Recent Verdicts and Judgements

Jezia Noel Easton v. State of Indiana

[1] Jezia Easton appeals his convictions for aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony; criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony; and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor. We affirm. Issue [2] Easton presents one issue for our review, which we restate as whether the State presented sufficient evidence to rebut Easton’s claim of self-defense. Facts [3] On May 8, ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - IN)

State of Oklahoma v. Christopher James Johnson

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Christopher James Johnson with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: LA4, POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE, in violation of 47 O.S. 4-103 Date of Offense: 02/08/2017 Party Name Disposition Information JOHNSON, CHRISTOPHER JAMES Disposed: CONVICTION, 07/27/2020. Guilty Plea Count as Disposed: POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE (LA4) Violation of 47 O.S. 4-103 Count ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Brian Dean Stunkard

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Brian Dean Stunkard with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: LA3, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, in violation of 47 O.S. 4-102 Date of Offense: 01/07/2017 Party Name Disposition Information STUNKARD, BRIAN DEAN Disposed: DISMISSED, 07/30/2020. Dismissed by Court Count as Disposed: Unauthorized Use of Vehicle(LA3) Violation of 47 O.S. 4-102 Count # 2. Coun ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Tyler Minh Nguyen

Norman, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Tyler Minh Nguyen with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: ABDOM, *** amended to domestic a&b by strangulation ******ASSAULT AND BATTERY - DOMESTIC W/ DANGEROUS WEAPON, in violation of 21 O.S. 644 (j) Date of Offense: 10/24/2018 Party Name Disposition Information Nguyen, Tyler Minh Disposed: DEFERRED, 07/30/2020. Guilty Plea Count as Disposed: *** amended t ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Shane Michael Gilsson

Norman, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Shane Michael Gilsson with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: MS0S, STALKING, in violation of 21 O.S. 1173 Date of Offense: 06/01/2017 Party Name Disposition Information Glisson, Shane Michael Disposed: CONVICTION, 07/29/2020. Guilty Plea Count as Disposed: STALKING(MS0S) Violation of 21 O.S. 1173 Count # 2. Count as Filed: MS0S, STALKING, in violation ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - OK)

United States of America v. Chase Davis

Ft. Myers - The United States of America charged Chase Davis, age 21, with threatening to kill everyone associated with the American Family Association. Davis was indicted for his criminal threats by a grand jury in the Northern District of Mississippi during the Summer of 2019. He pled guilty to those charges before a District Court in Florida pursuant to a rule that allows a defendant to pl ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - FL)

United States of America v. Rui Ping Lin and Red Samurai Sushi, Inc.

Jackson, MS - The United States of America charged Rui Ping Lin and Red Samurai Sushi, Inc. with illegally harboring aliens. From March 2014 through February 2017, Rui Ping Lin was the owner of a restaurant in Madison named Red Samurai Sushi, Inc. During this time, the Defendant hired and employed illegal aliens, whose initials were “A.D.S.,” “D.G.P.,” “J.C.P.,” “J.S.L.,” knowing or in reckl ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - MS)

United States of America v. Jesus Adrian Ledesma Bernal, a/k/a JSS

New Orleans, LA - The United States of America charged Jesus Adrian Ledesma Bernal, a/k/a JSS, age 32, with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. As detailed in the factual basis and superseding bill of information, the defendants, from at least January 1, 2016, to the present, conspired together and with others to commit wire fraud in connection with a telemarketing scheme that targeted and victi ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - LA)

United States of America v. Michael Brown, Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA - The United States of America charged Michael Brown, Jr., age 34, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, distribution of heroin and methamphetamine, distribution of furanyl fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking cri ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - LA)

United States of America v. Kaenon A. Constantin

Lafayette, LA - The United States of America charged Kaenon A. Constantin, age 28, with violating the Lacey Act by killing and transporting a federally protected and endangered whooping crane. In November 2019, Constantin was named in a federal bill of information for violating the Lacey Act in May 2016. Specifically, on May 20, 2016, Constantin and a juvenile, using .22 caliber rifles, shot ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - LA)

