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Plane Crash Law
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)


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)


The facts in this case are tragic but they are not complex and are not challenged in this appeal. The procedural history, however, is extensive and relevant and must be laid out in some detail.

In the early evening of May 25, 2014, Carter was involved in a collision in Leavenworth County. Her eastbound sedan crossed the road's centerline and struck a motorcycle driven by Kristopher Steu... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

State of Ohio v. Carolyn Moore Wood County Courthouse - Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH - Jury Convicts Defendant For Fatal Crash

The State of Ohio charged Carolyn Moore, age 33, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of driving under a financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Marchello Dsaun McCain Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Brother of San Diego Man Killed Fighting for Isis Sentenced to 10 Years for Terrorism-Related Charges and Illegal Firearms Possession

Marchello Dsaun McCain, a convicted violent felon and the brother of Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was sentenced in federal court on January 12, 2018 to 10 years... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - CA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. JUAN CARLOS NINO HERNANDEZ K-9 OK after after drunken man rams parked squad car, police say

Des Moines Police Sergeant Ronald Kouski had just stepped into QuikTrip
for a hot dog when he “heard a loud screeching noise and then a loud collision.”
Kouski worked as a canine officer and his German Shepard partner was waiting in
the 2009 Crown Victoria. The officer looked out the store’s front window and
discovered a red pickup had struck his patrol car, pushing it across... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. JONATHAN KEITH MALLOY Fatal hit and run suspect arrested

Where the essential elements of hit and run resulting in death necessarily
include the essential elements of hit and run resulting in injury, the trial court did
not err by submitting to the jury and entering judgment upon conviction for felonious
hit and run resulting in injury.
On 1 January 2010, defendant Jonathan Keith Malloy called his girlfriend,
Sandra Hoover, to le... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - NC)


Appellant Laurence Schneider – also called a Relator – brought a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act against JPMorgan Chase, alleging that Chase falsely claimed compliance with a Settlement it, and a number of other large banks, reached with the United States and state governments. The Settlement – and it is a massive one, costing Chase alone $1.1 billion of cash and over $4.2 billion of in-k... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - DC)

T.J. Simers v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC

In March 2013, plaintiff T.J. Simers was a well-known and
sometimes controversial sports columnist for Los Angeles Times
Communications, LLC (The Times or defendant). He had held
that position since 2000, receiving uniformly favorable and often
exceptional performance reviews from defendant. On March 16,
2013, plaintiff, then 62 years old, suffered a neurological event
with... More...
   $0 (01-06-2018 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Timothy Daniel Harris Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Defendant Sentenced to Ten Years In Prison for Role in Fatal DUI Crash

The State of Oklahoma charged Timothy Daniel Harris, age 75, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - AUTOMOBILE- DUI, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 10/15/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
   $0 (01-04-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Robert Tomblin District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Intimidating Flight Crew and Flight Attendants Resulting in Emergency Landing in New Mexico

Robert Tomblin, 55, of Phoenix, Ariz., pled guilty on December 29, 2017 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to interfering and intimidating flight crew members and flight attendants requiring an emergency landing in New Mexico.

Tomblin was ... More...
   $0 (01-01-2018 - NM)


This case arises from the September 30, 2013, shooting death of Dominque
Gentry. On that date, Gentry and his friend, David Banks, were in Gentry’s vehicle.
Gentry was driving a black Chevrolet Tahoe and Banks was in the passenger seat. At
approximately 7:28 p.m., they arrived at the All-in-One gas station located in Dayton.
Gentry went into the building, made a purchase,... More...
   $0 (12-31-2017 - OH)


On September 23, 2016, the Fairfield County Grand Jury indicted Appellant
on one count of aggravated burglary, in violation of R.C. 2911.11(A)(1), a felony of the
first degree; two counts of robbery, in violation of R.C. 2911.02(A)(2), felonies of the
second degree; one count of grand theft, in violation of R.C. 2913.02(B)(2), a felony of
the fourth degree; and one count of the... More...
   $0 (12-23-2017 - OH)

Jeremy Michael Strauser v. The State of Texas Cadena Reeves Justice Center - San Antonio Court of Appeals

The parties dispute which standard of review applies to this appeal. Strauser argues legal
and factual sufficiency standards of review apply, while the State argues the factual-sufficiency
standard is “extinct” and only the Jackson v. Virginia sufficiency standard applies.
In Brooks v. State, 323 S.W.3d 893, 902 (Tex. Crim. App. 2010), the court of criminal
appeals explained t... More...
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The State of Texas v. Terri Sanders SECOND COURT OF APPEALS, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Sanders was travelling on the wrong side of the road on the night of
October 23, 2015, when she struck another vehicle head-on. The collision
resulted in the deaths of two individuals and serious injury to another. The State
charged Sanders with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of
intoxication assault. Later, Sanders filed a motion to suppress the result... More...
   $0 (12-16-2017 - )

