Lawyers to bring texting suicide case to US Supreme Court
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a woman convicted of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself say they plan to appeal her involuntary manslaughter conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.
NBC Boston reports Michelle Carter's attorneys have also asked a Massachusetts judge to postpone a hearing scheduled for Monday in her case.
BOSTON (AP) — All eyes are on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as it determines the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a 4 percent surtax on any portion of an individual's annual income that exceeds $1 million.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has upheld a lower court ruling rejecting a lawsuit that aimed to lift the cap on charter schools.
The lawsuit had been brought by five Boston students who argued the limits on charter schools violated the education clause and the equal protection provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution by impeding their ability to seek a quality education.
Court rules school cannot be held liable for bullied student
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed.
The state's highest court ruled Tuesday state law protects school districts from being held liable for injuries a bullied student sustains.
Supreme Judicial Court to celebrate its first 325 years
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court are planning to gather in Salem to celebrate the court's first 325 years.
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Justice David Lowy will speak at the morning event Wednesday at the Essex County Superior Court.
Robert Brink, executive director of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, will also speak.
Court: Judges must weigh defendant’s assets when fixing bail
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court has ruled that a judge must consider a defendant's financial resources when setting bail.
Friday's decision follows an appeal by Jahmal Brangan, who has been held at the Hampden County jail since January, 2014 because he's been unable to post the bail ordered by a Superior Court judge.
Brangan was arrested and indicted for armed robbery.
BOSTON (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court and the highest court in Massachusetts found that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles, the state began holding parole hearings for 63 people who had been convicted of first-degree murder as juveniles and ordered to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
BOSTON (AP) — Can a request by federal authorities be the sole basis for whether local and state authorities can detain individuals being sought for immigration violations? That politically charged question is scheduled to go before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday.
Massachusetts highest court to hear needle distribution case
BOSTON (AP) — The state's highest court will hear arguments in a case that could clarify whether groups distributing clean hypodermic needles to stem the spread of diseases like AIDS can operate legally in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will take up the case of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod versus the Town of Barnstable on Tuesday.
Arguments had been scheduled for Thursday, but were postponed because of the blizzard.
Clean needle case heading to Massachusetts highest court
BOSTON (AP) — A case that could clarify whether groups distributing clean hypodermic needle to stem the spread of diseases like AIDS can operate legally in Massachusetts is heading to the state's highest court.
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments in the case of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod vs. the Town of Barnstable.
Electric utility asks court to reconsider pipeline decision
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's largest utility has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators denying its proposal to buy natural gas pipeline capacity to be used to create electricity.
The gas would be made available by the expansion of an existing pipeline and used to power New England's electric generating stations.
Massachusetts high court to hold special sitting in Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments in four cases during a special sitting in Lawrence this week.
The special sitting provides an opportunity for students, media and residents of the local community to view the work of the state's highest court. Normally, the high court hears arguments at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.
The court will sit in Lawrence District Court Tuesday morning.
Ex-Chief Justice named winner of 2017 Public Service Award
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall will receive the 2017 Public Service Award from the Boston Bar Foundation.
Marshall wrote the landmark 2003 decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry in Massachusetts. During her time on the high court, Marshall also was known for implementing innovative procedures for people who represent themselves.
Marshall stepped down from the state's highest court in 2010.
Court: Obscenity-laden letters protected by First Amendment
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that a series of obscenity-laden letters written to a Rehoboth selectman are protected political speech and don't rise to the level of criminal harassment.
The anonymous letters mailed to Michael Costello and his wife Susan included the words "thug," ''scumbag," ''loser" and other, unprintable names.
Pittsfield’s Justice Francis X. Spina Retiring from State’s Highest Court
PITTSFIELD >> For the first time in 17 years, Francis X. Spina isn't preparing for the opening of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court sessions in September.
The Pittsfield native, who will turn 70 later this year, is retiring after a distinguished legal career that included work as a public defender, an assistant district attorney, assistant city solicitor, a private practice attorney, a Superior Court judge, state Appeals court judge, and since 1999,...