United States of America v. David Brian Pate and Jose Luis Fung Hou

Washington, DC - The United States of America charged David Brian Pate, age 44, and Jose Luis Fung Hou, age 38, with illegally selling opoids on the darknet. The seven-count indictment charged Pate, a U.S. and Costa Rican citizen, and Fung Hou, a Costa Rican citizen, with counts of conspiring with persons to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, conspiring with ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - DC)

Fred Graylee v. John Castro

Defendants John and Rosa Castro (the tenants) leased a residential property from plaintiff Fred Graylee (the landlord).1 The landlord brought an unlawful detainer action against the tenants, alleging they owed him $27,100 in unpaid rent. The day of trial, the parties entered into a stipulated judgment in which the tenants agreed to vacate the property by a certain date and time. If they failed to ... More $0 (08-05-2020 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Dessie Lanett Dean

Norman, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Dessie Lanett Dean with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: BC, BOGUS CHECK******AMENDED TO MISDEAMENOR*******, in violation of 21 O.S. 1541.1, 1541.3 Date of Offense: 07/18/2016 Party Name Disposition Information Dean, Dessie Lanelle Disposed: CONVICTION, 07/28/2020. Guilty Plea Count as Disposed: BOGUS CHECK******AMENDED TO MISDEAMENOR*******(BC) Violat ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - OK)

United States of America v. Taylor Graham Cozart

Beaumont, TX - The United States of America charged Taylor Graham Cozart with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to information presented in court, on July 30, 2019, law enforcement officers responded to a motorcycle accident on Interstate Highway 10 in Orange County, Texas. They determined that Cozart was the driver of the motorcycle, which was stolen, and after he was tran ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - TX)

United States of America v. Carlos Solorio aka Christian Hernandez

Houston, TX - The United States of America charged Carlos Solorio aka Christian Hernandez with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute meth. Defendant was sentenced to 324-month to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard about Solorio’s significant activity related to drug trafficking – distribution in the Houston area, maintena ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - TX)

Franklin E. Lee v. State of Indiana

[1] In April of 2018, Franklin E. Lee molested his then-ten-year old stepgranddaughter. After a jury found him guilty of Level 1 felony child molesting, he was sentenced to thirty-five years of incarceration. On appeal, Lee challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain his conviction and the appropriateness of his sentence. We affirm. Facts and Procedural History [2] In ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - IN)

United States of America v. Deanna Bates Wehde

San Antonio, TX - The United States of America charged Deanna Bates Wehde with stealing $470000 from a company she managed. Wehde pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. By pleading guilty, Wehde admitted that while employed by Stone Care of Texas between May 2016 and September 2018, she defrauded the company by using company credit cards issued ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - TX)

United States of America v. John Paul Cooper

Dallas, TX - The United States of America charged John Paul Cooper with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, receipt of illegal kickbacks and payment of illegal kickbacks. In December 2019, after six days of deliberation, a federal jury convicted John Paul Cooper, 56, of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of receipt of illegal kickbacks, and six counts of paymen ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - TX)

Terry E. Garber, Jr. v. State of Indiana

COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA [1] In February of 2019, Terry Garber, Jr., forced his way into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend K.M. and forcibly penetrated her anus and vagina with his fingers in the presence of K.M.’s three minor children. When the children interrupted him, Garber struck one on the genitals and beat another repeatedly on his bare buttocks. The State charged Ga ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - IN)

STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS JOHN ELMER

On February 2, 2018, a St. Charles Parish Grand Jury returned an eight-count indictment charging defendant, J.E., with various sex offenses against J.H. Defendant was charged with aggravated rape of a juvenile under thirteen years of age in violation of La. R.S. 14:42 (count one); first degree rape of a juvenile under thirteen years of age in violation of La. R.S. 14:42 (count ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS JOHNNY KELLY

On August 29, 2017, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of information charging defendant, Johnny Kelly, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of La. R.S. 14:95.1. Defendant was arraigned and pled not guilty that same day. The case was subsequently tried before a 12-person Jefferson Parish jury. On May 15, 2018, the jury found defenda ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. ORLANDO DEMOND MORRIS CHARLES

The State alleged that between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on October 23, 2017, Defendant walked up behind the victim on a public street, coerced the victim at knifepoint onto a vacant lot, and forced the victim at knifepoint to perform oral sex upon him. A nearby witness called 911, enabling the police to respond while the attack was still ongoing. Defendant ran when he saw police ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. CASSETTI DEWAYNE BROWN, JR.

