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Nunamta Aulukestal v. State of Alaska

Challenged in this case are land and water use permits allowing intensive
mineral exploration on State land. The main question we address is whether the
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had to give public notice before issuing the
permits. Because the Alaska Constitution requires public notice when interests in land
are transferred, the answer to this question depends on wheth ... More
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Danny Homan v. Terry Branstad

During the 2013 legislative session, the Iowa General Assembly appropriated funds for the operation of the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo for the 2014 fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). Approximately five months into that fiscal year, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) decided to close the home and find alternative, judicially approved placements for the twenty-one girls who ... More   $0 (05-29-2015 - IA)

Warren Properties v. Janice Stewart

In this workers’ compensation appeal, we are asked to revisit our rule governing apportionment resulting from successive work injuries at multiple places of employment in light of the 2004 amendments to the workers’ compensation permanent disabilities statute. The deputy workers’ compensation commissioner awarded benefits to the worker based on a finding of two successive injuries to the bac ... More   $0 (05-29-2015 - IA)

Federal Trade Commission v. Cephalon, Inc.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement resolving the Commission’s antitrust suit charging Cephalon, Inc. with illegally blocking generic competition to its blockbuster sleep-disorder drug Provigil. The settlement ensures that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., which acquired Cephalon in 2012, will make a total of $1.2 billion available to compensate purchasers, ... More   $0 (05-29-2015 - DC)

State of Connecticut v. C. J. Bryan

Hartford, CT - The State of Connecticut charged C. J. Bryan, age 23, with conspiracy to have his pregnant girlfriend, Shamari Jenkins, age 21, murdered by Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, age 26, who shot and killed her on April 29, 2013. The State produced evidence that Bryan used Jenkins for sex but did not want a long term relationship with her or to have a child with her.

Davis was convict ... More
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Rhonda Thramer v. Ankeny School District

Des Moines, IA - Rhonda Thramer sued the Ankeny School District on a constructive discharge in violation of public policy theory claiming that she was harassed after she made a child abuse against a fellow associate.

Thramer began working in 2011 working with profoundly mentally disable student. She filed a complaint in 2012. She claimed that the Defendant responded by creating a illega ... More
   $174,250 (05-28-2015 - IA)

The Commonwealth of Virginia v. Charles Henry Lewis, IV

Fredericksburg, VA - The Commonwealth of Virginia charged Charles Henry Lewis, IV, age 26, with unlawful wounding, shooting in an occupied dwelling and wounding in the commission of felony.

The Commonwealth claimed that Lewis found a photograph of his girlfriend and mother of his children, Lolita Slaughter, having sex with another man while he was in jail. He responded by holding her ho ... More
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State of Michigan v. Paula K. Downing

Bay City, MI - The State of Michigan charged Paula K. Downing, age 50, with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense. The Defendant was found unconscious in the Bay County Jail parking lot on January 10, 2015. The engine of the car was running. He blood alcohol level was 0.17.

How Downing got to the jail parking lot and whether she was intoxicated when she arrived was ... More
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State of New Jersey v. Ruben Rodrigez

Jersey City, NJ - The State of New Jersey charged Ruben Rodrigez, age 44, with vehicular manslaughter in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Justin Bellini, age 22, who was killed in the early morning hours of March 9, 2013.

Defense counsel asserted that they State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rodriguez's delivery truck was connected to the accident or that Rodriguez knew t ... More
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United States of America v. Billy Joe Laverty and Allen Wayne Smith

TULSA, OK — Billy Joe Laverty, 38, pleaded guilty on to “Hobbs Act” robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The Hobbs Act makes it illegal for anyone to commit, or attempt to commit, a commercial robbery, that is a robbery that affects interstate commerce.

Laverty and his co-defendant, Allen Wayne Smith, engaged in a series of robberies which began on January 1 ... More
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United States of America v. Bruce Carlton Wright

TULSA, OK — Following an 8-day jury trial, Bruce Carlton Wright, 69, of Norman, was convicted of conspiracy and 11-counts of bank fraud. The scheme to defraud the IBC Bank of approximately $1.2 million dollars was in connection with property development.

From June 2007 to July 2008, Wright and his co-defendant, Robert Alan Blaksley, 52, of Owasso, conspired to submit fraudulent invoices ... More
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United States of America v. Roberto Miguel Nanez

PHOENIX – On May 26, 2015, Roberto Miguel Nanez, 31, of Sacaton, Ariz., a member of the Gila River Indian Tribe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 57 months in prison. Nanez previously pleaded guilty to domestic assault by a habitual offender.

Over the course of 2 days, from Feb. 5-6, 2014, within the Gila River Indian Community, Nanez beat his gi ... More
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United States of America v. Paul Bean Zaccardi

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A Sandy, Utah, resident was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve two years in prison for tax evasion, filing false claims for federal income tax refunds, and filing fictitious financial obligations with the U.S. government, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

... More
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United States of America v. Orbit Medical, Inc. and Rehab Medical, Inc.

