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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.

Commonwealth v. Sullivan
Criminal-- The Commonwealth is appealing a Superior Court order granting the defendant, convicted of murder, a new trial on the basis of newly discovered DNA and blood testing results.

Impounded Case
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Commonwealth v. Wright
Criminal-- The defendant, convicted of murder, is appealing the denial of a motion for new trial.


Garney v. Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System
Administrative Law; Public Pensions-- Whether a public employee pension of a former school teacher was subject to forfeiture where the teacher was convicted of possession of child pornography on his home computer.


Commonwealth v. LeBaron
Superintendence Petition-- The petitioner, convicted of sex offenses, claims a denial of effective assistance of counsel and a speedy appeal with regard to his direct appeal pending in the Appeals Court.


Commonwealth v. Haynes
Criminal; Notice of Appeal-- Whether the defendant should be allowed to file a late notice of appeal from convictions involving drug violations.


Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District v. Speicher
  (Reserve Case)
Arbitration-- A school district is appealing an arbitrator's award reversing the suspension of a teacher.

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