Convictions Thrown Out Over Sleeping Jurors In Revere Manslaughter CaseThe state Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of a man accused of beating another man to death--all because the judge failed to question two jurors who fell asleep during the proceedings.
SJC Overturns Conviction Of Teen Arrested Outside Milton High With Gun, DrugsThe highest court in Massachusetts has overturned the conviction of a teen who was arrested outside Milton High School with drugs and a gun in 2015, saying police didn't have probable cause to search him.
Baker Proposes Allowing Police To Hold Violent Criminals After ICE RulingGovernor Charlie Baker has proposed legislation that would allow state and local police officers to hold people who have committed serious and violent crimes at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
SJC Rules State, Local Police Can't Detain Immigrants Without ChargesThe State Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that state and local authorities don't have to cooperate when federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities ask them to hold someone until they can arrive with a detainer.
SJC Ruling Threatens Sex Offender Laws In 40 Mass. TownsThe ruling could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions.
New Justice Joins Mass. Supreme Judicial CourtGov. Deval Patrick has sworn in Geraldine Hines as the newest member of the state's highest court.
Patrick's Picks Hines For SJC, Would Be First Black Woman To ServeGov. Deval Patrick has nominated state appeals court judge Geraldine Hines to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state's highest court.
Pledge Of Allegiance Not Religious, Says Massachusetts Highest CourtThe highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not discriminate against atheists.
Patrick Signs Law Banning 'Upskirt' PhotosGov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill that would update state law to prohibit so-called "upskirt" photos of women.
Mass. Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Taking 'Upskirt' PhotosMassachusetts lawmakers moved at a pace rarely seen in the legislature, acting quickly to pass through a bill criminalizing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.
Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not IllegalMassachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.
SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland RetiringChief Justice Roderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court is the first black chief justice in the court's history.
SJC: Warrants Needed For Some Cell Records The state's highest court has ruled that in most cases police must get a search warrant before obtaining cellphone records to track someone's movements.
SJC Hears Pledge Of Allegiance Challenge From Atheist Acton CoupleA lawyer for an atheist family has asked Massachusetts' highest court to ban the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools.
Bail Set For 9 Convicts In Special Session For State Drug Lab ScandalBail was set for nine convicts to go free Monday while their legal challenges are pending in the fallout from the state drug lab scandal.