SALT LAKE CITY – Orbit Medical Inc. and Rehab Medical Inc. will pay $7.5 million to resolve allegations that Orbit submitted false claims to federal health care programs for power wheelchairs and accessories, the Justice Department announced today. Orbit Medical and Rehab Medical, a partial successor of Orbit, are durable medical equipment suppliers based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Indianapoli ... More   $0 (05-27-2015 - UT)

United States of America Arleen Cifuentex

BOISE, ID – Arleen Cifuentes, 32, of Riverside, California, was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Cifuentes to serve three years of supervised release, to pay $107,538.19 in restitution, and to forfeit $26,777.13 in cash proceeds of the charged offenses. Cifuentes pleaded guilty on Janua ... More   $0 (05-27-2015 - ID)

United States of America v. Ajellon Dedeaux

BOISE, ID – Ajellon Dedeaux, 27, of Rancho Cordova, California, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for distributing tens of thousands of oxycodone pills to Boise in a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Dedeaux to pay a $1000 fine, serve five years of supervised release, and to forfeit $1,75 ... More   $0 (05-27-2015 - OK)

The People v. Leelen D. Walker

Defendant Leelen D. Walker was charged with possession of marijuana for sale in
violation of Health and Safety Code section 11359, a felony, and convicted by a jury.
During the trial, the superior court declined to instruct the jury that it could instead
convict defendant of the lesser included offense of simple possession of less than 28.5
grams (1 ounce) of marijuana, an infracti ... More
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Louise Broten v. James Broten

[¶1] James Broten appealed from a judgment and amended judgment, following a bench trial, finding that as personal representative to Olaf Broten's estate, he had breached his fiduciary duties by transferring real property to himself, and awarding Louise Broten damages in the amount of the fair market value of the property. We affirm and remand for further proceedings.


[¶2] Ja ... More
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The People of the State of California v. David Quevedo

Fresno, CA - The People of the State of California charged David Quevedo, age 26, with first-degree murder with special circumstances as a result of the shooting and killing of Omar Silva in 2013. The State also charged Quevedo with discharging a firearm causing death and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

The victim's brother and the Defendant got into a fight af ... More
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R. Wayne Klein v. William R. Cornelius

This is an appeal from the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the
court-appointed receiver for Winsome Investment Trust, a business entity whose
founder, Robert J. Andres, caused it to illegally distribute funds as part of a Ponzi
scheme. The court found that Andres had fraudulently transferred funds from
Winsome to William T. Cornelius and his law firm, Cornelius & Sa ... More
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United States of America v. Antonio Esquivel-Rios

Defendant-Appellant Antonio Esquivel-Rios appeals from the district
court’s order denying his motion to suppress evidence. In Mr. Esquivel-Rios’s
first direct appeal, we concluded that the record lacked the quantity and quality of
information necessary for us to determine whether Mr. Esquivel-Rios’s Fourth
Amendment rights had been violated. United States v. Esquivel-Rios, 72 ... More
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Sabreen Gad v. Kansas State University

Sabreen Gad filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission against Kansas State University, alleging that she was discriminated
against in her effort to obtain a promotion to a tenure-track faculty position.
Although the EEOC sent her a formal charge document to sign and verify, as both
Title VII and EEOC regulations require, she never did so. Nevertheless, afte ... More
   $0 (05-27-2015 - KS)

State of Oklahoma v. Thomas Ann Fenderson

Miami, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Thomas Ann Fenderson, age 44, with three counts of second-degree rape as a result of having consentual sex with a 17-year-old girl who was a student at the school where he was a coach. School employees can be prosecuted for second-degree rape until a student reaches the age of 20 in Oklahoma.

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State of Oklahoma v. Donna An Cupp

Jay, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Donna An Cupp, age 60, with embezzlemant for stealing thousands of dollars from a guardianship account belonging to a handicapped man. The State alleged that funds removed from the account were used to make payments on bank loans and to pay bills.

Case entries
Date Description Amount
Grand Total $1,579.80
09/26/2014 FILE, ENTER, SCAN ... More
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United States of America v. Sharon A. Rinaldi

CHICAGO, IL — An area psychologist pled guilty to engaging in a health care fraud scheme to defraud the Medicare program, federal law enforcement officials announced today. SHARON A. RINALDI, a licensed psychologist, was charged in a five-count indictment returned in October 2012 with defrauding Medicare by submitting thousands of false claims for providing psychotherapy services to Medicare be ... More   $0 (05-27-2015 - IL)

Vernon L. Crownover v. Garland Keel

¶0 Appellant landowner neglected to pay taxes on certain real property in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. The property was sold at a tax sale and a tax deed was issued to the buyer. The landowner filed suit seeking to invalidate the tax deed and quiet title in himself, asserting that the sale and resultant deed were void because he was not given constitutionally sufficient notice of the sale ... More
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State of Oklahoma ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Association v. Larry Douglas Friesen

