massachusetts Sep 20, 2019

    Michelle Carter Denied Parole in Texting Suicide Case

    The Massachusetts Parole Board on Friday said it had denied an early-release request from Michelle Carter, the woman imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life. The board said in a statement that it had denied Carter’s request for release, adding that she “needs to further address her causative factors” that led to her...

  • NBC Sep 5, 2019

    Rollins Asks High Court to Overrule Judge

    Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is petitioning for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to intervene after a judge declined to drop charges against counterprotesters arrested during the “straight pride” parade.

  • Massachusetts Aug 6, 2019

    Lewdness Trial for Convicted Child Rapist Wayne Chapman Begins

    The trial began Monday for Wayne Chapman, the convicted child rapist who faces additional time behind bars after allegedly exposing himself to prison nurses in Massachusetts. Chapman, 71, has served 30 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1977. He faces additional time behind bars after the newest accusations came to light last June.

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