Latest Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court News

In era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?

Sep. 13, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a warrantless vehicle search, and whatever turned up — pot, other kinds of illegal drugs, something else the motorist wasn't...

State high court sides with DA in spat over parade arrests

Sep. 9, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has sided with Boston's district attorney in a dispute over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a "straight pride" parade over Labor Day weekend. State Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank Gaziano, in a single-justice ruling issued Monday, said...

DA asks high court to address 'straight pride' parade spat

Sep. 4, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's district attorney has asked Massachusetts' highest court to intervene in a dispute with a lower court judge over the arrest of counterprotesters during a "straight pride" parade in Boston over Labor Day weekend. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins filed an emergency...

The Latest: DA asks court to help in 'straight pride' pat

Sep. 4, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on charges against some 'straight pride' protesters (all times local): 11 p.m. Boston's district attorney has asked Massachusetts' highest court to intervene in a dispute with a lower court judge over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a "straight pride" parade in...

Judge accused of aiding wanted immigrant gets pay restored

Aug. 13, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge charged with helping an immigrant escape a federal agent waiting to arrest him will be paid while her legal battle plays out, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday. Reversing course in a closely watched case that has showcased official resistance to the Trump...