Opinions

Haendel v. Clark

Factual disputes prevented summary judgment as to whether the defendants violated the plaintiff’s First Amendment rights in prison by not offering food that was kosher for Passover, rather than merely kosher. A jury could also find that the defendants discriminated… Read More ›

Commonwealth v. Johnson

Suppressing the defendant’s statements to a magistrate judge was not in error. The Commonwealth didn’t prove that the magistrate questioned the defendant as a judicial officer, rather than as a law enforcement officer whose inquiries were reasonably likely to elicit… Read More ›

Babiak v. Mizuho Bank Ltd.

The court lacked personal jurisdiction over the defendant, a Japanese financial institution. The bank previously did business with a now-defunct company that claimed to be “the world’s most established bitcoin exchange,” wiring cash to the company’s users at their request…. Read More ›

McIntosh v. Flint Hill Sch.

A contract provision for a parent to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in any litigation with her child’s school, even if she prevailed, was unenforceable as unconscionable and against public policy. McIntosh v. Flint Hill Sch., CL18-1929, Sept. 17, 2018…. Read More ›

United States v. Haas

In a trial for sex trafficking of a minor and receipt of child pornography, the government won’t be permitted to introduce “other acts” evidence of child molestation by the defendant. That evidence is not similar enough to the charged crimes… Read More ›

Schmuhl v. Commonwealth (P)

The court affirmed convictions stemming from Andrew Schmuhl’s home invasion and attack on Bean Kinney managing partner Leo Fisher and his wife. Schmuhl’s defense of involuntary intoxication from medication, as presented at trial, was distinct from statutory insanity and not… Read More ›

Calloway v. Brown

Federal prison guards had probable cause to strip-search a plaintiff during her visit with an inmate, the court held. The inmate had a history of receiving contraband, and the plaintiff appeared nervous and was “messing with” her waistband during the… Read More ›

Commonwealth v. Barrington

Although a juvenile defendant initially invoked his right to counsel post-Miranda, he knowingly and intelligently waived the right by asking to talk to a detective after speaking with his mother. The detective had facilitated the phone call with the defendant’s… Read More ›