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United States of America v. Gerald Archuleta

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Gerald Archuleta, 43, of Ojo Caliente, N.M., pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the federal and state unemployment insurance system. His co-defendant, Jasonn Gonzales, 41, an accountant from Velarde, N.M., previously entered a guilty plea to the same charges, as well as an identity theft charge, in Aug. 2014.

Archule ... More
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In re L.S., Jr., et al., Persons Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law.

J.S. (mother) and L.S. (father), parents of the minors, appeal from orders of the juvenile court denying their petitions for modification and terminating parental rights. (Welf. & Inst. Code, §§ 366.26, 388, 395 [further undesignated statutory references are to the Welfare and Institutions Code].) The parents contend the court applied the wrong burden of proof in denying their petitions for modi ... More   $0 (10-25-2014 - )

United States of America v. Nicholas Adam Jensen

Rapid City, SD - Nicholas Ada Jensen was indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

Nicholas Adam Jensen, age 24, was indicted on September 23, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on October 14, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minim ... More
   $0 (10-24-2014 - SD)

United States of America v. Samuel Ascolese

Rapid City, SD - New York man convicted of Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods or Services was sentenced on October 17, 2014, by U.S. Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Samuel Ascolese, age 45, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $72,652.99 i ... More
   $0 (10-24-2014 - SD)

United States of America v. Vernon J. Atcitty

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Vernon J. Atcitty, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sweetwater, Ariz., was sentenced today for his aggravated sexual assault conviction. Atcitty will serve an eight-year prison term followed by five years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Atcitty was arrested ... More
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The People v. Steven Vaughn Anthony

Defendant appeals from the superior court’s order denying his petition for resentencing under the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012. As discussed below, we
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affirm the court’s order denying resentencing on both of defendant’s Three Strikes sentences because one of them was imposed for a serious or violent felony.
PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
On August 10, 2000, a jury convicted defe ... More
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David Stutzman v. Don Kerr

Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa - David Stutzman sued Cedar Rapids City Councilor Don Kerr on a slander theory claiming that by saying that Stutzman knew about pier-Built house in the Cedar Rapids area during a City Council meeting on October 25, 2011. Plaintiff claimed that Kerr's comments during the City Council meeting were malicious, reckless and untrue. The City Council voted to prohibit pier ... More   $140,000 (10-24-2014 - IA)

State of South Carolina v. Robert W. Harrell, Jr.

Columbia, Richland County, SC - The State of South Carolina charged House Speaker Robert W. Harrell, Jr., age 58, with multiple counts of using campaign funds for personal use.

Ethics / Penalty for violation of Article 13, campaign finance reform law
09/10/2014

The State claimed that Harrell using $94,000 in campaign funds. ... More
   $0 (10-24-2014 - SC)

United States of America v. Vernoica J. Fairchild

Sioux Falls, SD - Veronica Fairchild, age 42, of Canistota, South Dakota, and Okaboji, Iowa, who was previously found guilty of four counts of tax fraud, was sentenced on October 22, 2014.

Fairchild was sentenced to 33 months in custody and ordered to pay over $214,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, for unpaid taxes.

Fairchild was in ... More
   $0 (10-23-2014 - SD)

United States of America v. James Casaus

ALBUQUERQUE – James Casaus, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison for violating the federal firearms laws. Casaus will be on supervised release for three years after completing his term of incarceration.

Casaus was arrested in Nov. 2012, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleged that Casau ... More
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United States of America v. Monique Christine Martinez

Boise, ID – Monique Christine Martinez, 32, of Nampa, Idaho, made an initial appearance in Boise on a complaint charging her with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. United States Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush set a preliminary hearing and detention hearing for October 27, 2014.

According to the complaint, Martinez contacted an individual by Face ... More
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United States of America v. Herminio Harro Sandoval

BOISE, ID - Herminio Harro Sandoval, 60, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiracy to attempt to evade and defeat tax, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Sandoval to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence. He pleaded guilty on August 12, 2014.

According to court docu ... More
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United States of America v. Raymond Alcorta, Andrienne Lopez and Angela Marie Lopez

TOPEKA, KS – Three defendants were convicted on drug charges Thursday during a federal jury trial in Topeka, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Convicted were:

Raymond Alcorta, 41, Downey, Calif., one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Adrienne Lopez, 27, Pico Rivera, Calif., one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspi ... More
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United States of America v. Chason Renee Chase, a/k/a “Lady Jamaica,” a/k/a “Lady J”

Columbia, South Carolina - Chason Renee Chase, a/k/a “Lady Jamaica,” a/k/a “Lady J,” age 24, of Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced in federal court to three (3) months imprisonment, which will be followed by three (3) years of supervised release. In August, Chase, who had no previous prior criminal record, plead guilty to making false statements to agents of the Fe ... More   $0 (10-23-2014 - SC)

United States of America v. Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Distin Heard

Washington, D.C. - The United States of America charged former Blackwater USA private security guards Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Distin Heard with the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqis in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007. The Defendants were charged with 22 felonies including murder, manslaughter, attempting to commit voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges.

