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United States of America v. Susan Hense

A former attorney who defrauded over a dozen clients pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Susan Hense, 54, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of wire fraud.

In a plea agreement, Hense admitted that she knowingly made up a scheme to defraud the clients of her law firm, Hense Law PLC, and to obtain money from her clients under false pretenses and pro ... More
   $0 (12-18-2014 - IA)

State of Montana v. Markus Kaarma

Missoula, MT - The State of Montana charged Markus Kaarma, age 30, with deliberate homicide of Kiren Dede, age 17, on April 27, 2014. Kaarma left his garage open and when Dede entered the garage he shot him twice with a shotgun killing him.

Testimony during the trial indicted that Dede entered Kaarma's garage looking for beer.

Defendant claimed that he had the right to use dea ... More
   $0 (12-17-2014 - MT)

Mark Long, et al. v. State of South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD - Five South Dakota families sued the State of South Dakota on inverse condemnation theories claiming that their properties were damaged as a direct result in adequate drainage underneath Highway 11 in Shindler, South Dakota. They claimed that their properties flooded in 2010 as a result of inadequate drainage under the state highway. ... More   $750,000 (12-17-2014 - SD)

United States of America v. Charles Thomas Prideaux

EVANSVILLE

Josh J. Minkler,Acting United States Attorney, announced today that Charles Thomas Prideaux, 47, Evansville,Indiana, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young for possession of sexually explicit material involving minors. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force ... More
   $0 (12-17-2014 - IN)

Rajine Hess and Kelly Parsons v. Volkswagen of America, Inc.

¶1 To dispose of the appeal, we must determine a single issue:1 whether granting attorney fees exceeding $7 million in a multi-jurisdictional, class action law suit constitutes an abuse of discretion where $45,780 was awarded to the class as a whole. Here, the trial court originally determined the appropriate attorney fees to be $3,610,719.15 based on State ex rel. Burk v. City of Oklahoma City, ... More   $0 (12-16-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Phillip Jeffers Hudson, Jr.

Tulsa County, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Phillip Jeffers Hudson, Jr., age 26, with three counts of child abuse in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5(A) which provides:



A. Any parent or other person who shall willfully or maliciously engage in child abuse shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections not ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Christy Elaine Bratton

Tulsa County, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Christy Elaine Bratton, age 34, with one count of embezzlement in violation of 21 O.S. 1451.

The information filed by the District Attorney's Office stated:

CHRISTY ELAINE BRATTON, between 9/112011 and 7/31/2014, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did commit the crime of EMBEZZLEMENT, a Fe ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Yozeth Muniz aka Eric Garcia and Paul Muniz

LAREDO, TX – Yozeth Muniz aka Eric Garcia and Paul Muniz were sent to prison for three years for resisting arrest and obstructing federal officers, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Muniz, 27, of Laredo, pleaded guilty May 14, 2013. The case against Muniz began on Jan. 14, 2013, when several deputy U.S. marshals working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitives Task Force in Lared ... More   $0 (12-16-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jenelle Robyn Pinkston

EUGENE, OR – Jenelle Robyn Pinkston, age 47, of Albany, Oregon was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison after earlier pleading guilty to calling in a bomb threat. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken imposed conditions of post-prison supervision requiring Pinkston to undergo mental health treatment.

On April 16, 2013, Pinkston used her cell phone to call in a bomb threa ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - OR)

United States of America v. Cresencio Ochoa-Tovali

SACRAMENTO, CA — Cresencio Ochoa-Tovali, 46, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal correctional officer.
According to court documents, on July 27, 2014, a fight broke out between inmates in the recreational yard at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Institution in Herlong, California. Ochoa-Tovali, an inmate, was in the recreation yard at that time. A correctional officer ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - CA)

Michelle Kosilek v. Luis S. Spencer

This case involves important
issues that arise under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution. We are asked to determine whether the district court
erred in concluding that the Massachusetts Department of Correction
("DOC") has violated the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the
Eighth Amendment by providing allegedly inadequate medical care to
prisoner Michelle Ko ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - MA)

Ann Elaine Campbell v. City of Spencer

The City of Spencer (“Spencer”), the Town of Forest Park (“Forest Park”),
and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue (“Blaze”)1 (collectively the “Municipalities”),
acting under a search warrant, seized 44 horses from Ann Campbell’s properties.
After a forfeiture hearing, a state district court in Oklahoma issued an order
granting Spencer and Forest Park’s joint forfei ... More
   $0 (12-16-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Bryan Cramer

EUGENE, OR – Bryan Cramer, 37, of Springfield, Oregon, was sentenced to eight years in prison following his plea of guilty to distribution of child pornography. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane sentenced Cramer to 96 months in prison, followed by a 21-year term of supervised release. Cramer will be subject to stringent conditions of supervision and will be requir ... More   $0 (12-15-2014 - OR)

United States of America v. James Sexton

LOS ANGELES, CA – The seventh and final deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department convicted of obstruction of justice for interfering with a grand jury investigation into misconduct at the Men’s Central Jail was sentenced this to 18 months in federal prison.

