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United States of America v. Christopher Baskin District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Clarence Christopher Baskin appeals his consecutive sentences for witness
tampering and drug trafficking. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this
court affirms.
A jury convicted Baskin of witness tampering. He later pled guilty to related
drug trafficking, agreeing to a sentence of 120 months. The 11(c)(1)(C) plea
agreement said: “The parties have no agreement regardin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. Ted Howard Fulk Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Defendant Ted Howard Fulk pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register
as a sex offender in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250, his fourth conviction related to
registry requirements. The district court 1 sentenced him to thirty-seven months’
imprisonment and ten years’ supervised release. His supervised release includes a
special condition requiring court approval before travelin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - IA)

Ndioba Niang v. Emily Carroll Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri statutes require African-style hair braiders to be licensed as barbers
or cosmetologists. Ndioba “Joba” Niang and Tameka Stigers challenge this
requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court1 granted summary
judgment for the State. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court
affirms.
African-style hair braiders are required to have a license ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Vaughn Diamond STATE OF MINNESOTA IN SUPREME COURT

A homeowner in Chaska returned home to find that someone had kicked open her
attached garage’s side-entry door, entered her home, and taken jewelry, electronics, and a
safe. When police officers arrived to investigate the burglary, they discovered two key
pieces of evidence: shoe tread prints on the side-entry door, and, on the driveway, an
envelope with the name “S.W.” writt... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MN)

Brian Trent Rosenbaum v. The State of Texas Brian Trent Rosenbaum

Brian Trent Rosenbaum (appellant) appeals his conviction under § 25.07 of the
Texas Penal Code for violating a protective order and the accompanying twenty-five-year
prison term. One issue lies before us for disposition. It involves the sufficiency of the
evidence establishing that he previously violated two protective orders issued under
Chapter 85 of the Texas Family Code.... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

Adrian Cardona Velasquez v. The State of Texas 5th Court of Appeals - Dallas, Texas

On August 4, 2014, L.P. and her two daughters, ten-year old E.P. and one-year old S.P.,
were walking to a supermarket in Dallas, Texas, when a small, red, four-door vehicle pulled up
next to them “very, very slowly, almost to a stopping point.” The driver was the only passenger
in the vehicle. E.P. was walking beside her mother, who was pushing S.P. in a stroller. E.P.
testi... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

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)

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)

Tracey E. George, et al. v. Tre Hargett Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

In November 2014, Tennessee voters approved an
amendment to the Tennessee Constitution making clear that the Constitution is not to be
construed as securing or protecting a right to abortion or requiring funding of an abortion.
Understandably, the amendment was a matter of no small controversy. In fact, more votes were
cast in favor of and opposition to the amendment than were cast... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

Keith Saunders v. Ford Motor Company, Jeff Marzian, Karen Morrison Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This case involves claims by Keith Saunders
against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management
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No. 17-5277 Saunders v. Ford Motor Co., et al. Page 2
Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford
breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on
temporary leave—known ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - KY)

United States of America v. William Carl Welsh Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

In January 2011, William Carl Welsh pleaded guilty in an Oregon federal district court to failing to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”) and was sentenced to 673 days in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. Welsh admitted that he had not updated his sex offender registration in Oregon when he left the state to move to Belize. While in the custody of the Bureau... More...   $0 (01-15-2018 - NC)

Andrew Panico v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

In this putative class action, Plaintiff-Appellant Andrew Panico, who resides outside of the state of Delaware but signed a contract with a choice-of-law provision specifying application of Delaware state law, asserts that Defendant-Appellee Portfolio Recovery Associates (“PRA”) violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“NJCFA”) by suing to co... More...   $0 (01-14-2018 - NJ)

Don Karms and Robert Parker v. Kathleen Shanahan, Sandra McKeon Crow and New Jersey Transit District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Don Karns and Robert Parker filed civil rights actions against the New Jersey Transit Corporation (“NJ Transit”) and NJ Transit Officers Kathleen Shanahan and Sandra McKeon Crowe in their official and individual capacities, alleging violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Officers Shanahan and Crowe arrested Karns and Parker for defiant trespass and obstruction of justice after... More...   $0 (01-14-2018 - NJ)

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. MATTHEW GLEN HOWELL COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

