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Roberts was charged and tried for one count of stealing, section 570.030, arising out of his unlawful receipt of certain benefits from the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division (the "Department"). On August 23, 2010, Roberts completed and submitted an application for benefits with Melissa Smolke ("Smolke"), eligibility specialist with the Department. Based on the in ... More $0 (10-27-2016 - MO)


Appellant Cameron Reed (“Reed”) appeals the judgment of the trial court entered after a jury trial. The jury convicted him of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for shooting Victim to death. Reed confessed to shooting Victim during an interrogation, and video of that confession was shown to the jury. On appeal, Reed argues that the trial court erred in admitting the confession vid ... More $0 (10-27-2016 - MO)


Defendant was charged with one count of assault in the first degree, in violation of Section 565.0501, and one count of armed criminal action, in violation of section 571.015. Two attorneys (together, "Plea Counsel") entered appearances on behalf of Defendant.

On July 18, 2014, Defendant appeared in court with Plea Counsel and pleaded guilty to both charges, pursuant to a plea agreeme ...
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United States of America v. James Nassida and Janna Nassida

Pittsburgh, PA - Siblings Found Guilty in Large-Scale Mortgage Fraud Scheme

After deliberating an hour, a federal jury of four men and eight women found siblings James and Janna Nassida guilty of two counts of Bank Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud.

James Nassida, age 48, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Janna Nassida, age 45, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, were ...
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United States of America v. Michael Paul Good

Atlanta, GA - Veterinary Clinic Owner Pays Civil Penalty to Settle Alleged Controlled Substances Act Violations

Veterinarian Michael Paul Good, owner of Town & Country Veterinary Clinic, located in Marietta, Georgia, has agreed to pay a civil settlement of $90,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the recordkeeping requirements of the Controlled Substances Act. Dr. Good also has ag ...
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United States of America v. Michael John Alcocer Roa

Miami, FL - Kissimmee Resident Sentenced to More than 17 Years for Wire Fraud

A Kissimmee, Florida resident was sentenced to more than seventeen years in prison, after having been convicted at trial of wire fraud.

Michael John Alcocer Roa, 34, of Kissimmee, Florida, was previously convicted at trial by a jury of five counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States C ...
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United States of America v. Ryan Collins

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Man Sentenced Today to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Hacking Apple and Google E-Mail Accounts Belonging to More Than 100 People, Including Many Celebrities

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced on felony computer hacking charges related to his illegal access of over 100 Apple and Google e-mail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment i ...
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United States of America v. Gregory W. Gray, Jr.

New York, NY - Managing Director Of Venture Capital Firm Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court In Connection With Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Gregory W. Gray, Jr. was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison for securities fraud and perjury charges stemming from his scheme to defraud an investor of approximately $5 million to cover up his mismanagement of other inv ...
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United States of America v. David Hobson

New York, NY - Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Insider Trading

David Hobson, who served as an investment adviser in the Providence, Rhode Island, offices of two different national broker-dealer and investment advisers (“Brokerage Firm-1” and “Brokerage Firm-2”), pled guilty to engaging in a scheme to commit insider trading in connection with deals involving ...
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State of Missouri v. Bryon Keith Creech

Tulsa, OK - Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole Killing Son

The State of Oklahoma charged Bryon Keith Creech with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Count # 2. Count as Filed: SWIK, SHOOTING WITH INTENT TO KILL, in violation of 21 O.S. 652
Count # 3. Count as Filed: KID, KIDNAPPING, in violation of 21 O.S. ...
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This case is on petition for review from the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Appellant Jeremy Edward Whalen was convicted of driving while intoxicated–first offense after a bench trial in the Sebastian County Circuit Court. On appeal to the court of appeals, Whalen argued that (1) the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, along with article II, section 15 of the Arkansas Constitution, re ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - AR)


In 2011, Fort Smith police officers were arresting Thacker for the rape of a woman in Fort Smith. Law enforcement officers from Oklahoma also participated in the arrest because they suspected that Thacker had murdered Briana Ault, whose body had been found in Oklahoma a few days earlier. The officers who were attempting to serve the warrant were dressed in plainclothes. Initially, to gain a ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - AR)


Lonnie Strawhacker was convicted of rape in 1990. At his trial, FBI hair-comparison expert Michael Malone testified that hairs recovered from the crime scene were indistinguishable from Strawhacker’s hairs. In 1996, after allegations were raised concerning the accuracy of FBI hair examiners’ expert testimony, the Department of Justice established a Task Force to review all of their hair-compar ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)


