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State of Arkansas v. Dr. Jose Turcios

Little Rock, AR- Dentist Acquitted of Sexually Assaulting Girl

The State of Arkansas charged Dr. Jose Turcios with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during an appointment in his office when she was being given nitrous oxide.

The patient was left in the examination room with the Defendant five times for periods between 10 and 90 seconds, which was against office policy.
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Larry Dwayne Brinkley v. The State of Texas

The undisputed evidence in this case demonstrates that appellant was driving
his fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlee, to his ex-wife’s house around 9:30 p.m. on
January 31, 2014, when appellant approached a slower moving vehicle from behind
driven by Leslie Larrison. Although Larrison’s left turn signal was on, appellant
flashed his headlights and passed Larrison on the left. App ...
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Alicia Correa v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged with assault following a physical altercation with
Anna Ponce, the complainant, on October 3, 2013. The altercation occurred
outside the complainant’s father-in-law’s home, which is next door to appellant’s
grandparents’ home. At trial, the jury heard testimony from a responding officer,
complainant, appellant, and several family members.
Complainan ...
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Defendant Jererad Hollaway was charged with first-degree
murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a)(1), (2), second-degree possession of
a firearm for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(a), and
second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit,
N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). His first trial resulted in a hung jury.
At the retrial, defendant was acquitted of all charges other
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Defendant Rolando Terrell appeals from convictions under
two indictments. The first, Indictment No. 09-07-2029, charged
him with numerous crimes regarding the September 8, 2008 arson,
robbery, and murders of four victims. Co-defendant Lester Hayes
was charged in the first fifteen counts of this indictment.1 The
second, Indictment No. 09-07-2032, charged defendant with t ...
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Commonwealth v. Silvester

We summarize the evidence at trial, leaving additional details for discussion with the issues presented. On
April 11, 2012, Kayleigh Gagnon and Kaitlyn Bayrouty arranged to meet to fight each other. By about 10:30 A.M., Gagnon had gathered her then boy friend, Leonard Starcher, and his best friend, the victim, Brandon Dunham, on Starcher's front porch in Fall River. The victim and Bayrout ...
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Commonwealth v. Mattier

The defendant, Branden E. Mattier, was convicted
by a jury on three indictments charging conspiracy, G. L.
c. 274, § 7; attempted larceny, G. L. c. 274, § 6; and identity
fraud, G. L. c. 266, § 37E, respectively. The charges stemmed
from an attempt by the defendant and his half-brother to defraud
One Fund Boston, Inc. (One Fund),1 of approximately $2 million by More $0 (05-02-2016 - MA)


Defendant, age 44 at the time of trial, was charged by information with one count
of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly rubbing the vagina of the victim, age
15, with his hand. Defendant and the victim were acquainted as defendant was engaged
to the mother of one of the victim's friends, Si'Era. The victim was spending the night at
Si'Era's house when the alleged ...
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On August 16, 2014, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Hunter observed Appellant make an improper turn from U.S. Highway 183 onto Gary Boulevard, in Clinton, Oklahoma. Appellant deviated from the direct course and travelled into the outside lane during his turn. The windshield on the vehicle that Appellant was driving was cracked in the critical area within the span ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - OK)


Victor Lopez was convicted of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g). The sole contested issue at trial was whether Lopez indeed possessed a gun. In this regard, the jury heard testimony from Lopez and from the arresting officers, Paul Martinez and Miguel Ramos. The jurors were faced with the decision of whether to believe the officers’ testimony that they ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - NJ)


Jamil Murray entered a plea of guilty to drug distribution offenses, pursuant to a plea agreement that preserved his right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress. He now appeals the denial of that motion, arguing that the District Court erred when it failed to suppress evidence that law enforcement officers obtained as a result of their entry into a motel room that he had rented, but that ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - PA)


In 2010, an arrest warrant was issued for Edguardo Rivera,1 a suspect in a homicide case. Deputy U.S. Marshal Gary Duncan, a member of the Dauphin County Fugitive Task Force, received information from another law enforcement officer and from street informants that Rivera was “staying” or “residing” at an address on North 13th Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. App. 25–26, 35–36. With the arres ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - PA)


Defendant‐appellant Daniel J. Halloran appeals from a judgment of
conviction entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York (Kenneth M. Karas, Judge) on two counts of wire fraud, 18 U.S.C.
§§ 1343, 1346; two counts of violating the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952; and one
count of conspiracy to commit both substantive offenses, 18 U.S.C. § 371. ...
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Appellant owned one store (Regency Mart), and was at
least part owner of a second store (Corner Store), in the
Providence, Rhode Island area. Both stores were authorized by the
federal government to accept SNAP credits -- a form of federal
benefits commonly known as "food stamps" -- from individual
recipients in exchange for approved food items. Clerks at both
store ...
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This case is, at its core, a factintensive dispute over probable cause. Witness descriptions of a serial robber—a middle-aged black man of short build and facial disfigurement—helped produce a police sketch, which was then used in canvassing efforts, which netted an identification, which led police officers to the identified suspect, and their approach prompted that suspect, Mark Stubblefield, to ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - DC)

