Blog Posts in July, 2010

  • Commonwealth v. Adjutant – Careful What You Wish For

    One of the more helpful SJC decisions in the past few years for the defense bar is Commonwealth v. Adjutant, 443 Mass 649 (2005), which allows the defendant to present evidence of the alleged victim’s propensity to violence as a way to establish who was the initial aggressor in cases involving acts of violence, including murder. It is particularly helpful in self-defense cases because the ...
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