This is a companion case to Strawhacker v. State, 2016 Ark. 348. As in Strawhacker, Eugene Issac Pitts’s petition for postconviction relief arises from repudiated trial testimony of FBI lab technician Michael Malone, a forensic hair analyst. Pitts was convicted of capital felony murder for the slaying of Dr. Bernard Jones, committed in the course of a kidnapping. On June 29, 1981, Pitts’s convi ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - AR)

United States of America v. Bertha Del Pilar Vargas

Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Couple Sentenced for Tax Fraud and Money Laundering

Bertha Del Pilar Vargas, 48, and her husband, Martin Ayala, 45, both of Knoxville, Tenn., were sentenced on Oct. 26, 2016, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, for their participation in tax fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Vargas was sentenced to serve 34 months in federa ...
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Doty’s first-degree-battery charge stemmed from a shooting that occurred on the evening of September 1, 2013. The victim, Justin Yandell, testified at trial that he, his father, and his brother heard gunfire close to their home and then heard shotgun pellets hitting their barn. Justin and his brother, Josh Yandell, approached their fence line to investigate, with Justin carrying a holstered pist ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - AR)

John Robert Quick v. The State of Texas

John Robert Quick pleaded guilty to the delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, a third-degree felony offense, as part of a plea agreement. In accordance with the plea agreement, the trial court adjudicated Appellant guilty of the offense, assessed his punishment at confinement for ten years, but suspended the imposition of the sentence and placed Appellant on community supervisio ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)

Michael Lowery v. The State of Texas

On July 23, 2013, Appellant and his wife, Amber Lowery, were living on a ranch in Comanche County about six miles east of Rising Star. Amber and Appellant had a rocky relationship, described as having many ups and downs. Amber had previously filed for divorce on two occasions. Appellant was known to have an explosive temper. He had previously broken Amber’s nose and had attended two anger mana ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)

Terry Anthony Valenti v. The State of Texas

The State has filed a motion for rehearing disagreeing with our conclusion that Appellant’s double jeopardy rights were violated. The State poses this question in the motion for rehearing: “Was Appellant tried and acquitted for the same offense when no proof was offered at the first trial?” The State cites Ex parte Goodbread for the proposition that “[d]ouble jeopardy only bars offenses for whic ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)

Rudy Trevino v. The State of Texas

This court notified Appellant that we had received information from the trial court that Appellant had waived his right of appeal in this cause. We requested that Appellant respond and show grounds to continue the appeal. Appellant’s counsel has filed a response in which he states that he can find no grounds upon which to continue this appeal. He also indicates that he can find nothing to in ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)

David Bryan Winters v. The State of Texas

This court notified Appellant that we had received information from the trial court that Appellant waived his right of appeal in this cause. We requested that Appellant respond and show grounds to continue the appeal. Appellant has filed response in which he states that he “did not voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently waive his rights to appeal his conviction in this cause due to the inef ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Samuel Gentle

White Plains, NY - Mount Vernon Tax Preparer Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court To 51 Months In Prison For Filing False Tax Returns

SAMUEL GENTLE, a tax preparer and the owner of tax preparation businesses named GenGen, Inc., and GenGen Financial, Inc., in Mount Vernon, New York, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for obstructing the IRS and preparing false and fraudulent individua ...
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John Doe v. Volkswagen, AG, et al.

San Francisco, CA - Volkswagen Obtained Final Approval of 2.0L TDI Settlement Program

Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates (together, Volkswagen) announced that Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiff ...
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State of Oklahoma v. Tiffany Wesley

Tulsa, OK - Criminal defense lawyer Rob Henson represented Tiffany Wesley who was charged by the State of Oklahoma with first-degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. 711 and possession of a firearm while under supervision in violation of 21 O.S. 1283 for killing Evan Cochran Stout, Jr. with a .38 Smith ... More $0 (10-26-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Kowit Yuktanon and Coung Huy King

Bridgeport, CT - Two California Man Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Scheme to Defraud Struggling Homeowners

KOWIT YUKTANON, also known as “Eric Cannon” and “Aaron Brock,” 32, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and CUONG HUY KING, also known as “James Nolan” and “Jimmy, 32, of Westminster, Calif., have each been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 18 mont ...
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United States of America v. Luke Roderick Lowe and Marguarite Jean Keicher

Anchorage, AK - Sitka Couple Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Luke Roderick Lowe and Marguarite Jean Keicher, both residents of Sitka, Alaska were sentenced in federal court in Juneau for their role in a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Lowe, 38, and Keicher, 39 were each sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge Timothy M. ...
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United States of America v. Arnold Wesley Flowers, II

Anchorage, AK - Anchorage Man Convicted of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Firearms as a Felon

A jury in Anchorage found Arnold Wesley Flowers, II, age 41, guilty of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of firearms as a felon. The jury also agreed that Flowers should forfeit $19,275 in drug proceeds and two firearms.

