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Controlled Substance Law
 
United States of America v. Antonio Avila Medrano District of North Dakota Federal Courthouse - Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck, ND - California Man Sentenced on Drug Charges Following Jury Trial Verdict

ANTONIO AVILA MEDRANO, age 41, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland on January 5, 2018 to serve 25 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of Supervised Release, after being found guilty by a trial jury in July of 2017 on charges of Conspiracy to Distribut... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - ND)

Nicholas Lewis v. Scottrade, Inc. Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Nicholas Lewis filed this putative class action against Scottrade, Inc., a
securities brokerage firm, alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices
Act, Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 407.010 et seq., breach of a common law fiduciary duty, and
unjust enrichment. After Lewis filed the action in the Southern District of California,
it was transferred to the Eastern District of Misso... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas Texas

In his first issue, appellant contends the evidence is legally insufficient to prove he
committed cruelty to a nonlivestock animal. The information alleged appellant “intentionally,
knowingly, and recklessly caused bodily injury to an animal, to-wit: a dog by shooting the dog
with a pellet gun, without the effective consent of Roxanne Bogdan, the owner.” See TEX. PENAL
CODE A... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

United states of America v. Denzel Rakim Bridges Northern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Hammond

South Bend, IN - South Bend Man Sentenced For Possession Of Heroin And Possession Of A Firearm During A Drug Trafficking Crime

Denzel Rakim Bridges, age 25, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced on January 10, 2018 before District Court Senior Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
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Ayesha Khan v. Midwestern University Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ayesha Khan struggled academically in medical school from the outset. She failed three of her courses in her first year of medical school at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Ordinarily, under the school policy, this would permit the school administrators to dismiss her from the program. They opted not to do so. Instead, they gave Khan a second oppor-
2 No. ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

Sergio Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

In his first issue, appellants contends he was not properly admonished concerning the range
of punishment he would face if he pleaded guilty. Before the plea hearing, appellant received
written admonishments, which recited that he was charged with a first degree felony with a
punishment range of “5-99 years or Life and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.00.” At the
hearing,... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

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)

Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... 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
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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. 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)

CITY OF TOPEKA v. WILLIE L. MURDOCK

Willie L. Murdock appeals from his conviction of possession of drug paraphernalia under Topeka Municipal Code. 9.50.040(a)(2). He argues (1) the district court erred when it denied his motion to suppress because he did not give Officer Matthew Blassingame consent to enter his apartment; (2) the court erred when it denied his motion to suppress because the plain view doctrine was not satisfied; (3)... 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. Barbara K. Temeck Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, OH - Former VA Chief of Staff Convicted of Distributing Controlled Substance

Barbara K. Temeck, 67, of Cincinnati, was convicted in U.S. District Court on January 9, 2018 of one count of distributing a controlled substance.

A federal grand jury indicted Temeck in May 2017. According to the court documents and testimony, she illegally dispensed Diazepam on November 2, ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Eric Lamont Bates and Yasar Jamal Burnett Southern District of Ohio Federal Courthouse - Dayton, Ohio

Dayton, OH - Two Pharmacy Robbery Defendants Sentenced

Two Indianapolis men were sentenced on January 11, 2018 in U.S. District Court for conspiring to rob a Middletown pharmacy of morphine and oxycodone on April 29, 2017 for the purpose of selling the drugs on the street.

Eric Lamont Bates, 20, was sentenced to 96 months in prison and Yasar Jamal Burnett, 18, was sentenced to 72... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - OK)

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)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Marie DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marie DiFiore asserted claims against her former employer, CSL Behring, for retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act, and for wrongful discharge under a theory of constructive discharge in violation of Pennsylvania state
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law. The False Claims Act (“FCA”) includes an anti-retaliation provision for employee whistleblowers who engage in activity protected by the FCA. The District Co... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. v. Rancho Sante Fe Association

This is an appeal and cross-appeal from an anti-SLAPP ruling which granted the
defense motion to strike in part and denied it in part. (Code Civ. Proc.,1 § 425.16.)
Plaintiff and appellant Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. (Golden Eagle) and its
coplaintiff and appellant Mabee Trust (the Trust; sometimes together, Appellants)2 own
real property in the vicinity of Rancho Santa Fe. ... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - CA)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH BERNARD SCOTT COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case arises out of a series of controlled drug purchases that were made from the Defendant by a confidential informant who was working with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, which resulted in the Henderson County Grand Jury’s return of a
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six-count indictment against the Defendant. Counts one and two charged the Defendant with the August 11, 2014 sale and ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. William G. Horn Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - Edmond Sports Marketing Agent Sentenced to 15 Months for Tax Fraud Through Non-Profit

WILLIAM G. HORN, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was sentenced on January 12, 2017 to fifteen months in federal prison for making false statements on federal tax returns for The Tommie Harris Foundation, a non-profit corporation.

According to charges filed on September 6, 2017, Horn was... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OK)

State of Ohio v. Carolyn Moore Wood County Courthouse - Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH - Jury Convicts Defendant For Fatal Crash

The State of Ohio charged Carolyn Moore, age 33, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of driving under a financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

Li Guan v. Yongmei Hu

Plaintiff Li Guan and defendant Yongmei Hu entered into a
contract under which Guan paid the purchase price for a Malibu
residence (the property) to be held by Hu as the “nominal owner.”
Hu agreed to sell the property upon receiving instructions to
do so, and to distribute the sale proceeds between the parties
according to a mathematical formula in the contract. After
recei... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - CA)

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