This page is intended to provide information of particular public interest regarding certain cases pending in this Court. The full public docket and related documents in these cases are available through the Court's Public Access system (PACER). Information on the use of PACER may be found at www.pacer.uscourts.gov.
The information contained on this page is as current as possible. The official docket is the final source for all case-related information.
Information for the public and the press will include matters such as access to the courthouse and available seating for scheduled public proceedings in the courthouse. NOTE: Not every case will have information under every item.
The Clerk's Office also maintains a Media Page on this website that contains additional information of particular interest to the press. That site is found at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/media.htm.
ENTRY INTO THE JOHN JOSEPH MOAKLEY COURTHOUSE
- The courthouse opens to the public at 7:30AM.
- A valid government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license or US Passport is required to enter the courthouse.
- No beverages, cell phones, laptops, iPads or other electronic devices may be brought into the courthouse by anyone other than those with permission to do so.
DECORUM IN THE COURTROOM, INCLUDING OVERFLOW COURTROOMS
- No food or beverage is allowed in any courtroom
- Observers shall remove hats
- All observers shall remain quiet while court is in session
Here is a document with the criminal procedures in a typical felony case upon indictment.
NOTE: THE CASES ARE LISTED HERE IN ORDER BY DOCKET NUMBER. ONCE THE CASE IS DISPOSED OF, THE CASE INFORMATION WILL BE MOVED TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS LIST.
United States v. Gary Sampson, CR 01-10384-MLW
Jury selection will begin on Tuesday February 17, 2015 before the Honorable Mark L. Wolf in Courtroom 10 on the 5th floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, CV 12-30051-MAP
A hearing on any motions for summary judgment shall take place on September 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. before District Judge Michael A. Ponsor of the United States Courthouse in Springfield, MA.
United States v. John J. O'Brien et al, CR 12-40026-WGY
The jury returned its verdict on July 24, 2014: as to John J O'Brien (1) Guilty on Count 1ss,2ss,3ss-6ss and Elizabeth V. Tavares (2) Guilty on Count 1ss,2ss,3ss-6ss and William H. Burke III (3) Guilty on Count 1ss. John J O'Brien (1) Not Guilty on Count 8ss-11ss and Elizabeth V. Tavares (2) Not Guilty on Count 8ss-11ss and William H. Burke III (3) Not Guilty on Count 3ss-6ss,8ss-11ss.
The defendants appeared for sentencing on November 12 and 13, 2014.
After hearing from the government, defense counsel and Ms. Tavares, the Court imposes sentences as follows:
John J O'Brien (1), Count(s) 1ss, 2ss, 3ss-6ss, The defendant is sentenced to 18 months in custody of BOP to be followed by one (1) year of supervised release with standard and special conditions. $25,000 Fine. $600 Special Assessment;
Elizabeth V. Tavares (2), Count(s) 1ss, 2ss, 3ss-6ss, The defendant is sentenced to custody of BOP for three (3) months (90 days) to be followed by one (1) year of supervised release with standard and special conditions. $10,000 fine. $600 special assessment.;
William H. Burke, III (3), Count(s) 1ss, The defendant is sentenced to one year of probation with standard and special conditions. $10,000 fine. $100 special assessment.
Mr. O'Brien and Ms. Tavares are released on same conditions and are Ordered to self-surrender to the place of confinement on Tuesday, January 12, 2015.
The defendants are notified of their right to appeal.
The Court allowed the government's motion to dismiss counts 13-30 on November 21, 2014
New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. Products Liability Litigation, MD 13-2419-RWZ
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A further status conference is scheduled for Thursday December 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM before the Honorable Rya W. Zobel in Cuortroom 12 on the 5th floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation , MD 13-2428-DPW
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A status conference is scheduled for Monday December 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in Courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. .
