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Date Summaries

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. Gomes
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of conviction for mayhem, assault and battery, and breaking and entering, including whether the trial judge erred in not providing specific instructions to the jury on the trustworthiness of eyewitness identification testimony.

Commonwealth v. Crayton
Criminal; Evidence-- Various issues arising out of conviction for possession of pornography, including whether limitations on the admissibility of eyewitness identification testimony should be adopted as recommended by the Supreme Judicial Court Study Group on Eyewitness Evidence.


Commonwealth v. Collins
Criminal; Evidence-- Various issues arising out of conviction for second degree murder, including issues regarding the admission of eyewitness identification testimony.


Commonwealth v. Johnson
Criminal; Evidence-- The defendant, convicted of various crimes, claims that the trial judge erred by not providing a requested jury instruction regarding eyewitness identification evidence.


Commonwealth v. Liebenow
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of larceny conviction, including whether the defendant was properly convicted where he had an honest but mistaken belief that the property he took was abandoned.


Commonwealth v. Thompson
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of drug conviction.

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