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ELIJAH N. RAMDORSINGH v. STATE OF KANSAS

In September 2010, the State charged Ramdorsingh with one count of possession of cocaine and one count of driving while suspended in Shawnee County case No. 10 CR 1630. In January 2011, the State charged Ramdorsingh in Shawnee County case No. 11 CR 95 with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit ... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. GARRETT PRESLEY KRAFT

The underlying facts supporting the criminal charges are taken from the affidavit of probable cause filed with the district court. On May 12, 2016, Haley Fryback went to the hospital after Kraft physically abused her during an argument in their mutual home. Fryback reported that Kraft hit, choked, and kicked her in the throat. He also prevented her from leaving the residence when he locked her key... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TRAVIS P. ODOM Rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child

Though Odom's brief provides a limited sketch of the underlying facts, the circumstances prompting the State to charge Odom with four counts of rape and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child are immaterial for purposes of resolving Odom's issues on appeal. This court need only to address the procedural history of the case to provide a background for the legal challenges Odom rais... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

CITY OF LEAWOOD v. JENNI J. LEE

On February 3, 2015, the City of Leawood charged Lee with first-offense DUI and preliminary screening refusal. Lee was convicted as charged following a bench trial in the Leawood Municipal Court. She subsequently appealed to the Johnson County District Court. Lee filed a motion to suppress, alleging that law enforcement lacked reasonable suspicion to stop and detain her. The district court held a ... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

Peter Hiam v. Homeaway.com, Inc. District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Duped into parting with thousands
of dollars to reserve a vacation rental property in Belize that
apparently did not exist, plaintiff Peter Hiam sued the owner of the
website on which he found the ersatz tropical villa, claiming that
the website's guarantee misled him. The district court granted
summary judgment to the website's owner, HomeAway.com, Inc.
("HomeAway"). On ap... More...
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Joel D. Kettler v. Leslie Gould

Cross-defendants Leslie Gould and his wife Susan Gould
contend the trial court erred when it denied in part their antiSLAPP
(strategic lawsuit against public participation) motion.
The motion sought to strike certain allegations in a crosscomplaint
filed by Joel D. Kettler, alleging defamation and other
causes of action. The court denied the motion to the extent crosscomplainan... More...
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Erlis Joseph Chaisson v. The State of Texas

Chaisson was charged by indictment with five counts of aggravated assault of a
child and ten counts of indecency with a child by contact. See id. §§ 21.021, 22.11. Prior
to trial, the State waived several counts, leaving one count of aggravated assault of a
child and four counts of indecency with a child by contact. At the close of the State’s
case, appellant’s motion for di... More...
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Joyce Ledderer v. Gursey Schneider

Plaintiff Joyce Lederer employed accounting firm Gursey
Schneider LLP and its employee Spencer Inada (collectively,
Gursey) to manage her finances. As part of their agreement,
Gursey purchased insurance for Joyce1 and her family members.
Joyce requested that Gursey purchase uninsured/underinsured
insurance with a policy limit of $5 million. Gursey actually
purchased a polic... More...
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Michelle Echlin v. PearceHealth, d/b/a PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

We must decide whether, under the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, a company that sent letters demanding that
hospital patients pay their overdue medical bills meaningfully
participated in the hospital’s efforts to collect debts.
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Michelle Echlin is a former patient of PeaceHealth
Southwest Medical Center (PeaceHealth) in Vancouver,
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Washin... More...
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Chad Barry Barnes v. Sea Hawaii Rafting, LLC Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Chad Barnes is a seaman who was injured when the boat on which he was working, the M/V Tehani, exploded. During his recovery, Barnes received some monetary assistance from either Sea Hawaii Rafting, LLC (“SHR”), which owned the Tehani, or Kris Henry, SHR’s owner and manager, but those payments soon stopped. Seeking the
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ancient maritime remedy of maintenance a... More...
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Andrew Michael Psyk v. The State of Texas

At around 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 20, 2013, at least two
witnesses contacted 911 after observing a dark SUV driving erratically on Interstate
59 northbound. One witness stayed on the phone with the 911 operator and followed
behind the vehicle until a state trooper arrived on the scene.
When the trooper located the vehicle, he followed it for a short period of time ... More...
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Truitt Russell Cook v. The State of Texas

Appellant does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence so we will mention
only so much of the background facts as necessary for our disposition of his issues. On
February 12, 2015, appellant and Tianna Insall robbed the A1 Smoke Shop in rural
Tarrant County. They wore dark glasses and bandannas. Appellant carried what the two
store employees called “a gun.” Once insid... More...
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Bruce Ray Blackwell v. The State of Texas