Additional status conferences are scheduled for January 9, 2015, February 5, 2015, March 2, 2015 and April 10, 2015, all at 2:30 PM before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in Courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
Daubert hearings are scheduled for the weeks of December 7, 2015 and December 14, 2015 before the Honorable Douglas P Woodlock in Courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
The first MDL bellwether trial is set for January 11, 2016 before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in Courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
The second MDL bellwether trial is set for February 16, 2016 before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in Courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, CR 13-10200-GAO
A final pretrial conference is scheduled for Thursday December 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM before the Honorable George A. O'Toole in Courtroom 9 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
The jury trial is set for Monday January 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM before the Honorable George A. O'Toole in Courtroom 9 on the 3rd floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
- Complaint and Affidavit in Support of Complaint
- Orders of Interest
- #141 (No PDF) Judge George A. OToole, Jr: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered. The Motion for Leave to File Memorandum Amicus Curiae of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts (dkt. no. 139 ) is DENIED. I have previously denied a similar motion in U.S. v. Mehanna, No. 09-10017-GAO (dkt. no. 204, denied by electronic order on Aug. 3, 2011). While there may be no positive rule forbidding it, in my judgment a trial court presiding over a criminal prosecution should not receive or consider volunteered submissions by non-parties except as may be specifically authorized by statute (see, e.g. 18 U.S.C. § 3771) or other authority. The proposed memorandum, attached to the motion, is stricken, and the Clerk is instructed to delete it from the docket.
- #167 Notice of Intent filed by the government
- #577 Opinion and Order on motion to change venue and other pending motions
United States v. Dias Kadyrbayev et al, CR 13-10238-DPW
11/6/14: PROCEDURAL ORDER OF THE COURT RE POST-TRIAL MOTIONS AND SENTENCING HEARINGS FOR DEFENDANTS TAZHAYAKOV AND KADYRBAYEV: Judge Douglas P. Woodlock: PROCEDURAL ORDER entered as to Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, continuing briefing of post-trial motions as to defendant Tazhayakov and the sentencing hearings as to both the defendant Tazhayakov and the defendant Kadyrbayev pending resolution by the Supreme Court of Yates v. United States.
A Rule 11 hearing for defendant Dias Kadyrbayev was held on Thursday August 21, 2014 before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock. The defendant offered a plea of guilty to counts one and two of the superseding indictment.
The JURY VERDICT was entered on July 21, 2014 as to Azamat Tazhayakov (2); on Count 1s, defendant found Not Guilty (Laptop Computer), Guilty (Backpack containing fireworks, a jar of Vaseline and a thumb drive); on Count 2s, defendant found Not Guilty (Laptop Computer), Guilty (Backpack containing fireworks, a jar of Vaseline and a thumb drive).
A jury of 12 with 4 alternates was selected and placed under oath on Thursday October 2 as to the defendant Robel Kidane Phillipos.
Opening statements aand the presentation of evidence began on Monday October 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM as to the defendant Robel Kidane Phillipos before the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in courtroom 1 on the 3rd floor.
The JURY VERDICT as to defendant Robel Kidane Phillipos was returned on October 28, 2014.
The defendant was found Guilty on Count 1 as to statements 1 and 2; Guilty on Count 2 as to statements 1, 5, and 6, Not Guilty on Count 2 as to statements 2, 3, 4, and 7; further finding that as to Count 1, statements 1 and 2 involved a terrorism investigation, and as to Count 2, statements 1, 5, and 6 involved a terrorism investigation.
United States v. Khairullozhon Matanov, CR 14-10159-WGY
An final pretrial conference for Khairullozhon Matanov is scheduled for Monday May 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM before the Honorable William G. Young in Courtroom 18 on the 5th floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
The jury trial for Khairullozhon Matanov is scheduled for Monday June 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM before the Honorable William G. Young in Courtroom 18 on the 5th floor of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston.
Zogenix, Inc. v. Patrick, CA 14-11689-RWZ
United States v. Carlos Nataniel Wanzeler et al, CR 14-40028-TSH
A Motion Hearing on defendant James Matthew Merrill's motion for release of funds is scheduled for Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM before the Honorable David H. Hennessy in Courtroom 1 of the Donohue Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Worcester.
A further Status Conference as to James Matthew Merrill is scheduled for Thursday December 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM before the Honorable David H. Hennessy in Courtroom 1 of the Donohue Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Worcester.
