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Jonathan Arvizu v. City of Pasadena

Plaintiff and Appellant Jonathan Arvizu sued the City of
Pasadena after he fell over a retaining wall located beside a
recreational trail in the City’s Arroyo Seco Natural Park,
resulting in devastating personal injuries. Arvizu had entered the
Park in the dark, pre-dawn hours, while it was closed, in order to
go “ghost hunting” with a group of friends. While taking a
short... More...
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Carlos Macias v. The State of Texas Carlos Macias - Registered Sex Offender

Appellant, Carlos Macias, was indicted for the first-degree felony offense of
super-aggravated sexual assault of a child under six years of age in the underlying
trial court cause number 1486865, which carried a minimum prison term of twenty
five years.1 Appellant was separately indicted for the first-degree felony offense of
continuous sexual abuse of a child, involving a diff... More...
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Milton Earl Edgar, Jr. v. The State of Texas Texas First District Court of Appeals

Appellant, Milton Earl Edgar, Jr., pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony
offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 141 without an agreed
recommendation from the State concerning sentencing. The trial court sentenced
appellant to 35 years’ incarceration in the Institutional Division of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. Appellant timely filed a ... More...
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Kenneth Lee Hawkins v. The State of Texas

On January 1, 1996, then-16-year-old S.G. lived in a facility that housed
juveniles who were transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. To celebrate
the holidays, the facility took the juvenile residents, including S.G., to a Houston
park where they stayed all day. However, at the end of day, S.G. missed the van
that brought the residents back to the facility. S.G. wa... More...
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Byron Johnson appeals the district court's denial of his motion for habeas corpus relief under K.S.A. 60-1507. Because the district court made only limited factual findings—and a Kansas Supreme Court Rule requires the district court to state factual findings and legal conclusions on all the issues raised—he asks us to send the case back to the district court for it to do a more thorough job. See K... More...   $0 (03-22-2018 - KS)


On the evening of October 24, 2014, Cruce was preparing to give Hall a ride to work. According to Cruce, Hall was seated in the passenger seat of Cruce's vehicle and Cruce's daughter was in a car seat in the back seat. Wilmer and Cruce's daughter was born in summer of 2014. Cruce was in the driver's seat and saw Wilmer approaching with a gun. Cruce sped off but turned too fast on gravel and crashe... More...   $0 (03-22-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Joel A. Sabean, M.D. District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

This case, which reads like an
anthology of pain, pathos, and personal degradation, paints a grim
picture of the human condition. It intertwines allegations of an
incestuous relationship with criminal charges of tax evasion,
unlawful distribution of controlled substances, and health-care
fraud. Following a contentious trial, the jury found defendantappellant
Joel A. Sabean ... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Olic Porter District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Using a Stun Device During a Racially-Motivated Assault of His Neighbor

Following a three-day trial, a jury found Mark Porter, 59, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, guilty yesterday of committing a federal hate crime when he used a stun device during the racially-motivated assault of a neighbor at his apartment complex in Draper, Utah. Ass... More...
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Eleanor Licensing, LLC v. Classic Recreations, LLC

Following a four-day bench trial, the court entered
judgment in favor of Eleanor Licensing LLC and Denice
Shakarian Halicki and against Classic Recreations, LLC, T&D
Motor Company, Jason Engel and Tony Engel (collectively
Classic), ordering that Eleanor Licensing retain possession of a
vehicle identified as “Eleanor No. 1,” which had been
manufactured by Classic pursuant to... More...
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In this case, the State originally charged McIntyre with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. In another case, it charged her with three drug crimes. McIntyre entered a global plea agreement in the drug-related case and the State dismissed this case. McIntyre then filed a motion to withdraw her plea and the district court allowed her to withdraw her plea. The State then reinstated the charg... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)


Sly Maples was tried for abuse of a child and felony murder. He was convicted of abuse of a child and sentenced to 136 months' prison based on a criminal history score of A. These charges stem from incidents that occurred between January 19, 2015, and January 20, 2015, that ultimately lead to the death of A.D.

