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United States of America v. Mark Olic Porter District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Using a Stun Device During a Racially-Motivated Assault of His Neighbor

Following a three-day trial, a jury found Mark Porter, 59, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, guilty yesterday of committing a federal hate crime when he used a stun device during the racially-motivated assault of a neighbor at his apartment complex in Draper, Utah. Ass... More...
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United States of America v. Hernando Javier Vergara Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This appeal presents the issue whether warrantless forensic searches of two cell phones at the border violated the Fourth Amendment. U.S. Const. amend IV. Hernando Javier Vergara appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence found on two cell phones that he carried on a cruise from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida. He argues that the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Riley v. Califo... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - FL)


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)

United States of America v. Alfredo Cardenas-Suastegui Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Fresno, CA - Mexican National Sentenced for Destructive Marijuana Cultivation Operation in Sequoia National Forest in Kern County

Alfredo Cardenas-Suastegui (Cardenas), 57, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Sequoia National Forest, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott anno... More...
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In September 2016, Kelley pled guilty to two counts of felony theft, a severity level 9 nonperson felony. According to the PSI, Kelley's criminal history included a 2012 Missouri person felony conviction for Resisting Arrest by Fleeing—Creating a Substantial Risk of Injury/Death to Any Person. The only information in the record that pertains to Kelley's Missouri conviction is found in the PSI. Bas... More...   $0 (03-18-2018 - KS)


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)

Quanta Computer, Inc. v. Japan Communications, Inc.

A Taiwanese company entered into a contract to
manufacture and sell cellular telephones to a Japanese
company. The parties negotiated a forum selection clause
mandating that any dispute be resolved in a California court
under California law. Nothing in the creation, performance,
or alleged breach of the contract has any connection to
California. The Taiwanese company filed ... More...
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In the early hours of September 15, 2005, nine shots were fired through a
3 bedroom window of an apartment in Clovis, killing ten-year-old Carlos Perez. Carlos
4 had been sleeping in the bedroom he shared with his older brother, the intended
5 victim, seventeen-year-old Ruben Perez.
6 {4} That night there were two distinct groups of actors involved in the shooting:
7 one group... More...
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United States of America v. Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Syrian National Convicted for Conspiring to Kill American Soldiers in Iraq

Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah, a Syrian national who had been living in Iraq, was convicted by a jury, following a six-week trial, of conspiring and supporting the 1920s Revolutionary Brigades, an insurgent group that planted road-side bombs to attack and kill American soldiers in Iraq. A jury convicted ... More...
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United States of America v. Ronald L. Wheeler, III, a/k/a Trappy Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - AlphaBay spokesperson Ronald L. Wheeler III a/k/a “Trappy” pleads guilty to conspiracy

Ronald L. Wheeler, III, a/k/a Trappy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud for working as a public relations specialist for the Dark Web Marketplace AlphaBay.

“Wheeler spent hours on the Dark Web and general Internet providing AlphaBay users tips for attempti... More...
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United States of America v. AAA Pest Protection Inc. d/b/a AAA Pest Control, Inc. (AAA Pest), and owner William Robles United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Fumigation Company Sentenced, Owner Imprisoned After Illegal Pesticide Applications

AAA Pest Protection Inc. d/b/a AAA Pest Control, Inc. (AAA Pest), and owner William Robles, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida were sentenced today in federal court in Miami before U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom in connection with the illegal application of pesticides to treat homes and othe... More...
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Kenneth Jerome Dawson v. Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, et al. District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Kenneth Jerome Dawson appeals the dismissal of his action brought pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in which he asserts a violation of his Fourteenth Amendment
substantive due process rights. Dawson challenges the official policies of the
Jefferson County Jail. Due to the timing of Dawson’s detention, the timing of his
posting of bond, and the court-ordered release condition that Dawson... More...
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United States of America v. Dameion Highley District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Defendant Dameion Higley filed a motion for relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in
the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He argued that his
conviction for using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence should be vacated
because armed bank robbery is not a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).
The district court denied the motion as untimely or alternati... More...
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United States of America v. David Robert McFarland Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

