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Between February and April 2013, Susany entered into a conspiracy with Robert Courtney and James Quinn to obtain explosives that would be used to crack safes at jewelry stores and coin shops. The trio planned to obtain funds to finance their initial purchase of explosives by breaking into jewelry stores and coin shops to steal valuable items. On February 13, 2013, Susany and Quinn met with a con... More...   $0 (06-22-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Ramon Cobena Duenas United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

After trial by jury, Ramon Cobena Duenas was convicted of conspiring to exchange counterfeit currency, and dealing in counterfeit currency, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 473. On appeal, Cobena Duenas challenges his convictions, claiming that the government failed to prove he knew the transaction involved counterfeit United States currency. After review, we affirm.
The essential f... More...
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The relevant facts and procedural history are as follows:
{¶4} On July 13, 2016, Muskingum County Sheriff’s dispatch received a
complaint about the odor of marijuana coming from the residence located at 128 Hamline
Ave., Zanesville, Ohio. The complaint also stated that the occupants at the residence
were trafficking in drugs.
{¶5} Colleena Johnson ("Colleena") and Appella... More...
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Defendant-appellant, Michael J. Hall, III, appeals his conviction and sentence
for the following offenses, to wit: Count I: possession of criminal tools, in violation of R.C.
2923.24(A), a felony of the fifth degree; Count II: possession of cocaine, in violation of
R.C. 2925.11(A) and (C)(4)(e), a felony of the first degree, accompanied by a one-year
firearm specification; Cou... More...
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Chadwick Smith v. The State of Texas Ninth Court of Appeals - Texas Courts

In his motion to suppress, Smith alleged that the evidence was seized pursuant
to an “illegal stop, detention and/or arrest.” According to Smith, the stop was without
probable cause or reasonable suspicion and any evidence seized or statements made
should be suppressed as fruits of an unlawful search and seizure.
At the suppression hearing, the State conceded that there was n... More...
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Terrance Antyon McKinney v. The State of Texas

Officer Christopher Hetrick and Officer Salvador Hernandez were conducting surveillance
of a motel at night while working for the problem oriented policing unit which is a unit that patrols
to find crimes in progress. The motel was a known location for narcotics activity, and Officer
Hernandez testified he previously pulled several vehicles over after they left the motel and had More...
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A jury convicted Heath Allen Umphenour of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and two counts of breach of privacy. Four of Umphenour's convictions were off-grid Jessica's Law offenses. For his off-grid Jessica's Law convictions and Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA) grid convictions, t... More...   $0 (06-14-2018 - KS)


On May 6, 2016, the Clay County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at a residence in Clay Center, Kansas. There were two individuals on the front porch, but as officers approached one of the residents—Jason Thatcher—he went inside the house, then immediately came back outside. Upon entering the house, deputies observed Rossing in the living room, packing a small bag. He was wearing sho... More...   $0 (06-12-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Wenxia Man United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Wenxia Man appeals her conviction and sentence for conspiracy to export defense articles without a license or written approval in violation of the Arms Control Export Act, 22 U.S.C. § 2778; see also 22 C.F.R. §§ 121.1, 123.1, 127.1.
Case: 16-15635 Date Filed: 06/06/2018 Page: 1 of 44
Her appeal requires us to decide whether sufficient evidence supports her conviction, including the d... More...
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Takendrick Campbell appeals from the order denying his motion for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850. We affirm in part and reverse in part; our reversal in part requires that Campbell receive a
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new trial on the charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, trafficking in cocaine, and possession of a controlled substance. Accordingly, we add... More...
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Antonio Devon Williams vs State of Florida

The testimony and evidence presented by the State revealed that Appellant and Javier Chandler had been childhood friends and, on the day of the offense, were still neighbors. Chandler, who was twenty-six years old at the time of the trial, testified that Appellant, a few years’ Chandler’s junior, had been like a little brother to him growing up. As they grew older they grew apart, yet remained on ... More...   $0 (06-10-2018 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Richard Lebron Madden, Sr.

