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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.

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Commonwealth v. St. Hilaire
Criminal-- Where the defendant was convicted of larceny, whether the victim had capacity to deed her property to the defendant.


Fernandes v. Attleboro Housing Authority
Civil Service Law-- This appeal by a public employee involves claims for retaliatory discharge and nonpayment of wages.


Commonwealth v. Rollins
Criminal-- Various issues arising out of conviction for possession of digital images of child pornography, including whether the defendant may be charge on multiple counts for each image involved.


Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of Springfield
Municipal Ordinances-- The issues in this case certified to the Supreme Judicial Court by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit involve the legality of Springfield ordinances regarding mediation and upkeep of residential properties subject to foreclosure.


Town of Athol v. Professional Firefighters of Athol, Local 1751, I.A.F.F.
Labor Law-- This appeal arises from a grievance by a firefighters' union claiming that the town violated a collective bargaining agreement by increasing co-payments required for medical services under health insurance plans.


Cohen v. Cohen
  (Reserve Case)
Domestic Relations-- This appeal involves the enforcement and modification of support orders by the Probate and Family Court where the orders had been issued in a California proceeding and were subsequently registered in Massachusetts.

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