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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 MONTANA v. TERRANCE LEE BRAUNER, a/k/a TERRY-LEE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA

In April 2011, Erickson and Gene Johnson (Johnson) were involved in an
altercation, which ended when Erickson struck Johnson in the face, causing Johnson to fall
to the pavement and hit his head. Johnson sustained a serious injury that required
significant medical treatment. In February 2013, a jury found Erickson guilty of criminal
endangerment, a felony in violation of § 45-... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - )

STATE OF MONTANA v. DENNIS LEO SCHOWENGERDT Deer Lodge man gets life for wife's murder

The initial facts of the case are undisputed: On December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt
killed his wife, Tina Schowengerdt, by repeatedly stabbing her in their home near Deer
Lodge. The following morning, Schowengerdt drove to the police station in Deer Lodge
and, in a recorded statement, told officers that last night he, “killed that son of a bitch [he]
was living with. So arrest me... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - WY)

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)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DAVID E. GORSKI

The charges against Gorski pertain to his role as founder
and vice president of a general contracting and construction
services company, Legion Construction, Inc. Gorski developed the
plan for the company in late 2005. From 2006 to 2010, Legion took
advantage of federal programs in which certain federal agencies
awarded government contracts on a preferential basis to sma... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Daniel Stephen Wray Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Serial Fraudster Convicted; Daniel Stephen Wray Directed Fraudulent Credit Card Scheme Targeting San Diego Retailers

Daniel Stephen Wray pleaded guilty in federal court on January 18, 2018, admitting that he was the leader of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and make and use fraudulent credit cards at multiple San Diego retailers.

Wray, 29, pleaded guilty t... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

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)

United States of America v. Sanford J. Wishnev v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

We ask the California Supreme Court to resolve two open
questions of state law that have significant effects on
insurance companies and insureds in California.
An initiative measure enacted in 1918 (the Initiative), Cal
Civ. Code §§ 1916-1–5, limits the amount of interest lenders
may charge, and provides that lenders may not compound
WISHNEV V. 4 NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
int... 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. 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)

COMMONWEALTH vs. SHAWN A. McGONAGLE Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Following a trial in the
District Court, a jury convicted the defendant, Shawn McGonagle,
of assault and battery, G. L. c. 265, § 13A. At the defendant's
sentencing hearing, the Commonwealth requested that the
defendant be sentenced to two and one-half years in a house of
correction, the maximum possible sentence under the statute, to
be served from and after his rel... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MA)

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. Celby Noisy Hawk, Jr. District of South Dakota Federal Courthouse - Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre, SD - Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assault

An Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on January 5, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Celby Noisy Hawk, Jr., age 42, was sentenced to 42 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - SD)

United States of America v. John Kelsey Gammell District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Directing Computer Attacks Against Websites Of Dozens Of Victims, As Well As Felon-In-Possession Charges

A New Mexico man pleaded guilty today in St. Paul, Minnesota, for directing computer attacks against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors and public services, as well as felon-in-possession charges.

U.S. A... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

Dering Pierson Group, L.L.P. v. Daniel Thomas Kantos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the bankruptcy case of Daniel Thomas Kantos (“Debtor”), Dering Pierson Group, LLC (“DPG”) filed suit seeking a determination that its claim against Debtor is nondischargeable. The Bankruptcy Court1 held that DPG had not sustained its burden of proving that Debtor had willfully or maliciously caused an injury to DPG under § 523(a)(6). It also concluded that collateral estoppel did not apply beca... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

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)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

Brandon Brown v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

Brandon Brown was convicted of murdering Christopher Guilbeau and was sentenced to
fifty years’ imprisonment. On appeal, Brown argues that (1) the trial court erred in failing to grant
his motion to suppress, (2) the evidence is legally insufficient to support the trial court’s finding
of guilt, and (3) the evidence is insufficient to support the assessment of $234.00 in court cost... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas Texas

In his first issue, appellant contends the evidence is legally insufficient to prove he
committed cruelty to a nonlivestock animal. The information alleged appellant “intentionally,
knowingly, and recklessly caused bodily injury to an animal, to-wit: a dog by shooting the dog
with a pellet gun, without the effective consent of Roxanne Bogdan, the owner.” See TEX. PENAL
CODE A... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

United states of America v. John Buncich Northern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Hammond

Hammond, IN - Former Lake County Sheriff Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Prison

John Buncich, age 72, of Crown Point, Indiana was sentenced on January 16, 2018 before District Court Senior Judge James T. Moody. Buncich was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $800 in restitution along with a $250,000 fine.

In August of 2017, ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IN)

William Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant William Bustos brought this disability discrimination action
against his former employers, defendants and respondents Global P.E.T., Inc. and Global
Plastics, Inc. (collectively, Global). A jury found that Bustos’s physical condition or
perceived physical condition was “a substantial motivating reason” for his termination,
but nevertheless returned defense ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - CA)

William Childress v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

The jury heard evidence that, on the evening of March 13, 2016, Childress was in the
crowded Sixth Street entertainment district in downtown Austin during the South by Southwest
music festival. Officer John Evers testified that he first encountered Childress after a disturbance
arose between Childress and a security guard working outside of a restaurant. According to
Officer Ever... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Demico Stanley v. The State of Texas Stanley sentenced to 75 years for Lewisville murder

In 2015, Richard Myles lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment on the
second floor of a building in the Hampton Bay apartment complex with his
fiancée, Laura, and their 23-month-old son, David.2 While Laura worked two
jobs, Myles cared for David. He also sold marijuana to earn extra money.
Whenever he left the apartment, he carried his marijuana stash with him in a
gree... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

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