Recent Verdicts and Judgements

United States of America v. JAMES HAROLD RHODES

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one count of traveling interstate with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile charge. The relevant facts of this case are undisputed, and the following recitation thereof is taken primarily from the factual resume submitted to the district court and to which Rhodes has stipulated. On May 3, 1999, Rhodes responded ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RANDLE CURTIS DANIELS

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with bank theft and money laundering charges. Colonial Savings held the mortgage on Daniels’s home. A hail storm damaged its roof. His insurance company sent him a check for $46,000 to cover the cost of repairs. 2 Aware of the mortgage, the insurance company made the check payable to Randle Daniels and Colonial Savings jointly. Da ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

Leslie Nutt v. NCB Management Services, Inc.

Austin, TX: Consumer credit lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on a Fair Debt Collection Act violation theory. ... More $1 (10-23-2021 - TX)

Baby Dolls Topless v. City of Dallas Texas

New Orleans, LA - First Amendment rights lawyer represented Plaintiff-Appellant with arguing whether the City of Dallas violated certain establishments’ First Amendment rights claim. In 1986, after studying other cities’ efforts in regulating SOBs, the City enacted Chapter 41A of the Dallas City Code “to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the citizens of the city, a ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JORGE LUIS DOVALINA, also known as George

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana, money laundering involving the proceeds of marijuana distribution, and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. A criminal defendant is entitled to constitutionally effective assistance of counsel on direct appeal. See Evitts v. Lucey, 4 ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RUSSELL DANE REEVES

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with arguing that the government breached the plea agreement and that the district court improperly enhanced the sentence claim. Reeves and his codefendants defrauded elderly persons by persuading them to turn over money to be invested in what were really sham companies. Reeves pleaded guilty of mail fraud targeting the elderly, a ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

STEVEN M. HICKMAN; GINA L. HICKMAN versus STATE OF TEXAS

New Orleans, LA - Bail Bond lawyer represented Appellees with arguing that a bail bond forfeitures is not dischargeable. For nearly ten years, Gina Lynn Hickman (“Hickman”) owned and operated a bail bonding business in Tarrant County, Texas. She served as a surety on criminal bail bonds; when a criminal defendant failed to appear in court, a judgment for the amount of the bond was entered ag ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. GARY LANDON DAVENPORT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a securities fraud and using a post office box in furtherance of a scheme tSo defraud charge. On January 21, 2000, Gary Davenport pled guilty to devising a fraudulent estate planning service targeted at elderly victims. The scheme, which began in October 1992, involved inducing senior citizens to liquidate legitimate investmen ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. JAMES MCFARLAND, JR.

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with count of “interference with interstate commerce by robbery” (Hobbs Act) and a count for use of a firearm in commission of a federal felony (gun count) charges. On four different dates in a one month period in 1998, James W. McFarland (“McFarland”) robbed four different retail convenience stores operated by four differe ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - LA)

State of Ohio v. Eric Schmidt

Lebanon, OH: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexual assault and rape of children 12-years-of-age. The charges were: 1 RAPE (2907.02(A)(1)(B)) F 1 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 2 GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION (2907.05(A)(4)) F 3 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 3 PUBLIC INDECENCY (2907.09(B)(4)) M 1 NOT GUILTY JT - JURY TRIAL 4 GROSS SEXU ... More $0 (10-23-2021 - )

John Doe v. Cerro Flow Products, LLC

Belleville, IL: Personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiffs, who sued Defendant on a negligence theory claiming to have suffered injuries and/or damages as a direct result of being exposed to dioxins and furans released by a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, Illinois. Cerro owned and operated a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, IL for more than 50 years. The plaintiffs alleg ... More $72,000,000 (10-22-2021 - IL)

State of Massachusetts v. Timothy Griffin

Fall River, MA: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with assault and battery. Timothy Griffin, age 57, was charged with domestic assault and battery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The alleged victim was his ex-girlfriend. Griffin’s ex-girlfriend, an Attleboro auxiliary police officer and Bristol County deputy sheriff, told police Griffi ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - MA)