On September 6, 2017, Defendant, Cassetti1 Dewayne Brown, Jr., was charged by bill of information with possession with the intent to distribute a schedule II, controlled dangerous substance (CDS II) (cocaine), in violation of La.R.S. 40:967(A)(1) and (B)(4)(b)2 (count one); possession of CDS II (methamphetamine), in violation of La.R.S. 40:967(C) (count two); illegal carrying o ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. DONALD BROUSSARD

The record in this case shows the jury was polled and returned a verdict of guilty of negligent homicide, a violation of La.R.S. 14:32, by a vote of eleven to one. The United States Supreme Court recently held non-unanimous jury verdicts unconstitutional. Ramos v. Louisiana, 2020 WL 1906545, 590 U.S. ___, ___ S.Ct. ___ (2020). (S lip Op.). The Supreme Court unambiguously determi ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. KEVIN MAYO

STATE OF LOUISIANA COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD CIRCUIT On September 30, 2016, a jury found Defendant, Kevin Mayo, guilty of vehicular homicide, in violation of La.R.S. 14:32.1. On January 26, 2017, Defendant was sentenced to eighteen years at hard labor, with five years suspended and the first three years to be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentenc ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. TEVIN TEVONTE JENKINS

On October 31, 2017, a grand jury indicted Defendant and Tyrone Trayune Ned for the August 9, 2016 second degree murder of Rodney Joseph Savoy, Jr., in violation of La.R.S. 14:30.1. Defendant filed a motion to declare La.Code Crim.P. art. 782(A) unconstitutional on August 9, 2019; the trial court found the statute constitutional on August 15, 2019. A jury convicted Defendant as ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. BRIAN L. POPE

Brian Pope sentenced to jail, probation, acquitted of 1 charge Defendant was the Lafayette City Marshal in 2015. The factual background is set out, in part, in Independent Weekly, LLC v. Lafayette City Marshal Pope, 16- 282, pp. 1-4 (La.App. 3 Cir. 9/28/16), 201 So.3d 951, 953-55, writ denied, 16-1942 (La. 12/16/16), 212 So.3d 1172: On October 8, 2015, Christiaan Mader, a staf ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. JOSEPH JAMAAD LEDAY

The record in this case shows the jury was polled and returned a verdict of guilty by a vote of eleven to one. The United States Supreme Court recently held non-unanimous jury verdicts unconstitutional. Ramos v. Louisiana, 2020 WL 1906545, 590 U.S. ___, ___ S.Ct. ___ (2020). (Slip Op.) The Supreme Court unambiguously determined that nonunanimous verdicts are not permissible u ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - LA)

State of Oklahoma v. Lindy Joe Cowling

El Reno, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Lindy Joe Cowling with: Count # 1. Count as Filed: OWPN, POSSESS FIREARMS AFTER CONVICTION OR DURING PROBATION, in violation of 21 O.S. 1283 Date of Offense: 08/13/2019 Party Name Disposition Information COWLING, LINDY JOE Disposed: CONVICTION, 07/29/2020. Guilty Plea Count as Disposed: POSSESS FIREARMS AFTER CONVICTION OR DURING PROBATION(OW ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - ok)

United States of America v. Marvin Leroy Smith-Capers, Jr.

