Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.
Kerr Carrington appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying, without a hearing, his petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3. We affirm.
After a jury trial in the Superior Court, Carrington was convicted of larceny of a motor vehicle. [Note 1] The Commonwealth nol prossed so much of the indictment as alleged a second or subsequent offense. Contending that the Commonwealth could not properly nol pros only a portion of the indictment and that this is a systemic issue affecting the proper administration of the judiciary, Carrington filed motions pursuant to Mass. R. Crim. P. 30, as appearing in 435 Mass. 1501 (2001), and, before the motions were acted on, filed his G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition. At least one of his motions has since been denied by a different judge in the Superior Court, the trial judge having retired.
Carrington has filed a memorandum and appendix pursuant to S.J.C. Rule 2:21, as amended, 434 Mass. 1301 (2001), which requires an appellant seeking
relief from interlocutory rulings of the trial court to "set forth the reasons why review of the trial court decision cannot adequately be obtained on appeal from any final adverse judgment in the trial court or by other available means." The rule does not apply here, as Carrington is not challenging any interlocutory ruling of the trial court. The entry of the nolle prosequi was the prosecutor's decision, not the judge's, and it finally resolved that portion of the indictment, the remainder of which was finally resolved by his conviction. Nonetheless, it is clear that Carrington has an adequate alternative remedy. As he acknowledges in his memorandum, he asserted the same claims by motion in the Superior Court as he did in his G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition. He is entitled to appeal any adverse rulings on his motions, provided that he timely filed a notice of appeal or receives an enlargement of time to do so. [Note 2] The single justice neither erred nor abused her discretion by denying extraordinary relief. [Note 3]
The case was submitted on the papers filed, accompanied by a memorandum of law.
Kerr Carrington, pro se.
[Note 1] The Appeals Court affirmed the conviction in an unpublished decision, and this court denied further appellate review. Commonwealth v. Carrington (No. 1), 82 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 , S.C., 463 Mass. 1107 (2012).
[Note 2] The Superior Court docket indicates that Carrington has filed a notice of appeal.
[Note 3] To the extent that Carrington requests a broader, systemic review of unlawful practices he alleges exist in the trial court, the single justice did not err or abuse her discretion in declining to order such a review. We have reviewed the record and are satisfied that the issues raised by Carrington can be, and are better suited to be, reviewed on a case-by-case basis.