At around 2:00 a.m. on July 20, 2015, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Deputies Justin Cole and
Johnny Gorden (jointly, the “deputies”) observed a truck towing a trailer turn onto a county road
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at a high rate of speed. The deputies followed the truck and found it pulled over on the side of the
road. The deputies observed Bl... More...
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Salvador Zarate v. The State of Texas

The State’s first witness was Starr County Sheriff’s Officer Justin Falcon. Officer Falcon
testified that he was working in the jail, on December 24, 2014, when he received a call from
Justice of the Peace Salvador Zarate Jr. instructing him to reduce the bonds for both Daisy Rich
and Harry Rich from $30,000.00 each to $5,000.00 each. Officer Falcon explained that although
it... More...
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Samuel Hal Wade v. The State of Texas 65 Years: Judge Goodwin Drops the Hammer on Sex Offender By Revoking Probation

Appellant Samuel Hal Wade was placed on deferred adjudication community
supervision after he pled guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child for sexual
abuse perpetrated against his two biological daughters. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.021(a)(1)(B),
(2)(B); Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 42A.101. Subsequently, the trial court granted the State’s 1
motions to adjudica... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Christian Erin Costello

Oklahoma City, OK - Jury Finds Man Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity For Killing Father

The State of Oklahoma charged Christian Erin Costello, age 29, with first-degree murder for killing his father by stabbing him to death on August 13, 2013 at Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store in North Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in vio... More...
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All Green Electric, Inc. v. Security National Insurance Company

Plaintiff and appellant All Green Electric, Inc. (All Green),
appeals from a grant of summary judgment in favor of its insurer,
defendant and respondent Security National Insurance Company
(SNIC). All Green requested that SNIC defend a lawsuit alleging
that All Green negligently installed electrical equipment for a
medical scanner. The trial court concluded that the lawsuit fel... More...
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Neal Everett Bland v. The State of Texas

On the morning of December 21, 2012, Godwin Mathew picked up Joshua
Woods so they could go to Willowbrook Mall and purchase several pairs of limited
release Air Jordan Retro 11 shoes. After they made their purchases and were exiting
the mall, a young man approached them and asked to buy one of their pairs of shoes.
Mathew quoted a price but the man declined to buy them. When... More...
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Milton Rolando Paz v. The State of Texas

In February 2011, Appellant was the father to two young children, a thirteen
month-old girl and a one-month-old girl. During that month, Appellant’s wife had
to leave town for work. A friend agreed to care for the infant while the wife was
away. The wife’s work trip got extended. The friend caring for the infant had to
return her to Appellant because the friend also had to g... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. SANDRA S. WILLIAMS

On October 21, 2016, the State filed a complaint charging Williams with one count of identity theft, one count of theft, and one count of criminal use of a financial card. During the first day of the preliminary hearing on the charges, Nathan Marah testified that he had been the general manager of a Steak & Shake restaurant in Johnson County since August 2016. On September 15, 2016, he received a ... More...   $0 (04-18-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. KEITH GREGORY ALLEN

Keith Gregory Allen appeals his conviction of battery, claiming that the district court erred in failing to suspend proceedings and hold a competency hearing pursuant to K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 22-3302. For the reasons stated herein, we agree, at least in part, with Allen's claim and remand for further proceedings.

On June 13, 2016, the State charged Allen with one count each of robbery, inti... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER LEE JONES

On February 27, 2012, Jones entered into a plea agreement in two separate Saline County cases. Jones agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft of scrap metal in one case and to misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal damage in the second
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case. In exchange, the State agreed to dismiss the remaining felony charges of burglary in the second case. The State also agreed to re... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. DEREK ALAN GORMLY

Gormly was convicted of one count of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Gormly's victim was his then-girlfriend's younger sister, D.S., who was 13 years old at the time of the offenses. Gormly was 26 years old at the time. Gormly allegedly engaged D.S. in sexually inappropriate behavior at various times in the fall of 2012. Specifically, she a... More...   $0 (04-18-2018 - KS)

DAVID CROTHERS v. STATE OF KANSAS

On September 16, 2011, in 11CR322, Judge Timothy J. Chambers of the Reno District Court sentenced Crothers to 102 months in prison but granted Crothers a downward dispositional departure to probation and assigned him to intensive supervision with community corrections for 36 months. On February 24, 2012, in 11CR749, Judge Joseph L. McCarville III, of the same court, sentenced Crothers to 46 months... More...   $0 (04-18-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ANITA SHANAIL CLARK

As a result of the plea negotiations with the State, Clark agreed to plead no contest to one count of conspiracy to distribute Hydrocodone, a drug severity level 3 felony. In return, the State agreed to dismiss all other charges. The parties also agreed that Clark was permitted to file departure motions and the State could oppose the motions. Clark signed an acknowledgment of rights and entry of p... More...   $0 (04-18-2018 - KS)

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