• slavery June 23, 2022 9:03 pm

    Court OKs Conn. Woman's Lawsuit Against Harvard Over Photos of Enslaved Ancestors

    A Connecticut woman who says she’s descended from enslaved people portrayed in widely-published, historical photos owned by Harvard can sue the Ivy League university for emotional distress, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Thursday. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court partly vacated a lower court ruling that dismissed a complaint from Tamara Lanier over photos she says depict her enslaved ancestors. The...

  • everett May 24, 2022 2:58 pm

    $75M Encore Boston Casino Land Deal to Undergo New Scrutiny After Court Order

    The actions of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission almost a decade ago could be put under a new microscope after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that a lower court should look more closely at the “highly unusual character of the commission’s actions” related to the award of a casino license to Wynn Resorts and the casino company’s purchase of...

  • coronavirus October 5, 2021 4:54 pm

    Supreme Court Won't Rule on Mass. Gov. Baker's COVID Pandemic Authority

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday against hearing an appeal of a decision that found Gov. Charlie Baker did not overstep his authority with sweeping orders to close businesses and limit gatherings to control the coronavirus early in the pandemic. The nation’s highest court announced without comment Monday that it would not consider the appeal. The lawsuit argued that...

  • ROE Act November 20, 2020 7:10 pm

    RBG's Death Sparks Urgency in Massachusetts' Abortion Debate

    In the days since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to replace her — which consolidated a conservative majority on the bench — the push to expand abortion access in Massachusetts has gained traction on Beacon Hill.

  • abortion rights November 20, 2020 8:19 pm

    After RBG's Death, Urgency Mounts in Massachusetts Abortion Debate

    Seeking solace as she sat in the airport parking lot of a strange city, Tara Mendola tried to reach her rabbi before her procedure, to no avail.  Though Mendola lives in Massachusetts, home to some of the best hospitals in the world, she was forced to travel to Denver, Colorado, for abortion care after receiving a fatal fetal diagnosis....

  • coronavirus November 18, 2020 5:27 pm

    Gov. Baker Nominates Serge Georges Jr. to Supreme Judicial Court

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday nominated Serge Georges Jr. as a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court at a news conference where he also touched on the coronavirus pandemic. Georges currently serves as an associate justice on the Boston Municipal Court sitting in the Dorchester Division, a position he was nominated to by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2013. From…

  • coronavirus in massachusetts October 20, 2020 12:49 am

    Mass. Delays Resumption of Jury Trials Amid Rise in COVID Cases

    Massachusetts has delayed the resumption of jury trials until early next month. The earliest potential start date for jury trials will be extended to Nov. 9, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said in a statement last week. The delay comes amid a rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the state. The Supreme Judicial Court had authorized the…

  • evictions October 16, 2020 12:15 am

    Mass. Legislature Leaves Eviction Crisis to Baker, Courts

    House and Senate leaders on Beacon Hill chose not to intervene Thursday to block the expiration this weekend of Massachusetts’ moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, despite the efforts of one Democrat to force an emergency extension of the ban through the end of the year. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday put forward an eviction diversion plan that allows the moratorium…

  • Massachusetts October 6, 2020 8:30 pm

    Mass. High Court Reduces Conviction in Slaying of Army Veteran

    The highest court in Massachusetts has reduced the first-degree murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing an Army veteran during a fight in Boston’s Theater District in 2012 to second-degree murder in a decision that redefines “extreme atrocity or cruelty” in murder cases. Peter Castillo, 32, of Salem, was convicted in 2016 of shooting Iraq War veteran Stephen…

  • Charlie Baker September 15, 2020 5:20 pm

    Gov. Baker Remembers ‘Brilliance' of SJC Chief Justice Gants

    In a touching speech, Gov. Charlie Baker honors the memory of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, who died suddenly on Monday.

  • primary ballots August 26, 2020 11:14 pm

    Massachusetts' High Court Upholds Sept. 1 Deadline for Primary Ballots

    The Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the Sept. 1 deadline for local election officials to receive mail-in primary election ballots. The court ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Fourth Congressional District candidate Becky Grossman, who sought a 10-day extension of the period allocated for counting mail-in primary ballots. The 22-page decision, authored by Justice Scott Kafker, comes six days…

  • Massachusetts August 24, 2020 3:05 pm

    Massachusetts Court Considers Primary Election Lawsuit

    Massachusetts highest court is weighing whether to grant more time to count mail ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primary election amid concerns of U.S. Postal Service delays. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court is slated to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Becky Grossman. The Democratic candidate for Congress wants to extend the deadline for counting state...

  • coronavirus April 1, 2020 1:00 am

    Mass. Court Weighs Request to Release Prisoners in Face of Coroanvirus Pandemic

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Tuesday on a petition that seeks to reduce the prison population in the state in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly new coronavirus behind bars. The petition seeks to lower the number of prisoners through, among other measures, the release of “incarcerated individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19, near the…

  • coronavirus March 31, 2020 2:57 am

    Decision to Be Made on Whether to Release Inmates

    Efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons has led to a debate.

  • Massachusetts September 27, 2019 12:57 am

    More Than 24,000 Tainted Drug Cases in Massachusetts Dismissed: Report

    Thousands of drug convictions have been tossed out in Massachusetts because of a former state drug lab chemist who worked while high almost every day. A report filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Judicial Court says more than 24,000 convictions in 16,449 cases have been dismissed as a result of the scandal.

  • Massachusetts September 20, 2019 5:30 pm

    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...

  • Donald Trump September 9, 2019 9:27 pm

    High Court Sides With Suffolk DA Over Parade Arrests

    Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins cannot be forced by a judge to prosecute a protester arrested at the recent “straight pride” parade.

  • Donald Trump September 9, 2019 9:28 pm

    Judge Can't Force Boston's DA to Prosecute ‘Straight Pride' Parade Protesters, SJC Rules

    Boston’s district attorney can’t be forced to prosecute a protester arrested during the recent “straight pride” rally, a Supreme Judicial Court justice ruled Monday, according to The Boston Globe. The ruling comes after Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins filed an emergency petition last week after Boston Municipal Judge Richard Sinnott denied requests from the DA’s office to dismiss charges...

  • Massachusetts September 4, 2019 8:43 pm

    High Court Upholds First-Degree Murder Conviction in School Bathroom Stabbing

    The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who was 16 when he fatally stabbed another teenager in the bathroom of their high school. John Odgren was convicted in 2010 of the 2007 killing of 15-year-old James Alenson at Lincoln-Sudbury High School.

  • Massachusetts August 13, 2019 10:27 pm

    Attorney: Freed Child Rapist Wayne Chapman Being Treated at Medical Facility in Boston

    The lawyer for convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman, who was released last week after being found not guilty in a lewdness trial, said the 71-year-old is being treated at a medical facility in Boston. Attorney Eric Tennen called a press conference Tuesday to address “misinformation about Chapman’s whereabouts” after he was listed as homeless and “on the street” on the...

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