Commonwealth vs. Lord Hampton, June 30, 2010
Motion to Suppress Statement due to Failure to permit use of Telephone. Jury Issues, Structural Error, Due Process, Criminal Record Checks of Jurors
The defendant was convicted of the September 28, 1999, murders of a fourteen-year old girl (victim) and her eight-month old fetus, both on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. On appeal he asserts error in the denial of his motion to suppress the statement he gave to Boston police, allegedly because they violated his right under G.L. c. 276, § 33A, to make a telephone call; and in the denial of his request to obtain criminal records of jurors after the Commonwealth obtained criminal records of four jurors and after the jury were sworn. We affirm the convictions and decline to grant relief under G.L. 278, § 33E.