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United States of America v. Ronald Lewis Chavez

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Ronald Lewis Chavez, 46, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty today to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Chavez will be sentenced to 12 years in federal prison followed by a term of not more than five years of supervised release.

Chavez was arrested on Jan. 27, 2014, based on a criminal compla ... More
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United States of America v. Billy J. Antrobus

WICHITA, KS - A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to two years federal prison for counterfeiting, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Billy J. Antrobus, 25, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing counterfeit currency. In his plea, he admitted he counterfeited four $50 bills, 27 $20 bills, five $100 bills, and four sheets of uncut $20 bills.

Co-defendants include ... More
   $0 (09-15-2014 - KS)

State of Oklahoma v. Brian Ayub

The State of Oklahoma charged Brian Ayub, age 17, and Adrian Ayub with;

Count # 1.
Count as Filed: HM11, FELONY MURDER - FIRST DEGREE , in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7 which provides:

A. A person commits murder in the first degree when that person unlawfully and with malice aforethought causes the death of another human being. Malice is that deliberate intention unlawfully to ... More
   $0 (09-15-2014 - OK)

Patrisha R. Harford v. Parkside Psychiatric Hospital, Tulsa Center for Adolescent Treatment and Peggy Kelly

Patrisha R. Harford sued Patkside Psychiatric Hospital, Tulsa Center for Adolescent Treatment and Peggy Kelly on negligence, false imprisonment, violation of Title 43A of the Oklahoma statues. and intentional infliction of emotional distress claiming to have held against will and without just cause by the defendants.

The defendants generally denied all of the allegations made by the Plain ... More
   $5,000 (09-15-2014 - OK)

The People v. Melvin W. Anderson

Defendant Melvin W. Anderson appeals from the denial of his petition for recall and resentencing pursuant to the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). (Pen. Code, § 1170.126.)1 We appointed counsel to represent defendant on appeal. Counsel filed an opening brief setting forth the facts of the case and asking this court to review the record and determine whether there are any arguable issues ... More   $0 (09-13-2014 - CA)

State of Iowa v. Bryan Roche

Cedar Rapids, IA - The State of Iowa charged Bryan Roche, age 22, of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and stabbing a 20-year-old woman in 2013.

Iowa law provides:

709.1 SEXUAL ABUSE DEFINED.

Any sex act between persons is sexual abuse by either of the
persons when the act is performed with the other person in any of the
following circumstance ... More
   $0 (09-13-2014 - )

United States of America v. Timothy Sanchez

Topeka, KS - The former president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local Union 906 pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $51,000 from union members in Topeka and Waco, Texas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Timothy Sanchez, 40, Topeka, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. In his plea, he admitted the crimes occurred while he was president of the labor u ... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - KS)

United States of America v. Stevens Nore

Miami, FL - Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that defendant Stevens Nore, 33, of Port Saint Lucie, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release a ... More   $0 (09-12-2014 - FL)

Carolyn Bayless v. United States of America

Sixteen years ago Carolyn Bayless began to suffer from a mysterious debilitating
illness. As her condition deteriorated over the years that followed, she doggedly sought
to learn what caused (and how to treat) her illness. Finally, in 2008, convinced that she
was the victim of exposure to nerve gas emitted by an Army testing facility, she filed a
claim under the Federal Tort Claims ... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - UT)

Larry Steven Schinkel Jr. v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County and The People

Petitioner Larry Steven Schinkel, Jr. (defendant), who is serving an indeterminate life term under the “Three Strikes” law, filed a petition for resentencing under the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012, passed by the voters as Proposition 36. The trial court denied the petition without a hearing because Schinkel’s current conviction for solicitation of murder necessarily included an intent to ... More   $0 (09-12-2014 - CA)

Ingrid Van Zant v. Apple, Inc.

This case concerns a question of procedure that may arise when a plaintiff sues a manufacturer for marketing and selling allegedly defective smartphones: If the plaintiff claims internal defects in the smartphone are the sole cause of its failure to perform as advertised, is the network carrier for the smartphone a necessary party to the lawsuit? We conclude the network carrier is not a necessary ... More   $0 (09-12-2014 - CA)

The People v. William Karl Olsen

Defendant William Karl Olsen was committed for an indeterminate term to the California Department of Mental Health (now, State Department of State Hospitals; hereafter the Department) after a jury determined defendant to be a sexually violent predator within the meaning of the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA). (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 6600 et seq.)1
Defendant appealed from the judgment, con ... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - CA)

Jim L. Irving v. California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

The real party in interest, the Los Angeles Unified School District (the district), appeals from an order granting a mandate petition filed by plaintiff, Jim L. Irving. Defendant, the California Unemployment Appeals Board (the board), after an administrative hearing, refused to grant plaintiff unemployment compensation benefits pursuant to Unemployment Insurance Code section 1256.1 The trial court ... More   $0 (09-12-2014 - CA)

State of Illinois v. Garrett B. Rottau

Edwardsville, IL - The State of Illinois charged Garrett B. Rottau, age 33, with four counts of criminal sexual assault of a child (a 10-year-old girl) between March 2007 and March 2008.

