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United States of America v. Brandon Scott Cloud District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Red Lake Man Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Sexual Assault Of A Minor

Brandon Scott Cloud, 36, to was sentenced to 60 months in prison for sexually assaulting a minor victim. CLOUD, who was charged via criminal information on July 21, 2017, pleaded guilty on September 21, 2017, and was sentenced yesterday before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in United States Distri... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. Trent Sowsonicut District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Ute Tribal Member Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter on Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands

Trent Sowsonicut, age 28, of Ft. Duchesne, Utah, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on January 9, 2017 in federal court in Salt Lake City. As a part of the plea agreement, Sowsonicut admitted that he killed L.M., an enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe, during a quarr... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - UT)

United States of America v. Zachary Wilson District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Zachary Wilson, 27, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to sexual abuse charges. ... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - NM)

United States of America v. William Scott Davis, Jr. Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - Federal Jury Convicts Virginia Man for Cyberstalking and Communicating Interstate Threats

William Scott Davis, Jr., a 57-year-old resident of Hampton, Virginia, was convicted following a three-day trial before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt. The jury found DAVIS guilty of cyberstalking and communicating interstate threats.

The evidence at trial s... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - NC)

Tanja Vidovic v. City of Tampa Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Jury Awards Former Firefighter On Discrimination Theory

Tanja Vidovic, age 36, sued the City of Tampa on a civil rights theory under 42 U.S.C. 2000e claiming that she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and that the City retaliated against her when she complained.

She claimed that three captains asked her for sex and the city retaliated against her afte... More...
   $245000 (12-08-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Dimarzio Swade Sanchez District of Montana Federal Courthouse - Billings, Montana

Billings, MT - Jury Convicts Busby Man of First Degree Murder

Following a four-day trial with testimony from fourteen government witnesses, Dimarzio Swade Sanchez, 20, of Busby, was convicted by a Montana jury of first degree murder. Sanchez will be sentenced on March 29, 2018 and faces mandatory life in prison for the murder. He also faces a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of super... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - MT)

Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, et al. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

The Department of the Interior (“Interior” or “the
Secretary”) oversees the control, storage, and delivery to the
Western states of the waters of the Colorado River. In most
years, each state in the Colorado River Basin receives a fixed
amount of water from the river; in “surplus” and “shortage”
years, that amount changes. In the face of unprecedented
drought and ever-incre... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - AZ)

Rose Brown v. Augustin Garcia Lake County Courthouse - Lake Port, California

This action is between two groups of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo Tribe (the
Tribe), the “Brown faction” (plaintiffs) and the “Garcia Council” (defendants).
Plaintiffs sued the Garcia Council over allegedly defamatory statements published in a
notification that warned they would be disenrolled if the Tribe’s General Council found
them guilty of specified crimes. The trial court rule... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Rachel Marie White Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - El Reno Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy

Rachel Marie White, age 38, of El Reno, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment, and up to 40 years imprisonment, and up to a $5,000,000.00 fine.

The Superseding Ind... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Shaylis Ellsworth District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man from Crownpoint Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charges - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Shayliss Ellsworth, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assault charges. Und... More...
   $0 (11-29-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Donnie Ray Jose Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, AZ - Chui Chu Man Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for Assault

Donnie Ray Jose, 46, of Chui Chu, Ariz., a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to 108 months in prison. Jose was convicted after a jury trial of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The evidence at trial demons... More...
   $0 (11-29-2017 - AZ)

United States of America v. Bernardo Romo-Ramos Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, AZ - Sonoyta Man Sentenced to 200 Months in Prison for Fourth Trafficking Conviction

Bernardo Romo-Ramos, 35, of Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico, and a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins on November 13, 2017 to 200 months of imprisonment. Bernardo Romo-Ramos had previously pleaded guilty to importation of more than 500 grams o... More...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - AZ)

United States of America v. Larry June District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man Sentenced to 97 Months for Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced November 22, 2017 afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 97... More...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Sisney Ann Large Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - Oklahoma City Woman Pleads Guilty To Methamphetamine Distribution

Sisney Ann Large, age 43, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both.