In April 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury charged the defendant with one count each of resisting arrest and aggravated assault by causing the victim, Liela Avila, to fear bodily injury by use or display of a deadly weapon. The trial court conducted a jury trial in February 2016.
The State’s proof at trial showed that the victim moved to Nashville in early September of 2014 to pursue a car... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Mario Donte Keene Mario Keene Sentenced To Life In Prison

Amanda Harris, who was charged with felony murder for her participation in the victim’s death, testified at trial that, prior to her participation in the offenses at issue, she was addicted to crack cocaine and Xanax. She stated that she had taken drugs since she was in the eighth grade and that she had previously been convicted of theft, domestic violence, and reckless endangerment with the use ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. EDWARD CURRAN Massachusetts Appeals Court

General Laws c. 123A, § 15, allows incompetent
persons who are unable to stand trial for qualifying sex
offenses to be deemed sexually dangerous based on the commission
of those offenses. In 2008, we held that this proceeding did
not violate due process or equal protection because of the
rights the Legislature explicitly included in the statute to
"protect an incompe... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - MA)

BRANDY LEE COLEMAN f/k/a BRANDY LEE JOHNSON vs. STATE OF IOWA

Brandy Coleman appeals the district court’s denial of her postconviction
relief (PCR) application. She contends the district court erred in denying her
application because the indeterminate fifty-year prison sentence entered upon
her conviction amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the United
States and Iowa Constitutions.1
In 1996, a jury found Colema... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

United states of America v. Jeffrey J. Wilson Southern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Evansville, Indiana

A grand jury indicted Jeffrey Wilson,
in a twenty-one-count indictment, with the following
offenses: (1) fraud in connection with the purchase or sale of
securities, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 78j(b) and 78ff, and 17
C.F.R. § 240.10b-5 (Count 1); (2) fraud in the offer or sale of
securities, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 77q(a) and 77x, and 18
U.S.C. § 2 (Count 2); (3) mat... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IN)

STATE OF IOWA vs. NASSER MUHAMED SAHIR Nasser Muhamed Sahir - Sex Offender in Waterloo, IA

In 2012, T.O.C. (born 1996) was living with her mother and Sahir. One
evening, Sahir came into T.O.C.’s bedroom while she was in bed and told her
“there’s things [she] can do to make [herself] feel better so [she’s] not so mad and
so [she doesn’t] go have sex.” Sahir put his hand on her, put his hand into her
pants, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers, “moving them in ... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

State of Louisiana v. Navarius Simon

On June 8, 2016, Donna Richardson, Simon’s parole officer, paid a
visit to Simon’s home, located at 400 Topeka Street in Mansfield, Louisiana.
Richardson testified that when she pulled up to the home, Simon, who was
outside washing his carport, noticed her and began walking into the house.
Richardson asked him to stop, but when he continued, she followed him into
the hom... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - TX)

Jered Sasen v. Richard V. Spencer District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This case, which pits a retired
petty officer against the United States Navy, is awash with novel
legal questions concerning the application and operation of
Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). These
questions center on Article 31(b), which requires that a sailor
suspected of an offense be warned both that he need not make any
statement regarding that... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - MA)

Evertee Simmons and Dontell Stephens v. Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach Sheriff Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Dontrell Stephens was shot four times by Deputy Sheriff Adams Lin during
an encounter in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 13, 2013. As a result,
Stephens now suffers from permanent paralysis.
In an action brought against Deputy Lin as an individual and Sheriff Ric
Bradshaw in his official capacity as the sheriff of Palm Beach County, the district
court granted summary jud... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Damaso Lopez-Serrano, a/k/a "Mini Lie" Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Los Angeles, CA - Sinaloa Cartel Cell Leader Pleads Guilty For Involvement in the Imporatation of Tons of Narcotics into the United States

Sinaloa Cartel cell leader Damaso Lopez-Serrano aka “Mini Lic,” pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for purpose of unlawful importation following his self-surrender to U.S. law enforcement authorities... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - CA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ANDREW WAYNE HULEN

At the time of the events alleged in this case, Hulen was serving a five-year term of supervised release that followed twelve months of imprisonment for failure to register as a sex offender in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a). As a condition
UNITED STATES V. HULEN4 of his supervised release, Hulen was required to participate in sex-offender treatment.
Two months into his supervised relea... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - MT)

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