Recent Verdicts and Judgements

United States of America v. Jorge Luis Monsivais, Jr.

Del Rio, TX: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with transporting undocumented noncitizens that resulted in five deaths. Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr., 23, was the driver of a Suburban traveling on FM 2644, carrying 13 undocumented noncitizens when Border Patrol attempted to stop the vehicle. Monsivais tried to evade law enforcement and eventually crashed the vehicle on Highway 8 ... More $0 (10-25-2021 - TX)

United States of America v. Rocky Krupa

Cincinnati, Ohio- Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant for participation in a heroin conspiracy. After being released on parole in July 2018 from the Newberry Correctional Facility in the Michigan Department of Corrections (“MDOC”) for a state court conviction for delivering and manufacturing controlled substances, Rocky Krupa and still-incarcerated codefendant Luis Alberto Cruz ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. Abraham Augustin

Cincinnati, Ohio- Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with seeking postconviction relief, arguing that one of his convictions was unlawful under a recent Supreme Court decision. In a drug deal gone wrong, Abraham Augustin kidnapped the middleman at gunpoint and—after he was rescued—tried to hire a hitman to murder him and two other witnesses. A jury convicted Augustin of eight ch ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. JAQUAR KEYSHORE LATIMER

Cincinnati, Ohio - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant n for possessing drugs and firearms charges. After serving several stints in prison for an array of federal and state offenses, Jaquar Latimer moved into his girlfriend’s home on Waterloo Road in Akron. With this long criminal history came the risk of periodic unannounced searches of his residence by federal and Ohio parole o ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. Brandon Brown

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with conspiracy to commit the offense of using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging firearms in relation to a crime of violence charge. First, Brown argues that he, unlike his co-defendant, never brandished a firearm during a robbery and that the district court should not have imposed an above-guidelines sentence in his case ba ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. Steffen Thomas Savarino

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with three counts of mailmatter theft by a postal employee charge. In February 2021, Savarino’s probation officer filed a petition, asserting Savarino violated the conditions of his supervised release by committing another felony theft, on 29 January 2021. The officer noted the still-pending felony-theft charge from Savarino ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. ROBERT BEAM RUNYAN

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with sexual exploitation of a child and of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography charges. The facts of this case are described in detail in this court’s December 10, 2001 decision. Accordingly, we only briefly reiterate the underlying facts of the case. We address specific facts pertinent to each of Runyan’s ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. LAWRENCE CHRISTOPHER FIX

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a felon in possession of a firearm charge. In May 2000, Fix was indicted in the instant federal proceeding for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He and the government stipulated to hisfelony conviction for arson and to the factssurrounding his arrest. Fix 2 filed a motion to dismiss the federal indictment, assertin ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

JOHN H. CARNEY v. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

New Orleans, LA - Tax Debt lawyer represented Appellant with challenging the validity of tax deficiency claims made against him by the Internal Revenue Service. Carney, an attorney licensed to practice in Texas, participated as a limited partner in the Cinema ‘84 and Cinema ‘85 limited partnerships (the Cinema Partnerships) from 1984 through 1989. On his tax returns for these periods, Carney ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JIMMY LEE DIXON

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with kidnapping, robbery, attempted robbery, and using a short-barreled shotgun during and in relation to a crime of violence charges. A grand jury indicted Dixon on five counts: (1) robbing Janet Shahan by force, violence, and intimidation (18 U.S.C. §§ 7(3) and 2111); (2) attempting to rob David Dyer by force, violence, and int ... More $0 (10-24-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JAMES HAROLD RHODES

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one count of traveling interstate with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile charge. The relevant facts of this case are undisputed, and the following recitation thereof is taken primarily from the factual resume submitted to the district court and to which Rhodes has stipulated. On May 3, 1999, Rhodes responded ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RANDLE CURTIS DANIELS

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with bank theft and money laundering charges. Colonial Savings held the mortgage on Daniels’s home. A hail storm damaged its roof. His insurance company sent him a check for $46,000 to cover the cost of repairs. 2 Aware of the mortgage, the insurance company made the check payable to Randle Daniels and Colonial Savings jointly. Da ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

Leslie Nutt v. NCB Management Services, Inc.