The Indic... More...
   $0 (11-20-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Richard Jenks, Jr. District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

A jury convicted Richard Jenks Jr. of multiple counts of sexually abusing his
minor stepdaughter. Jenks now appeals his conviction and sentence. Exercising
jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.
I
After marrying Jenks, a member of the Ute Tribe, Elizabeth Dini sent her
daughter, D.W., to live with her maternal grandparents. At 8 years old, D.W.
* After examining th... More...
   $0 (11-20-2017 - UT)

Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization v. Peter S. Chang and Katherine M. Chang Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This case involves the attempted enforcement of a deed restriction against building more than a single one-car or two-car garage on a property located in the Garden Oaks, Section 3, Subdivision (the “Subdivision”). Appellant Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization (“GOMO”) filed suit against appellees Peter S. Chang and Katherine M. Chang seeking a permanent injunction to have the Changs remove
2... More...
   $0 (11-15-2017 - TX)

State v. Jesus Danilo Fuentes Dominican guilty of first-degree murder of man outside Providence nightclub Supreme Court of Rhode Island

In the early morning hours of November 6, 2009, Henry Vargas was shot outside Club
Platinum, a nightclub on Broad Street in Providence; and, tragically, he died as a result. His
girlfriend, Carmelina Bueno, was an eyewitness to that shooting.

- 2 -

On January 15, 2010, a Providence County grand jury indicted defendant on two counts:
Count One, the first-... More...
   $0 (11-14-2017 - RI)

United States of America v. Miteshkumar Patel Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Last Defendant in the United States Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims - All 24 Defendants in the United States Have Pleaded Guilty; 61 Charged in Total

An Illinois man pleaded guilty today to money laundering conspiracy, joining six other defendants who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for their roles in liq... More...
   $0 (11-14-2017 - TX)

CATHERINE M. PILEGGI vs STATE OF FLORIDA Catherine Pileggi sentenced to 25 years for murdering boyfriend

Catherine Pileggi (“Defendant”) appeals her judgment of conviction for second degree murder. Defendant raises two arguments on appeal: (1) the trial court erred in denying her motion for judgment of acquittal; and (2) she was denied due process by not being given the opportunity to perform an independent autopsy. The State cross-appeals, arguing that in the event of reversal, the court improperl... More...   $0 (11-13-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Vijaykumar Krishnappa Federal Courthouses In New Jersey

Newark, NJ - Man Admits Assaulting Sleeping Girl On Airplane

An Indian national admitted that he assaulted a girl on a flight from Seattle, Washington, to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Vijaykumar Krishnappa, 29, pleaded guilty Nov. 8, 2017 before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark in Newark federal court to a superseding information charging him with assault in the spec... More...
   $0 (11-13-2017 - )

Patrick Dwayne Murphy v. Terry Royal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

These matters are before the court on the respondent’s Petition for Panel
Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc. We also have responses from the petitioner and the
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, in addition to amici curiae briefs from the
United States and The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We also have several motions pending
seeking to file additional amici curiae briefs.
2More...
   $0 (11-10-2017 - OK)

Ryan Harvey v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Quray Reservation, et al. Utah Supreme Court Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

¶1 The oil and gas industry is a major economic force in the Uintah Basin. This industry relies, to some extent, on access to the Uintah and Ouray Reservation of the Ute Indian Tribe. The plaintiffs allege that, through its ability to restrict the industry’s access to tribal lands, the tribe has held hostage the economy of the non-Indian population.
¶2 Ryan Harvey, a plaintiff and part owner o... More...
   $0 (11-07-2017 - UT)

State of Washington v. Evergreen Freedom Foundation, d/b/a Freedom Foundation Thurston County Courthouse - Olympia, Washington

The State of Washington appeals the CR 12(b)(6) dismissal of its regulatory enforcement action against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (the Foundation). The State filed suit after learning from a citizen complaint that the Foundation had provided pro bono legal services in support of local initiatives in Sequim, Chelan, and Shelton without reporting the value of those services to the Public Discl... More...   $0 (11-07-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Yahya Farooq Mohammad Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Man Sentenced to Over 27 Years for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists and Soliciting the Murder of a Federal Judge

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, was sentenced today to 27 ½ years in prison for one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support or resources to terrorists and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

“As part... More...
   $0 (11-06-2017 - MI)

United States of America v. Leeroy Soap, Jr. Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - Cherry Tree Man Pleads Guilty To Assault With Dangerous Weapon

LEEROY SOAP JR, age 39, of Cherry Tree, Oklahoma pled guilty to ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON IN INDIAN COUNTRY, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(3), 1151 and 1153, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

The ... More...
   $0 (10-25-2017 - OK)

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