Home JENNIE PERROTTA vs. ALEXANDER PERROTTA.

335 Mass. 764

January 7, 1957

Decree affirmed with costs and expenses of the appeal to be allowed to the petitioner or her counsel in the discretion of the Probate Court. This is an appeal from a decree of the Probate Court which modified a decree for separate support, G. L. (Ter. Ed.) c. 209, Section 32, as amended, by increasing the amount to be paid the petitioner for the support of the petitioner and a minor child. Section 32 provides that the court may revise and alter an order made under it or make a new order or decree. "as the circumstances of the parents or the benefit of the children may require." The evidence is not reported but we have a report of material facts by the judge. Without reciting these findings in detail, we are of opinion that enough appears in the report of material facts to warrant a finding that in the circumstances of this case a modification of the original decree was justified. Whitney v. Whitney, 325 Mass. 28 .

Home COMMONWEALTH vs. LESTER A. SHAND.

335 Mass. 764

January 7, 1957

Judgment affirmed. The defendant was indicted and tried with four other defendants for various crimes, including robbery while armed. Shortly after the commencement of the trial the other four defendants pleaded guilty. The trial continued as to the defendant and he was found guilty. He filed a motion for a new trial which was based upon the affidavits of three of his former codefendants and upon his own oral evidence. The motion was based upon an alibi. The defendant's principal assignments of error are to the failure of the judge to have the three affiants appear and testify orally. The motion was denied. There was no error. Commonwealth v. Millen, 290 Mass. 406 , 410. Commonwealth v. Coggins, 324 Mass. 552 , 556-557, certiorari denied sub nomine Coggins v. Massachusetts, 338 U.S. 881. Commonwealth v. Granite, 326 Mass. 494 , 502. The remaining assignments are to permitting the Commonwealth to use a transcript of the evidence taken at the trial and taken by a stenographer duly appointed for the purpose and verified by the said stenographer to attack the credibility of the affiants. This use of the transcript was authorized by G. L. (Ter. Ed.) c. 233, Section 80.

Home MACNEIL BROS. COMPANY vs. STATE REALTY COMPANY OF BOSTON, INC.

335 Mass. 764

January 8, 1957

Appeals dismissed. The plaintiff took appeals in this action of contract to recover two payments by the defendant from the proceeds of rents collected by it from properties of which it has taken possession in the process of foreclosure of mortgages given by the plaintiff. The judge after a hearing made findings of fact and sustained the defendant's answer in abatement. The plaintiff appealed from the sustaining of this answer and later also appealed from the allowance of the defendant's motion to dismiss the first appeal. In hearing the answer the judge made findings of fact which

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are not a part of the record and presented no question of law decisive of the case and therefore the second appeal was valueless. Norton v. Musterole Co. Inc. 235 Mass. 587 . Yoffa v. Shaw, 299 Mass. 516 . Murphy v. Board of Public Welfare of Brockton, 312 Mass. 698 . Lapan v. Childs, 330 Mass. 451 .