Assoc. of American Railroads v. Department of Transportation

With the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, Congress created Amtrak, a for-profit corporation indirectly controlled by the President of the United States. This public venture into private enterprise was, and remains, unprecedented. With the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), Congress piled anomaly on top of anomaly. See 122 Stat. 4907. It endowed this wholly unique ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - DC)


The plaintiff, Daniel Gabino Martinez, brought this action to secure compensation for the value of certain livestock under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. In an Opinion and Order issued on October 6, 2015, this Court granted the government’s motion to dismiss Mr. Martinez’s complaint for failure to state a claim, pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Rules of the Court of Federal Claims (RCFC). E ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - d)


The inventions of the ’580 and ’962 Patents relate to anthropomorphic “master-slave” robotic manipulators. A “master-slave” system refers to a robotic assembly in which the robot acts as a “slave” to mimic movements performed by a human “master.” The asserted claims of the ’580 Patent aim to robotically simulate a gripping mechanism. Independent Claim 1 of the ’580 Patent is illustrative of its ... More $0 (05-02-2016 - DC)

Jarvis Gibbs v. State of South Carolina

On July 25, 2008, at approximately 10:55 a.m., an individual robbed the First Palmetto Savings Bank in Camden wearing gloves, a white t-shirt, and a ski mask. Witnesses indicated the individual was a black male approximately six feet, four inches tall. None of the witnesses were able to state with certainty whether the man had any noticeable scars or tattoos.1
Two individuals observed the man ...
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United States of America v. Ernest James Simmons, Jr.

Montgomery, AL - Alabama and Georgia Residents Sentenced to Prison for Involvement in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Two men who conspired to file more than 1,200 false tax returns using stolen identities were sentenced to prison.

Ernest James Simmons Jr., 29, of Phenix City, Alabama, was sentenced to 24 months and 15 days in prison followed by five months of home detent ...
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Vanguard Car Rental USA, LLC vs. Lawrence Suttles, Jr.

In 1991, National Car Rental advised law enforcement that Lawrence
Suttles, Jr. had failed to timely return a rental car. Two years later, National filed
1 Section 768.79, of the Florida Statutes (2014), as pertinent here, provides:
(2) . . . An offer must:
. . . .
(b) Name the party making it and the party to whom it is being made.
2 Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.4 ...
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Robert Hanna vs. The State of Florida

Robert Hanna appeals from his conviction and sentence for manslaughter,
claiming the trial court erred in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal.
Alternatively, Hanna claims that he is entitled to a new trial because the standard
jury instruction for self-defense was internally inconsistent and therefore
fundamentally flawed; an investigating officer was improperly permi ...
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Appellants, Surety Corporation of America (“Surety Corporation”)
and Chuck Brown II Bail Bonds (“Brown Bail Bonds”), appeal the judgment of
the Court of Common Pleas of Hancock County denying Brown Bail Bonds’s
motion to intervene and forfeiting Defendant, Michael Hawrylak’s bond. On
appeal, Brown Bail Bonds argues that the trial court erred by (1) denying its
motion to ...
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Anthony Shockley v. State of Indiana

On the evening of June 4, 2011, Shockley and Johnathan Williams had plans to
attend a party, and Williams picked up Shockley and Jamar Perkins in
Williams’s grandmother’s white Trailblazer. After finding out that the party
had been canceled, however, the men had a conversation about robbing
someone, and Shockley suggested going to the Cottages Apartments to find
someone t ...
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Theodore Hannibal v. State of Indiana

On April 8, 2014, Kokomo Police Officer Roy Smith, who is a detective for the
drug task force, observed Hannibal in a vehicle parked at a gas station in
Howard County. Because Officer Smith and the other police officers who were
with him at the time believed Hannibal had a suspended driver’s license, they
“called a patrol officer that was in the area and let them know that he ...
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Andrew Tyler Fisher v. State of Indiana

In September of 2014, Alfred Catlin was away from his home in Bartholomew
County. On September 7, 2014, Catlin’s neighbor noticed that Catlin’s garage
door was ajar. It was subsequently determined that over $100,000.00 worth of
tools and other personal property had been stolen from Catlin’s home. The
Court of Appeals of Indiana | Memorandum Decision 03A01-1510-CR-1768 | Apri ...
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Sattore E. Cooper v. State of Indiana