Austin, TX: Consumer credit lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on a Fair Debt Collection Act violation theory. ... More $1 (10-23-2021 - TX)

Baby Dolls Topless v. City of Dallas Texas

New Orleans, LA - First Amendment rights lawyer represented Plaintiff-Appellant with arguing whether the City of Dallas violated certain establishments’ First Amendment rights claim. In 1986, after studying other cities’ efforts in regulating SOBs, the City enacted Chapter 41A of the Dallas City Code “to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens of the city, a ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JORGE LUIS DOVALINA, also known as George

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana, money laundering involving the proceeds of marijuana distribution, and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. A criminal defendant is entitled to constitutionally effective assistance of counsel on direct appeal. See Evitts v. Lucey, 4 ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RUSSELL DANE REEVES

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with arguing that the government breached the plea agreement and that the district court improperly enhanced the sentence claim. Reeves and his codefendants defrauded elderly persons by persuading them to turn over money to be invested in what were really sham companies. Reeves pleaded guilty of mail fraud targeting the elderly, a ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

STEVEN M. HICKMAN; GINA L. HICKMAN versus STATE OF TEXAS

New Orleans, LA - Bail Bond lawyer represented Appellees with arguing that a bail bond forfeitures is not dischargeable. For nearly ten years, Gina Lynn Hickman (“Hickman”) owned and operated a bail bonding business in Tarrant County, Texas. She served as a surety on criminal bail bonds; when a criminal defendant failed to appear in court, a judgment for the amount of the bond was entered ag ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. GARY LANDON DAVENPORT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a securities fraud and using a post office box in furtherance of a scheme tSo defraud charge. On January 21, 2000, Gary Davenport pled guilty to devising a fraudulent estate planning service targeted at elderly victims. The scheme, which began in October 1992, involved inducing senior citizens to liquidate legitimate investmen ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JAMES MCFARLAND, JR.

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with count of “interference with interstate commerce by robbery” (Hobbs Act) and a count for use of a firearm in commission of a federal felony (gun count) charges. On four different dates in a one month period in 1998, James W. McFarland (“McFarland”) robbed four different retail convenience stores operated by four differe ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

State of Ohio v. Eric Schmidt

Lebanon, OH: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexual assault and rape of children 12-years-of-age. The charges were: 1 RAPE (2907.02(A)(1)(B)) F 1 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 2 GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION (2907.05(A)(4)) F 3 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 3 PUBLIC INDECENCY (2907.09(B)(4)) M 1 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 4 GROSS SEXU ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - )

John Doe v. Cerro Flow Products, LLC

Belleville, IL: Personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiffs, who sued Defendant on a negligence theory claiming to have suffered injuries and/or damages as a direct result of being exposed to dioxins and furans released by a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, Illinois. Cerro owned and operated a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, IL for more than 50 years. The plaintiffs alleg ... More $72,000,000 (10-22-2021 - IL)

State of Massachusetts v. Timothy Griffin

Fall River, MA: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with assault and battery. Timothy Griffin, age 57, was charged with domestic assault and battery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The alleged victim was his ex-girlfriend. Griffin’s ex-girlfriend, an Attleboro auxiliary police officer and Bristol County deputy sheriff, told police Griffi ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - MA)

State of South Carolina v. Derrick Jajuan Rivera and Bradford Britton

Myrtle Beach, SC: Criminal defense lawyers represented defendants charged with first-degree murder. Derrick Jajuan Rivera and Bradford Britton were charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery for shooting and killed Steve Johnson Sr. and Steve "Sparky" Johnson, Jr. in July 26, 2019 at the Waccamaw Bingo. ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NC)

State of Nevada v. Cortrayer Lecole Zone and Michael Rusk

Las Vegas, NV: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Cortrayer Zone, age 38, and Michael Rusk, age 28, were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit for shooting and killing Clarence McQuarters, age 34, on June 10, 2016. The State claimed that Zone thought that his girlfriend was cheating on him with McQu ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NV)

