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David Fischer v. Joannie Fischer

A 15-year marriage between appellant David Fischer and respondent Joannie
Fischer had its “ups and downs,” one down of which was David’s affair—an affair he
promised was “over.” David nevertheless petitioned for dissolution; Joannie resisted; and
the parties attempted reconciliation, in connection with which the trial court would later
conclude David gave “conflicting messages.” Me... More...
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STATE OF MISSOURI v. DENNIS JUDSON MATTHEWS

At the time of the underlying conduct, Matthews and Rebecca Matthews1 lived in Richmond with their four children. Their oldest daughter, Karen,2 was four years old at the time; daughter Sara was two years old; and their son Leon was one year old. In addition to their three infants, Matthews and Rebecca had a threeweek-old newborn, daughter Alice. On the morning of August 18, 2012, Matthews was h... More...   $0 (04-22-2018 - )

MICHAEL MITCHELL V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

Shannell Holmes was married to the victim, Troy Holmes. Shannell had two
teenage daughters at home, Ayanna and Asia, and Roderick Gulley, Shannell’s cousin, was
staying with the Holmes family. On the evening of December 27, 2014, Roderick began
arguing and “tussling” with his baby’s mother, Tatiana Curry, about their baby spending
the night at the Holmes residence. Roderick “re... More...
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JAMES LARAIL SHARP, JR. v. STATE OF ARKANSAS

Appellant was charged in the Sebastian County Circuit Court with one count of
murder in the first degree, a Class Y felony; two counts of aggravated robbery, a Class Y
felony; and one count of kidnapping, a Class Y felony. The charges arose from an event
that occurred on January 23, 2016, and the victim was identified as Kaleb Glenn Watson.
Bailey Smith testified that on Janua... More...
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ST. BERNARD PORT, HARBOR & TERMINAL DISTRICT Vs. VIOLET DOCK PORT, INC., LLC

Since the early 1980s, Violet Dock had owned and operated a 75-acre
private industrial port on the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish (the
“Property”). Until 2009, Mr. Ruppel was a shareholder/member of Violet Dock.
At that time, Mr. Ruppel was nearing 90 years old, and he divested himself of his
minority interest in Violet Dock.
In December 2010, St. Bernard Port f... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. CHRISTOPHER HUTSELL

In March 2015, Mr. Hutsell and the victim, Julia Anderson (―Ms.
Anderson‖), had been in a romantic relationship for about twenty-one or twenty
two days. Both were part of a traveling community and were in New Orleans
during this time period. On March 19, 2015, around 10:00 p.m., the couple, along
with their three dogs, were in the parking lot of the McDonald‘s (... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS PHARAOH BRAZELL

On August 22, 2014, defendant was charged by grand jury indictment with
(Count 1) attempted first degree murder, (Count 2) aggravated rape,2 and (Count 3)second degree kidnapping of K.H.3 At his arraignment on August 27, 2015,
defendant pled not guilty to all charges. On January 5, 2016, the State amended
Count 1 of the indictment from attempted first degree murder, a violation of... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. WILLIAM EDWARD BENNETT JR.

William Edward Bennett Jr., appeals the district court's decision revoking his probation and ordering him to serve his underlying prison sentences in three separate cases. We granted Bennett's motion for summary disposition in lieu of briefs pursuant to Kansas Supreme Court Rule 7.041A (2018 Kan. S. Ct. R. 47). The State has filed no response.

In 06CR96, Bennett pled guilty to one coun... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. TANNER LINN WHEELER

On September 15, 2015, Wheeler pled guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine. On July 11, 2016, the district court sentenced Wheeler to 24 months' imprisonment and granted probation for 12 months to be supervised by community corrections.

At a hearing on February 27, 2017, the district court found that Wheeler was in violation of the conditions of his probation by failing to... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. ANGEL M. WALKER

On March 31, 2016, Walker pled guilty to one count of aggravated arson and one count of endangering a child. On May 13, 2016, the district court imposed a controlling sentence of 24 months' imprisonment and granted probation for 24 months to be supervised by community corrections.