... More
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State of Oklahoma v. Dennis Ray Daney

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Dennis Ray Daney with first degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. Section 701.1 claiming:

DENNIS RAY DANEY, on or about 1/25/20 13, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did commit the crime of MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE, a Felony, by unlawfully, feloniously, and willfully with malice aforethought, without a ... More
   $0 (10-23-2014 - OK)

In the Interest of A.A. and A.A., Children

Scott, who is no stranger to incarceration and whose admitted “demon” is alcohol, has admittedly regularly used illegal drugs and abused alcohol. Scott was in prison for felony driving while intoxicated (DWI) and domestic assault on Amy, the mother of his two young children, when the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) filed the petition to terminate Scott’s p ... More   $0 (10-23-2014 - TX)

Kimberley Pettigrew v. Megan Reeves & Briana Troy

Appellant Kimberley Pettigrew and appellees Megan Reeves and Briana Troy signed a one-year residential lease on a house in Plano. A few months into the lease term, Pettigrew moved out of the house and stopped paying her share of the rent. Acting pro se, appellees sued Pettigrew for breach of contract. After a trial before the court, the court ruled in favor of appellees. Pettigrew challenges the l ... More   $0 (10-23-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, a/k/a “Crazy” or “Loco,” Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, a/k/a “Sleepy” or “Dormido” and Luis Amilar-Zanas, a/k/a “Trucha”

SAN FRANCISCO – Three members of La Mara Salvatrucha – also known as the “MS-13” gang – were sentenced to 27 years in prison for the June 21, 2010, murder of Alexander Temaj-Castanon and to racketeering conspiracy charges today, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Tatum King, Acting Special agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Secu ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Conner Phillip Koss and Le’Ann Koss

Waco, TX - Conner Phillip Koss, age 26, and his mother, 60-year-old Le’Ann Koss, both of Hewitt, TX, were sentenced to 121 months and 70 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in a marijuana distribution scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

In addition to the prison terms, United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered that Conner and Le’ ... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Maria Blake and Ronald Blake

El Paso, TX - 45-year-old Maria Blake (aka “Jessica”, “Yvonne”) and her 45–year-old husband, Ronald, face up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges involving foreign or interstate travel for prostitution announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis Ulrich and Federal Bureau of Investi ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. James O'Neal Arthur

Columbia, South Carolina - James O'Neal Arthur, Jr., age 57, of North Augusta, South Carolina entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252S(a)(5)(B). United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be pre ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - SC)

The State of Texas v. Ninety Thousand Two Hundred Thirty Five Dollars and No Cents in United States Currency ($90,235.00) and 2000 Black Lincoln Navigator VIN: 5LMPU28A7YLJ10865

The State of Texas appeals a summary judgment granted in favor of Hermenegildo Bueno, in a civil forfeiture case. On May 27, 2011, we affirmed the judgment of the trial court. State v. Ninety Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-Five Dollars and No Cents in United States Currency ($90,235), 346 S.W.3d 737 (Tex.App.--El Paso 2011). The Texas Supreme Court agreed with our conclusion that the trial court had ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Shane Colter Bennett a/k/a Shane Coulter Bennett

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Shane Colter Bennett a/k/a Shane Coulter Bennett with three counts of child sexual abuse in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5(E) and one count of lewd acts with a minor in violation of 21 O.S. 1123(A)(5).

... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Everett Monte Wilson

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Everett Monte Wilson with first degree felony murder in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7; first degree burglary in violation of 21 O.S. 1431 and robbery with a firearm in violation of 21 O.S. 801.

(COUNT 1)

21 0.5.701.7

EVERETT MONTE WILSON, on or about 9/10/2012, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jurisdiction of this < ... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Judah Orlando Cummisky

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Judah Orlando Cumminsky with first degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. 7107.

The State asserted that Defendant, on or about 3/17/2014, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jui%liction of this Court, did commit the crime of MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE, a Felony, by unlawfully, feloniously, and willfully with malice aforethought, witho ... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Daniel Trenton Krueger

TULSA, OKLAHOMA —Daniel Trenton Krueger, one of two leaders of the computer hacking group known as Team Digi7al, was sentenced today to serve twenty-four months in federal prison for hacking the U.S. Navy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and over 50 public and private computer systems, U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. announced.

