Commonwealth v. Matsos
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
657 N.E.2d 467 (1995)
Over the course of ten months, Mr. Matsos (defendant) sent approximately forty letters to the victim. In these letters, Matsos used vulgar language, detailed his sexual fantasies about the victim, and threatened the victim’s safety. During that time period, Matsos also followed the victim to work and made unfounded accusations to the victim’s employers about her alleged drug use. As a result of Matsos behavior, the victim had difficulty at work and had to change residences and phone numbers. Matsos was convicted of stalking the victim. He appealed his conviction, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to prove that he threatened the victim with the intent to place her in imminent fear of death or serious bodily injury.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Greaney, J.)
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