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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 NEW MEXICO v. FILEMON V. New Mexico Supreme Court

This case comes to this Court on interlocutory appeal from the Sixth Judicial
3 District Court. Pursuant to Rule 12-201(A)(1)(a) NMRA, the State appeals the district
4 court’s order to suppress two statements, one elicited at the juvenile probation office
5 and the other at the Silver City Police Department.
6 {5} Filemon was on probation for committing a delinquent act and expecte... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NM)

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 -vs- JEREMY DAVID WILSON SEXUAL BATTERY

On November 17, 2016, the Stark County Grand Jury secretly indicted Appellant
on the aforementioned charge. The charge arose out of numerous incidents involving Appellant’s
biological daughter, who was less than thirteen years of age, and taking place between October
23, 2005, and December 31, 2013. Appellant appeared for arraignment on December 2, 2016,
and entered a plea of... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

Ayesha Khan v. Midwestern University Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ayesha Khan struggled academically in medical school from the outset. She failed three of her courses in her first year of medical school at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Ordinarily, under the school policy, this would permit the school administrators to dismiss her from the program. They opted not to do so. Instead, they gave Khan a second oppor-
2 No. ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER R. WARD

Ward and his friend Andrew Rhodes formed and operated a construction business, All Construction Guaranteed Roofing and Restoration (ACG). Their financial arrangement was a loose one. They merely orally agreed to become general contractors who would supply materials and hire subcontractors to perform work on projects. Neither had a set salary; occasionally they would estimate profits and divide the... 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)

State of Tennessee v. Andrew Shearin Memphis man jailed on child porn charges

On April 24, 2014, the Defendant was indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury for sexual exploitation of a minor based on his possession of over 100 images involving minors engaged in sexual activity, a Class B felony. On April 4, 2016, the Defendant entered an open guilty plea to the indicted offense, leaving the sentencing to the trial -2
court’s determination. A transcript of the guilty ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. EDWARD CURRAN Massachusetts Appeals Court

General Laws c. 123A, § 15, allows incompetent
persons who are unable to stand trial for qualifying sex
offenses to be deemed sexually dangerous based on the commission
of those offenses. In 2008, we held that this proceeding did
not violate due process or equal protection because of the
rights the Legislature explicitly included in the statute to
"protect an incompe... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - MA)

State of Ohio v. Devonte Brown Toledo teen charged with murder of ex-girlfriend and her brother takes plea deal

On August 10, 2015, appellant invaded the victim’s home, stabbed her 17
times, killed her son, raped, kidnapped and killed her daughter, and stole her vehicle.
When later confronted by police in the stolen vehicle, he fled and crashed.
{¶ 4} Appellant was the age of 16 at the time he committed these acts, and he was
the estranged boyfriend of the daughter. There was a no-con... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

Joshua Givens v. State of Indiana COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

On January 24, 2017, the State charged Givens with Level 6 felony unlawful
possession of a syringe. An initial hearing took place that same day, during
which Givens told the trial court that he could read, write, and understand
English; that he completed school through the eleventh grade; that he was not
under the influence of drugs or alcohol; that he understood the charge ag... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IN)

State of Minnesota vs. Daryl Negel Curtis Man convicted in St. Paul O'Reilly parking lot murder

At around 8 p.m. on June 12, 2016, McDaniel was shot and killed in the parking lot
of an auto parts store in Saint Paul. Immediately before McDaniel was shot, he was
standing next to his cousin, Z.M., and looking under the hood of a car. At trial, Z.M.
testified that she did not see the shooter’s face, but did see a light-skinned black man
wearing a red shirt running away fro... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

MARK ALLAN BITZAN vs. STATE OF IOWA Casper man convicted of rape again

A college student on her way home for winter break stopped at a rest area
in Monona County, Iowa. A man in the women’s restroom accosted her, forcibly
moved her to the handicapped stall, threatened her with a pocket knife, and raped
her.
A jury found Mark Bitzan guilty of first-degree kidnapping.1 This court
affirmed his judgment and sentence of life in prison. See S... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

State of Louisiana v. Brandon Dale Thomas Calhoun man sentenced to 50 years for crimes against nature

Thomas was charged by bill of information with 13 counts of
aggravated crime against nature. The victim, M.C.1, is Thomas’
stepdaughter. The bill alleged that these crimes occurred between October
6, 2012, and July 25, 2016.
On December 19, 2016, pursuant to a plea agreement, Thomas
appeared and pled guilty to four counts of the reduced charge of attempted
aggravate... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - LA)