State of South Carolina v. Derrick Jajuan Rivera and Bradford Britton

Myrtle Beach, SC: Criminal defense lawyers represented defendants charged with first-degree murder. Derrick Jajuan Rivera and Bradford Britton were charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery for shooting and killed Steve Johnson Sr. and Steve "Sparky" Johnson, Jr. in July 26, 2019 at the Waccamaw Bingo. ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NC)

State of Nevada v. Cortrayer Lecole Zone and Michael Rusk

Las Vegas, NV: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Cortrayer Zone, age 38, and Michael Rusk, age 28, were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit for shooting and killing Clarence McQuarters, age 34, on June 10, 2016. The State claimed that Zone thought that his girlfriend was cheating on him with McQu ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NV)

State of Ohio v. Dustin Ruiter

Youngtown, OH: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Dustin Ruiter, age 46, was charged with 73 counts sexual abuse of three family members including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Defendant claimed that the children lied about being physically abused by him. ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - OH)

United States of America v. ALVESTER FORT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute approximately 561.2 pounds of marijuana charge. Fort’s conviction arose from the stop of his commercial truck by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer, Mike Scales. Fort filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of this stop a ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. THOMAS LAMAR CATHEY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with challenging his convictions and sentencesfor distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distributemethamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute LSD charges. Cathey was indicted on three counts of violating 21 U.S.C. § 841. He was charged with distributing heroin, which resulted in 2 death; possession with in ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. Lev Parnas

Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to make campaign funds by a foreign national, making false statements, conspiracy to defraud the United States, falsification of records in a federal investigation. Lev Parnas was charged with scheming with co-conspirators to use Russian backed money to fund political contributions to trade for political favors for a budding jo ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. SHENARD TYVON WELLS; RODNEY W. WELLS

United States of America v. LOLETTA DENISE SCOTT

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and one count of distribution of cocaine base charges. On March 24, 1999, a grand jury charged Shenard Tyvon Wells (Shenard), his wife, Loletta Scott (Loletta), his brother, Rodney W. Wells (Rodney), and several others with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base an ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - la)

ARMANDO H. GONZALES versus DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS, ET AL, AURELIO CASTILLO and CONNIE KIRBY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented Plaintiff-Appellee with s engaging in activity protected by the First Amendment when he testified before a grand jury investigating corruption in the constable’s department charge. In early 1997, Aurelio Castillo, the newly-elected Constable of Precinct 6 of Dallas County, instructed several of his deputies, including Armando Gonzales, to s ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. RONALD EUGENE HENRY

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing his conviction for possession of a firearm while subject to acourt order charge. In November 1998, deputiesfromthe Potter County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence after receiving a “hangup” 911 phone call. Upon arriving, they observed a small child looking out of the front window of the residence, Henry’s w ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. VINCENT J. SEVICK, also known as Sealed Defendant 2, also know as Ron Allen, also known as Vincent Lee.

New Orleans, LA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing his conviction and sentence resulting from his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana charge. On June 7, 1995, the United States of America (“the Government”) through the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas filed a three-count ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - LA)

United States of America v. William Taylor

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order denying his motion for relief . William Raymond Taylor appeals the district court’s order denying his motion for relief under the First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, 132 Stat. 5194. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the rea ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Shapat Nabaya a/k/a Norman Abbott

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing from the district court’s order denying seven post judgment motions.. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. United States v. Nabaya, No. 3:17-cr-00003-MHL-1 (E.D. Va. Aug. 9, 2019). We deny Nabaya’s motion for release on ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Sylvester Jackson

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with o appealing the district court’s order denying relief. Sylvester Monroe Jackson seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2018) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A cer ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Robert Whitley and Noni Whitley

