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Joesbell Rodriguez-Sanchez v. The State of Texas Texas First District Court of Appeals

On February 10, 2016, the trial court placed appellant on community
supervision, subject to certain conditions, including:
2. Avoid injurious or vicious conduct; and totally abstain from the use or consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind, or any substance capable of causing intoxication, or the illegal use of any controlled substance.

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8. Report in p... More...
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United States of America v. AT&T, Inc., et al. Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

District of Columbia - The United States of America sued AT&T, Inc., DirectV Group Holdings, LLC and Time Warner, Inc. on a Clayton Act violation theory claiming that the proposed acquisition of Tim Warner by AT&T would be anti-competitive and not in the best interest of consumer.

AT&T denied the allegations made by the Government and claimed that the efforts by the Government reflected ... More...
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United States of America v. Sarima Zyhier Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws.

Sharima Zyhier, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and aroun... More...
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The facts of this case are undisputed and the parties stipulated to the following at the bench trial conducted by the district court:

"On December 17, 2013 at 2143 hours, Sedgwick County Emergency Dispatch advised of an accident that occurred in the area of 5700 E. Pawnee. Dispatch advised that the accident involved a single car rollover accident where at least one occupant was eject... More...
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United States of America v. Ryan Faulconer District of New Hampshire Federal Courthouse - Concord, New Hampshire

Concord, NH - Nashua Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Illegal Possession of Firearms

Ryan Faulconer, 25, of Nashua, was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for illegal possessing firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Faulconer purchased eight firearms in a two-week period between April and May of 2016. At the time he purchased the fir... More...
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United States of America v. Joel A. Sabean, M.D. District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

This case, which reads like an
anthology of pain, pathos, and personal degradation, paints a grim
picture of the human condition. It intertwines allegations of an
incestuous relationship with criminal charges of tax evasion,
unlawful distribution of controlled substances, and health-care
fraud. Following a contentious trial, the jury found defendantappellant
Joel A. Sabean ... More...
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United States of America v. Terence Starr Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Verona Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Fentanyl

An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Terence Starr, age 45, of Verona, PA, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised... More...
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Following a jury trial, Glenn Rusch, Jr. was found guilty of aggravated arson resulting in a substantial risk of bodily harm, which made the offense a severity level 3 person felony. The district court granted a downward durational departure and imposed a prison sentence of 71 months. Rusch appeals his conviction. He argues the State failed to prove the element that elevates aggravated arson to a... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)


The facts are mostly undisputed, except whether Gonzalez knew his gun was loaded as events unfolded.

Gonzalez and his friends—Levi (the victim), Bailey Bishop (Levi's sister; Gonzalez' girlfriend), Jeff Swisher (Levi's step-brother), and Zachary Cashman— attended various New Year's Eve parties. At some point, the four men wanted to return to the first party and Gonzalez drove them. Cash... More...
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United States of America v. Lester Levell Singleton Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, MS - Jackson Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Importation of Chemicals to Manufacture Spice

Lester Singleton, 35, of Jackson, was sentenced on March 20, 2018 by U.S. District Chief Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, to 108 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in importing the controlled substance 5-Fluoro-PB-22.

On April 19, 2015, ... More...
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Contrice Travis v. Exel, Inc. Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

A jury awarded the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) and Contrice Travis back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages after finding that Travis’s employer, Exel, Inc., discriminated against her because of her sex. The discrimination occurred when Dave Harris, Travis’s supervisor, denied her a promotion in favor of Michael Pooler, a male employee. After the verdict, Exel ... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - GA)


In 15CR2693, Velo was convicted of criminal possession of a firearm and received a sentence of 13 months' imprisonment. In 16CR1420 and 16CR2031, Velo was convicted in each case of possession of methamphetamine and received a sentence of 22 months' imprisonment in each case. The district court ordered the sentences to run consecutively and placed Velo on probation for 18 months in the first case a... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)


On November 3, 2015, the State filed case No. 15CR3133 charging Grimes with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and one count of possession of methamphetamine, all of which were felonies. On November 17, 2015, Grimes and the State submitted a plea agreement to the district court. In exchange for his pleading guilty as charged, the State agreed to recommend the low number in the sentence g... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)


