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Hugh Edward Turner v. The State of Texas

The trial evidence supported the following facts:

The complainant, twenty-one year old Andrew (“Drew”) Johnson, was fatally stabbed at
around 12:45 a.m. on July 4, 2015. The stabbing took place outside a 7-Eleven store in northeast
Dallas.
Two witnesses to the incident testified at trial. One was Johnson’s friend Shawn Williams,
who testified to the following facts:... More...
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Keysha Keyyor Tugler v. The State of Texas Fifth Court of Appeals of Texas

At a convenience store at 1:20 a.m. on June 18, 2016, a night manager had just finished
with a transaction involving a female customer. A delivery driver was also present making a
delivery. At that moment, two individuals ran into the store brandishing guns. Both gunmen had
their faces covered, one with black-and-white fabric and the other with a mask. The assailants
took t... More...
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Rigoberto Mendez Carrillo v. The State of Texas

On the night of May 30, 2014, a married couple were driving home after attending church
and dining at a restaurant when a white truck driven by appellant sped up from behind their car
and struck them on the passenger side, sending the couple’s car up onto the median. Appellant did
not stop, but continued to speed down the street. The couple began to drive their damaged car
ho... More...
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United States of America v. Marq Vincent Perez Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Houston, TX - Jury Convicts Texas Man of Hate Crime in the Burning of Victoria, Texas, Mosque

The Justice Department today announced that a federal jury in Victoria, Texas, has returned guilty verdicts on all counts as charged related to the 2017 burning of a local mosque. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan Pat... More...
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Theresa Mason-Funk v. City of Neenah, et al. Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Brian Flatoff’s decision to take individuals hostage at a
motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wisconsin,
had tragic consequences for Michael Funk. After managing
to escape from Flatoff, Funk was shot and killed in the alleyway
behind the shop by two officers of the Neenah Police
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Department (NPD), Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross. Unfortunately,
they mistakenly b... More...
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Joshua Vasquez and Miguel Cardona v. Kimberly M. Foxx Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Joshua Vasquez and Miguel Cardona are convicted child sex offenders who live in Chicago and are required to register as sex offenders and comply with state restrictions on where they may live. For example, a child sex offender may not knowingly live within 500 feet of
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a school, playground, or child-care center. 720 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-9.3(b-5), (b-10). A few years after Vas... More...
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Dustin Lee Waters v. The State of Texas

On April 23, 2016, Alexis Ortiz and Bianca went out for drinks at a bar in Fort Worth. While there, Bianca received texts from Anna Ramos containing nude photographs of Bianca’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph David Rodriguez (nicknamed “Loke”), and Anna. Angered, Bianca decided to drive to Loke’s house on Selene Street to “beat [Anna] up.” Alexis and Bianca left the bar around 1:00 a.m., and Alexis d... More...   $0 (07-16-2018 - TX)

Joe Angel Lopez v. The State of Texas

On April 23, 2016, Alexis Ortiz and Bianca went out for drinks at a bar in
Fort Worth. While there, Bianca received texts from Anna Ramos containing
nude photographs of Bianca’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph David Rodriguez (nicknamed
“Loke”), and Anna. Angered, Bianca decided to drive to Loke’s house on Selene
Street to “beat [Anna] up.”
Alexis and Bianca left the bar around 1:0... More...
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Vastie Shakira Coleman v. The State of Texas

Coleman beat her four-year-old son to death with an electric cord. She
pleaded guilty to the charge of serious bodily injury to a child.
The trial court held a sentencing hearing, at which the State introduced
Coleman’s pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report. The PSI report recounts the
following.
Around 6:00 p.m. on July 15, 2012, emergency medical services were
dis... More...
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LARNELL DYKES v. MARTIN SAUERS

Dykes was sentenced in August 1991 for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, rape, and aggravated burglary in Sedgwick County case No. 90CR2155. Dykes was sentenced in March 1993 for aggravated escape from custody in Leavenworth County case No. 91CR514. Dykes was sentenced in each case before the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA) went into effect, and his sentences are not eligible for ... More...   $0 (07-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TRAVIS MONTEZ JOHNSON

On the evening of February 20, 2016, Jaron Sanders invited Dominique Shugart and her cousin, Shavontee Heally, over to his house. When the women arrived, approximately 12 other guests were already there, including Travis Johnson and Terrance Harvell. Sanders was flirtatious and friendly with Heally. Shugart invited another friend, Regina Stuart, to the party, and she arrived when she got off work.... More...   $0 (07-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. NICHOLAS WAYNE FAGLIE

On January 25, 2016, Kristopher Schultz was at Charlie's Place, a bar in Emporia, Kansas. Schultz' friend, Christopher Walburn, was drinking with him in the bar. Faglie also went to Charlie's Place that night with his friend, Dustin Dingman. During the evening, the four men—Schultz, Walburn, Faglie, and Dingman—were drinking shots and other alcoholic beverages at the bar. The bartender noticed som... More...   $0 (07-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ALTON SILVERSON

Silverson was charged with several crimes resulting from an incident that occurred at the Kunkle residence, where Rita and David lived with their adult daughter, Ruth. The events were recounted by the Kunkle family at trial.