In Re: Telexfree Securities Litigation
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The Initial Status Conference is scheduled for Monday November 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM before the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman in Courtroom 2 of the Donohue Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Worcester.
United States v. James Bulger, CR 99-10371-DJC
- Criminal Justice Act Voucher (Document #1321)
- Notice of Appeal filed 11/20/13
- Orders of Interest
- #888 (4/29/2013) Memorandum Opinion denying motion to disclose identity of confidential informant
- #895 (5/1/2013) Memorandum and Order regarding motion for discovery and motion to vacate
- #912 (5/14/13) Memorandum and Order granting in part, denying in part motions #847, 878 and 883
- #938 (no PDF) (5/24/13) Order entered granting in part and denying in part Motion #914 for disclosure: Defendant seeks the disclosure of the identity of a confidential informant and related reports regarding this individual who provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“F.B.I.”). (See the official docket for the remaining portion of this order.)
- #939 (no PDF) (5/24/13) Order entered granting #920 Motion to Conduct Criminal Background Checks. (See the official docket for the remaining portion of this order.)
- #1098 (7/1/13) Memorandum and Order denying motion to vacate prior ruling barring parties from violating Local Rule 83.2A.
- #1299 (8/12/13) Waiver of Jury Finding.
- #1312 (8/16/13) NOTICE - Pursuant to the Court's Order of August 12, 2013, D. 1300, the Court discloses the attached list of jurors in the recently concluded U.S. v. Bulger trial.
- #1375 (no PDF) (11/13/13) Order entered granting  Motion for Forfeiture of Property as to James J. Bulger (3); granting  Motion for Forfeiture of Property as to James J. Bulger (3). The government has moved for an order of forfeiture in the form of a money judgment, D. 1323, and forfeiture of specific assets, D. 1324, namely the money, firearms and personal property seized from the Defendant James J. Bulger ("Bulger") on June 22, 2011. Before the Court are a series of motions from various representatives of the victims as alleged in the Third Superseding Indictment, D. 1287, 1326, 1332, 1337, 1339, 1340, 1344, 1346, 1350, 1352, 1354, 1355, as well as the government's opposition to same, D. 1330. (See the official docket for the remaining portion of this order.)
- #1377 (no PDF) (11/13/13) Order entered. The Court understands that the government proposes to have a number of family members of victims speak at the sentencing of Defendant James J. Bulger ("Bulger") on November 13, 2013. D. 1362. This group includes some family members of victims of certain predicates which were found by the jury, after a trial, not to have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. (See the official docket for the remaining portion of this order.)
- #1388 Judgment
- #1388-1 Transcript of Statement of Reasons
- #1388-2 Addendum to Judgment Regarding Restitution
- #1388-3 Order of Forfeiture (Money Judgment)
- #1388-4 Preliminary Order of Forfeiture (Specific Assets)
- #1404 Amended Judgment
- #1426 (no PDF) (03/07/14) Judge Denise J. Casper: The Court is in receipt of the attached letter, which it has now been shared with counsel for both parties. As previously indicated, the Court reserved final authority to impose a repayment schedule. D. 1404 at 6 (Amended Judgment); D. 1383 at 18; United States v. Lilly, 80 F.3d 24, 29 (1st Cir. 1996) (noting that the district court may reserve final authority to ensure compliance with restitution order); United States v. Merric, 166 F.3d 406 (1st Cir. 1999) (citing Lilly for the same proposition); see also Dolan v. United States, 560 U.S. 605, 611 (2010) (holding that the district court had authority to amend its restitution order). Although it is likely that any money collected from Mr. Bulger's prison account during his incarceration will be significantly less than the total amount of $25,588,551.56 in restitution ordered in this case, D. 1404-2, or the money and property forfeited (or that will be forfeited) in satisfaction of the $25,162,800 money judgment, D. 1404-3, the Court is inclined to impose a payment plan that requires Mr. Bulger to pay a percentage of any monies in his prison account on an ongoing basis. If either party seeks to provide any input as to the nature of the payment plan, they should file a memorandum, no longer than five pages, by March 14, 2014.
- #1438 Final Disclosure of the CJA Vouchers