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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 KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER M. HARRIS

In February 2015 Gregory Swiger and Catherine Richard were walking to a liquor store when they came upon Christopher Harris. Swiger and Harris got into an argument, and Swiger stated that he was going to "whip [Harris'] butt." Swiger did not follow through on the threat, however, because he did not want to get in any trouble. Swiger testified that as he started to walk away, Harris pulled out a kn... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - KS)

State of Nebraska v. Teon D. Hill Man convicted of killing 34-year-old Omahan

A December 10, 2013, surveillance video shows Dunn making a purchase at a liquor store at 30th and Pinkney Streets in Omaha at approximately 9:54 p.m. The purchase was placed in a white plastic bag. Surveillance video indicates
that Dunn then walked toward 28th Avenue. At approximately 10 p.m., a gunshot detection system notified the Omaha Police Department of six shots fired in the area. Offi... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NE)

STATE OF MONTANA v. TERRANCE LEE BRAUNER, a/k/a TERRY-LEE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA

In April 2011, Erickson and Gene Johnson (Johnson) were involved in an
altercation, which ended when Erickson struck Johnson in the face, causing Johnson to fall
to the pavement and hit his head. Johnson sustained a serious injury that required
significant medical treatment. In February 2013, a jury found Erickson guilty of criminal
endangerment, a felony in violation of § 45-... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - )

STATE OF MONTANA v. DENNIS LEO SCHOWENGERDT Deer Lodge man gets life for wife's murder

The initial facts of the case are undisputed: On December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt
killed his wife, Tina Schowengerdt, by repeatedly stabbing her in their home near Deer
Lodge. The following morning, Schowengerdt drove to the police station in Deer Lodge
and, in a recorded statement, told officers that last night he, “killed that son of a bitch [he]
was living with. So arrest me... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - WY)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JASON WILLIAM WHEELER

In July 2014, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at the residence
of Terry Scott Hilliard (“Hilliard”) in Orlando, Florida. During the search, law
enforcement discovered that Hilliard had traded multiple images of child pornography
with Appellant. Law enforcement then obtained a federal search warrant for Appellant’s
residence in North Carolina and executed the... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NC)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JEROME WILSON Man arrested minutes after attempting to steal $10K in armed bank robbery, police say

The facts of the case are not in dispute. Wilson pled guilty to three counts of unarmed bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a), and the District Court sentenced him to 151 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised released, restitution of $3,122, and a special assessment of $300. The sentence was based in part on two enhancements: one for being a career ... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - PA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. VAUGHN OUTLAW Connecticut Judicial Branch

The defendant, Vaughn Outlaw, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of assault public safety personnel in connection with his assault of an employee of the Department of Correction (department) in violation of General Statutes § 53a-167c (a) (5).1 On appeal, the defendant asserts that the court committed plain error when it did not include detailed language on the u... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - )

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)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. RAYMOND TUCKER Connecticut Judicial Branch

The defendant, Raymond Tucker, appeals from the judgment of the trial court finding him in violation of probation pursuant to General Statutes § 53a-32. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court (1) erred in admitting a 911 recording into evidence, (2) erroneously found that the defendant had violated his probation, and (3) abused its discretion in imposing a sentence of three years incarcer... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. GARY S. HARRIS

Defendant Gary S. Harris appeals from an August 24, 2015
order of the Law Division denying his petition for post-conviction
relief (PCR) couched as a "motion for a new trial."1 Defendant
argues he was deprived of a fair trial based upon ineffective
assistance of counsel and other constitutional violations.
Defendant also contends that the motion judge erred by deciding <... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NJ)

Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project v. Georg Gascon, etl. Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-appellant Erotic Service Provider Legal,
Education & Research Project; K.L.E.S.; C.V.; J.B.; and
John Doe (collectively, “ESP”) appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their 42 U.S.C. §1983 action. ESP claims that
Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code, which
criminalizes the commercial exchange of sexual activity,
violates: (1) the Fourteenth Amendment subs... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Sanford J. Wishnev v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

We ask the California Supreme Court to resolve two open
questions of state law that have significant effects on
insurance companies and insureds in California.
An initiative measure enacted in 1918 (the Initiative), Cal
Civ. Code §§ 1916-1–5, limits the amount of interest lenders
may charge, and provides that lenders may not compound
WISHNEV V. 4 NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
int... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

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 NEW JERSEY v. DANTE C. GRANGER

Tried by a jury, defendant Dante C. Granger appeals from his
conviction for second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun,
N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). The jury acquitted defendant of third-degree
resisting arrest, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(a)(3)(a). The trial court
sentenced defendant to a seven-year term of imprisonment with
forty-two months of parole ineligibility, pursuant to the Gr... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

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. Brandon Christopher Scott Third person pleads guilty in shooting of boy

In May 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the Defendant on three counts each of attempted first degree murder, employment of a firearm during the
commission of a dangerous felony (with a previous dangerous felony conviction), and reckless endangerment. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-11-106, -12-101, -13-103, -13-202, 17-1324. The Defendant was charged along with three co-defendants—Ja... 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 Tennessee v. Joseph Howard Hinson, III Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

The Hardin County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging the Appellant with selling .5 grams or more of methamphetamine within a drug-free zone after a confidential informant purchased drugsfrom the Appellant.
At trial, Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Caldwell, who was assigned to the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, testified that in August 2014, Tommy Woods
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   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. SHAWN A. McGONAGLE Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Following a trial in the
District Court, a jury convicted the defendant, Shawn McGonagle,
of assault and battery, G. L. c. 265, § 13A. At the defendant's
sentencing hearing, the Commonwealth requested that the
defendant be sentenced to two and one-half years in a house of
correction, the maximum possible sentence under the statute, to
be served from and after his rel... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MA)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - GILBERT EUGENE SKEINS, JR. Rape and gross sexual imposition involving a minor

Skeins had one child with Joy Slusher and she was pregnant with their
second child in February 2016. Skeins and Slusher resided with Slusher’s mother and
stepfather in Niles, Ohio. On February 14, 2016, Slusher went shopping with her
2
parents and they left Skeins home alone with the children, which included Slusher’s
child from another relationship, Slusher’s child with... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

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)

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)

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