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Avoidable Consequence Law
 
David Wilbanks v. The State of Texas The Colony resident sentenced to 60 years for child molestation

When she was fourteen years old, Gloria3––who had lived with Wilbanks
from time to time while he financially and emotionally supported her family––told
her best friend’s mother that Wilbanks had repeatedly performed sexual acts with
her, beginning with fondling when she was six years old and continuing until the
time of her outcry. At the urging of her friend’s mother, Gloria ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

Communities For A Better Environment v. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission

The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy
Commission) is the state agency exclusively empowered to license thermal power plants
of over 50 megawatts capacity. (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 25120, 25500, 25517; see City
of Sonoma v. State Energy Resources Conservation etc. Com. (1985) 40 Cal.3d 361, 364–
365 (Sonoma).)1
Indeed, pursuant to section 25... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - CA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. ACEION BROWN

The defendant, Aceion Brown, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying hispetition fora writoferror coramnobis. Weconclude that, in the circumstances presented, the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the merits of the petition, and we do not reach the merits of his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Because the court should have dismissed the petition, rather than having denie... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

McMillin Albany, LLC v. The Superior Court of Kern County, Carl Van Tassel, Real Parties in Interest

In Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal.4th 627, 632 (Aas), this court held
that the economic loss rule bars homeowners suing in negligence for construction
defects from recovering damages where there is no showing of actual property
damage or personal injury. We explained that requiring a showing of more than
economic loss was necessary to preserve the boundary between tort and con... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

State of Tennessee v. Quantez Person Jury hung in trial of former FedEx employee accused of rape, exposing HIV

Originally charged with aggravated rape and criminal exposure to HIV, the defendant was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of criminal exposure to HIV based upon hisengaging in unprotected sexual acts with the victim in March 2012.

At the defendant’s May 2016 trial, the victim testified that as she walked from her home to the home of a friend, a man driving a Chrysler conver... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Christopher Jerald Crowley Nashville man charged in death of homeless man

During the early morning hours of October 18, 2012, the victim, Robert Mitchell, was sleeping on a bench across the street from the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville. The victim’s aunt, Linda Cloyd, testified at trial that the victim typically lived with family members, but that in October 2012 the victim was homeless and working at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Mario Hambrick was th... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO v. JIBRIIL A. HERSI

In March of 2016, Mr. Hersi was driving his semi-truck and trailer westbound on
Interstate 76. Inspector Richard Bell, a civilian working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a
Federal Motor Carrier Officer in a marked vehicle, activated his lights and siren and attempted to
stop Mr. Hersi’s semi-truck for a safety inspection. According to Inspector Bell, when Mr. Hersi
did ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Christopher Baskin District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Clarence Christopher Baskin appeals his consecutive sentences for witness
tampering and drug trafficking. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this
court affirms.
A jury convicted Baskin of witness tampering. He later pled guilty to related
drug trafficking, agreeing to a sentence of 120 months. The 11(c)(1)(C) plea
agreement said: “The parties have no agreement regardin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

Samuel Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association

In our second encounter with this class action case, plaintiffs Samuel Duran and
Matt Fitzsimmons appeal from the trial court’s order denying class certification. This
case is a wage and hour class action challenging whether defendant U.S. Bank National
Association (Bank) had properly classified its business banking officers (BBOs) as
exempt employees under the outside salesperson ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - CA)

Patrick Johnson v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

Johnson was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and with two counts
of indecency with a child. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 21.11(a)(1)-(2), 22.021(a). The alleged victim,
C.S., lived in Johnson’s neighborhood, and the indictment alleged that C.S. was under fourteen
years of age at the time of the offenses. During the trial, the State called several witnesses, including
... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

David E. Miller v. Tony Mays, Warden Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

David Miller was convicted and sentenced to
death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer. His sentence was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme
Court and we affirmed the dismissal of his § 2254 habeas petition. Seeking to revisit his
ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel (IATC) claim in light of Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1
(2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. 413 (2013), Miller now ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Western-Southern Life Assurance Company v. George W. Kaleh Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This case involves a lender who sued a guarantor for the breach of three personal guarantees. George Kaleh signed the guarantee agreements in conjunction with a real-estate-development project, and Western-Southern Life Assurance Company financed the project. After the borrowers defaulted on the underlying loans, Western foreclosed on the property and sued Kaleh.
The district court conducted a... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Marie DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marie DiFiore asserted claims against her former employer, CSL Behring, for retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act, and for wrongful discharge under a theory of constructive discharge in violation of Pennsylvania state
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law. The False Claims Act (“FCA”) includes an anti-retaliation provision for employee whistleblowers who engage in activity protected by the FCA. The District Co... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

State of Wisconsin v. Michael L. Washington Wisconsin Supreme Court

The petitioner, Michael L. Washington ("Washington"), seeks review of a published court of
appeals decision affirming his judgment of conviction and the
circuit court's order denying his postconviction motion.1 He
asserts that the court of appeals erred in determining that, by his conduct, he waived his statutory right to be present at trial.

