Shoplifting: Who Wins? The Store or the Shoplifter?

You’ve been caught shoplifting; now you need to repay the store for the item(s) you stole. Should your personal financial circumstances be considered by the judge when deciding how much you should repay the store; and, should the store get the retail value of the item(s)? These were the questions answered by the Supreme Judicial […]

Is It Stealing If You Didn’t Think It Was?

Could you go to jail for bringing home someone’s old table or bike that is left by the side of the road? Could you be stealing, or committing “larceny,” without knowing it? A recent Massachusetts S.J.C. decision, Commonwealth v. Liebenow, held that to prove larceny, the Commonwealth must show that a defendant (1) took and […]