Luis Armando Carreon v. The State of Texas

On April 17, 2006, pursuant to a guilty plea, the trial court convicted Carreon on two counts of burglary of a habitation, both second degree felonies. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 30.02(c)(2) (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.). On the only count that is the subject of this appeal, the trial court sentenced Carreon to ten years’ confinement, suspended the sentence, and placed Carreon on communi... More...   $0 (01-12-2018 - TX)

Keith William Lamerland v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

In 2013, the then-ten-year-old complainant, pseudonymously referred to as
Kathryn, spent the summer with her grandmother, Lori Lamerand, and step
grandfather, Keith Lamerand. Later that November, after Kathryn had returned
home and started school, she wrote a note to her teacher that said, “My papa has
been touching me and I did not tell my parents.”
Kathryn’s teacher se... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

Evertee Simmons and Dontell Stephens v. Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach Sheriff Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Dontrell Stephens was shot four times by Deputy Sheriff Adams Lin during
an encounter in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 13, 2013. As a result,
Stephens now suffers from permanent paralysis.
In an action brought against Deputy Lin as an individual and Sheriff Ric
Bradshaw in his official capacity as the sheriff of Palm Beach County, the district
court granted summary jud... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - FL)

Ashton Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No 1 Board of Education Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Transgender Student Settles Claim Against High School for $800,000

Ashton Whitaker sued the Kenosha Unified School District No 1 Board of Education on a sex discrimination theory after it refused to allow him to use the boys bathrooms. Ashton began openly identifying as a boy during his freshman year at school. He was told by teachers and administrators that he could not ... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - WI)

State of Tennessee v. Curtis Johnson, Jr. Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

On November 2, 2015, a Madison County Grand Jury returned an eleven-count indictment against the Defendant for three counts of aggravated robbery, one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The Defendant was also indicted for five counts of violating the gang enhancement statute... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

Dannie Weaver v. State of Tennessee Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

At the plea submission hearing, the Petitioner testified that trial counsel had discussed the plea agreement and the positive and negative aspects of his case with him. The Petitioner stated that trial counsel advised him that entering a best interest plea was his most favorable option. The trial court noted that, in count three of the indictment, the Petitioner was charged with possession of a ... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

STATE OF TENNESSEEv. JAMES A. KILGORE Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

On December 7, 2015, the Defendant and twelve co-defendants were indicted for conspiracy to manufacture more than 300 grams of methamphetamine, initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, and five counts of aggravated child abuse or neglect by exposing a child to the initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. On September 2, 2016, the Defendant pled guilty to attempted co... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. CRISOSTOMO LOPES et al Jury reaches verdict in killing of 14-year-old Dorchester boy

We summarize the facts that the jury could
have found, reserving certain details for discussion of the
legal issues.
The victim was fourteen years old and lived on Norton
Street in the Dorchester section of Boston. On May 30, 2010,
1 At the time of oral argument, the codefendant had not yet filed his brief with this court... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - MA)

Julianne M. Gross vs. Jackson County, Missouri Jackson County, Missouri

Wife and Husband were married on May 19, 2006, and three children were born of the
marriage. On February 6, 2015, Wife filed a petition for dissolution. On Wife’s motion, the
court appointed GAL Abraham Kuhl to represent the minor children during the proceedings.
The court ordered that both Wife and Husband contribute $1,000 each as security to be applied
to GAL Kuhl’s fees ... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri vs. Melinda Tillitt Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

Ms. Tillitt was initially charged in May 2015 with four counts of first-degree
statutory sodomy for deviate sexual intercourse involving one of her daughters, K.B.T.
The information was later amended to add one count of first-degree statutory sodomy
for deviate sexual intercourse and one count of first-degree child molestation for sexual
contact involving another daughter, K.D... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - MO)

Rocky Juan Longoria v. The State of Texas

A custody order governed Y.W.’s living arrangements. During the school
year, she lived with her mother, Amber Rau, and her stepfather, Longoria. During
the summers, Y.W. lived with her father, Bret Welch, and her stepmother, Anastasia
Welch. In 2014, when Y.W. was seven years old, Y.W. told Anastasia what Longoria
had done to her. Anastasia and Bret contacted Child Protective S... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - TX)

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