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The defendant, Aceion Brown, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying hispetition fora writoferror coramnobis. Weconclude that, in the circumstances presented, the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the merits of the petition, and we do not reach the merits of his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Because the court should have dismissed the petition, rather than having denie... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

United States of America v. Olusola Luke Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Nigerian Citizen Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

Olusola Luke, 38, a native of Nigeria and resident of Guatemala, was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment for his participation in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme.

According to court documents, Luke and others used stolen identities to unlawfully obtain data from U.S. Government computers and then used tha... More...
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United States of America v. Vicente Santiago-Castro Southern District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Benton, Illinois

Benton, IL - Mexican National Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison for Unlawfully Entering the United States

Vicente Santiago-Castro, 40, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced January 16, 2018 in United States District Court in Benton to a term of 16 months in prison for being illegally present in the United States after having previously been removed by immigration officials, announced Donald S... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Donaldo Vasquez-Santelis Southern District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Benton, Illinois

Benton, IL - Honduran National Sentenced to Five Months in Prison for Unlawfully Entering the United States

Jose Donaldo Vasquez-Santelis, 33, a citizen of Honduras, was sentenced January 16, 2018 in United States District Court in Benton to a term of five months in prison for being illegally present in the United States after having previously been removed by immigration officials. Vasqu... More...
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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)


On December 28, 2016, Hellberg took her mother’s Ford F150 truck without
her mother’s permission. The mother reported the missing truck to the Decatur
County Sheriff’s Office. Officers recovered the truck from Hellberg several days
later. The State charged Hellberg with first-degree theft, a class “C” felony, in
violation of Iowa Code sections 714.1(2) and 714.2(1) (2016). <... More...
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United States of America v. Michael A. Chmielewski Northern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

Michael A. Chmielewski, 38, of Tallahassee, a former State of Florida legislative staffer, was sentenced January 8, 2017 to 10 years in prison after being convicted on September 29, 2017, of attempted enticement of a minor.

In February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “... More...
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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...
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United States of America v. Joseph Sterling Goin District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID - Joseph Goin Sentenced to Federal Prison for Gun Crime

Joseph Sterling Goin, 24, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced on January 4, 2018 to 24 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge. Judge Lodge also ordered Goin to serve three years of supervised release upon his release from federal prison.

On October 17, 2017, Goin pleaded guilty to unla... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Shipp Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Jonesboro man sentenced to prison for distributing child pornography

Kenneth Shipp was sentenced to eight years, one month in prison for distributing child pornography. The defendant had hundreds of thousands of photographs and thousands of videos at his residence, which he shared on peer-to-peer websites.

“Kenneth Shipp’s collection of child pornography is the lar... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Jerica Elizabeth Taylor COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case relates to the December14, 2014 robbery of William Majano. At the trial, the victim, a native of El Salvador, testified with the aid of a certified court interpreter that he had lived in Davidson County for eleven or twelve years. The victim said that he had known the Defendantas Jessica and for about three months at the time of the robbery. He said that they met in September 2014, wh... More...   $0 (01-08-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Paulino Morales-Alonso Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This appeal requires us to decide whether Georgia aggravated assault as defined by O.C.G.A § 16-5-21(a)(2) is a crime of violence under the operative version of § 2L1.2 of the Sentencing Guidelines. Defendant Paulino Morales-Alonso was convicted in 2016 of illegally reentering the United States, in violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1326(a) and (b)(2), after having been deported following a conviction for a... More...   $0 (01-05-2018 - GA)

United States of America v. Stephanie Lois Watkins, a/k/a Stephanie Harrell Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Stephanie Watkins, a native and citizen of Jamaica—and until her deportation in 2003, a lawful permanent resident of the United States—appeals her conviction for reentering the country illegally following deportation. On appeal, Watkins argues that her indictment should have been dismissed because her deportation order was invalid due to a change in what crimes are considered “crimes involving mor... More...   $0 (01-05-2018 - FL)

Gregory A. Traylor v. State of Indiana Search warrant leads to drug and weapon seizure near Columbus

