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Jonathan Arvizu v. City of Pasadena

Plaintiff and Appellant Jonathan Arvizu sued the City of
Pasadena after he fell over a retaining wall located beside a
recreational trail in the City’s Arroyo Seco Natural Park,
resulting in devastating personal injuries. Arvizu had entered the
Park in the dark, pre-dawn hours, while it was closed, in order to
go “ghost hunting” with a group of friends. While taking a
short... More...
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Joesbell Rodriguez-Sanchez v. The State of Texas Texas First District Court of Appeals

On February 10, 2016, the trial court placed appellant on community
supervision, subject to certain conditions, including:
2. Avoid injurious or vicious conduct; and totally abstain from the use or consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind, or any substance capable of causing intoxication, or the illegal use of any controlled substance.

. . . .

8. Report in p... More...
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Appellant, Terron A. Davis, was tried by a jury and convicted in Cleveland County District Court, Case No. CF-2013-1293, of Count 1: Attempted Robbery with a Weapon, After Two Prior Felony Convictions, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 801; Count 2: Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, After Two Prior Felony Convictions, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 652; and Count 3: Burglary in the First Degr... More...   $0 (03-23-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Rafael Christopher Cirino Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Sinking Spring, PA Man Sentenced 5 Years For Fraudulent Claims

Rafael Christopher Cirino, 36, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by the Hon. Edward G. Smith, United States District Judge, to a term of 60 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release for a period of 5 years, as well as a $1,700 special assessment. This conviction was the result ... More...
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Covina Residents for Responsible Development v. City of Covina, City Ventures, Inc. Real Parties in Interest

In this CEQA1 action Covina Residents for Responsible
Development (CRRD) appeals from the trial court’s denial of its
petition for writ of mandate seeking to overturn the City of
Covina’s approval of a 68-unit, mixed-use, infill project2 located a
quarter-mile from the Covina Metrolink commuter rail station.
CRRD contends the project’s significant parking impacts required
t... More...
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Jaime Gonzalez v. Owens Corning Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This appeal involves a putative class action brought by consumers in four states who alleged that Appellees Owens Corning and Owens Corning Sales, LLC (collectively, Owens Corning) sold defective roof shingles and misrepresented the shingles’ expected useful life. Appellants challenge an order of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania denying class certification.... More...   $0 (03-22-2018 - PA)

Nicole Haberle v. Officer Daniel Troxell Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Timothy Nixon was a troubled man. After stealing a firearm, he told his partner, Nicole Haberle, that he was going to commit suicide. When a police officer employed by the Borough of Nazareth learned of that threat, he did not wait for trained crisis support professionals but instead knocked on the door of the apartment where Nixon was located and announced his presence. Nixon immediately shot him... More...   $0 (03-22-2018 - PA)

United States of America v. Joel A. Sabean, M.D. District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

This case, which reads like an
anthology of pain, pathos, and personal degradation, paints a grim
picture of the human condition. It intertwines allegations of an
incestuous relationship with criminal charges of tax evasion,
unlawful distribution of controlled substances, and health-care
fraud. Following a contentious trial, the jury found defendantappellant
Joel A. Sabean ... More...
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United States of America v. Hernando Javier Vergara Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This appeal presents the issue whether warrantless forensic searches of two cell phones at the border violated the Fourth Amendment. U.S. Const. amend IV. Hernando Javier Vergara appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence found on two cell phones that he carried on a cruise from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida. He argues that the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Riley v. Califo... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - FL)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Contrice Travis v. Exel, Inc. Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

A jury awarded the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) and Contrice Travis back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages after finding that Travis’s employer, Exel, Inc., discriminated against her because of her sex. The discrimination occurred when Dave Harris, Travis’s supervisor, denied her a promotion in favor of Michael Pooler, a male employee. After the verdict, Exel ... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - GA)

Abraham Aleiandro Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Adrian P. Macias District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241
alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States
citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”) following ICE’s reinstatement of a prior order of removal on that basis.
Dismissing Gonzalez-Alarcon’s petition, the district court concl... More...
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J. Arthur Properties, II, LLC v. City of San Jose

Plaintiff SV Care operated a medical marijuana collective in a commercial zoning
district in San Jose. Plaintiff J. Arthur Properties, II, LLC owns the building in which SV
Care operated. Defendants City of San Jose and City of San Jose Appeals Hearing Board
(collectively, the City) determined that a medical marijuana collective was not an
authorized use of the subject property and... More...
   $0 (03-20-2018 - CA)

