JANUARY 13, 2014
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed a defendant’s two convictions on the grounds that both convictions were based on evidence that was seized by the police during an illegal entry into the defendant’s home to execute an arrest warrant.
In Commonwealth v. Gentile, a police trooper spoke with the defendant about one week prior to his arrest, and viewed the defendant’s identification card which listed the defendant’s address as an apartment in Leominster. The trooper later learned that there were two outstanding arrest warrants for the defendant. After he confirmed that the Leominster address matched the defendant’s address on his driver’s license, the trooper went to the apartment to execute the arrest warrants.