In Juror Bias Case, Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Verdict

CASE NAME: Commonwealth v. Richard S. Nelson, ____ Mass. App. Ct.____ (2017), Appeals Court No. 16-P-808, Released June 5, 2017. SUMMARY: In the criminal (OUI) case of Commonwealth v. Richard S. Nelson, a unanimous Massachusetts Appeals Court held that a District Court did not abuse its discretion by failing to excuse a juror who admitted to potential bias. The Appeals Court went on to advise lower courts on how to

Massachusetts Appeals Court Reverses Suppression Motion Ruling in Drunk Driving (OUI) Case

CASE NAME and LINK: Commonwealth v. Jamie Baker, ___Mass. App. Ct.____, Appeals Court No. 16-P-783 (May 4, 2017). SUMMARY: The Massachusetts Appeals Court, in a unanimous 3-0 decision written by Associate Justice Granger, reversed the District Court’s granting of a suppression motion in a drunk driving (OUI) case. The District Court had suppressed evidence gathered via a sobriety checkpoint based on the fact that the “written operational plan” had not