United States of America, ex rel. Frank Solis v. Schering-Plough Corporation; Merck & Co. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

Frank Solis appeals from the dismissal of his False
Claims Act action against three pharmaceutical companies.
We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm
in part and vacate and remand in part.
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. hired Solis to promote
sales of a cardiovascular drug, Integrilin. He moved to
Schering-Plough Corp. after Schering acquired the... More...
   $0 (03-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Christopher O'Berry District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Columbia Man Sentenced for Theft of Food Stamp Money

Christopher O’Berry, age 43, of Columbia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for Theft of Government Money, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 641. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia, also ordered O’Berry to pay $1,039,981.75 in restitution to the United States.
<... More...
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United States of America v. Paul William Muzyka District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - North Haven Man Admits Role in Large-Scale Fencing Operation

Paul William Muzyka, 48, of North Haven, pleaded guilty on March 16, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to charges related to his role in a large-scale fencing operation.

According to court documents and statements made in court, MUZYKA helped operate a licensed secondhand store,... More...
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United States of America v. Denisa Bonculescu and Anamaria Margel District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Two Romanian Nationals Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy and ATM Skimming

Two Romanian nationals were sentenced on March 16, 2018 in federal court in Boston in connection with an ATM skimming scheme operating throughout Massachusetts and other states including Connecticut, New York and South Carolina.

Denisa Bonculescu, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court J... More...
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John Cannici v. Village of Melrose Park, Illinois, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Defendant-appellee, the Village of
Melrose Park (“the Village”), terminated plaintiff-appellant,
John Cannici, a former firefighter with the Village, for violating
the “Residency Requirements for Officers and Employees”
(“Residency Ordinance”) found in the Village’s Code of
2 No. 17-1424
Ordinances. Cannici filed suit against the Village claiming a
violation of both his... More...
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In the early hours of September 15, 2005, nine shots were fired through a
3 bedroom window of an apartment in Clovis, killing ten-year-old Carlos Perez. Carlos
4 had been sleeping in the bedroom he shared with his older brother, the intended
5 victim, seventeen-year-old Ruben Perez.
6 {4} That night there were two distinct groups of actors involved in the shooting:
7 one group... More...
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United States of America v. Jeanine Jeanty Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Orlando, Florida

Orlando, FL - Orlando Woman Sentenced To Nearly Twenty Years For Tax Refund Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron sentenced Jeanine Jeanty (45, Orlando) to 19 years and 8 months in federal prison for conspiracy to steal tax refunds, theft of tax refunds, and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the a... More...
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Deputies from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to
16 Defendant’s home at approximately 3:50 a.m. in response to a call for assistance
17 about an infant who was “choking on milk.” When the deputies arrived, they were
18 directed to Defendant’s bedroom, where they found Baby wrapped tightly in a blanket
19 that was saturated with blood near her pelvic area.... More...
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In December 2009, Valerie Barreras and her husband Anthony Barreras had
3 two daughters—A.B., then thirteen years old, and her younger sister S.B., then six
4 years old. Defendant was married to Valerie’s sister Darlene, making him A.B.’s
5 uncle. Defendant and Darlene had four young children of their own. Valerie and
6 Darlene were very close, and the two families often spent ... More...
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United States of America v. Abiodun Bakre Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Illegal Alien Sentenced to More than 7 Years in Prison for $20M Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

A former resident of Ozone Park, New York, has been sentenced in federal court to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

United States District Judge David S. Cer... More...
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United States of America v. Amalia Gamboa Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Multi-Million Dollar Tax Return Scheme

Amalia Gamboa (age 41), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced in federal court to 5 years in prison for fraudulently obtaining over $4.6 million in tax refund checks. The sentence followed her guilty plea to mail fraud, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1341, theft of go... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - WI)

United States of America v. Koryun Hakobyan Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

Sacramento, CA - Glendale Man Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud in Carmichael

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced Koryun Hakobyan, 64, of Glendale, to two years in prison for his role as a straw buyer in a mortgage fraud scheme.

According to court documents, Hakobyan was recruited to act as a purchaser of a house in Carmichael. Hakobyan signed the loan application tha... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Celia Nipper, aka Celia Arrand Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - East Bay Resident Sentenced To Over Four Years In Prison For Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, And Related Charges In Embezzlement Scheme

Celia Nipper, aka Celia Arrand, was sentenced on March 15, 2018 to 51 months in prison for committing wire fraud, bank fraud, and filing false tax returns in connection with a scheme to embezzle funds from a real estate technology company, an... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - CA)

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