Atlanta, GA: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with transportation of stolen property. Robert Whitley, and his daughter Noni Whitley, were indicted for selling millions of dollars of stolen retail products through their online businesses, Closeout Express and Essentials Daily Discounts. “These crimes impact not only the retailers, but every consumer,” said Acting U.S. Att ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - GA)

United States of America v. Michael Pearse

New York, NY: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity Michael Pearse, an Australian national who was extradited to the United States from Australia in January 2021, was indicted for his participation in a fraudulent scheme to charge hundreds of thousands of mobile phone customers millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Pavel Stassi and Aleksandr Skorodumov

Detroit, MI: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit fraud. Pavel Stassi, 30, of Estonia, and Aleksandr Skorodumov, 33, of Lithuania, were charged for their involvement in providing “bulletproof hosting” services, which were used by cybercriminals between 2009 to 2015 to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims t ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - MI)

United States of America v. Eric Scott Kindley

Little Rock, AR: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with sexually assaulting two women. Eric Scott Kindley, 53, a former private prisoner transport officer, was indicted for sexually assaulting two different women in his custody during two different transports in 2014 and 2017, and for knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of the 2017 sexual assault. A jury returned gu ... More $0 (10-22-2021 - AR)

United States of America v. Craig Cowles

Burlington, VT: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with income tax evasion. Craig Cowles, 53, of Richmond, Vermont, was charged with federal income tax evasion. In fall 2019, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned an indictment charging Cowles with five counts of tax evasion and 14 counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements. Last fall ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VT)

Coleton Ray v. RFC Drilling, LLC

Midland, TX: Labor lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on a fair labor standards act violation theory claiming to have suffered more than $300 million in damages as a direct result the violation of the act by the Defendant. ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - TX)

United States of America v. Joseph Perry, Jr.

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order finding his motion to be successive and unauthorized, and dismissing it on that basis. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A certificate of appealability will not issue absent “a subs ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Terrance Mathis a/k/a T-2

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with the district court’s order denying as successive and unauthorized his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2018) motion. The district court’s order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A certificate of appealability will not issue absent “a subst ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Daniel Laurey

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order denying his motion for a sentence reduction pursuant to the First Step Act charge. The court concluded that Laurey was not eligible for relief because his Sentencing Guidelines range is driven by the career offender offense level, which was unaffected by the Act. In reaching this conc ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Patrick Wray a/k/a Ike, a/k/a Murda

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity—RICO conspiracy charge. A defendant may waive the right to appeal if that waiver is knowing and intelligent. See United States v. Poindexter, 492 F.3d 263, 270 (4th Cir. 2007). Our review of the record confirms that Wray voluntarily and knowingly waived his right to ap ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Kristyn Daney

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return charge. We review a sentence for reasonableness, applying “a deferential abuse-of-discretion standard.” Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 41 (2007). This review entails consideration of both the procedural and substantive reasonableness of the ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

BRANDON WILLIAMS v. STATE OF MARYLAND, Office of the Governor; BALTIMORE COUNTY OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT

Richmond, Virginia - Child Support lawyer represented Plaintiff - Appellant with appealing the district court’s order dismissing his complaint raising several challenges to the garnishment of his wages for enforcement of a Maryland child support order. On appeal, we confine our review to the issues raised in the Appellant’s brief. See 4th Cir. R. 34(b). Because Williams’ informal brief do ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

David Meyers v. Commissioner of SSA

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented Plaintiff - Appellant a Virginia state prisoner with seeks to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”) without prepayment of fees in two consolidated appeals from: (1) the District of Maryland’s denial of an action to review a social security award; and (2) the Western District of Virginia’s dismissal of Appellant’s petition for mandamus. ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Anthony Cannon

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order denying relief. Anthony Cannon seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2018) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A certificate of ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Joshua Cogdell

Richmond, Virginia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing the district court’s order denying relief. Joshua Michael Cogdell seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2018) motion. The order is not appealable unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2018). A certific ... More $0 (10-21-2021 - VA)

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