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SJC Overturns Murder Conviction In New Bedford Case

The highest court in Massachusetts has overturned a murder conviction in the 2005 slaying of a man in New Bedford and ordered a new trial.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ruled that a lower court judge should not have allowed a secretly recorded prison confession to be admitted as evidence in the case against John Burgos

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Court Reduces Fines Against Utilities For Storms

The state's highest court has reduced penalties imposed against two electric utilities by Massachusetts regulators for their poor responses to a pair of 2011 storms that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power for days

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SJC Overturns Murder Conviction

The highest court in Massachusetts has overturned a first-degree murder conviction against a man who stabbed his girlfriend to death, finding that jurors should have been told they could consider the man's consumption of alcohol when determining whether he acted in a cruel or atrocious manner

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Candidate for Governor Steve Grossman (L) touring new construction at St. Lukes Hospital. Jim Phillips / TSM
Candidate for Governor Steve Grossman (L) touring new construction at St. Lukes Hospital. Jim Phillips / TSM

Grossman Says SJC Decision “Right Thing To Do”

State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Governor Steve Grossman made several stops on the Southcoast Wednesday, highlighting advanced manufacturing and health care in the region.

During a stop at St

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mayor Mitchell Against Possibility Of Gaming Law Repeal

Mayor Jon Mitchell says it would be irresponsible if Massachusetts voters decided to repeal the state's 2011 casino gaming law.

The Supreme Judicial Court this week ruled Bay State voters could have their say with a ballot question on November 4

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Reaction Rolling In To SJC Decision

Reaction is pouring in after the state's highest court ruled that a question seeking to repeal the Massachusetts casino gambling law could appear on the November state ballot.

Repeal advocates gathered in front of the State House Tuesday afternoon

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SJC Rejects Challenge To Pledge Of Allegiance

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not discriminate against atheists.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday said the words ``under God'' in the pledge reflect a patriotic practice, not a religious one

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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Anti-Casino Activists Take Fight To SJC

Anti-casinol activists hoping to repeal the state's 2011 casino law say they were pleased with questions asked by the state's highest court in their bid to place a voter referendum on the November ballot

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Jared Wickerham / Getty Images - Aaron Hernandez
Jared Wickerham / Getty Images - Aaron Hernandez

Gag Order In Hernandez Case Upheld By SJC Justice

A state Supreme Judicial Court justice has upheld the gag order on both sides in the murder case of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Prosecutors asked Justice Fernande Duffly to review the order by Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh

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David Ryan / Getty Images
David Ryan / Getty Images

Mass. Utilities Argue Against DPU Fines

The state's highest court has heard arguments from three major utilities seeking to overturn record penalties stemming from their response to two major storms in 2011.

The state Department of Public Utilities fined National Grid $18

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