James Sexton, 30, was sentenced by United States District Judge Percy Anderson, who said the defendant “lost the courag ... More
   $0 (12-15-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Benito Agramon Castro

DALLAS, TX — An Irving, Texas, man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 132 months in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas

Benito Agramon Castro, 50, pleaded guilty in February 2014 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography. He has been in custody since his arres ... More
   $0 (12-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Matthew Ross Cummings

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A man who admitted transporting a woman from Wyoming and Colorado to Texas to engage in prostitution was sentenced this morning in federal court in Wichita Falls, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Matthew Ross Cummings, 24, most recently of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison by U.S. District Ju ... More
   $0 (12-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Justin Thomas Shipley

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Justin Thomas Shipley, 30, of Portales, N.M., entered a guilty plea today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Shipley will be sentenced to eight years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Shipley and co-defendant Brandon William W ... More
   $0 (12-15-2014 - )

United States of America v. Terry Van Mead

20 Defendant Terry Van Mead (“Mead”) appeals from a judgment of the United
21 States District Court for the District of Vermont (Sessions, J.), sentencing him to 130
22 months’ imprisonment following his guilty plea to one count of failing to register
23 as a sex offender in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act,
24 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a), and one coun ... More
   $0 (12-13-2014 - NY)

State of Alabama v. Ramiro Delreal-Contreras

Auburn, AL - The State of Alabama charged Ramiro Delreal-Contreras with felony murder in the death of 4-year-old Ava Zapata in May of 2012. Medical records introduced at trial showed that the upper end of the child's small intestine was severed as the result of blunt force trauma to her abdomen.

The defense asserted that Defendant accidentally kicked the child while they were playing. More
   $0 (12-13-2014 - AL)

State of New York v. Gordon J. Poindexter

Staten Island, NY - The State of New York charged Gordon Poindexter, age 63, with misdemeanor assault and battery and other charges in conjunction with a confrontation between Poindexter and a 13-year-old neighbor on September 22, 2013 in the apartment building where they both lived. Poindexter was arrested and released on his own regonizance and ordered to stay away from the girl but did not do s ... More   $0 (12-13-2014 - )

State of Delaware v. Jeffrey Phillips

Wilmington, DE - The State of Delaware charged Jeffrey Phillips with first-degree capital murder in conjunction with the murder of Herman Curry, age 47, the manslaughter of 16-year-old Alexander Kamara, Jr. gang participation, conspiracy and other felonies.

Defendant, Otis Phillips, age 38, and Sheldon Ogle were all involved in exchange of gun fire at a Wilmington park. Ogle was was also ... More
   $0 (12-13-2014 - )

E.S. and N.E. v. Oregon Department of Human Services

Portland, OR - Two children sued the Oregon Department of Human Services on negligence theories claiming that DHS failed to exercise due care when it placed them in the care of Kimberly Vollmer. The Plaintiff claimed that they were molested by Vollmer who should not have been approved to provide foster care to them or any other child because of a low IQ and emotional problems.

DHS conte ... More
   $4,100,000 (12-13-2014 - )

The People v. Douglas Gordon Bradford

Los Angeles, CA - The People of the State of California charged Douglas Gordon Bradford, age 62, with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his girlfriend, Lynne Knight, 26 years ago.

Bradford briefly dated Knight, age 28, decades ago but she called things off and the State claimed that Defendant stalked and killed her by garroting her and then stabbing her 15 times.
... More
   $0 (12-13-2014 - CA)

Eduardo Cervantes v. Victor Cisneros and Paul Cruz

Los Angeles, CA - Eduardo Cervantes sued Victor Cisneros and Paul Cruz on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that the Los Angeles County Deputies wrongfully ordered him to get out of his car and then attacked and injured him. Plaintiff claimed that he was setting in front of billiard hall on November 23, 2010 when he as approached and ordered to get out of his car by th ... More   $900,000 (12-13-2014 - CA)

State of Ohio v. Logan Murchy

Chillicothe, OH - The State of Ohio charged Logan Murchy, 23, with first-degree aggravated murder in violation of 2903.01 of the Ohio statutes for strangling his cellmate at Ross Correctional Institution in January 2013.

Defendant asserted insanity as a defense.

