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STATE OF OHIO v. CHRISTOPHER J. MCINTOSH

In Scioto C.P. Case No. 16CR411, the Scioto County Grand Jury returned
an indictment charging Christopher McIntosh with two counts of aggravated trafficking in
drugs, one count of trafficking in drugs, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs,
one count of possession of drugs, one count of having weapons while under disability,
and one count of receiving stolen property, wi... 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)

Dering Pierson Group, L.L.P. v. Daniel Thomas Kantos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the bankruptcy case of Daniel Thomas Kantos (“Debtor”), Dering Pierson Group, LLC (“DPG”) filed suit seeking a determination that its claim against Debtor is nondischargeable. The Bankruptcy Court1 held that DPG had not sustained its burden of proving that Debtor had willfully or maliciously caused an injury to DPG under § 523(a)(6). It also concluded that collateral estoppel did not apply beca... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

Aaron C. Rooney v. Rock-Tenn Converting Company Federal Courthouse Western District of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Aaron C. Rooney was fired and sued his former employer, alleging that he was
discriminated against for being male and non-Jewish. But his former employer,
1The Honorable John M. Gerrard, United States District Judge for the District
of Nebraska, sitting by designation.
Rock-Tenn Services, Inc., contends that Rooney 2 was fired for poor performance.
The district court3 granted s... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. $579,475 in U.S. Currency and LNG Express, Inc. Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

LNG Express, Inc. (LNG) appeals the district court’s1 order striking its verified
claim in this civil forfeiture proceeding. We conclude that LNG’s verified claim is
materially indistinguishable from the claim a panel of our court found inadequate in
United States v. $154,853.00 in U.S. Currency, 744 F.3d 559 (8th Cir. 2014). We
therefore affirm.
In September 2014, an Arkansas ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - AR)

Ndioba Niang v. Emily Carroll Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri statutes require African-style hair braiders to be licensed as barbers
or cosmetologists. Ndioba “Joba” Niang and Tameka Stigers challenge this
requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court1 granted summary
judgment for the State. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court
affirms.
African-style hair braiders are required to have a license ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

STATE OF OHIO vs JACQUES GOERGES K.

The record reveals that Appellant, Jacques Goerges K. Daboni,
was indicted on September 23, 2014, in case number 14CR173 in the Meigs
County Court of Common Pleas on multiple felonies, which included three
Meigs App. Nos. 16CA5, 16CA6 and 16CA7 3
counts of trafficking in heroin, one count of possession of heroin, and one
count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - OH)

State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Vaughn Diamond STATE OF MINNESOTA IN SUPREME COURT

A homeowner in Chaska returned home to find that someone had kicked open her
attached garage’s side-entry door, entered her home, and taken jewelry, electronics, and a
safe. When police officers arrived to investigate the burglary, they discovered two key
pieces of evidence: shoe tread prints on the side-entry door, and, on the driveway, an
envelope with the name “S.W.” writt... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MN)

Brandon Brown v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

Brandon Brown was convicted of murdering Christopher Guilbeau and was sentenced to
fifty years’ imprisonment. On appeal, Brown argues that (1) the trial court erred in failing to grant
his motion to suppress, (2) the evidence is legally insufficient to support the trial court’s finding
of guilt, and (3) the evidence is insufficient to support the assessment of $234.00 in court cost... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

William Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant William Bustos brought this disability discrimination action
against his former employers, defendants and respondents Global P.E.T., Inc. and Global
Plastics, Inc. (collectively, Global). A jury found that Bustos’s physical condition or
perceived physical condition was “a substantial motivating reason” for his termination,
but nevertheless returned defense ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - CA)

Ruben Sanchez v. City of Chicago, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ruben Sanchez appeals the denial
of his motion for a new trial in his § 1983 action against Officer
Louis Garcia of the Chicago Police Department. Sanchez alleges
that the trial court made multiple evidentiary errors,
gave an improper jury instruction, and wrongfully accepted
a partial verdict. Because we conclude that a new trial is not
required, we affirm.
2 No. 16-35... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

Andrew James Rackley v. The State of Texas

Andrew James Rackley was charged with the offense of possession of more than one
gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine. See Tex. Health and Safety Code §§ 481.102(6)
(listing methamphetamine as substance included in “Penalty Group 1”), .115(a), (c) (providing that
person commits offense if he “knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in
Penalty... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

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)

