Justia Massachusetts Supreme Court Opinion Summaries

Commonwealth v. Edwards

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Defendant was indicted for multiple firearms offenses, among other offenses. Defendant moved to suppress evidence seized during the search of a motor vehicle he had been driving. A superior court judge allowed the motion, concluding that, at the time a police officer stopped and seized the vehicle, the officer lacked a reasonable, articulable suspicion that criminal activity was afoot. The Supreme Judicial Court reversed the motion judge’s order allowing the motion to suppress, holding (1) the investigatory stop was predicated on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity; and (2) the officer’s actions were “reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which justified the interference in the first place.” View "Commonwealth v. Edwards" on Justia Law