Defendant denied that he had any sexual contact with the girl and asserted that there was no physical evidence of any sexual activity.

(720 ILCS 5/11-1.40) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-14.1)

... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - IL)

State of New York v. Nicholas J. Finnegan

Buffalo, NY - The State of New York charged Nicholas J. Finnegan, age 26, with second-degree murder in conjunction with the death of Russ A. Ross, age 28 who fell or was pushed off of Finnegan's second floor porch. The men were in a dispute over a door that Ross claimed that Finnegan had damaged a the time of the fall and resulting death.

The State claimed that Finnegan pushed Ross over t ... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - NY)

Victoria Stamper, et aux. v. Dr. Michael Drazink

Victoria Stamper, et aux. sued Dr. Michael Drazink on medical malpractice theories claiming that he provided substandard care to her in 2009 and, as a direct result, she suffered permanent lung damage that left her unable to take deep breathers. Her husband claiming that he was entitled to loss of consortium damages as a result of harm caused to his wife. The Plaintiffs claimed that Dr. Draznik ... More   $1,200,000 (09-12-2014 - OH)

State of Oklahoma v. Michelle Dawn Murphy

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Michelle Dawn Murphy with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of her 15-month-old son in 1994. Murphy was convicted by a Tulsa County jury in November of 1996 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Murphy always asserted that she was innocent.

The Innocence Project intervened in post-convict ... More
   $0 (09-12-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Bobby Concho

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Bobby Concho, 53, was sentenced this morning to 40 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his conviction on assault and domestic assault by a habitual offender charges. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Chief Timothy Trimble of the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department.

Concho, a member and resident of ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - NM)

In re J.S., a Person Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law

The juvenile court terminated M.P.’s (Mother) and J.S.’s (Father) parental rights to their son, J.S. (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 366.26.)1 Father contends the juvenile court erred by finding ICWA is inapplicable in this case. Father also contends errors were made in relation to the ICWA inquiry and notice requirements. Mother joins in and expands upon Father’s ICWA arguments. Mother also request ... More   $0 (09-11-2014 - CA)

The People v. Daniel Maurice Johnson

Defendant Daniel Maurice Johnson, a ward of the juvenile court, was charged with two counts of felony possession of a firearm (Pen. Code,1 former § 12021, subd. (e), & § 29820, subd. (b); counts 1 & 4), two counts of felony possession of ammunition (former § 12316, subd. (b)(1), & § 30305, subd. (a)(1); counts 2 & 5), and two counts of active participation in a criminal street gang (§ 186.22, ... More   $0 (09-11-2014 - CA)

The People v. Daniel Saucedo Venegas

Appellant Daniel Saucedo Venegas was convicted, following a jury trial, of one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling in violation of Penal Code1 section 246, one count of shooting from a motor vehicle in violation of section 12034, subdivision (c), one count of assault on a peace officer in violation of section 245, subdivision (c), and one count of being an accessory after the fact in violat ... More   $0 (09-11-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Anthony Cuti

21 Following a jury trial, Anthony Cuti was convicted on June 8, 2010 of one
22 count of conspiracy to make false statements and four counts of securities fraud
23 and was sentenced on August 22, 2011 to concurrent terms of thirty‐six months of
2
imprisonment, to 1 be followed by concurrent terms of three years of supervised
2 release. In this appeal, Cuti challenges: (1) whe ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - NY)

United States of America v. Andre Cawthorne and Eileen Knight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Andre Cawthorne, 40, of Vallejo, and Eileen Knight, 43, of Los Angeles, entered guilty pleas to drug trafficking charges arising out of a wide-ranging investigation into the distribution MDMA, popularly known as the drug “Ecstasy,” crack cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone, and marijuana in the Vallejo area, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Bobby Concho

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Bobby Concho, 53, was sentenced this morning to 40 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his conviction on assault and domestic assault by a habitual offender charges. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Chief Timothy Trimble of the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department.

Concho, a member and resident of ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Vincent Bret Watson

Defendant-Appellant Vincent Watson was convicted by a jury of five
counts relating to the cultivation and distribution of marijuana. He raises three
challenges to his conviction on appeal: (1) that his second counsel provided
ineffective assistance by failing to adequately pursue, and communicate with him
about, the possibility of entering into a plea agreement with the government; ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Michelle Cloke

The State of Oklahoma charged Michelle Cloke with assault with two counts of shooting with intent to kill in violation of 21 O.S. 651, which provides: "Any person who, with intent to kill, administers or causes or procures to be administered to another any poison which is actually taken by such other person but by which death is not caused shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in ... More   $0 (09-11-2014 - OK)

Garcia v. Michelin North America, Inc.

