Barnstable County Superior Court
3195 Main St., P.O. Box 425
Barnstable, MA 02630
This court serves all of the towns and cities in Barnstable County.
Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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Recent Barnstable County Superior Court Cases in the News
Harwich MA Man Indicted for Rape of 9-Year Old
A man from Harwich, Massachusetts has been indicted on state charges related to raping a 9-year old. Brandon Bramford, 35, was indicted last week by a grand jury in Barnstable County on charges of child rape (aggravated), and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child who was 14 or younger.
He was initially charged in Barnstable District Court in October. Court documents state that the alleged incident occurred in 2013 in September in Yarmouth MA, and the alleged victim made a report of it five years later. Bail has been set at $10,000. (capecodtimes.com)
Videoconferencing Being Introduced Into Bail Hearings for Barnstable County Superior Court
Criminals in defendants who wish to fight their district court bail will no have to come in by ferry anymore to Woods Hole and then take a 50 minute ride to Barnstable County Superior Court for a hearing in front of a judge that may not last more than 10 minutes.
According to Barnstable Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo, this is an outstanding use of technology that protects the accused right to an immediate bail review. It is very fast and efficient with the video teleconferencing capability.
Rufo is presiding over Barnstable County Superior Court and is also the regional administrative judge for Dukes and Nantucket counties, was the person who introduced videoconferencing as a way to do bail reviews more efficiently. When he took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard recently, he made a suggestion of doing video conferencing for Island bail reviews.
Dukes County Clerk T. George Davis noted that if there is no superior court judge based in Edgartown, which there almost never is, the petitioner has to be sent to Barnstable for the bail hearing. This is inefficient and expensive.
The cost of the video equipment was $6500, which the sheriff’s department in Barnstable County paid for. Those in favor said that small amount of money was negligible compared to the transportation costs off island.
A bail review hearing trip includes the charge for the ferry, two jail employees who must accompany the prisoner, and coverage to the jail on the return. It is estimated the new system will pay for itself after less than 10 trips; each of the bail hearing trips costs $800. (mvtimes.com)
Man Indicted for Child Rape Charges
A 27 year old from Attleboro, Massachusetts was indicted by a Barnstable County grand jury on two counts of aggravated rape of a child with a difference of 10 years in age.
Cristian Durex was first charged in November 2018 in Orleans District Court on a statutory rape charge of a child, aggravated, where there is at least a 10 year age difference between the victim and the defendant, and the victim is between 12 and 16.
Bail in this case was set at $25,000. It is alleged the criminal incident occurred on March 30, 2018 in Dennis MA, according to court documents. It is alleged Durex lied about his age and said he was 19 when the incident occurred. DNA evidence did link him to the victim.
There are several default warrants on his criminal record as well as a felony conviction, documents review. (capecodetimes.com)
Recording of License Plates from Cape Bridges Is Focus of Drug Trafficking Case
Two men who have been charged with trafficking various illegal drugs into Cape Cod are closer to trial this month after a Barnstable Superior Court judge denied several motions to suppress evidence. One changed the use by state investigators of data from license plate recorders on the Sagamore and Bourne bridges.
Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo issued the 30 page opinion on March 11 in the criminal case of Jason McCarthy 38 and Brian Whittemore, 57.
The grand jury in Barnstable County had indicted McCarthy for distributing a class B substance. Whittemore was indicted on a charge of possession to distribute a class B substance.
Also, McCarthy’s girlfriend, Jennifer Boucher, 44, was indicted for distributing a class B substance and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
Boucher’s attorney wrote to the court that the police in Barnstable had illegally stopped and searched her. She was in the car belonging to McCarthy on Feb. 22 when law enforcement pulled him over and put both of them in cuffs. But at the time the police said they were not arresting McCarthy.
After they did a search of Boucher, they allegedly located cocaine on her. Rufo did grant the motion based upon lack of probable cause related to her. This made the evidence law enforcement seized inadmissible. (capecodtimes.com)
Barnstable law enforcement began to investigate Whittemore for dealing heroin in late 2016. Several informants for the police bought fentanyl and heroin, per police reports that were filed in the district court case.
- Recording License Plates from Cape Bridges the Focus of Drug Case. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20190328/recording-license-plates-from-cape-bridges-focus-of-drug-case
- Harwich Man Indicted in Child Rape Case. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20190403/harwich-man-indicted-in-child-rape-case
- Defendants Ready for Close Up. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.mvtimes.com/2019/04/02/defendants-ready-closeup/