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Commonwealth v. DePina


Docket #SJC-10558
Date November 5, 2009
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JusticesMarshall, C.J., Ireland, Spina, Cowin, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, JJ.
SummaryFirearms. Constitutional law, Search and seizure, Investigatory stop, Confrontation of witnesses, Harmless error, Right to bear arms. Search and seizure, Threshold police inquiry, Reasonable suspicion. Threshold police inquiry. Evidence, Ballistician's certificate. Practice, Criminal, Confrontation of witnesses, Harmless error. Error, Harmless.
Appealed FromBristol County Superior Court, Justice Eleanor S. Garsh
BriefsSee selection available in PDF format at Supreme Judicial Court website
Counsel for Appellant
(Appearing)
Commonwealth:  Rachel J. Eisenhaure, David J. Gold, Shoshana E. Stern
Counsel for Appellee
(Appearing)
DePina:  Paul W. Patten
Amici CuriaeBrady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; International Brotherhood of Police; Legal Community Against Violence; Massachusetts Million Mom March; Stop Handgun Violence; Massachusetts Chiefs of Police

OpinionClick to link to the slip opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court, in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat)

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