David McFarland appeals the district court’s order revoking his supervised
release pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3583. He contends that he was denied his right of
cross-examination at the preliminary hearing and that the evidence was insufficient to
support the criminal allegations underlying the revocation. We dismiss the first
argument for lack of jurisdiction and affirm on the second.... More...
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James Webb v. Solarcity Corporation; Lyndon R. Rive; Robert K. Kelly Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-Appellant James Webb brought this class action
lawsuit against Defendants-Appellees SolarCity
Corporation (SolarCity or the company), Lyndon R. Rive,
and Robert D. Kelly on behalf of the class of plaintiffs who
bought SolarCity shares between December 12, 2012—the
date of the company’s initial public offering (IPO)—and
March 18, 2014 (the Class Period). Webb claim... More...
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Edward Munro v. Department of Motor Vehicles

According to police reports in the administrative record, an officer responded to a
report of a midnight single-vehicle collision. The officer saw a Porsche SUV on the edge
of the road moving forward and back a few feet in each direction; one front tire was
missing and the wheel’s rim and brake system were extensively damaged. Munro ... More...
   $0 (03-08-2018 - CA)

Ellen Keates; A.K., a minor, through her parent and guardian Ellen Keates v. Michael Koile, et al. Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Ellen Keates and her minor child, A.K., appeal the
dismissal of their claims against Michael Koile and other
officers and employees of what was then the Child Protective
Services (CPS) division of the Arizona Department of
Economic Security (ADES), which allege (among other
things) violations of Keates’s and A.K.’s constitutional rights
to familial ass... More...
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United States of America v. James Larry McNeal Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Defendants James Larry McNeal and Alphonso Stoddard were
convicted by a jury and sentenced in the Eastern District of
Virginia for conspiracy, armed bank robberies, and brandishing
firearms during crimes of violence. On appeal, McNeal and
Stoddard jointly challenge the sufficiency of the evidence
supporting their convictions on the brandishing offenses.
Separately, McNeal p... More...
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Walter Shuker; Vivian Shuker v. Smith & Nephew, P.L.C.; Smith & Nephew, Inc. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, Congress added comprehensive medical device approval processes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, prescribing tiers of federal requirements for certain devices corresponding to the device’s inherent risk level. In exchange for compliance with the strictest federal mandates, Congress afforded manufacturers express preemption from state laws impo... More...   $0 (03-02-2018 - PA)

United States of America v. Rikki Ross Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Birmingham, AL - Federal Prosecutors Charge Former YWCA Child Care Director for Stealing from Non-profit Employer

Federal prosecutors charged a former YWCA child care director for stealing nearly $200,000 from the non-profit over several years, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a ... More...
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United States of America v. Steven Eugene Johnson, a.k.a. Yahya Johnson Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Resident Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Felon in Possession Conviction

Steven Eugene Johnson, a.k.a. Yahya Johnson, 36, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced to serve 37 months in federal prison by the Honorable Pamela Reeves, U.S. District Court Judge. Upon his release from prison, Johnson will be supervised by the U.S. Probation office for three y... More...
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United States of America v. Philip E. Michael, II Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

What does it mean to “use[]” someone else’s “means of
identification”? 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1). The question arises in the context of an indictment
alleging that Philip Michael used a doctor’s means of identification (his name and identification
number) and a patient’s means of identification (his name and birth date) to request insurance
reimbursement for a drug the doctor never p... More...
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Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association v. National Park Service Western District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Grand Rapids, Michigan

This case presents the question of what citizens must do during
the administrative planning stage of a federal agency action in order to preserve a later challenge
to the agency’s final decision under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). In 2008,
the National Park Service proposed a plan to build a scenic trailway through the Sleeping Bear
Dunes National Lakeshore in Lee... More...
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Tony Muro v. Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Plaintiff Tony Muro entered into an employment contract with defendant
Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. (Cornerstone). The contract included a provision
requiring that all disputes arising out of Muro's employment with Cornerstone to be
resolved by arbitration. It also incorporated a class action waiver provision. In response
to Muro's present action, which was styled as a prop... More...
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Phillip J. Singer v. Kenneth Reali, et al. Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, North Carolina

These appeals arise from the dismissal of a securities fraud class action complaint in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The action relates to the healthcare provider reimbursement practices of defendant TranS1, Inc., and four officers thereof —defendants Kenneth Reali, Joseph P. Slattery, Richard Randall, and Michael Luetkemeyer (collectively, the “Officers”) — in connection with TranS1’s A... More...   $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

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