Patton pled guilty to aggravated assault and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. His criminal history score was A. At sentencing in February 2014, the State presented an agreed motion to the district court asking for a downward dispositional departure to probation. The district court reluctantly granted the motion and sentenced Patton to 24 months' probation with an underlying 43-month pr... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)


In April 2015, Eastman moved into a friend's house in Lawrence and began using methamphetamine. That same week she met Kevin Grob. According to Eastman, when Grob learned that she used methamphetamine, he invited her "to get high." Eastman accepted the invitation and the pair used methamphetamine together. Subsequently, Eastman claimed Grob supplied her with methamphetamine "quite a few times" dur... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)

Abraham Aleiandro Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Adrian P. Macias District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241
alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States
citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”) following ICE’s reinstatement of a prior order of removal on that basis.
Dismissing Gonzalez-Alarcon’s petition, the district court concl... More...
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In December 2009, 13-year-old J.S.S. reported to her parents that she was in a relationship with a 35-year-old man named "Dan," with whom she had engaged in sex nine times. Subsequent investigation by McPherson police officers revealed Dan to be Searcy, who was 37 years old at the time. During questioning, Searcy admitted to law enforcement that he had had vaginal, anal, and oral sex with J.S.S. <... More...   $0 (03-19-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Abreain Terron Dalton District of Alaska Federal Courthouse - Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK - California Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Federal Drug and Gun Offenses in Anchorage

A California man was sentenced on March 9, 2017 for federal drug and gun offenses in Anchorage.

Abreain Terron Dalton, 36, of Victorville, California, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to serve 15 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervi... More...
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Marlyn Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center, UHS of Delaware, Inc. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

The discovery process in theory should be cooperative and largely unsupervised by the district court. But when required disclosures aren’t made or cooperation breaks down, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37 allows a party to move for an order compelling disclosures or discovery. If the order is disobeyed, the court can impose contempt and other sanctions. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45, which ... More...   $0 (03-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Justin Lee Denny Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Jefferson City, Missouri

Jefferson City, MO - Sedalia Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm

A Sedalia, Mo., man pleaded guilty on March 15, 2018 in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm.

Justin Lee Denny, 27, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

By pleading guilty today, Denny admitted that he was in po... More...
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The State charged Neighbors with one count each of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine.

At trial, Officer Dominick Vortherms testified he was conducting surveillance near Neighbors' residence on May 22, 2015, because there were several reports of drug dealing in the area. He was not conducting surveillance of Neighbors' r... More...
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Castillo-Calles was convicted by a jury of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The victim, I.W., was 12 years old at the time of the events leading to the charge. I.W. was friends with C.P., who lived with Castillo-Calles (her stepfather) and her mother.

On March 24, 2013, I.W. spent the night at C.P.'s house. That afternoon, C.P., I.W., and Castillo-Calles played hide and seek.... More...
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In August 2014, law enforcement investigated a rural area in Greenwood County, Kansas after receiving a report of a possible grow operation from a tree-cutting crew. They located large plants at various levels of maturity. The plants were in rows, weeds had been pulled, there were paths between the rows of plants, and the area was clear of debris and brush—allowing law enforcement to infer that so... More...   $0 (03-18-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Mark Winston Pickrell, Aubrey Dean Bullard, Danny Lee Thomas, Ralph Guemell Polle and Christopher eArl Southern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Augusta, Georgia

Augusta, GA - Five Men Sentenced for Illegally Possessing and Dealing Firearms in the Augusta Area

On March 12, 2018, Mark Winston Pickrell and Aubrey Dean Bullard were sentenced for their respective roles in a conspiracy to illegally possess and sell unregistered firearms. The sentences were handed down by the Honorable Chief Judge J. Randal Hall, United States District Court.

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United States of America v. Christopher O'Berry District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Columbia Man Sentenced for Theft of Food Stamp Money

Christopher O’Berry, age 43, of Columbia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for Theft of Government Money, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 641. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia, also ordered O’Berry to pay $1,039,981.75 in restitution to the United States.
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