On January 19, 2015, Maples choked and shook A.D. causing severe bruising a... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. CEDRIC M. WARREN Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Cedric Warren challenges his resentencing after the original hard 50 life sentence for his premeditated first-degree murder conviction was held unconstitutional and vacated on appeal. On remand the district court imposed a hard 25 life sentence (lifetime sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years) for that conviction and ran it consecutive to his sentences for his two on-grid crimes. ... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)


Charles H. Moore seeks review of the Court of Appeals' determination that the district court correctly classified a 1984 first-degree burglary conviction in Oregon as a person felony when calculating Moore's criminal history score under the revised Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA). State v. Moore, 52 Kan. App. 2d 799, 377 P.3d 1162 (2016). Moore argues, inter alia, that the Oregon crime wa... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Hernando Javier Vergara Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This appeal presents the issue whether warrantless forensic searches of two cell phones at the border violated the Fourth Amendment. U.S. Const. amend IV. Hernando Javier Vergara appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence found on two cell phones that he carried on a cruise from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida. He argues that the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Riley v. Califo... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - FL)

Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Ronald Exantus

Versailles, KY - Jury Recommended That Defendant Be Sentenced To 20 Year's In Prison

The Commonwealth of Kentucky charged Ronald Exantus with first-degree murder for killing 6-year-old and assaulting he child's sister and father.

Defendant claimed insanity.

Exantus, age 34, drove from Indianapolis to Versailles, Kentucky, where he had never been before, entered the victi... More...
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United States of America v. Learning Care Group (LCG) Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Learning Care Group Inc. to Resolve ADA Violations

The Justice Department today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Learning Care Group (LCG), the second largest for-profit child care provider in North America, headquartered in Novi, Michigan. LCG owns and operates over 900 child care centers nation-wide opera... More...
   $10000 (03-20-2018 - MI)


In January 2016, M.C., who was 14-years old, lived with her mother. In the month leading up to January 2016, Ward, who was 22-years old, would sometimes work on his car at M.C.'s house with her sister's boyfriend. M.C. and Ward began a relationship, which M.C. hid from her mother.

At the time, Ward lived with M.C.'s older sister and her sister's boyfriend. M.C.'s mother did not know War... More...
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Morrow was arrested in December 2014 and charged with six counts of felony sex offenses, one count each of: rape of a child under age 14; aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under age 14; aggravated indecent liberties with a child; rape; criminal sodomy; and aggravated indecent liberties. The State later added an additional count of aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under age 14 and one coun... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)


On April 16, 2013, the State charged Davis with two counts of aggravated burglary, a severity level 5 person felony in violation of K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 21-5807(b), and two counts of theft, a severity level 9 nonperson felony in violation of K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 21-5801. Davis and the State entered into a plea agreement. In relevant part, Davis agreed to plead guilty to one count of aggravated burglary ... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)

Abraham Aleiandro Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Adrian P. Macias District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241
alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States
citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”) following ICE’s reinstatement of a prior order of removal on that basis.
Dismissing Gonzalez-Alarcon’s petition, the district court concl... More...
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In December 2009, 13-year-old J.S.S. reported to her parents that she was in a relationship with a 35-year-old man named "Dan," with whom she had engaged in sex nine times. Subsequent investigation by McPherson police officers revealed Dan to be Searcy, who was 37 years old at the time. During questioning, Searcy admitted to law enforcement that he had had vaginal, anal, and oral sex with J.S.S. <... More...   $0 (03-19-2018 - KS)


The State charged Gonzalez with aggravated burglary, attempted felony theft, and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The State's charges were based upon an allegation that Gonzalez had broken into the home of Osvaldo Erives, the husband of his ex-girlfriend, Sonia Cisneros-Erives on April 16, 2014. Gonzalez' two children with Cisneros also resided in Osvaldo's home.

Before his jur... More...
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United States of America v. Eric VanEmmerik Federal Courthouse - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to 97 Months for Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of distribution and receipt of child pornography on March 15, 2018.

Eric VanEmmerik, age 46, was sentenced to 97 months custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, ordered to p... More...
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Castillo-Calles was convicted by a jury of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The victim, I.W., was 12 years old at the time of the events leading to the charge. I.W. was friends with C.P., who lived with Castillo-Calles (her stepfather) and her mother.

On March 24, 2013, I.W. spent the night at C.P.'s house. That afternoon, C.P., I.W., and Castillo-Calles played hide and seek.... More...
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In August 2014, law enforcement investigated a rural area in Greenwood County, Kansas after receiving a report of a possible grow operation from a tree-cutting crew. They located large plants at various levels of maturity. The plants were in rows, weeds had been pulled, there were paths between the rows of plants, and the area was clear of debris and brush—allowing law enforcement to infer that so... More...   $0 (03-18-2018 - KS)

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