Washington specifically cont... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - WI)

STATE OF IOWA vs. KRISTINA LEIGHANN HELLBERG

On December 28, 2016, Hellberg took her mother’s Ford F150 truck without
her mother’s permission. The mother reported the missing truck to the Decatur
County Sheriff’s Office. Officers recovered the truck from Hellberg several days
later. The State charged Hellberg with first-degree theft, a class “C” felony, in
violation of Iowa Code sections 714.1(2) and 714.2(1) (2016). <... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

Scott Paul Madlock v. The State of Texas Comal County man gets 5 life terms in child sex case

Appellant was being held in a Bexar County Jail on a probation violation when his
three children were taken into custody by the Department of Family and Protective
Services (DFPS). The children had been living with appellant’s wife, but they were taken
by DFPS due to unsanitary home conditions. While they were living in a shelter, two of
the children acted out in a sexual man... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - )

Keith William Lamerland v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

In 2013, the then-ten-year-old complainant, pseudonymously referred to as
Kathryn, spent the summer with her grandmother, Lori Lamerand, and step
grandfather, Keith Lamerand. Later that November, after Kathryn had returned
home and started school, she wrote a note to her teacher that said, “My papa has
been touching me and I did not tell my parents.”
Kathryn’s teacher se... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

Dannie Weaver v. State of Tennessee Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

At the plea submission hearing, the Petitioner testified that trial counsel had discussed the plea agreement and the positive and negative aspects of his case with him. The Petitioner stated that trial counsel advised him that entering a best interest plea was his most favorable option. The trial court noted that, in count three of the indictment, the Petitioner was charged with possession of a ... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company

In late 1998, the City of Modesto (the City), the City of Modesto Sewer District
No. 1 (the Sewer District) and the Modesto Redevelopment Agency (the RDA) sued
various retail dry cleaning businesses (dry cleaners) operating in Modesto together with
the manufacturers of dry cleaning equipment used at those dry cleaners, and the
manufacturers and distributors of dry cleaning solvent.... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - CA)

TEAM WASTE GULF COAST, LLC. v. THE UNITED STATES and MARK DUNNING INDUSTRIES, INC.

The procurement that underlies this protest is for solid waste collection services at a Department of the Navy facility in Gulfport, Mississippi. ECF No. 13-3 at 138. Team Waste Gulf Coast, LLC (Team Waste GC) is the incumbent contractor for these services, and continues to perform these services under a bridge contract due to expire on December 31, 2017. ECF No. 5 at 19; ECF No. 24 at 19. The... More...   $0 (01-08-2018 - DC)

STATE OF OHIO v. DEREK S. CHILDERS

Childers was originally indicted in November 2014 on two counts of
burglary, felonies of the second degree in violation of R.C. 2911.12(A)(2), and four
counts of breaking and entering, felonies of the fifth degree in violation of R.C.
2911.13(A). The counts stemmed from incidents that occurred during September 2014
and October 2014. Childers pleaded guilty to all counts of the... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - OH)

State of Tennessee v. Jerica Elizabeth Taylor COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case relates to the December14, 2014 robbery of William Majano. At the trial, the victim, a native of El Salvador, testified with the aid of a certified court interpreter that he had lived in Davidson County for eleven or twelve years. The victim said that he had known the Defendantas Jessica and for about three months at the time of the robbery. He said that they met in September 2014, wh... More...   $0 (01-08-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Joshua Michael Stewart Child rapist to serve 33-year prison term

In this case, the Defendant was indicted for rape of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The victimwas ages seven and eightat thetime of the incidents and was the Defendant’s stepsister.
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The victim testified that her birthday was December 12, 2000, that she was age fifteen at the time of the trial, and that she was in the tenth grade. She said that sh... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - TN)

Yasas Rodrigo v. Carle Foundation Hospital, d/b/a Carle Foundation Houston & Family Medical Residenced Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Urbana, Illinois

Yasas Rodrigo sued his employer,
Carle Foundation Hospital (“Carle”), for violations of the
Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
(“Act”). The district court granted summary judgment in favor
of Carle on Rodrigo’s claims for disability discrimination,
failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, and retaliation.
Rodrigo appeals and we affirm.
I.More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - IL)

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