¶1 On March 21, 2014, a Criminal Information was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, against the Respondent, Larry Douglas Friesen (Respondent), an attorney and member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.1 The Criminal information accused the Respondent of willfully failing to pay income and FICA taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Respondent w ... More   $0 (05-26-2015 - OK)

Alejandro Diaz-Barba v. Wolfgan Hahn

In Hahn v. Diaz-Barba (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 1177 (Hahn I), this court affirmed an order, issued under the forum non conveniens doctrine, staying an action against residents of California for tortious interference with contract and related claims for the sale of an interest in a Mexican business. We determined that petitioners (hereafter defendants) met their burden of proving Mexico was a suitabl ... More   $0 (05-24-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Gerrit Timmerman, III

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A Midvale, Utah, man and a Henderson, Nevada, woman were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City for tax crimes, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen of the District of Utah.

Gerrit Timmerman III, 73, of Midvale, was sentenced to 48 month ... More
   $0 (05-23-2015 - UT)

State of Ohio v. Michael Brelo

Cleveland, OH - The State of Ohio charged Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, age 31, with voluntary manslaughter (Ohio Statute: 2903.03A) as a result of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams who were shot to death by the officers at the end of a high speed chase in November 2012. The Defendants fire more than 137 shots at the car in which Russell and Williams were occupants. More   $0 (05-23-2015 - OH)

United States of America v. Emery Lee Begay

ALBUQUERQUE,NM – Emery Lee Begay, 31, of Lakeside, Ariz., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Socorro and Catron Counties, N.M. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Begay will be sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by not less than three years of supervised release.

Begay and his co-defendant Jorge L ... More
   $0 (05-23-2015 - NM)

United States of America v. Edwardo Rodriguez

El Paso, TX - Ten individuals have been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a “crystal” methamphetamine distribution scheme. United States District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced 44–year-old Edwardo Rodriguez of El Paso to 250 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Before sentencing Rodriguez, Judge Cardone sentenced nine of his co-defendants to ... More   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Victor Jerome Reza

El Paso, TX - Victor Jerome Reza, age 54, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Philip R. Martinez ordered that Reza pay a $1,000 fine, be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term and register as a sex offender. Judge Martinez also ordered t ... More   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

State of Texas v. Delvecchio Patrick

Dallas, TX - The State of Texas charged Delvecchio Patrick with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his ex-wife, Deanna Cook, age 32, who was choked and drowned in August of 2012 while she was on the phone with 911.

Police responded to her 911 call but left when no one answered the door. Her body was found in her bath tub two days later.

The defense attempted ... More
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State of Louisiana v. Joshua Lee

New Orleans, LA - The State of Louisiana charged Joshua Lee, age 23, with first-degree murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in conjunction with the shooting death of Chad Huth, age 24, during an early morning home invasion on April 22, 2010. The State claimed that Lee shot and killed Huth and shot but did not kill Chris "Corky" Wells during the home invasion robbery.

Wells ... More
   $0 (05-23-2015 - LA)

Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. v. Andriy Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis

Houston, TX - Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. sued Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis on conversion of trade secrets theories claiming that they stole code for high speed stock trading from it.

Six other defendants settled including SXP Analytics, L.L.C. settled for $28.5 million before trial.

Andriy Kuharsky helped design the software that Quantlab used to make millions in high speed s ... More
   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Jaime Araujo

Seattle, WA - A 27–year-old Everett man who supplied highly pure methamphetamine to a drug trafficking organization operating in Western Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. JAIME ARAUJO supplied the highly pure methamphetami ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - WA)

United States of America v. Joseph R. Kalac

Seattle, WA - A resident with prior federal drug felony convictions, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to more than 14 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. JOSEPH R. KALAC was convicted at his September 2014 trial of three counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug traf ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - WA)

United States of America v. Clemente Leon

SAN DIEGO, CA – Clemente Leon of Chula Vista pled guilty to selling hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of counterfeit World Cup soccer jerseys over the internet.

In pleading guilty, Leon admitted that in August of 2013, approximately four months after he began importing soccer jerseys and other clothing from China, he received a Cease and Desist letter from Nike. Leon acknowledge ... More
   $0 (05-22-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Dejuan Leshae Hill

Dejuan Hill1 was indicted, tried, and convicted of both robbing Arvest Bank in
Tulsa, Oklahoma in November 2011 and taking part in a larger conspiracy to rob
banks, a credit union, and four pharmacies in the Tulsa area from 2009 to 2011.
Before and during trial, Dejuan filed motions related to the four issues that he
now raises on appeal: (1) a motion to dismiss Count One, arguing ... More
   $0 (05-22-2015 - OK)

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