At a hearing on January 26, 2017, Walker admitted to violating the conditions of her probation by failing ... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. GARRETT PRESLEY KRAFT

The underlying facts supporting the criminal charges are taken from the affidavit of probable cause filed with the district court. On May 12, 2016, Haley Fryback went to the hospital after Kraft physically abused her during an argument in their mutual home. Fryback reported that Kraft hit, choked, and kicked her in the throat. He also prevented her from leaving the residence when he locked her key... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TRAVIS P. ODOM Rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child

Though Odom's brief provides a limited sketch of the underlying facts, the circumstances prompting the State to charge Odom with four counts of rape and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child are immaterial for purposes of resolving Odom's issues on appeal. This court need only to address the procedural history of the case to provide a background for the legal challenges Odom rais... More...   $0 (04-21-2018 - KS)

Joel D. Kettler v. Leslie Gould

Cross-defendants Leslie Gould and his wife Susan Gould
contend the trial court erred when it denied in part their antiSLAPP
(strategic lawsuit against public participation) motion.
The motion sought to strike certain allegations in a crosscomplaint
filed by Joel D. Kettler, alleging defamation and other
causes of action. The court denied the motion to the extent crosscomplainan... More...
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John Jeremy Loveall v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted on July 29, 2014 for possession of less than one gram of
methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a state jail felony. See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY
CODE ANN. §§ 481.103, 481.113, 481.116 (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.).
Pursuant to a plea agreement, appellant pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of
possession of a controlled substance, and the... More...
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Erlis Joseph Chaisson v. The State of Texas

Chaisson was charged by indictment with five counts of aggravated assault of a
child and ten counts of indecency with a child by contact. See id. §§ 21.021, 22.11. Prior
to trial, the State waived several counts, leaving one count of aggravated assault of a
child and four counts of indecency with a child by contact. At the close of the State’s
case, appellant’s motion for di... More...
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United States of America v. Jason A. Richard Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - Walla Walla Man Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Embezzling $40,000 from United Steelworkers Local Union

Jason A. Richard, age 42, of Walla Walla, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on December 14, 2017, to embezzling labor union funds. United States District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. sentenced Richard to a 6-month term of imprisonment, to be... More...
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United States of America v. Randell Lonjose District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Kidnapping and Sexual Abuse Charges

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

Randell Lonjose, 35, an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo who resides in Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty on April 19, 2018 in federal court to kidnapping and sexual assa... More...
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United States of America v. Christopher M. Holbroo District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM - Former Las Cruces U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

The Justice Department announced that on April 19, 2018 former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Christopher M. Holbrook pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to obstruction of justice.

The charge stems from Holbrook’s falsific... More...
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Andrew Michael Psyk v. The State of Texas

At around 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 20, 2013, at least two
witnesses contacted 911 after observing a dark SUV driving erratically on Interstate
59 northbound. One witness stayed on the phone with the 911 operator and followed
behind the vehicle until a state trooper arrived on the scene.
When the trooper located the vehicle, he followed it for a short period of time ... More...
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Truitt Russell Cook v. The State of Texas

Appellant does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence so we will mention
only so much of the background facts as necessary for our disposition of his issues. On
February 12, 2015, appellant and Tianna Insall robbed the A1 Smoke Shop in rural
Tarrant County. They wore dark glasses and bandannas. Appellant carried what the two
store employees called “a gun.” Once insid... More...
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Bruce Ray Blackwell v. The State of Texas

At around 2:00 a.m. on July 20, 2015, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Deputies Justin Cole and
Johnny Gorden (jointly, the “deputies”) observed a truck towing a trailer turn onto a county road
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at a high rate of speed. The deputies followed the truck and found it pulled over on the side of the
road. The deputies observed Bl... More...
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Salvador Zarate v. The State of Texas

The State’s first witness was Starr County Sheriff’s Officer Justin Falcon. Officer Falcon
testified that he was working in the jail, on December 24, 2014, when he received a call from
Justice of the Peace Salvador Zarate Jr. instructing him to reduce the bonds for both Daisy Rich
and Harry Rich from $30,000.00 each to $5,000.00 each. Officer Falcon explained that although
it... More...
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United States of America v. Jerry Lynn "Jay" Gragg, Jr. Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - Ex-Cop Sentenced to 100 Months For Sexually Assaulting Woman During Traffic Stop

The United States of America charged Jerry Lynn "Jay" Gragg, Jr., age 40, with one count of aggravated sexual abuse in violation of 18 U.C.C. 2241.

Gragg was a member of the Savanna Police Department in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma at the time of the alleged crime.... More...
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United States of America v. Douglas Dane Jones District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Tsaile Man Sentenced to 20 Years’ Imprisonment for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Child Pornography

Douglas Dane Jones, 41, of Tsaile, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 20 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by lifetime supervised release with mandatory sex offender registration and conditions. Jones had previously pleaded guilty to sexual abuse ... More...
   $0 (04-18-2018 - AZ)

Samuel Hal Wade v. The State of Texas 65 Years: Judge Goodwin Drops the Hammer on Sex Offender By Revoking Probation

Appellant Samuel Hal Wade was placed on deferred adjudication community
supervision after he pled guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child for sexual
abuse perpetrated against his two biological daughters. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.021(a)(1)(B),
(2)(B); Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 42A.101. Subsequently, the trial court granted the State’s 1
motions to adjudica... More...
   $0 (04-18-2018 - TX)

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