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The summaries of cases for oral argument were prepared by Marc G. Perlin, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. The summaries are not an official part of the court proceedings, and are presented so that those who access the website will have a general understanding of the legal issues in the cases set for oral argument.

Commonwealth v. Sepheus
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Commonwealth v. DeJesus
Criminal-- This case deals with the type of advice regarding deportation that a defense attorney must provide to a noncitizen who is considering pleading guilty.


Commonwealth v. Shea
Violation of No-Contact Order-- The defendant is appealing a conviction for violation of a no-contact order of protection issued from New Hampshire.


American International Insurance Company v. Ziabicki Import Company, Inc.
Civil Procedure; Personal Jurisdiction-- In this damage action, the defendant moved for summary judgment on the ground of lack of personal jurisdiction; the defendant is appealing the Superior Court order denying its motion on the basis that the defendant waived the defense of lack of personal jurisdiction.


Commonwealth v. Hearns
Search and Seizure-- In a murder and weapons prosecution, the defendant is appealing the denial of a motion to suppress on various grounds, including whether the affidavit in support of a warrant for electronic monitoring was sufficient.


Randall v. Haddad
  (Reserve Case)
Trustee Process; Sovereign Immunity-- Whether sovereign immunity prevents trustee attachment against the Massachusetts Retirement Board to reach funds that were placed in a pension account in violation of a Superior Court order.

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