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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.

Somerville Retirement Board v. Buonomo
Public Retirement Law-- Whether Somerville may order forfeiture of retirement benefits that the employee was receiving for his service as an alderman on the basis of the employee's conviction of crimes while serving as Register of Probate for Middlesex County.

Adair v. Personnel Administrator of Commonwealth
Public Employment Law-- State employees are seeking declaratory relief to determine whether they are entitled to salary increases as result of the hiring of new employees for the same position but at a higher salary rate.


Commonwealth v. Sealy
Criminal; Production of Victim's Records-- In a rape prosecution, a third party objected to the defendant's request for production of the victim's records on the basis that the records were subject to attorney-client privilege; the case raises questions about the proper procedure to use where an objection to production is made because of attorney-client privilege.


Wilkins v. City of Haverhill
Torts-- This is a damage action by a parent who slipped on ice on school property prior to a scheduled parent-teacher conference; the case raises the question whether the recreational use statute requires the plaintiff to show reckless conduct to recover.


Sorenti Bros., Inc. v. Commonwealth
Eminent Domain-- The Commonwealth is appealing an eminent domain damage award in favor of a landowner arising out of the project that eliminated the rotary at the Sagamore Bridge.


Commonwealth v. Claudio

Summary unavailable.


Glovsky v. Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Inc.
  (Reserve Case)
State Constitutional Law-- The plaintiff is appealing dismissal of his complaint claiming that he had a right under the Massachusetts Constitution to solicit signatures for political office on private property outside the entrance to the defendant's supermarket.

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