346 Mass. 765

May 31, 1963

Exceptions overruled. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 8, 1961, to each of a series of indictments charging him with a variety of crimes, and sentences were imposed. The defendant moved on June 26, 1961, for leave to withdraw his pleas of guilty on the ground that he had new evidence available to substantiate his contention of innocence to all the charges. After hearing, his motion was denied and the defendant excepted to the denial. Under G. L. c. 278, Section 29, as amended through St. 1957, c. 302, the denial of the motion was discretionary. See Commonwealth v. Wakelin, 230 Mass. 567, 570; Commonwealth v. Marino, 254 Mass. 533, 535. There was no abuse of discretion.


346 Mass. 765

June 4, 1963

Decision affirmed. The respondents appeal from a decision of the Land Court registering title to land in Waltham on a petition brought under G. L. c. 185. Due to differing interpretations given relevant deeds, the parties dispute the location of the northeasterly boundary of the locus, and the respondents claim title to a portion of the locus. The judge made a careful analysis of the evidence before him consisting of deeds, plans, and testimony including that of surveyors. He applied the customary rules of construction and found the boundary to be as set forth in the petition. "An appeal from the Land Court brings before this court only questions of law apparent upon the record. Findings of fact cannot be revised." Cerel v. Framingham, 342 Mass. 17, 18, and cases cited. On the facts found by the judge, amply supported by the evidence, his ultimate order is correct in law. Ide v. Bowden, 342 Mass. 22, 24. In addition, the decision is further supported by the judge's finding that the "petitioner's predecessors in title have used for farm purposes, in an open, continuous, peaceable and notorious manner, for a period of more than fifty years the area claimed by the respondents and located within the petitioner's locus." Rothery v. MacDonald, 329 Mass. 238.


346 Mass. 765

October 15, 1963

Exceptions overruled. The defendant was found guilty of rape. He moved for a new trial. After hearing, his motion was denied and he excepted to the denial. The denial was a matter of the wise exercise of discretion by the judge. No abuse of discretion appears.