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Roderick Carvon Bledsoe v. The State of Texas

Roderick Carvon Bledsoe was convicted of three offenses contained within one indictment, those being: Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver (Count I), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (Count II), and Endangering a Child, Enhanced (Count III). See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 481.112(a) (West 2010); see also TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 46.04, 22.041(c), 12 ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Ricky Myers v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Rickey Lee Myers, was charged by indictment with unlawful possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine—in an amount less than one gram. See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 481.115(b) (West 2010). At the conclusion of the evidence, the jury found Myers guilty of the charged offense. After Myers pleaded “true” to two enhancement paragraphs pertaining to his prior convictio ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Alvin Berlin Hill v. The State of Texas

Appellant Alvin Berlin Hill has filed a motion to dismiss in appellate court cause number 10-16-00308-CR. See TEX. R. APP. P. 42.2(a). The substance of the motion shows that Hill is requesting the dismissal of the appeal from the judgments in both trial court cause numbers 15-02833-CRF-272 and 15-02834-CRF-272. Appellate court cause number 10-16-00297-CR is the appeal from the judgment in t ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Joshua Marques Willis v. The State of Texas

Joshua Marques Willis was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, over four grams and under 200 grams, with the intent to deliver, enhanced. See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 481.112(a) (West 2010); TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 12.42(c)(1) (West 2011). He was sentenced to life in prison, and that sentence was stacked on a prior robbery conviction and sentence of 60 years. See TEX. C ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Meldon Gale Collins v. The State of Texas

Meldon Gale Collins has filed a motion to dismiss his appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 42.2. A request to dismiss the appeal is signed by appellant personally and joined by counsel of record. No opinion has issued in this appeal. ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Austin Alexander Bartlett v. The State of Texas

Austin Alexander Bartlett pleaded guilty to the offense of injury to a child. After conducting a trial on punishment, the trial court sentenced Bartlett to life in prison. Bartlett’s appellate counsel filed a brief that presents counsel’s professional evaluation of the record and concludes Bartlett’s appeal is frivolous. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967); High v. State, 573 S.W.2d ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Cedrick Lamar Wilson v. The State of Texas

In an information, the State accused Wilson of criminal trespass, alleging that Wilson intentionally or knowingly entered the Dayton Community Center on 4 July 8, 2015, without the effective consent of the Community Center after he was given notice that his entry to the Community Center was forbidden. In the charge that was submitted to the jury, the trial court instructed that “[a] person ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Tommy Jack Lewis Armstrong v. The State of Texas

The testimony from the trial shows that Armstrong swerved his truck toward Chris’s3 truck while the trucks were beside each other and traveling on an interstate highway. According to Armstrong, he was justified in following the other truck and pulling alongside it, and he never used his truck in a manner that was intended to cause Chris an injury. The State argues that the evidence about the m ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Rodarrion D. Armstrong v. The State of Texas

We review a trial court’s denial of a motion for new trial under an abuse of discretion standard. Holden v. State, 201 S.W.3d 761, 763 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006). We will not substitute our judgment for that of the trial court; rather, we must 2 decide whether the trial court’s decision to deny the motion was arbitrary or unreasonable. Id. “A trial court abuses its discretion in denying a motio ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Sherrie Hoff v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Hoff for driving while intoxicated, third or more. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 49.04, 49.09(b) (West Supp. 2016). The indictment also alleged that Hoff used a deadly weapon, namely, a motor vehicle, during the 2 commission of the offense. Additionally, the indictment included enhancements for two previous felony convictions. Hoff pleaded “[n]ot guilty[.]” Hoff stipulat ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

Nathan Lee Wenzel v. The State of Texas

On May 13, 2016, the trial court sentenced Nathan Lee Wenzel on a conviction for theft. Wenzel filed a notice of appeal on September 6, 2016. The trial court signed a certification, certifying that this is a plea-bargain case and that the defendant did not have a right to appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(a)(2). The district clerk provided the trial court’s certification to the Court of Appeals ... More $0 (10-25-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Roberto Uribe

Chicago, IL - Former City of Chicago Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Bribe from Property Owner to Allow Renovations Without a Permit

A former building inspector for the City of Chicago admitted in federal court today that he solicited a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a permit.

ROBERTO URIBE, 55, of Frankfort, deman ...
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United States of America v. Hudson Valley Associates, R.L.L.P.

New York, NY - Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $5.31 Million Civil Settlement Against Hematology-Oncology Medical Practice For Submitting False Claims To Medicare And Medicaid

Hudson Valley Associates, agreed to pay $5.31 million to settle a civil fraud lawsuit filed against it by the United States of America. The settlement resolved claims brought under the False Claims Act, alleging ...
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