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FRANCISCO REYES MEDLEY V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

Appellant Francisco Reyes Medley appeals from his conviction by the Saline County
Circuit Court on the offense of fleeing, a Class D felony. Medley’s sole point on appeal
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence. We affirm.
At Medley’s August 26, 2014 bench trial, the State called one witness, Corporal Chris
Carter, of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Carter testifie ...
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TRENCIE OLIVER V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

The Pulaski County Circuit Court convicted appellant Trencie Oliver of second
degree unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of firearms by certain
persons, and he was sentenced as a habitual offender to an aggregate term of thirty years’
imprisonment. On appeal, Oliver raises several arguments; however, we cannot address the
merits at this time. Instead, we r ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. CHEVROUN K. SMITH

Ali Robinson was shot to death on the evening of April 13, 2012 in the
Stallings Playground, in New Orleans. The autopsy revealed that Mr. Robinson
sustained eleven gunshot wounds, one of which was fatal. Lead investigator,
Detective Gregory Johnson, found Mr. Robinson’s body around 7:00 p.m. lying
face down in the grass in close proximity to a park bench. Initially, only Je ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. JOE RILEY

Joe Riley seeks reversal of his conviction and sentence. Riley was charged
with one count of discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, a violation of
La. R.S. 14:94(F), and one count of attempted second degree murder, a violation of
La. R.S. 14:27 and 14:30.1. A jury found Riley guilty as charged of illegal
discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence but the jur ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. ERIK NUNEZ and STATE OF LOUISIANA V. BRANDON LICCIARDI

Erik Nunez and Brandon Licciardi each seek review of the trial court’s
judgment denying his motion to quash allotment. Nunez and Licciardi are named
as defendants in the same multi-count, multi-defendant bill of indictment allotted
to Section “I” of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Nunez and Licciardi each
filed a motion to quash allotment, to declare the current allot ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. AARON VERDIN

This appeal arises from the attempted 2014 prosecution, which commenced
in 2008, of the defendant for drug possession. The defendant filed a motion to
quash the bill of information contending that the time period within which to
prosecute him had elapsed. The trial court agreed and granted the defendant’s
motion. The State of Louisiana appeals asserting that the time period ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA v. JACOB D. OWEN

The defendant, Jacob D. Owen, appeals the sentence imposed on him for his
conviction of the offense of cruelty to a juvenile, a violation of La.R.S. 14:93. His
sentence was initially deferred by the trial court, but was imposed after several
violations resulted in the revocation of his probation. For the following reasons,
we affirm the sentence in all respects.
The St ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. DAMIEN MARQUES MCLENDON, JR. AKA - DAMIEN M. MCLENDON, JR

On the evening of October 7, 2014, law enforcement officers in
Beauregard Parish were conducting a drug interdiction operation on Highway 190
when Detective Joshua Stanford and Probation Officer Leland Hughes, in an
unmarked vehicle, observed an automobile driven by Defendant Damien Marques
McLendon crossing into Louisiana from Texas. Detective Stanford followed the
vehi ...
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State Of Kansas v. Smith

Benjamin Smith appeals the district court's denial of his motions for modification or correction of sentence. Smith contends the district court erred by classifying his pre-Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA) convictions for aggravated burglary and robbery as person felonies. Smith's claim is controlled by our recent decision in State v. Keel, 302 Kan. 560, 357 P.3d 251 (2015). Following Keel ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TIMOTHY J. COOPER

A jury found Timothy J. Cooper guilty of one count of aggravated battery for shooting Richard Fleig in the foot. The district court sentenced Cooper to 162 months in prison. On appeal, Cooper argues: (1) the district court violated his constitutional rights to be present at all critical stages of his trial, to an impartial judge, and to a public trial, because the district court submitted a writt ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. RICHARD WILLIAMS

Richard Williams, who was convicted by a jury of two counts of criminal threat, raises two issues on appeal. In each one, he argues the State failed to present sufficient evidence of an alternative means of committing the charged crimes. First, he argues the State created alternative means by alleging two possible victims in one count of criminal threat but then failed to present sufficient eviden ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - KS)

State Of Nebraska v. Gilliam

Gilliam was arrested for DUI after an encounter with a police officer. An information filed in the district court for
- 773 Nebraska advaNce sheets 292 Nebraska reports STATE v. GILLIAM Cite as 292 Neb. 770 Lancaster County charged Gilliam with DUI and alleged that Gilliam had two prior convictions. 1. motioN to suppress Gilliam filed a pretrial motion to suppress all evidence gathered as a r ...
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State of Nebraska v. Detron L. Perry

On September 5, 2012, law enforcement officers Chris Brown and Mike Sundermeier of the Omaha Police Department were on patrol in the area of 35th and Hamilton Streets in Omaha, Nebraska. They observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hamilton Street. It turned northbound onto 35th Street without using a turn signal, and when the brakes were applied, the officers noticed the vehicle’s left tailligh ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NE)