The court docket entries for this case are set forth below:

04/19/2013 INDICTMENT RETURNED FROM THE GRAND JURY ... More
   $0 (12-13-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Jeremy Robert Howard

Norman, Cleveland County, OK - The State of Oklahoma with Jeremy Robert Howard first-degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7 alleging that on or about the 11th day of April, 2013, by unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously and without malice aforethought killing KIYLA HOSLER, a child under the age of 18, by injuring, torturing, maiming, or using unreasonable force, causing her death on April 11 ... More   $0 (12-13-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Hortencia Medeles-Arguello

HOUSTON, TX – Four more people have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens relating to their roles in a sex trafficking, harboring and money laundering organization, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Lilia Medeles Cerda aka Lilly, 64, of Houston, Diana Medeles Garcia aka Diana Garcia Marquez, 49, of Houston, and Graciela Medeles Ochoa, 36, of Houston, were among a gr ... More   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Elva Navarro

McALLEN, TX - Elva Navarro, 38, of Hidalgo, has received her federal sentence violating the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act by using an adulterated device, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Navarro entered a plea of guilty just moments before her trial was set to begin on June 9, 2014. Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Navarro a sentence of ... More   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Steve Cuellar Zuniga

LUBBOCK, TX — A San Angelo, Texas, resident who was arrested in March 2014 following a traffic trop in San Angelo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 327 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Steve Cuellar Zuniga, 48, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - UT)

United States of America v. Eduardo Cantillo

LUBBOCK, Texas — A 43-year-old Lubbock, Texas, resident appeared in federal court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Eduardo Cantillo, who is in custody, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of sup ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

Pacific Corporate Group Holders, LLC v. Thomas Peck

Pacific Corporate Group Holdings, LLC (PCGH) brought this action against its former employee, Thomas Keck, seeking to collect on a promissory note. Keck defended against the action by claiming that any money that he owed PCGH was offset by monies that PCGH owed him. Keck also filed a cross-complaint against PCGH seeking damages for unpaid bonus and severance payments that he claimed were due to hi ... More   $0 (12-12-2014 - CA)

J.P. v. Carlsbad Unified School District

A jury found defendant Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) liable for negligently supervising an elementary school teacher, Raymond Firth, who sexually molested plaintiffs J. P. and E. B. (together, the minors). The jury awarded the minors
2
economic and non-economic damages. After entering judgment on the jury's verdict, the trial court denied CUSD's motions for judgment notwithstandi ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - CA)

Emmanuel Ellul v. Congregation of Christian Brothers, Order of the Sisters of Mercy, Catholic Religious Order

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S. Ct. 1659 (2013), the Supreme
Court held that, with very limited exceptions, the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. §
1350 (“ATS”), does not apply extraterritorially to conduct that occurs outside the
United States. 133 S. Ct. at 1665. The actions that form the basis of this case
occurred far from the United States and many decades ago. ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - NY)

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Bruce Duane Walton

Richmond, VA - The Commonwealth of Virginia charged Bruce Duane Walton, age 48, with first-degree in the death of 67-year-old Roy Fuller who was stabbed 120 times sometime around April 1, 2014.

Richmond detectives were able to identify Walton based on his use of Fuller's credit to by cigarettes, alcohol and other items in the days following Fuller's apparent date of death.

The Co ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - VA)

State of West Virginia v. Donald Blankenship

Princeton, WV - The State of West Virginia charged Donald Blankenship, age 47, with felony attempted arson, domestic battery and violation of domestic violence protective order.

The charges arose from two separate incidents on March 14. Sgt. S. Cary of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from Princeton Community Hospital after Harold Blankenship, Donald Blankenshi ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - WV)

State of Oklahoma v. Peter Krajian

Tulsa County, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Peter Krajian, age 44, with child abuse by injury in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5. The State alleged by Krajian pulling out the hair of a 4-year-old foster child being cared for by his wife, who is charged with child abuse murder in conjunction with the death of the brother of the child abused by Mr. Krajian. ... More   $0 (12-12-2014 - OK)

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Morgan Stanley & Co., L.L.C.

Washington D.C. - The Securities and Exchange Commission penalized Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC for violating the market access rule when it failed to uphold credit limits for a customer firm with a rogue trader who engaged in fraudulent trading of Apple stock.

The market access rule requires broker-dealers to have adequate risk controls in place before providing customers with access to the ... More
   $0 (12-12-2014 - DC)

Daniel James Sheeran v. Paul Thomas

¶1 Paul Thomas appeals from a civil stalking injunction entered
against him. We affirm the injunction, with two important
clarifications.
¶2 Daniel James Sheeran, who petitioned for the civil stalking
injunction against Thomas, had worked for several years with
Thomas’s girlfriend. Thomas thought that Sheeran was harassing
and annoying his girlfriend at work and made ef ... More
   $0 (12-11-2014 - UT)

State of Utah v. Nathaniel Shane Gainer

¶1 Nathaniel Shane Gainer1 appeals his sentence following his
conviction of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. Gainer
claims that his prison sentence was both inherently unfair and
unreasonable in light of the particular facts and circumstances of
this case and that he was denied due process because his sentence
was based on unreliable information. We affirm.
1. Th ... More
   $0 (12-11-2014 - UT)

Diversified Striping Systems, Inc. v. Joe Kraus

¶1 Diversified Striping Stystems, Inc. (Diversified) appeals the
district court’s dismissal of its tort claims against Joe Kraus; FLJ,
LLC; and National Striping (collectively, Kraus) on grounds of
forum non conveniens. We reverse and remand for additional
findings.
¶2 On March 2, 2012, Diversified filed a complaint against
Kraus in Utah’s Third District Court, allegi ... More
   $0 (12-11-2014 - UT)

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