Supreme Judicial Court

Hodgson: Drug-Sniffing Dogs Necessary Tool for Prisons
Some inmates' rights groups are hoping the highest court in Massachusetts will block a policy in which prison visitors are subjected to a search by drug-sniffing dogs before entering state-run facilities, but Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson doesn't think the policy should or will cha…
Cypher Sworn In as Newest Supreme Judicial Court Justice
DARTMOUTH — For the first time in over 100 years, a representative of Bristol County sits on Massachusetts' highest court.
Elspeth "Ellie" Cypher was sworn in Thursday at a ceremony at UMass Dartmouth to the Supreme Judicial Court. The former Bristol County prosecutor, who spent over 16 yea…
Prosecutors Likely to Toss Thousands of Tainted Drug Cases
BOSTON (AP) - District attorneys in Massachusetts are facing a key deadline as they continue to deal with the damage caused by the misconduct of a former state drug lab chemist.
The state's highest court ordered the DAs to produce lists by Tuesday indicating how many of the approximately 24,000 …
Assonet Judge Confirmed to State’s Highest Court
Judge Elspeth "Ellie" Cypher of Assonet was unanimously confirmed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts by the Governor's Council on Wednesday.
The 58-year-old former Bristol County prosecutor will replace Justice Margot Botsford, who will reach the mandatory retiremen…
SJC Strikes Down “Pipeline Tax”
Environmental activists are calling it a victory after the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court struck down a decision on Wednesday from the Mass. Department of Public Utilities which allowed energy companies to charge customers for expenses relating to pipeline construction.

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