State of Ohio v. Dustin Ruiter

Youngtown, OH: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Dustin Ruiter, age 46, was charged with 73 counts sexual abuse of three family members including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Defendant claimed that the children lied about being physically abused by him. ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. ALVESTER FORT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute approximately 561.2 pounds of marijuana charge. Fort’s conviction arose from the stop of his commercial truck by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer, Mike Scales. Fort filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of this stop a ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. THOMAS LAMAR CATHEY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with challenging his convictions and sentencesfor distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distributemethamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute LSD charges. Cathey was indicted on three counts of violating 21 U.S.C. § 841. He was charged with distributing heroin, which resulted in 2 death; possession with in ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. Lev Parnas

Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to make campaign funds by a foreign national, making false statements, conspiracy to defraud the United States, falsification of records in a federal investigation. Lev Parnas was charged with scheming with co-conspirators to use Russian backed money to fund political contributions to trade for political favors for a budding jo ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. SHENARD TYVON WELLS; RODNEY W. WELLS

United States of America v. LOLETTA DENISE SCOTT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and one count of distribution of cocaine base charges. On March 24, 1999, a grand jury charged Shenard Tyvon Wells (Shenard), his wife, Loletta Scott (Loletta), his brother, Rodney W. Wells (Rodney), and several others with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base an ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - la)

ARMANDO H. GONZALES versus DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS, ET AL, AURELIO CASTILLO and CONNIE KIRBY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented Plaintiff-Appellee with s engaging in activity protected by the First Amendment when he testified before a grand jury investigating corruption in the constable’s department charge. In early 1997, Aurelio Castillo, the newly-elected Constable of Precinct 6 of Dallas County, instructed several of his deputies, including Armando Gonzales, to s ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RONALD EUGENE HENRY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing his conviction for possession of a firearm while subject to acourt order charge. In November 1998, deputiesfromthe Potter County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence after receiving a “hangup” 911 phone call. Upon arriving, they observed a small child looking out of the front window of the residence, Henry’s w ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. VINCENT J. SEVICK, also known as Sealed Defendant 2, also know as Ron Allen, also known as Vincent Lee.

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing his conviction and sentence resulting from his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana charge. On June 7, 1995, the United States of America (“the Government”) through the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas filed a three-count ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. William Taylor

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order denying his motion for relief . William Raymond Taylor appeals the district court’s order denying his motion for relief under the First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, 132 Stat. 5194. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the rea ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Shapat Nabaya a/k/a Norman Abbott

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing from the district court’s order denying seven post judgment motions.. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. United States v. Nabaya, No. 3:17-cr-00003-MHL-1 (E.D. Va. Aug. 9, 2019). We deny Nabaya’s motion for release on ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Sylvester Jackson

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with o appealing the district court’s order denying relief. Sylvester Monroe Jackson seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2018) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A cer ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Robert Whitley and Noni Whitley

Atlanta, GA: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with transportation of stolen property. Robert Whitley, and his daughter Noni Whitley, were indicted for selling millions of dollars of stolen retail products through their online businesses, Closeout Express and Essentials Daily Discounts. “These crimes impact not only the retailers, but every consumer,” said Acting U.S. Att ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - GA)

United States of America v. Michael Pearse

New York, NY: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity Michael Pearse, an Australian national who was extradited to the United States from Australia in January 2021, was indicted for his participation in a fraudulent scheme to charge hundreds of thousands of mobile phone customers millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Pavel Stassi and Aleksandr Skorodumov

Detroit, MI: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit fraud. Pavel Stassi, 30, of Estonia, and Aleksandr Skorodumov, 33, of Lithuania, were charged for their involvement in providing “bulletproof hosting” services, which were used by cybercriminals between 2009 to 2015 to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims t ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - MI)

United States of America v. Eric Scott Kindley

Little Rock, AR: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with sexually assaulting two women. Eric Scott Kindley, 53, a former private prisoner transport officer, was indicted for sexually assaulting two different women in his custody during two different transports in 2014 and 2017, and for knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of the 2017 sexual assault. A jury returned gu ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - AR)

United States of America v. Craig Cowles

Burlington, VT: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with income tax evasion. Craig Cowles, 53, of Richmond, Vermont, was charged with federal income tax evasion. In fall 2019, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned an indictment charging Cowles with five counts of tax evasion and 14 counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements. Last fall ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VT)

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