Charley Collins v. COP Wyoming, LLC

Charley and his son, Brett, were both employed by Appellee COP Wyoming, LLC. Appellee Roger Ross was also employed by COP Wyoming, as the job superintendent and supervisor in charge of safety at the same job site. On August 20, 2012, Mr. Ross was operating a large track hoe excavator to excavate insidea trench box at the job site. Mr. Ross instructed Brett to enter the trench box and work there w ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - WY)

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. ARTHUR J. MESTAS

On October 1, 2012, Edward Fisher was working as a desk clerk and night
10 monitor at the Motel 6 in Roswell. Mr. Fisher’s desk was behind a chest-high counter
11 that separated his office from a lobby open to motel guests and the public. Next to the
12 counter was a locked door that allowed Mr. Fisher and other motel employees to enter
13 and return from the lobby area. A mechani ...
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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. DYLAN SCHUMAKER

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of murder in the second degree (Penal Law § 125.25 [1]), arising from the death of his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son. Defendant contends, inter alia, that the evidence is not legally sufficient to support the conviction and that the verdict is against the weight of the evidence. Although he concedes that his actions caused the v ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. SYROYA N. CLARK

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting her upon her plea of guilty of burglary in the third degree (Penal Law § 140.20) and grand larceny in the fourth degree (§ 155.30 [4]). Defendant never requested new assigned counsel, “and thus it cannot be said that [County Court] erred in failing to conduct an inquiry to determine whether good cause was shown to substitute counsel” (People v Singletar ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. RAUL O. ACEVEDO

On appeal from a judgment convicting him following a jury trial of attempted assault in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 120.05 [2]) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (§ 265.02 [1]), defendant contends that the verdict is against the weight of the evidence. We reject that contention. There is no dispute that defendant struck the 60-year-old victim four times with a ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Martin Alan Schnitzler

Tampa, FL - Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime For Threatening To Firebomb Two Mosques And Shoot Worshippers

Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, pleaded guilty to a hate crime in the Middle District of Florida for calling two mosques located in Pinellas County, Florida, and threatening to firebomb the mosques and shoot their congregants.

Schnitzler pleaded guilty to obstructing pers ...
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United States of America v. WELLHealth and Topical Specialists, Manish Bansal, Mehul Parekh, Marisol Arcila, and Syed Asad

Jacksonville, FL - United States Announces Approximately $10 Million Settlement With Four Physicians And Two Compounding Pharmacies

Two compounding pharmacies - WELLHealth and Topical Specialists, as well as four physicians - Manish Bansal, Mehul Parekh, Marisol Arcila, and Syed Asad, have agreed to pay the government a total of approximately $10 million to resolve allegations involving T ...
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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. THOMAS B. SIMCOE

Defendant was convicted following a nonjury trial of, inter alia, attempted murder in the first degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 125.27 [1] [a] [i]; [b]) and attempted murder in the second degree (§§ 110.00, 125.25 [1]). The charges arose from defendant’s savage beating of his wife and his stabbing of a police officer who responded to the scene. After we affirmed the judgment (People v Simcoe, 75 A ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CENTRAL NY, INC. V. MICHELLE GOREA THOMPSON

Plaintiff commenced this action to recover a balance of $69,713.59 allegedly due for room, board, and nursing services it provided to Vivian Gorea, the now-deceased mother of defendantappellant-respondent (defendant), between August 1, 2010, and Gorea’s death on April 9, 2011. When Gorea was admitted to plaintiff’s facility in November 2008, defendant signed, among other things, a “private pay ag ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. SYROYA N. CLARK

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting her upon her plea of guilty of burglary in the third degree (Penal Law § 140.20) and grand larceny in the fourth degree (§ 155.30 [4]). Defendant never requested new assigned counsel, “and thus it cannot be said that [County Court] erred in failing to conduct an inquiry to determine whether good cause was shown to substitute counsel” (People v Singleta ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. MICHAEL D. SCHLUTER

In appeal No. 1, defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of, inter alia, course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree (Penal Law § 130.75 [1] [b]) and, in appeal No. 2, he appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of criminal sexual act in the third degree (§ 130.40 [2]).
Contrary to defendant’s contention in appeal No. 1, C ...
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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. RAUL O. ACEVEDO

On appeal from a judgment convicting him following a jury trial of attempted assault in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 120.05 [2]) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (§ 265.02 [1]), defendant contends that the verdict is against the weight of the evidence. We reject that contention. There is no dispute that defendant struck the 60-year-old victim four times with a ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. DOUGLAS FARMER

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by vacating the sentence, and as modified the judgment is affirmed, and the matter is remitted to Onondaga County Court for further proceedings in accordance with the following memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the th ... More $0 (02-13-2016 - NY)