Krueger, 20, of Dix, Illinois, previously plea ... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Kenneth Shannon Miller

Cheyenne, WY - Kenneth Shannon Miller, 43, of Green River, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on October 15, 2014, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Miller was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 188 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 speci ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - WY)

United States of America v. Nicolas Counts

Cheyenne, WY - Nicolas Counts, 28, of Bar Nunn, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on October 15, 2014, for aiding and abetting mail fraud. He received 60 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ... More   $0 (10-22-2014 - )

Citizen Center v. Scott Gessler

In May 2012, election officials in six Colorado counties (Larimer,
Jefferson, Boulder, Chafee, Eagle, and Mesa) had the theoretical ability to
learn how individuals voted because the ballots were traceable. Citizen
Center, a Colorado non-profit organization, sued the Secretary of State and
the clerks for five of the six counties, contending that the use of traceable
ballots vio ... More
   $0 (10-22-2014 - CO)

United States of America v. Dennis William Lee

MEDFORD, OREGON— On Monday, October 20, 2014, Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Dennis William Lee, 45, of Medford, Oregon, to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lee will be on three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. Lee’s 10-year sentence is the maximum allowed under federal law.

On November 12, 201 ... More
   $0 (10-21-2014 - OR)

United States of America v. Vincent Sanchez

MEDFORD, OR - Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Vincent Sanchez, Jr., 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sanchez will be on five years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. The maximum sentence he faced was life in prison.

On December 12, 2013, Klamath County Sheriff’s detecti ... More
   $0 (10-21-2014 - OR)

United States of America v. Kenneth Barfield a/k/a Buddy Barfield

Austin, TX - Political consultant Kenneth Barfield (aka “Buddy Barfield”), age 58, pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $1.8 Million in campaign funds from Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Christopher Combs, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division, and IRS Criminal Investigation Acting ... More   $0 (10-21-2014 - TX)

MCT Energy, Ltd. v. Kevin Collins, Executor and Beneficiary of the Estate of Linda Lou Collins

We are asked to resolve a dispute regarding whether Kevin Collins, as the executor and beneficiary of the estate of Linda Lou Collins, (Collins) owns a 1.974% working interest in two particular oil and gas leases. Collins commenced an action against MCT Energy, Ltd. (MCT), seeking a declaratory judgment pronouncing that he owned such an interest. So too did he allege causes of action sounding in f ... More   $0 (10-21-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Douglas Wayne Delling

DENVER, CO – Douglas Wayne Delling, age 53, of Boulder, Colorado, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to serve 41 months in federal prison for failure to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell announced. Following his prison sentence, Judge Blackburn ordered Delling to spend 15 years on supervised release. The de ... More   $0 (10-21-2014 - CO)

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

This appeal grows out of the Clean Air Act. In an effort to comply with
the statute, three states (New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming), one city (City of
Albuquerque), and one county (Bernalillo County) adopted a regional cap-and4
trade program regulating sulfur-dioxide emissions over the Colorado Plateau.1
Under this program, each participant obtained a ceiling on sulfur-dioxide
em ... More
   $0 (10-21-2014 - NM)

Lynn D. Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Lynn D. Becker appeals the district court’s dismissal of his complaint for
lack of subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331. We have appellate
jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and affirm.
I
Lynn D. Becker contracted with the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and
Ouray Reservation (Tribe) to provide services related to the Tribe’s development
of its energy an ... More
   $0 (10-21-2014 - UT)

Corrine Kovnat v. Xanterra Parks and Resorts

Plaintiff Corrine Kovnat was injured while horseback riding in Yellowstone
National Park. Kovnat filed this diversity action alleging negligence, as well as negligent
training and supervision, on the part of defendant Xanterra Parks & Resorts (Xanterra),
the provider of the horseback riding services. The district court granted summary
judgment in favor of Xanterra, concluding that, ... More
   $0 (10-21-2014 - WY)

United States of America v. April Marie Lacey

BISMARCK, ND - Minot criminal defense lawyer Ryan Sandberg represented April Marie Lacey, 32, Las Cruces, NM, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

On September 14, 2013, a Montana Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop a car driven by Christopher Russell near Fairview, Montana. Russell refused to stop and a chase ... More
   $0 (10-20-2014 - NM)

United States of America v. Geraldine Juanita Sotelo

DENVER, CO – Geraldine Juanita Sotelo, age 64, of Thornton, Colorado, pled guilty last week before U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, United States Attorney John Walsh and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Stephen Boyd announced. Judge Jackson is scheduled to sentence Sotelo on January 26, 2015. Sotelo w ... More   $0 (10-20-2014 - CO)

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