Timothy Shawn Williams v. The State of Texas Pursuit, 11th felony yields 80-year prison sentence

A grand jury indicted Williams for evading arrest or detention while using a
vehicle. For sentence-enhancement purposes, the indictment alleged that he
had several prior felony convictions. Williams pleaded guilty and judicially
confessed to the offense. He also pleaded true to the indictment’s enhancement
allegations.3 The trial court found him guilty, found the enhancemen... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - )

Christopher Rene Lopez v. The State of Texas Christopher Rene Lopez Registered Sex Offender

Luis Osorio Chavez was the foreman for a landscaping work crew that
included Lopez and Manual Duran. During a typical workday in May 2014, the
three men climbed into a truck around 2:30 p.m. to leave a work site. Chavez
was in the driver’s seat, Lopez was in the passenger’s seat, and Duran sat
between them.
While in the truck, Chavez heard Lopez say something like, “[S]o y... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Demico Stanley v. The State of Texas Stanley sentenced to 75 years for Lewisville murder

In 2015, Richard Myles lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment on the
second floor of a building in the Hampton Bay apartment complex with his
fiancée, Laura, and their 23-month-old son, David.2 While Laura worked two
jobs, Myles cared for David. He also sold marijuana to earn extra money.
Whenever he left the apartment, he carried his marijuana stash with him in a
gree... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ROBERT M. DENOMME

In August, 2014, a jury convicted Denomme of attempted criminal use of a financial card, a class B nonperson misdemeanor; attempted misdemeanor theft, a class B nonperson misdemeanor; and identity theft, a severity level 8 nonperson felony. The district court sentenced him to 18 months' probation, with an underlying sentence of 14 months' incarceration. The following facts are taken from Denomme's... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA MICHAEL MALL

On October 5, 2015, Mall made the fatal decision to drink alcohol and drive his truck. Unfortunately, Mall included his 6-year-old daughter, Madilyn, in that decision. After drinking nearly half of a bottle of whiskey and smoking some marijuana, Mall put Madilyn into his 2001 Ford Ranger and decided to drive. Mall sped down Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, Kansas, weaving in and out of traffic... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. STEVEN TERRY JORDAN

Around 1:30 a.m. on February 6, 2013, in Great Bend, Kansas, A.W. was preparing to go sleep. She had worked at a nearby gas station that evening and had just sent her cousin home because it was late. About 10 minutes after getting into bed, A.W. heard footsteps on her front porch and a loud banging at her front door, as if someone was kicking it in. A.W. turned on her light, picked up her cell pho... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. HERMAN R. LANDERS

On May 7, 2012, Landers was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and criminal possession of a firearm. Prior to trial, on January 25, 2013, Landers signed a written plea agreement providing that he would plead no contest to an amended count of robbery, aggravated burglary, and criminal possession of a firearm. The parties agreed to recommend concurrent sentencing and Landers stipu... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JAIME MICHELLE CARTER

The facts in this case are tragic but they are not complex and are not challenged in this appeal. The procedural history, however, is extensive and relevant and must be laid out in some detail.

In the early evening of May 25, 2014, Carter was involved in a collision in Leavenworth County. Her eastbound sedan crossed the road's centerline and struck a motorcycle driven by Kristopher Steu... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. AARON T. CESSNA

On March 19, 2014, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office charged
Cessna with nine counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Earlier that month, Quang Minh Nguyen, an employee at Octapharma Plasma, was going through the lost and found at the business and discovered a black and red cell phone that had been there for approximately three weeks. Quang attempted to turn the phone on to de... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Lynn Moving and Storage, Inc., et al. Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Kentucky Moving Companies Enter Into Consent Judgment To Resolve False Claims Allegations - Agree To Pay $264,826.52

Overcharged shipping costs associated with moving members of the United States Armed Forces

The United States entered into a Consent Judgment between several Kentucky moving companies and the United States over allegations that the companies defrau... More...
   $264826 (01-16-2018 - KY)

Melisa Richmond v. Rubab Huq, et al. Eastern District of Michigan Countroom - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Plaintiff Melisa Richmond was
incarcerated in the Wayne County Jail from December 26, 2012 through February 13, 2013.

While in the custody of the Jail, Richmond received treatment for a self-inflicted burn wound on
her chest as well as for psychological needs. Richmond contends that she received
constitutionally inadequate treatment for her burn wound, which necessitated skin ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - MI)

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)

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