State of Vermont v. Thomas Bryan

Defendant, Thomas Bryan, appeals from the criminal
division’s denial of his motion to withdraw counsel and order finding him in violation of his
probation. The critical question in this case is whether sexually touching a minor violates a
probation condition prohibiting violent or threatening behavior. We hold that defendant’s act
constitutes violent behavior and we affirm t ...
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State of Vermont v. Shamel L. Alexander

Defendant Shamel L. Alexander appeals from his conviction
for trafficking heroin in violation of 18 V.S.A. § 4233(c). He argues that the trial court erred
when it denied his motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of an unlawful seizure that
was not supported by reasonable suspicion. We agree and reverse.
¶ 2. The trial court made the following findings in connecti ...
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State of Vermont v. James Careau

Defendant challenges his sentence and a special condition of
probation imposed following a guilty plea for sexual assault of a minor. On appeal, defendant
argues that probation condition 43, which gives his probation officer unbridled authority over
where defendant lives and works, is overbroad, as well as that the trial court erred as a matter of
law in finding defendant woul ...
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Kerrie Evans v. Peggy Scanson, Dr. William Peters, Plark Clinic and Bozeman OB/Gyn

Bozeman, MT - Jury Finds Against Plaintiff Wrongful Birth Case

Kerrie Evans sued Peggy Scanson, Dr. William Peters, Plark Clinic and Bozeman OB/Gyn on medical negligence (medical malpractice) theories claiming that she gave birth to a child who suffers from cystic fibrosis because the Defendants failed to diagnose that her daughter, now five years old, suffered from the genetic illness. ...
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United States of America v. Jason Baron Beard

Augusta, GA - Former Augusta Fire Chief of Fire Prevention Bureau Convicted of Seven Counts of Extortion

Jason Baron Beard, the former Fire Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau, a division of the Augusta Fire Department, was convicted by a federal jury on six counts of extortion under color of official right and one count of attempted extortion under color of official right. United States ...
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United States of America v. James S. Doran

Tallahassee, FL - Former Florida State University Finance Professor Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement

Former Florida State University (FSU) Assistant Professor of Finance, James S. Doran PhD, 40, of Boulder, Colorado, was sentenced to 13 months in prison and a $15,000 fine for embezzlement concerning a program receiving federal funds.

At trial, the government presented evide ...
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United States of America v. Isaac Dillard Wilson

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Firearm Possession

Isaac Dillard Wilson, 35, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was structured so that 84 months (seven years) would run consecutively to state prison sentences, which Wilson is already serving, and the rema ...
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United States of America v. James Dale Little

Tampa, FL - Jacksonville Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Transporting And Possessing Child Pornography

U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced James Dale Little (43, Jacksonville) to 20 years in federal prison for transporting and possessing child pornography. The Court also ordered him to serve a life term of supervision and to register as a sex offender upon his release. A federal jur ...
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United States of America v. John A. White

Orlando, FL - Windermere Man Sentenced For Stealing Money From Former NBA Basketball Player And Defrauding The IRS

John A. White (40, Windermere) was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for wire fraud and filing a false tax-related document. A federal jury found him guilty on September 2, 2015. The Court will decide at a later date the amount of restitution White ow ...
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United States of America v. Patrick Santeramo

Miami, FL - Former President of the Broward Teachers Union Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the Broward County School Board and the Broward Teachers Union

Patrick Santeramo, 68, of Dania Beach, Florida appeared in court in Fort Lauderdale, before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch, and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

According to court documents, Santeramo was the p ...
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State of New York v. Michael Degnan

Binghamton, NY - Defendant Convicted of Felony Burglary

The States of New York charged Michael Degnan with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, endangering the welfare of a child for breaking into one home in the Town of Fenton, New York and stealing a truck from a neighboring home. ...
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Dontrell Stephens v. Sheriff of Palm Beach County, Florida, et al.

Miami, FL - Jury Awards Paralyzed Plaintiff $23 Million In Damages

Dontrell Stephens sued the Sheriff of Palm beach County, Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin on a civil rights violation theory under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that Lin used excessive force when he shot and paralyzed him in September 2013 after stopping him for riding his bicycle into traffic.

Lin testified that Ste ...
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State of Vermont v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al.

This interlocutory appeal requires us to examine the contours of
the “stream-of-commerce” doctrine of personal jurisdiction, which was introduced by the U.S.
Supreme Court in a 1980 decision but later divided the Court with respect to its scope.
Defendant Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI) challenges a decision of the
superior court, civil division, denying its ...
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State Of Vermont v. Luis Roldan

The defendant, Luis Roldan, was convicted of felony
assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence,
and carrying a handgun without a license. On appeal, he contends that the trial justice erred in
denying his motion for a new trial. For the following reasons, we affirm the judgment of
conviction. The genesis for the crimes of whi ...
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