Commonwealth v. Williams

Drug Court

Commonwealth v. Williams

Case Year: 
2004
State of Origin: 
Massachusetts

The record did not disclose that alcohol was used in connection with the charge for which defendant was on probation. Nor was there any such evidence relating to his assaultive conduct on the two occasions that formed the basis of the revocation of his probation. The record did contain evidence that all of the offenses involved volatile and impulsive conduct by defendant and occurred within a year. Both defendant's attorney and the assistant district attorney agreed that defendant should enter an anger management program. The appellate court held that it was reasonable for the trial judge to conclude that the alcohol consumption would not improve defendant's chances of dealing successfully with his anger and violence problems. Therefore, the trial judge did not abuse his discretion under Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 276, § 87 (as amended by 1974 Mass. Acts 614) by imposing the condition.