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Establishment Clause Law
 
Bruce Frank Ruark v. The State of Texas

A denial of habeas corpus relief is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard.
Ex parte Wheeler, 203 S.W.3d 317, 324 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006); Hernandez-Prado v. State,
No. 03-15-00290-CR, 2016 WL 3144113, at *4 (Tex. App.—Austin May 26, 2016, no pet.) (mem.
op., not designated for publication). A habeas court abuses its discretion, and the appellate court
will reverse the habe... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

David Wilbanks v. The State of Texas The Colony resident sentenced to 60 years for child molestation

When she was fourteen years old, Gloria3––who had lived with Wilbanks
from time to time while he financially and emotionally supported her family––told
her best friend’s mother that Wilbanks had repeatedly performed sexual acts with
her, beginning with fondling when she was six years old and continuing until the
time of her outcry. At the urging of her friend’s mother, Gloria ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

State of Nebraska v. Luis Bedolla G.I. man accused of sexually assaulting niece

On August 4, 2015, the State filed an information charging
Bedolla with seven counts of various degrees of sexual assault
of a child. The offenses involved three different victims and
were charged as having occurred on various dates ranging
from June 2002 through May 2015. One of the counts was
charged as first degree sexual assault of a child, in violation
of Neb. Rev. Sta... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NE)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JEROME WILSON Man arrested minutes after attempting to steal $10K in armed bank robbery, police say

The facts of the case are not in dispute. Wilson pled guilty to three counts of unarmed bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a), and the District Court sentenced him to 151 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised released, restitution of $3,122, and a special assessment of $300. The sentence was based in part on two enhancements: one for being a career ... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - PA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. RAYMOND TUCKER Connecticut Judicial Branch

The defendant, Raymond Tucker, appeals from the judgment of the trial court finding him in violation of probation pursuant to General Statutes § 53a-32. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court (1) erred in admitting a 911 recording into evidence, (2) erroneously found that the defendant had violated his probation, and (3) abused its discretion in imposing a sentence of three years incarcer... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project v. Georg Gascon, etl. Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-appellant Erotic Service Provider Legal,
Education & Research Project; K.L.E.S.; C.V.; J.B.; and
John Doe (collectively, “ESP”) appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their 42 U.S.C. §1983 action. ESP claims that
Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code, which
criminalizes the commercial exchange of sexual activity,
violates: (1) the Fourteenth Amendment subs... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

McMillin Albany, LLC v. The Superior Court of Kern County, Carl Van Tassel, Real Parties in Interest

In Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal.4th 627, 632 (Aas), this court held
that the economic loss rule bars homeowners suing in negligence for construction
defects from recovering damages where there is no showing of actual property
damage or personal injury. We explained that requiring a showing of more than
economic loss was necessary to preserve the boundary between tort and con... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

Juan Aguilar vs. The State of Florida

On Sunday, December 9, 2007, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a three-car
accident occurred in the four westbound lanes of State Road 836 near the 27th
Avenue exit. At approximately 3:11 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
Bobadilla (“Trooper Bobadilla”) received a dispatch regarding this accident.
When he arrived at the scene, Miami Dade Expressway Authority (“MDX”) Road
Ra... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Quantez Person Jury hung in trial of former FedEx employee accused of rape, exposing HIV

Originally charged with aggravated rape and criminal exposure to HIV, the defendant was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of criminal exposure to HIV based upon hisengaging in unprotected sexual acts with the victim in March 2012.

At the defendant’s May 2016 trial, the victim testified that as she walked from her home to the home of a friend, a man driving a Chrysler conver... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO vs JACQUES GOERGES K.

The record reveals that Appellant, Jacques Goerges K. Daboni,
was indicted on September 23, 2014, in case number 14CR173 in the Meigs
County Court of Common Pleas on multiple felonies, which included three
Meigs App. Nos. 16CA5, 16CA6 and 16CA7 3
counts of trafficking in heroin, one count of possession of heroin, and one
count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - OH)

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)

Western-Southern Life Assurance Company v. George W. Kaleh Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This case involves a lender who sued a guarantor for the breach of three personal guarantees. George Kaleh signed the guarantee agreements in conjunction with a real-estate-development project, and Western-Southern Life Assurance Company financed the project. After the borrowers defaulted on the underlying loans, Western foreclosed on the property and sued Kaleh.
The district court conducted a... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

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)

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)

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 OHIO vs. MITCHELL SHIVERS

In Cuyahoga C.P. No. CR-16-602796-A, appellant was charged with two
counts of rape, each with a sexually violent predator specification, and one count of
kidnapping with a sexual motivation specification and a sexually violent predator
specification. Appellant filed a motion to dismiss for preindictment delay. Thereafter,
he entered a plea of guilty to Count 1 as amended to s... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. DEANDRE T. CARZELLE

On March 1, 2016, Carzelle, along with his cousin, traveled to the scene of
the crime to confront some people with whom he had a conflict. Carzelle brought a gun
with him and shot twice across a roadway towards Dequantai Cross (“Cross”). Cross
was in a barbershop at the time of the shooting. One of the bullets hit Cross in the face.
Carzelle was subsequently arrested and ch... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

State of Wisconsin v. Michael L. Washington Wisconsin Supreme Court

The petitioner, Michael L. Washington ("Washington"), seeks review of a published court of
appeals decision affirming his judgment of conviction and the
circuit court's order denying his postconviction motion.1 He
asserts that the court of appeals erred in determining that, by his conduct, he waived his statutory right to be present at trial.

Washington specifically cont... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - WI)

KENNETH RALPH KOHL vs. STATE OF IOWA Iowa Court of Appeals

In 2003 Kohl pled guilty and was sentenced to multiple offenses: two counts
of third-degree sexual abuse, in violation of Iowa Code sections 709.1 and 709.4(1)
(2003); indecent exposure, enhanced, in violation of Iowa Code sections 709.9
and 901A.2; and two counts of indecent contact with a child, enhanced, in violation
of Iowa Code sections 709.12(1) or (2) and 901A.2. Kohl w... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

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)

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)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. RUSSELL RAY BERTRAM

To escape abject poverty, Leonila Stickney came to the United States from the Philippines in 2004 as the 22-year-old, mail-order bride of 73-year-old David Stickney (“Stickney”). In October of the same year, Stickney and Leonila had a son. The three lived together in Bridgewater, where Leonila worked at a nursing home. Every month, Leonila sent $300 of her earnings to help support her family st... More...   $0 (01-11-2018 - )

State of Tennessee v. Trevial Moss Jury Convicts Man in Aggravated Robbery Case

The Defendant’s trial began on February 29, 2016, and continued through March 2, 2016. Phillip Finney, the victim, testified that on August 7, 2014, he was “assaulted and pistol whipped and robbed by two individuals.” The victim was walking down the street and encountered a woman named “Latonya” or “Tonya” whom he had previously seen arguing with two men. He asked the woman where he could purchas... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Everett B. Robinson Tenth Circuit Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

In 2007, Everett Bernard Robinson was sentenced to 180 months’
imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e), for
being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C.
§ 922(g)(1). He unsuccessfully pursued a direct appeal and relief under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255. After the Supreme Court decided Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct.... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - OK)

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