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Contempt Law
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)


In September 2014 Ihlenfeldt was charged with sexual abuse in the third
degree in violation of Iowa Code section 709.4(2)(c)(4). Ihlenfeldt pled guilty in
March 2015 and was granted a deferred judgment in August 2015. He was placed
on supervised probation for three to five years.
In November 2016, Ihlenfeldt’s probation officer filed a probation-violation
report allegi... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

State of Tennessee v. Curtis Johnson, Jr. Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

On November 2, 2015, a Madison County Grand Jury returned an eleven-count indictment against the Defendant for three counts of aggravated robbery, one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The Defendant was also indicted for five counts of violating the gang enhancement statute... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

Manuel De Jesus Ortega Melendres v. Maricopa County District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Plaintiffs obtained an injunction against Defendant in an
action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Melendres v. Arpaio, 784 F.3d
1254, 1267 (9th Cir. 2015). Sheridan, a now-retired employee
of Defendant, appealed from the district court’s finding that
he committed civil contempt by disobeying the injunction.
After Sheridan filed his opening brief, we gr... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - AZ)

Adam Reposa v. The State of Texas Austin lawyer Adam Reposa gets six months in jail for contempt

Appellant Adam Reposa, a licensed attorney, seeks to appeal the trial court’s judgment
finding him in direct criminal contempt. See In re State ex rel. Escamilla, No. 03-17-00667-CV,
2017 WL 6503089, *1 (Tex. App.—Austin Dec. 11, 2017, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.) (summary
of procedural history). There is no right of appeal from an order of contempt. Ex parte Eureste,
725 S.W.2d... More...
   $0 (01-05-2018 - TX)

Wandering Dago Inc. v. New York State Office of General Services et al. United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

New York, NY Plaintiff‐appellant Wandering Dago, Inc., (“WD”) operates a food truck and
32 brands itself and the food it sells with language generally viewed as ethnic slurs.
33 Defendants‐appellees are officials within the New York State Office of General Services
* Judge Carol Bagley Amon, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
New York, sitti... More...
   $0 (01-03-2018 - NY)


Akers travelled from Tennessee to Montana with four friends, Terri Gilley (Gilley),
Myron Tipton (Tipton), Terri McFarland, and Scott Marcha, to attend a music concert.
While in Montana, the group also visited Yellowstone National Park and stayed in a cabin
in Park County. Gilley and Akers had several arguments during the trip and on September
1, 2015, a physical altercation ... More...
   $0 (12-30-2017 - MT)

United States of America v. Jaboree Williams Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Man Sentenced to 30 years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Jaboree Williams (age: 31) to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking.

On September 1, 2017, a jury found Williams guilty of 18 counts related to sex trafficking, interstate transportation of a victim for purposes of prostituti... More...
   $0 (12-27-2017 - WI)

STATE OF LOUISIANA V. EARL KEITH HARRIS Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

On December 4, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging Defendant with one count of aggravated second degree
battery, in violation of La. R.S. 14:34.7. Defendant pleaded not guilty at his
arraignment on December 7, 2015. Trial commenced on August 24, 2016, before a
six-person jury. However, the next day during trial, the trial court g... More...
   $0 (12-26-2017 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA V. RALPH L. WILLIE Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

On October 17, 2013, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant with one count of intentional possession of
pornography involving juveniles where the victim is under 13 years of age in
violation of La. R.S. 14:81.1(5)(a) [sic].1 Defendant was arraigned on December
11, 2013, and pled not guilty.
On July 25, 2014, pursuant to a ... More...
   $0 (12-26-2017 - LA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. DON N. FRANKLIN Iowa Court of Appeals

Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the State, the record
shows the following. On July 23, 2015, Franklin and a friend were sitting at a bar
in Dubuque. The friend was smoking a cigarette inside the bar, which is
prohibited. The owner of the bar, David Lorenz, walked up to the friend, took the
cigarette, and threw it out. A verbal argument between the owner,... More...
   $0 (12-24-2017 - IA)

Julie Lowery v. Houston Ford Lowery III

Appellant, Julie Lowery, appeals the trial court’s order that terminated spousal maintenance in favor of appellee, Houston Ford Lowery III. In three issues, Julie argues that (1) the trial court erred in terminating spousal maintenance and (2) Houston’s motion to clarify amounted to a collateral attack on the divorce decree.
We reverse.
Julie and Houston entered into a... More...
   $0 (12-21-2017 - TX)


On September 30, 2011, Halton filed three separate complaints, alleging that Burkert committed the petty disorderly persons offense of harassment on January 8, 9, and 11, 2011, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4(c).1 A three-day trial was held in
1 A petty disorderly persons offense is punishable by up to thirty days in jail. N.J.S.A. 2C:43-8.
the Elizabeth ... More...
   $0 (12-21-2017 - CT)

Franklin Wilcox v. State of Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana

During the relevant period, Wilcox was on probation and violated the terms of
his probation by failing to report to the Howard County Probation Department.
On April 5, 2017, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department executed an arrest
warrant at his residence for a separate offense in the presence of Wilcox’s wife
and their child. The officers found the house in filthy condition... More...
   $0 (12-15-2017 - IN)

Bryan Fearman v. State of Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana

Fearman was convicted of attempting to murder Lerron McDowell, as well as
several other offenses.2 The McDowell family attended Fearman’s sentencing
hearing on March 17, 2017. When the prosecutor informed the court of the
family’s presence, Fearman said, “Who gives a f*ck if they’re in the f*cking
room.” (Tr. Vol. II at 6.) The judge informed Fearman his behavior in court <... More...
   $0 (12-15-2017 - IN)

In Re: Jimmy John's Overtime Litigation Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Plaintiffs‐appellants brought this
collective and class action lawsuit against Jimmy John’s1 on
behalf of all assistant store managers nationwide for violations
of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Although the
vast majority of plaintiffs work in stores owned by franchisees,
2 they claim that Jimmy John’s is their joint employer.
1 The Jimmy John’s corporate defe... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - IL)

Cody A. Waters v. Beth T. Waters

Cody A. Waters appeals a final decree of divorce appointing Beth T. Waters as the sole
managing conservator of their children B.W. and T.W. Cody asserts the trial court erred by: (1)
refusing to rule on his motions; (2) appointing Beth as sole managing conservator; (3) allowing
the children’s counselor to determine whether Cody should have any possession of and access to
the childr... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - TX)

Brian Christopher Keith v. The State of Texas Murder trial of Hardin man accused of revenge killing of baby ends with hung jury

The complainant N.K., born on May 31, 2013, was the infant daughter of S.K.1
While Keith was listed on N.K.’s birth certificate as the father, it was uncontroverted
that he was not the biological father of the child. During an extended period of
absence from the home by Keith, S.K. had an affair with another man, which
produced the child. There was testimony at trial that Keith... More...
   $0 (12-12-2017 - TX)

Optional Capital , Inc. v. Akin Gump Straus, Hauer and Feld, LLP

Optional Capital, Inc. (Optional or Plaintiff) sued
various entities and individuals, including DAS Corporation
(DAS) and its counsel—Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld
LLP (Akin) and Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, David Parker
and William Mills (collectively, Parker) (collectively with
Akin, Defendants)—for conversion and fraudulent transfer.
Plaintiff sought to recover from Defend... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - CA)

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection v. Eunice E. Howell

A wildfire started in Plumas County on September 3, 2007, and burned
approximately 65,000 acres over the course of multiple weeks. This fire, dubbed the
“Moonlight Fire,” was at the center of several actions filed by plaintiffs Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Grange Insurance Association, and multiple
1 in 2009 and 2010 against defendants Eunic... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - CA)


Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of third
degree attempted escape, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1 and 2C:29-5; third-degree
possession of escape implements, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-6; and fourth
degree unlawful possession of a weapon, namely, a screw, N.J.S.A.
2C:39-5(d).1 He was acquitted of third-degree possession of a
weapon for unlawful purposes, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(d). Defendant ... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - NJ)

Jessica Petersheim n/k/a Fry v. Joshua Petersheim

{¶1} Appellant, Jessica Fry, f.k.a. Jessica Petersheim, appeals the judgment of the
Wayne County Court of Common Pleas. This Court reverses and remands.
{¶2} This matter arises out of the divorce of Fry and Joshua Petersheim. Fry filed a
complaint for divorce on December 6, 2012. The parties eventually entered into a separation
agreement and the trial court issued a judgment... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - OH)

United States of America v. Kurt Pomrenke District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Abington, Virginia

Abingdon, VA - Former Judge Sentenced on Federal Contempt Charge - Kurt Pomrenke to Serve Two Months in Prison

A former juvenile and domestic relations judge was sentenced this week to prison time on federal contempt of court charges related to his wife’s federal trial on public corruption charges.

Kurt Pomrenke, 64, of Bristol, Virginia, was sentenced this week to two months in... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - VA)

Joyce Bartholomew v. Youtube, LLC

We are asked in this case to decide whether a musician stated a claim for libel per
quod against the popular video viewing Web site, YouTube. When YouTube decided to
block access to Joyce Bartholomew’s video, it posted a statement that the video had
violated YouTube’s terms of service, a statement which also provided a hyperlink to a list
of examples and tips, a list YouTube called... More...
   $0 (12-03-2017 - CA)


Defendant Caleb Gray-Burriss founded the National Association of Special Police and
Security Officers (“NASPSO”) in the 1990s and served the labor union in various high-ranking
positions. The government’s 19-count Second Superseding Indictment, filed in August 2012,
charged Gray-Burriss with “two distinct schemes to steal from the union and its members.”
United States v. Gray... More...
   $0 (11-28-2017 - DC)

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