At approximately mid-day on September 18, 2013, Gareth Evans returned to
his residence at the Penn Circle Apartments in Carmel to eat lunch and walk
his dog. While standing in a grassy area outside of his apartment building with
his dog, Evans noticed a red Toyota Corolla parked directly outside the front
door to the building. Evans observed that the Corolla appeared to be ru ...
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Jason L. Holland v. State of Indiana

On March 11, 2014, under cause number 84D01-1403-FC-630 (“FC-630”),
Holland was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while Privileges are
Forfeited for Life, a Class C felony,1 and Possession of Marijuana, as a Class A
misdemeanor.2 On April 4, 2014, under cause number 84D01-1403-FD-840
(“FD-840”), Holland was charged with Receiving Stolen Auto Parts, as a Class
D felon ...
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Ryan James Shelley v. State of Indiana

On December 27th, 2012, Shelley shook his girlfriend’s infant daughter, causing
her death. He was charged with murder,3 battery resulting in death,4 battery
resulting in serious bodily injury,5 aggravated battery,6 and neglect of a
dependent resulting in death.7 Shelley pled guilty to murder as part of a plea
agreement, providing that the court impose a sentence between fifty ...
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Alvin Richard v. State of Indiana

In 2012, Sergeant Cynthia Guest of the St. Joseph County Police began
investigating a string of burglaries taking place in the area. The burglaries were
often similar in style: they took place at night, and the suspects often took only
cigarettes. The surveillance tapes revealed more similarities: the burglaries were
executed by a short, heavy-set man who was often accompanie ...
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Roland I. Odom v. The State of Texas

Pursuant to a plea bargain agreement, Ronald I. Odom pleaded “guilty” to two counts of intoxication manslaughter. He further pleaded “true” to an enhancement paragraph. Appellant was sentenced to the agreed punishment of imprisonment for twenty years for each offense, to be served concurrently. Thereafter, Appellant filed a notice of appeal from the judgment of conviction and sentence. Appella ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Michael Vincent Moore v. The State of Texas

Alicia Moore, the sixteen year old victim, was seen on film from the school bus video camera alighting from the bus at her home at 1900 Gibbons Street in Greenville, Texas, at 3:30 p.m., November 2, 2012. She never made it to the house. Her alcoholic unemployed great-uncle, Mike Wofford, was the only person at the house at that time of day. He testified that he never saw her. When Alicia did n ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - )

David Mark Davis, II v. The State of Texas

Appellant was the passenger in a vehicle stopped for a routine traffic violation by Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Randy Pitts. While Trooper Pitts talked to the driver, Brandon Finchum, Trooper Brandon Boulware engaged in a conversation with Appellant. Trooper Boulware smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car and noticed what he believed was an open container of an alc ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Jose Julio Sanchez v. The State of Texas

Appellant’s counsel filed a brief in compliance with Anders v. California and Gainous v. State. Appellant’s counsel states that he has diligently reviewed the appellate record and is of the opinion that the record reflects no reversible error and that there is no error upon which an appeal can be predicated. He further relates that he is well acquainted with the facts in this case. In complianc ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Dexter Fields-Kay v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by information with assault-family violence and pleaded “guilty.” The trial court found Appellant “guilty” as charged and sentenced him to confinement for one year. However, the trial court suspended Appellant’s sentence and placed him on community supervision for two years. Thereafter, the State moved to revoke Appellant’s community supervision, arguing that he had viol ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Burt Lee Burnett v. The State of Texas

Appellant presents two issues for our review. In his first issue, Appellant argues that the trial court erred when it admitted evidence regarding Appellant’s possession of painkillers. Appellant asserts in his second issue that the trial court erred when it instructed the jury that it could convict Appellant for driving while intoxicated if it found that Appellant was intoxicated by reason of th ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Melvin Settlemyre v. The State of Texas

The jury found Melvin Settlemyre “guilty of Assault (Family Violence) against a household member” and assessed his punishment at confinement in the Jones County Jail for a period of 365 days and a fine of $4,000. We affirm. Appellant and his wife, Larraine (Lari) Kathleen Settlemyre, and their four children attended Builders Baptist Church. On the day of the offense, the family had attended eve ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

Roy Tonche Carrion v. The State of Texas

In Appellant’s first and second issues, he argues that the trial court abused its discretion and thereby denied Appellant his Sixth Amendment right to present a defense. First, he bases that claim on the trial court’s refusal to allow the jury to see the police video of the March 11, 2013 traffic stop of Appellant’s vehicle. He also bases his claim on the trial court’s refusal to allow evidence ... More $0 (05-01-2016 - TX)

David Lewis Tipton v. The State of Texas

Appellant’s court-appointed counsel has filed a brief in which she has concluded that the
appeal is wholly frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the requirements of Anders v.
California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), by presenting a professional
evaluation of the record demonstrating why, in effect, there are no arguable grounds to be
advanced. Se ...
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