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United States of America v. Pablo M. Rivera Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, HI - Former University Of The Nations CFO Sentenced To 115 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

Pablo M. Rivera, age 42, formerly a resident of Colorado and Hawaii, was sentenced on January 8, 2018 to 115 months in federal prison for committing a wire fraud offense by which he obtained approximately $3,096,241 from the University of the Nations (UOFN) on the island of Hawaii.
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   $0 (01-20-2018 - )

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)

Chuck and Karen Weinhold and Lisa Beaudry v. State of New Hampshire, R.S. Audley, Inc. and Remi Gross-Santos Rockingham County Courthouse, Brentwood, New Hampshire

Brentwood, NH - Jury Awards Plaintiffs $9 Million For Injuries

Chuck and Karen Weihold and Lisa Beaudry sued the State of New Hampshire, R.S. Audley, Inc. and Remi Gross-Santos, age 17, on negligence theories claiming that they were injured and damaged as a direct result of the combined negligence of the defendants.

Remi Gross-Santos fell asleep while driving on Ocean Boulevard i... More...
   $9000000 (01-20-2018 - NH)

Communities For A Better Environment v. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission

The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy
Commission) is the state agency exclusively empowered to license thermal power plants
of over 50 megawatts capacity. (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 25120, 25500, 25517; see City
of Sonoma v. State Energy Resources Conservation etc. Com. (1985) 40 Cal.3d 361, 364–
365 (Sonoma).)1
Indeed, pursuant to section 25... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - CA)

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)

State of Nebraska v. Teon D. Hill Man convicted of killing 34-year-old Omahan

A December 10, 2013, surveillance video shows Dunn making a purchase at a liquor store at 30th and Pinkney Streets in Omaha at approximately 9:54 p.m. The purchase was placed in a white plastic bag. Surveillance video indicates
that Dunn then walked toward 28th Avenue. At approximately 10 p.m., a gunshot detection system notified the Omaha Police Department of six shots fired in the area. Offi... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NE)

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)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. DANTE C. GRANGER

Tried by a jury, defendant Dante C. Granger appeals from his
conviction for second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun,
N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). The jury acquitted defendant of third-degree
resisting arrest, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(a)(3)(a). The trial court
sentenced defendant to a seven-year term of imprisonment with
forty-two months of parole ineligibility, pursuant to the Gr... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

KENNETH DARCELL QUINCE vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

In 1980, Quince pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and burglary of
a dwelling and, after waiving his right to a penalty phase jury, was sentenced to
death. We affirmed Quince’s death sentence on direct appeal. Quince v. State,
414 So. 2d 185, 189 (Fla. 1982). Quince filed an initial motion for postconviction
relief, the denial of which was eventually affirmed on ap... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Brandon Christopher Scott Third person pleads guilty in shooting of boy

In May 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the Defendant on three counts each of attempted first degree murder, employment of a firearm during the
commission of a dangerous felony (with a previous dangerous felony conviction), and reckless endangerment. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-11-106, -12-101, -13-103, -13-202, 17-1324. The Defendant was charged along with three co-defendants—Ja... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO v. JIBRIIL A. HERSI

In March of 2016, Mr. Hersi was driving his semi-truck and trailer westbound on
Interstate 76. Inspector Richard Bell, a civilian working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a
Federal Motor Carrier Officer in a marked vehicle, activated his lights and siren and attempted to
stop Mr. Hersi’s semi-truck for a safety inspection. According to Inspector Bell, when Mr. Hersi
did ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

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)

Samuel Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association

In our second encounter with this class action case, plaintiffs Samuel Duran and
Matt Fitzsimmons appeal from the trial court’s order denying class certification. This
case is a wage and hour class action challenging whether defendant U.S. Bank National
Association (Bank) had properly classified its business banking officers (BBOs) as
exempt employees under the outside salesperson ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - CA)

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)

Terry T. Watson v. State of Missouri

Mr. Watson was convicted of first-degree robbery, resisting arrest, and
second-degree trafficking. He was sentenced to concurrent terms of imprisonment, the
longest of which was 18 years. The convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal,
and on February 11, 2013, Mr. Watson filed a timely pro se motion for postconviction relief
under Rule 29.15. The motion alleged Mr. Wa... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA MICHAEL MALL

On October 5, 2015, Mall made the fatal decision to drink alcohol and drive his truck. Unfortunately, Mall included his 6-year-old daughter, Madilyn, in that decision. After drinking nearly half of a bottle of whiskey and smoking some marijuana, Mall put Madilyn into his 2001 Ford Ranger and decided to drive. Mall sped down Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, Kansas, weaving in and out of traffic... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

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)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

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)

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. 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)

STATE OF OHIO vs. DEMETRIUS BROWN

In March 2014, Brown pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga C.P. Nos.
CR-12-568782-A, CR-12-568784-A, CR-12-568786-A, and CR-12-568930-A to a total
of nine counts of criminal nonsupport in violation of R.C. 2919.21(B), felonies of the
fifth degree. In Cuyahoga C.P. No. CR-13-581262-A, Brown pleaded guilty to a single
count of theft in violation of R.C. 2913.02(A)(3), a felony of the fifth... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. THOMAS A. CONTENTO Troy man takes plea deal in rape of juveniles

In 2016, the Miami County Grand Jury returned indictments in three separate
cases charging Contento with a total of eight counts of rape of a person less than 13
years of age in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b), a felony of the first degree. The
alleged rape offenses occurred between 1995 and 2005, and involved three victims, K.C.,
S.C., and H.K.
{¶ 3} Pursuant to a pl... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

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