As Rita and Ruth were returning home from the grocery store on the evening of December 2, 2015, they saw a car pull into a driveway across the street. Rita went in... More...
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Angela Johnson Musa v. Dr. Carrie Miles and Dr. Joseph Elia Multnomah County Courthouse - Portland, Oregon

This appeal involves a dispute over attorney fees in an action on an automobile insurance policy. Plaintiff sued defendant for personal injury protection (PIP) and uninsured motorist (UM) benefits under his automobile insurance policy with defendant after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured driver. The only issues remaining in the case after court-annexed arbitration and ... More...   $0 (07-16-2018 - OR)

IN RE: ESTATE OF JERRY WEST, Deceased, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Estate of
Jerry West, a Vietnam veteran, dispute whether certain benefits owed to West at the time of his
death should be paid to the Estate. The district court remanded that dispute to Kentucky probate
court, but the government contends the dispute can be litigated only pursuant to the procedure set
forth in the Veterans’ Judicial Review ... More...
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Larry Littlejohn v. Costco Wholesale Corporation

Plaintiff Larry Littlejohn appeals from a ruling sustaining a demurrer to his third
amended complaint (complaint) without leave to amend. Littlejohn sought to sue Costco
Wholesale Corporation and Costco Wholesale Membership, Inc. (Costco), the California
Board of Equalization (Board) and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. (Abbott) to recover amounts
he paid in sales tax reimbursement on pur... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOHN TIMOTHY CANNON, a/k/a Mr JT,

Cannon argues that the district court abused its discretion in denying his pretrial motion for a reliability hearing. Cannon’s opening brief merely incorporates by reference his district court pleadings, a tactic of which we have disapproved. See Fed. R. App. P. 28(a)(8)(A); Wahi v. Charleston Area Med. Ctr., Inc., 562 F.3d 599, 607 (4th Cir. 2009); McCarver v. Lee, 221 F.3d 583, 588 n.1 (4t... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - Nc)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOSEPH KELVIN ABERANT

We review a defendant’s sentence “under a deferential abuse-of-discretion standard.” Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 41 (2007). Under this standard, a sentence is reviewed for both procedural and substantive reasonableness. Id. at 51. In determining procedural reasonableness, we consider whether the district court properly calculated the defendant’s advisory Guidelines range, gave the ... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - NC)

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Jill Meadows v. Kimberly K. Reynolds, ex rel State of Iowa and Iowa Board of Medicine SUPREME COURT OF IOWA

In this appeal, we must decide if the constitutional right of women to choose to terminate a pregnancy is unreasonably restricted by a statute that prohibits the exercise of the right for a period of seventy-two hours after going to a doctor. In making this decision, we recognize the continuing debate in society over abortion and acknowledge the right of government to reasonably regulate the const... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - IA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - v - EDWIN HERNANDEZ, AKA Scooby, AKA Masacre

The present prosecution arises out of shootings on October 23, 2011, in 3 Central Islip, New York, in which Robert Faber and Curtis Williams were injured. 4 The operative indictment charged Hernandez in six counts, three with respect to each 5 victim. Counts Four and Five alleged that Hernandez, for the purpose of gaining 6 entrance to, and maintaining or increasing his position in, MS-13, atte... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - NY)

BURGESS MASSEY v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

After the Supreme Court denied his petition for a writ  of certiorari, Massey v. United States, 549 U.S. 1136 (2007),  Massey filed his first motion for relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C.  § 2255, Massey v. United States, 08‐924, 2009 WL 1285991  (S.D.N.Y.  Apr.  23,  2009).  The  District  Court  denied  his  motion  and  did  not  issue  a  certificate  of  appealability,  finding that his three... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - )

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -v-ALVAUN THOMPSON, AKA LP, AKA Legit Pimp, AKA AT

Because Thompson appeals from a judgment of conviction entered after a jury  trial, we “draw the facts from the evidence presented at trial, viewed in the light most  favorable to the government.” United States v. Allen, 864 F.3d 63, 69 n.8 (2d Cir. 2017)  (internal quotation marks omitted).  Thompson began his relationship with the two minor female victims of concern  here—identified as M1 and M2... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - )

JOSEPH S. HAJDUSEK v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Marine Corps recruit from NH sues U.S. for injury he says was caused by sergeant who made him exercise 'excessively'

When reviewing a dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1), we "construe the [c]omplaint liberally and treat all well-pleaded facts as true, according the plaintiff the benefit of all reasonable inferences." Murphy v. United States, 45 F.3d 520, 522 (1st Cir. 1995). In addition to the pleadings, Hajdusek submitted certain additional ma... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - NH)

Jerry Lynn Lofton a/k/a Gerry Lynn Lofton a/k/a Gerry Lofton a/k/a Jerry Loftin a/k/a Jerry Lofton v. State of Mississippi

Edroy James Ballard Jr. was shot and killed on June 3, 2014, in Horn Lake, Mississippi. A DeSoto County grand jury charged Lofton with Ballard’s murder. Lofton was deemed indigent, and Adam Emerson was appointed to represent him. Several months later, Emerson filed a motion to reconsider Lofton’s indigent status. Emerson informed the trial court that Lofton had refused to meet with him and wi... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - FL)

Tom Donovan Nicolos v. North Slope Borough North Slope Borough of Alaska

The North Slope Borough discharged employee Tom Donovan Nicolos after he made statements that Borough employees interpreted as threats. Nicolos appeals from the superior court’s order approving the Borough Personnel Board’s decision affirming his discharge. He claims that his statements did not constitute threats or other
misconduct under the Borough’s personnel rules and that the Borough fail... More...
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