On December 1, 2014, the Rhea County grand jury indicted the Defendant with one count of possession of 0.5 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-17-417, -434. Prior to trial, the Defendant filed a motion to suppress evidence obtained during the traffic stop, and a hearing was held on February 5, 2016. I. SuppressionHearing Rhea County Sherif... More...   $0 (06-10-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Ernesto Delgadilo Rodriquez

At approximately 7:20 a.m. on July 9, 2014, Officers Frederick Kimber and Thomas Thurman of the Knoxville Police Department (“KPD”) responded to a 9-1-1 call of a domestic incidentinvolving an intoxicated individual. The officers were advised that the Defendant had a knife and had slashed the tires of a van. As they drove toward the
location, the officers were advised that the Defendant had... More...
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United States of America v. Slint Kenneth Tate Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Mcalester Inmate Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

Slint Kenneth Tate, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, at a hearing before District Judge Claire V. Eagan, on June 7, 2018. The parties entered into a plea agreement recommending a sentence of 20 years imprisonment. Tate’s sentencing is September 11, 2018.

Tate orc... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Allen Francis District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

A jury found Kenneth Allen Francis guilty on three federal firearms charges—
namely, two counts of making false statements to a firearms dealer, see 18 U.S.C.
§ 922(a)(6) and one count of unlawful disposition of a firearm to a felon, see 18
U.S.C. § 922(d)(1). Those charges stemmed from Francis’s straw purchase of two
United States Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit
J... More...
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Defendant-appellant, Antoine D. Williams (“Williams”), appeals from his
conviction for forfeiture specifications requiring him to forfeit $385. He assigns the following
errors for our review:
I. The court erred and [Williams] was denied due process when the court without the benefit of any findings of fact forfeited certain monies seized in the wake of an arrest, this desp... More...
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Jay Ebarb v. The State of Texas Judge sentences Lufkin man to 40 years prison for assaulting 73-year-old mother

On August 3, 2015, Appellant was charged by indictment with obstruction. The case proceeded to a bench trial on January 26, 2017. The trial was recessed and resumed on February 24, 2017. During the recess, Appellant filed a motion to suppress alleging that officers made a warrantless arrest without probable cause and unlawfully entered his residence to make the arrest. Appellant sought to supp... More...   $0 (06-07-2018 - TX)

William Wheeler and Joyce Thomas v. William Hronopoulos, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

This is a hornbook example of
how to waive an argument on appeal. One day, a confidential
informant told Officer William Hronopoulos that William
Wheeler had some guns in his Chicago apartment. This
informant had previously given information that led to suc‐
* Of the Southern District of Illinois, sitting by designation.
2 No. 17‐2073
cessful search warrants... More...
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As the parties recognize, the district court granted Sander's motion to suppress on the record at a hearing held on November 1, 2017. For the purposes of this appeal, we will rely on the facts set forth in the transcript of that hearing. In addition, it does not appear that the district court entered a written suppression order into the record in this case. As such, we will also rely on the transc... More...   $0 (06-06-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Mohammed Kayed, a/k/a Mohammed Fayez Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - New Jersey Man Sentenced on Federal Conspiracy Charges for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

Mohammed Kayed, aka Mohammed Fayez, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes.

According to court documents, Kayed and others conspired for more than two years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, Missouri, a low tax m... More...
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Sidney Alex Work v. The State of Texas

As set out above, Work was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a
drug-free zone and tampering with evidence, and those charges stemmed from a traffic stop of
Work’s truck that was initiated by Officer James Purcell. Work was driving the truck at the time of
the traffic stop, and Marla Morgan was riding in the passenger seat. During the trial, the following
witnes... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. HEATH ALLEN UMPHENOUR Aggravated indecent liberties with a child

A jury convicted Heath Allen Umphenour of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and two counts of breach of privacy. Four of Umphenour's convictions were off-grid Jessica's Law offenses. For his off-grid Jessica's Law convictions and Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA) grid convictions, ... More...   $0 (05-27-2018 - KS)


After Toliver's conviction for battery of a law enforcement officer, he was ultimately placed on post-incarceration supervision, i.e., parole, with the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). Toliver signed an agreement that set out the specific conditions of his parole. One of these "Conditions of Release for Post-incarceration Supervision" required his subjection to suspicionless residential se... More...   $0 (05-27-2018 - KS)

Gloria Bustillos v. El Paso County Hospital District, et al. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

This case stems from a series of increasingly intrusive body searches performed by state medical staff during a border stop in El Paso, Texas. The district court dismissed Appellant’s claims based on qualified immunity, failure to allege a valid claim for county liability under § 1983, and failure to meet Texas state tort standards. We affirm.
I. The Search and Seizure
Appel... More...
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COMMONWEALTH vs. TYRIEK BROWN Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The primary issue presented in this appeal is
whether the Commonwealth is required to prove a defendant knows
that a firearm in his or her possession is loaded in order to be
convicted of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm under G. L.

After police officers discovered a loaded firearm in the
rear console of a vehicle driven by the defendant, he was
charged ... More...
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