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Diaz v. Commonwealth

Argue Date: Monday December 7, 2020
*Summary:   Motion to Suppress Hearing; COVID-19-- In a drug prosecution, whether an evidentiary hearing on the defendant's motion to suppress may be held by video conference over the defendant's objection.
Justices: Gaziano, Lowy, Budd, Cypher, Kafker, JJ.
Appellant: John W. Vazquez Diaz
Counsel for Appellant: Christopher Lee Malcolm, Esquire Benjamin H. Keehn, Esquire Rebecca Kiley, Esquire
Appellee: Commonwealth
Counsel for Appellee: Shane T. O'Sullivan, Esquire Cailin M. Campbell, A.D.A.
Court Appealed From: SJC for Suffolk County
Lower Court Judge: Mary K. Ames, J.
Route to SJC: Direct Entry: Single Justice Reservation & Report
Amici Curiae: Boston Bar Association Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

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