Christopher Leron Clegg v. City of Fort Worth

This is an appeal from the trial court’s granting of a plea to the jurisdiction.
Appellant Christopher Leron Clegg appeals the trial court’s dismissal of his suit
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
against Appellee the City of Fort Worth (the City).2 Because the trial court did not
err by granting the City’s plea to the jurisdiction, we affirm.
At approximately ... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

Justin Allen Lawson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Lawson for manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The
indictment alleged that Lawson recklessly caused the death of Mitchell Glenn
Downs “by operating a motor vehicle on a public road while failing to maintain a
proper lookout and by failing to remain within the marked lane of travel of the said
public road, thereby causing the said motor vehicle to strike ... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

Connie Sue Cason v. The State of Texas Garland Woman Sentenced To 15 Years In Deaths Of Lucas Couple

The indictment in this case alleged in part that on August 25, 2013, appellant recklessly
caused the deaths of two individuals, Dale and Laura Thomas, by striking a motor vehicle
operated by Dale Thomas and occupied by Laura Thomas. Specifically, the indictment stated
appellant acted by (1) “operating a motor vehicle and by failing to maintain a single lane,” (2)
“ope... More...
   $0 (12-09-2017 - TX)

STATE OF IOWA vs. DARRYL B. SHEARS Iowa Court of Appeals

In this appeal of a restitution order, we are asked to resolve whether it is
foreseeable that police officers would end a high-speed chase of the van driven by
Darryl Shears by hitting his van with their police vehicles. Because we find such
actions foreseeable, we affirm the restitution order.
On February 11, 2016, the City of Davenport filed a restitution claim for More...
   $0 (12-06-2017 - IA)

James R. Zeleny v. State of Nebraska Nebraska Supreme Court

Zeleny was charged by information in the county court
with operating a motor vehicle “while under the influence of
alcoholic liquor or . . . when he had a concentration of eighthundredths
of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per two
hundred ten liters of his breath.” That charge was enhanced
with the allegation that Zeleny’s alcohol level was “fifteen
hundredths of one ... More...
   $0 (12-06-2017 - NE)

Terry Laverne Schmuck v. The State of Wyoming Kinnear Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder

Mr. Schmuck struck his wife, Cindy Schmuck, in the head with a hatchet. The blow fractured her skull and caused an underlying hemorrhage into the brain. The State charged Mr. Schmuck with one count of attempted murder in the first degree. The trial court also instructed the jury on the lesser included offenses of attempted murder in the second degree and attempted voluntary manslaughter.
... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - WY)

Lacie Dee Pardun v. The State of Texas Christmas Toy Delivery Ends Tragically for Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Driver

A jury convicted Lacie Dee Pardun of manslaughter and also found she used her car as a
deadly weapon. The trial court sentenced her to ten years in prison. In five issues, appellant
brings complaints about the sufficiency of the evidence to support her conviction, the failure to
define “under the influence” in the jury charge, the admission of her toxicology results, and
cumu... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - TX)

State of Missouri vs. Paul J. Murphy St. Charles man found guilty for drunk driving crash that killed unborn baby

The facts, viewed in the light most favorable to the jury’s verdict, are as follows.1
Around noon on March 16, 2013, Andrea Ledbetter was driving behind Defendant on the
highway. Ms. Ledbetter observed Defendant swerving in and out of the traffic lane. Ms.
Ledbetter honked her horn at Defendant, who then momentarily returned to his lane but began
swerving again. Ms. Ledbett... More...
   $0 (11-28-2017 - MO)

Sandra Coy Briggs v. The State of Texas

It is undisputed that on January 12, 2012, after being admonished by the trial court,
Briggs pleaded no contest to the charge of intoxication manslaughter of a public servant
without a plea bargain agreement and elected to have a jury assess her punishment.
See TEX. TRANSP. CODE ANN. § 724.012(b)(1) (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.).
On January 20, 2012, after a hearing w... More...
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Mark Mercer v. The State of Texas

Mercer had three outstanding arrest warrants for “assaultive conduct and
evading police.” On January 29, 2015, at between 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Tarrant
County Sheriff’s Deputies Jacqueline Mouton and Charles Chambers were
dispatched to Mercer’s apartment to execute the warrants in separate, marked
police cars. Both were in uniforms, which consisted of black shirts and pants, More...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - TX)

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