Columbia, SC - The United States of America charged Marvin Leroy Smith-Capers, Jr., age 38, with arson. According to evidence presented to the court, on January 8, 2018, just after midnight, Smith-Capers set fire to Joy’s Touch of Class in downtown Holly Hill after spending much of the previous two hours stealing merchandise from the store. The flames spread to two adjacent businesses, Goldstein ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - SC)

United States of America v. Robert Nathaniel Johnson, III

Charlotte, NC - The United States of America charged Robert Nathaniel Johnson, III with credit card fraud. A federal jury in Charlotte convicted Robert Nathaniel Johnson, III, 35, of Lancaster, South Carolina today for credit card fraud. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. presided over the trial. Reginald A. DeMatteis, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Charlotte F ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - NC)

United States of America v. Anthony Wayne March

Raleigh, NC - The United States of America charged Anthony Wayne March with wire fraud. According to court documents, Anthony Wayne March, 49 years old, operated the non-profit 501(c)(3) entity Asset Trader, located in Rolesville, NC, between 2012 to 2015. March represented that Asset Trader offered educational services to professionals and taxpayers in the area of exit planning. Asset Trader’s ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - NC)

United States of America v. Mary Beyer Halsey

Baltimore, MD - The United States of America charged Mary Beyer Halsey, age 59, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. “Mary Beyer Halsey used her position as President and CEO of Cecil Bank for her personal benefit, causing a loss to the bank, which had already received federal taxpayer funds as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “Corrupt bank officials ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - MD)

United States of America v. Delia Marie Salinez

Norfolkd, VA - The United States of America charged Delia Marie Salinez with heroin and meth trafficking ccording to court documents, Delia Marie Salinez, 31, of Greensboro, was a recruiter and drug courier operating out of the conspiracy’s North Carolina distribution point. In March 2019, Salinez and two of her recruits packaged and drove roughly a kilogram of heroin and a kilogram of pure metha ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - VA)

Sheila A. Clovis v. Theodore Timothy Hill, Jr. and J.G. Hunt Transport, Inc.

Clarksburg, WV - Sheila A. Clovis, Administratrix of the Estate of Jeffrey Allen Clovis, Deceased, sued Theodore Timothy Hill, Jr. and J.G. Hunt Transport, Inc., an Arkansas corporation, or any assigne, lessee, transferee, or any owner of the 2015 International tractor-trailer driven by the defendant, Theodore Timothy Hill, Jr., on wrongful death, personal injury, auto negligence and respondeat su ... More $1 (08-04-2020 - WV)

United States of America v. Paul Chibuzo

Clarksburg, WV - The United States of America charged Paul Chibuzo with harboring a fugitive. Chibuzo, age 24, pled guilty today to one count of “Harboring and Concealing a Federal Fugitive” and one count of “False Statement to Federal Agent.” Chibuzo admitted to hiding Donquale Gray in Morgantown from March 1 to March 6, 2019. Gray was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service on a felony charge. C ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - WV)

Annamarie K. French and Russell Smith, Jr. v. William Wesley Williams, Joshua S. Leath and XPO Logistics Freight, Inc.

Charleston, WV - Annamarie K. French and Russell Smith, Jr. sued William Wesley Williams, Joshua S. Leath and XPO on Logistics Freight, Inc. on wrongfull death personal injury, auto negligence and respondeat superior theories claiming that Russell Smith, Jr. was killed in a car truck wreck caused by the defendants. ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - WV)

United States of America v. Randall Lee Peggs

Bluefield, WV - The United States of America charged Randall Lee Peggs, age 56, with conspiracy to produce child pornography. Peggs admitted that he began talking with codefendant Elizabeth Haway, of Princeton, on Facebook in November 2018. Over the course of several months, Peggs and Haway conspired to produce child pornography of a female minor child. The majority of their communications oc ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - WV)

Jeffrey A. Dickstein v. City of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK - Jeffrey Dickstein sued the City of Tulsa on an equitable theory seeking the issuance of a restraining order against the City preventing it from enforcing its mask ordinance. Plaintiff claimed that they City of Tulsa is without legal authority to declare an emergency other than as defined by law, and its emergency ordinance is void ab initio. ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - OK)

Leslie T. Wilde v. City of Dunsmuir

Opinion of the Court by Kruger, J. The California Constitution grants voters the power of referendum, which allows them to approve or reject laws enacted by their elected representatives before the laws take effect. But to prevent the referendum process from disrupting essential governmental operations, the Constitution exempts certain categories of legislation, including “statutes providing for t ... More $0 (08-04-2020 - CA)

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