On January 31, 2011, Alexandra Deike, individually and on behalf of the estate of her mother, Ariana Dominguez, individually and on behalf of the estate of her brother, and Gregorio Dominguez, Ruben’s father, (collectively the Guerrero parties) filed wrongful death, survival, personal injury, and product liability claims in the probate action against Michelin North America, Inc., the tire manufa ... More   $1 (09-11-2014 - )

Jerry L. Starkey, TBDL, L.P., and PBW Development Corporation v. Glen Graves

When the relationship between the companies and individuals involved in a limited partnership broke down, the aggrieved limited partner sued the other partners and their owner, alleging that they breached successive partnership agreements and committed or conspired to commit statutory and common-law
fraud and breaches of the duties of loyalty and care. The plaintiff sought the same two categor ... More
   $0 (09-11-2014 - TX)

The People v. Daniel Alvarez

This is an appeal by the Orange County District Attorney following a dismissal of robbery charges against defendants Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Juan Jose Renteria, and Michael Abel Cisneros. The defendants brought a motion to dismiss the case based primarily on California v. Trombetta (1984) 467 U.S. 479 (Trombetta), arguing the prosecution and the police had failed to preserve evidence from two police ... More   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

The People v. Scott Andrew Christensen

Defendant Scott Andrew Christensen was convicted of multiple counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 (Pen. Code, § 288, subd. (a)). In his first trial, he was convicted with respect to his acts against one victim, Spencer S., but the jury deadlocked with respect to his acts against another victim, Joshua K. Defendant argues the court made various errors in the retrial on the counts p ... More   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

Ananda Kelkar v. Mary B. Kelkar

Family Code section 4325 establishes a rebuttable presumption against an award of spousal support to a spouse who has been convicted of an act of domestic violence against the other spouse.1 Here we must determine whether the family court erred in terminating spousal support to a wife where the wife pleaded no contest to and was convicted of an act of domestic violence before enactment of section ... More   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

The People v. Charles Leroy Christman

The Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA) (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 6600 et seq.)1 provides that, under certain circumstances, a person who has been committed as a sexually violent predator (SVP) may thereafter be conditionally released into the community under a program of outpatient supervision and treatment. (See § 6608–6609.3.) The SVPA also provides that certain conditionally released SVPs wh ... More   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

The People v. Michael Rafael Canizales

A jury convicted defendants, Michael Canizales and KeAndre Windfield of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 during which a principal discharged a firearm proximately causing death (§ 12022.53, subds. (d) & (e)(1)), and two counts of attempted willful, premeditated and deliberate murder (§§ 664/187), during which a principal discharged a firearm (§ 12022.53, subds. (c) & (e)(1) ... More   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Wladimir Rocha

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Wladimir Rocha, 35, a Cape Verde national and resident of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of mail fraud, in connection with a telemarketing scam that tricked people into sending him money in order to receive cash prizes, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, the scam targeted elderly victims who bel ... More
   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

Matthew Alexander Tarabochia v. FBI Special AGent Mickey Adkins

We must decide whether a suspicionless roving
automobile stop of commercial fishers made while they drive
on a public highway to investigate compliance with
Washington fish and game laws constitutes an unreasonable
search and seizure within the meaning of the Fourth
Amendment and, if so, whether this right was clearly
4 TARABOCHIA V. ADKINS
established as of the time of ... More
   $0 (09-10-2014 - WA)

State of Oklahoma v. Brandon Alexander Brady

State of Oklahoma v. Brandon Alexander Brady

Count # 1.
Count as Filed: RAPE, RAPE - FIRST DEGREE - FORCE AND FEAR , in violation of 21 O.S. 1115
Date Of Offense: 04/15/2012

Party Name: Disposition Information:

Defendant: BRADY, BRANDON ALEXANDER
Disposed: CONVICTION, 07/22/2014. Guilty Plea.
Count as Disposed:RAPE - FIRST DEGREE - FORCE AND FEAR ( ... More
   $0 (09-10-2014 - OK)

Claire Rexon v. Bobbi Thompson and Richard Thompson

On February 10, 2012, Plaintiff Claire Rixon was driving westbound on Chautauqua Boulevard in Los Angeles County in early morning traffic. Without warning, her car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Bobbi Thompson. The impact drove Ms. Rixon's vehicle into the opposing lane of traffic where it was hit by another vehicle. As a direct result, Ms. Rixon's lost control of her car and accelerated ... More   $725,000 (09-10-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Stacy Lynn Henry

Lincoln, NE - Stacy Lynn Henry, age 40 of Lincoln, was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months (130 months) in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine between January of 2012 and October of 2013. Information provided to law enforcement indicated that Henry was responsible for the distribution ... More   $0 (09-09-2014 - NE)

United States of America v. Quan Liu

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A man who managed a Chinese restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to harbor workers who were in the United States illegally, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Quan Liu, 26, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor aliens who were unlawfully in the United States. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred whil ... More
   $0 (09-09-2014 - OK)

Monique Jackson v. Federal Express

4 Monique Jackson appeals from Judge Chatigny’s grant of
5 summary judgment dismissing her medical leave, disability,
6 employment discrimination, and retaliation claims and denial of
7 her pro se request to reopen discovery. We write to clarify the
8 obligations of a district court in granting summary judgement
9 under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56. We affirm.
10 BACKGROUND
11 ... More
   $0 (09-09-2014 - NY)

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