Home JOHN DEMPSEY vs. CHIEF OF POLICE OF SOMERVILLE.

461 Mass. 1003

December 13, 2011.

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John Dempsey appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying, without a hearing, his petition for extraordinary relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3. "In seeking relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3, it was the petitioner['s] burden to create a record -- not merely to allege but to demonstrate, i.e., to provide copies of the lower court docket entries and any relevant pleadings, motions, orders, recordings, transcripts, or other parts of the lower court record necessary to substantiate [his] allegations -- showing both a substantial claim of violation of a substantive right and that the violation could not have been remedied in the normal course of a trial and appeal or by other available means." Gorod v. Tabachnick, 428 Mass. 1001 , 1001, cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1003 (1998), and cases cited. The single justice neither erred nor abused his discretion, as the record neither substantiates Dempsey's claims nor establishes any basis for extraordinary relief.

Judgment affirmed.

John Dempsey, pro se.

Jason D. Grossfield, for the defendant, was present but did not argue.

Home JEFFREY GRAND-PIERRE vs. COMMONWEALTH.

461 Mass. 1003

December 14, 2011.

Jeffrey Grand-Pierre appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying his petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3. We affirm the judgment.

Grand-Pierre has been charged, in the Boston Municipal Court, with unlawfully carrying a firearm in violation of G. L. c. 269, § 10 (a). He moved to

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dismiss the complaint, contending that the statute violates his rights under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The motion was denied. Grand-Pierre's G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition followed. The single justice denied relief, not on the merits of the motion to dismiss, but on the ground that the petition presented no claim of otherwise irremediable error and that Grand-Pierre would have to await final disposition of the criminal charge and then, if he is convicted, raise his claim on appeal. See Beckman v. Commonwealth, 377 Mass. 810 , 812 (1979); Burke v. Commonwealth, 373 Mass. 157 , 160 (1977).

"The denial of a motion to dismiss in a criminal case is not appealable until after trial, and we have indicated many times that G. L. c. 211, § 3, may not be used to circumvent that rule. Unless a single justice decides the matter on the merits or reserves and reports it to the full court, neither of which occurred here, a defendant cannot receive review under G. L. c. 211, § 3, from the denial of his motion to dismiss." [Note 1] Jackson v. Commonwealth, 437 Mass. 1008 , 1009 (2002), and cases cited. If Grand-Pierre is convicted, he will have a full opportunity to raise his constitutional claims, and to obtain relief, if warranted, in the ordinary appellate process. [Note 2] Extraordinary relief was properly denied.

Judgment affirmed.

The case was submitted on the papers filed, accompanied by a memorandum of law.

David F. Segadelli for the petitioner.


FOOTNOTES

[Note 1] We have recognized an exception where the petitioner raises a substantial double jeopardy claim. Jackson v. Commonwealth, 437 Mass. 1008 , 1009 (2002). No such claim is presented here.

[Note 2] Because Grand-Pierre's petition challenged an interlocutory ruling of the trial court, he was required, before filing a brief and record appendix, to file a preliminary memorandum and appendix pursuant to S.J.C. Rule 2:21, as amended, 434 Mass. 1301 (2001), which he did not do. The parties disagree over whether he was excused from the requirements of rule 2:21. In short, he was not, but our decision today does not turn on his failure to comply with the rule. The decision is based entirely on the brief that he filed. In his brief he completely failed to address the question of adequate alternative remedies, a striking omission given that the existence of an adequate alternative remedy was the very basis on which the single justice denied relief. The two cases on which he relies for the contention that we should address the substantive merits of his claim despite the single justice's refusal to do so -- Corey v. Commonwealth, 364 Mass. 137 (1973), and Myers v. Commonwealth, 363 Mass. 843 (1973) -- are readily distinguishable: in each case, the single justice reserved and reported the matter to the full court. See Martin v. Commonwealth, 451 Mass. 113 , 119 (2008) ("Where the single justice has, in his discretion, reserved and reported the case to the full court, we grant full appellate review of the issues reported"). Here the single justice neither decided the matter on the merits nor reserved and reported it.