On August 3, 2017, an investigator with the Indiana State Police obtained and
executed a search warrant for Traylor’s home located at 7650 West State Road
46, in Bartholomew County, Indiana. During the search, one ounce of
methamphetamine, fifteen pounds of marijuana, and four grams of heroin were
recovered. Because there were copious amounts of pseudoephedrine in
Traylo... More...
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On November 28, 2015, a border patrol surveillance agent observed Rafael Aldana climbing over the fence separating
the United States and Mexico. A second agent found him hiding in the brush approximately 400 yards north of the border and two miles from the nearest port of entry facility at Otay Mesa, California. Aldana admitted to climbing over the fence and told the border patrol officer th... More...
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Amritpal Singh v. United States Ciitizenship and Immigration Services Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

10 Amritpal Singh appeals from Judge Furman’s dismissal of his complaint
11 for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. The complaint, relying on the
12 Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), 5 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., challenged the
13 denial by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) of
14 jurisdiction over Singh’s application for an adjustment of his immigratio... More...
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Ramon Alberto Gonzalez Quiroga a/k/a Ramon Alberto Quiroga Gonzalez v. The State of Texas Jury finds Brownsville man guilty of capital murder in 2013 case

In August 2013, Brownsville police responded to a residence on Sandia Street to
find 51-year-old Betancourt’s lifeless body lying flat on the floor of his home, beaten and
bloodied. Police observed that the home was in disarray, appeared ransacked, and
showed what one detective labeled as a “violent crime scene.” In their investigation, police
discovered that one of Betancour... More...
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Richard Paul Kay v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest or detention. An enhancement paragraph alleged a prior felony conviction. Appellant pleaded “not guilty” to aggravated assault on a public servant and “guilty” to evading arrest or detention. After hearing evidence and arguments, a jury found Appellant “not guilty” of aggravated assault on a public... More...   $0 (12-29-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Apolonio Montes Garcia District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

Portland, ME - Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Time-Served for Social Security Fraud

Apolonio Montes Garcia, 40, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced on December 21, 2017 in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to time-served (about 2½ months) for social security fraud. Montes Garcia had been in custody since October 11, 2017. Montes Garcia pleaded guilty to the charge... More...
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United States of America v. Olvin Humberto Matute-Lopez, a/k/a “Humberto Lopez-Barralaga,” a/k/a “Fernando Dolero-Juarez,” a/k/a “Juan Carlos Matute,” a/k/a “Juan Lopez,” a/k/a “Humberto Lopez” District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Illegal Alien Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison

Olvin Humberto Matute-Lopez, a/k/a “Humberto Lopez-Barralaga,” a/k/a “Fernando Dolero-Juarez,” a/k/a “Juan Carlos Matute,” a/k/a “Juan Lopez,” a/k/a “Humberto Lopez,” age 36, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for Illegal Re-entry into the United States after Dep... More...
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United States of America v. Luis Alberto Tejeda-Quiroz Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA - Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number, False Claim to United States Citizenship, Illegal Reentry of a Removed Alien and Identity Theft

LUIS ALBERTO TEJEDA-QUIROZ, age 32, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty today to a 4-count Superseding Bill of Information charging him with to illegal use of a social security number, false claim to Unite... More...
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United States of America v. Cody Lee Davidson Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Raytown Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

A Raytown, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court on December 19, 2017 for distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Cody Lee Davidson, 20, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum pe... More...
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United States of America v. Donald McCoy, Jr. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former Bothell Resident Pleads Guilty to Production, Distribution and Possession of Images of Child Molestation

Defendant Identified via File Sharing Software; Law Enforcement finds Images of Abuse

A 53-year old Bothell, Washington, man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to production, distribution and possession of child pornography, announced U... More...
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United States of America v. Sridevi Aiyaswamy Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Jose, California

San Jose, CA - Businesswoman Sentenced To Prison For High-Technology Worker Visa Fraud

San Jose businesswoman Sridevi Aiyaswamy was sentenced to 13 months in prison today as a result of her involvement in executing an H-1B visa fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Wayne Salling Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Actor Pleads Guilty to Possessing Large Collection of Child Pornography Found on His Home Computer

Actor Mark Wayne Sallin on December 19, 2017 pleaded guilty to a federal offense of possessing child pornography and specifically admitted that he possessed approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct.

Salling, 35, of Shadow Hills, who is best... More...
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