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Thomas H. Krakauer v. Dish Network, L.L.C.

Durham, NC - Jury Awards $400 Each to 51,000 Members of Class

Thomas H. Krakauer sued Dish Network, L.L.C. for violating the "Do Not Call Registry" (47 U.S.C. 277) statute by calling him and 51,000 other individuals.

Title 47 U.S.C. 0227 provides:

Restrictions on use of telephone equipment
(a) Definitions

As used in this section—

(1) The term “auto ...
More $21,400,000 (01-23-2017 - NC)

Justin Daren Buxton v. The State of Texas

K.T. dated appellant for several years. She has four children: R.T., C.T., who
is the complainant in this case, J.T., and D.B. Her daughters, R.T., C.T., and J.T.,
all have different fathers, and appellant is the father of D.B. K.T. lived with her own
father during the time that she was dating appellant, and her daughters would spend
the night with her or with appellant, who ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

Jason Robinson v. The State of Texas

K.W., the complainant, moved to Houston in 2013 when she was seventeen
years old and began engaging in prostitution in southwest Houston. A few weeks
after K.W. moved to Houston, she met appellant, and shortly after she met him, he
became her pimp. K.W. worked for appellant as a prostitute for a little over a month
before she decided to stop working for him. According to K.W ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

Timothy Dynell George v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Appellant for the third-degree felony offense of
unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The indictment alleged,
TIMOTHY DYNELL GEORGE, hereafter styled the Defendant, . . . on or about June 6, 2014, did then and there unlawfully[,] intentionally and knowingly possess a firearm at a location other than the premises at which the Defendant lived, after being con ...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. SHAWN WILSON

Wilson was arrested in November 2014 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson entered into a plea agreement with the State wherein he agreed to plead guilty to both counts in exchange for the State's recommendation of a standard sentence on the possession of
2

methamphetamine charge and a concurrent sentence of 12 months for posses ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

ALCENA M. DAWSON v. STATE OF KANSAS

Dawson contends that the district court violated his due process rights when it failed to appoint counsel to represent him after the court requested the State to respond. A district court has three options when handling a K.S.A. 60-1507 motion:

"'(1) The court may determine that the motion, files, and case records conclusively show the prisoner is entitled to no relief and deny the m ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

Gary Shedd v. United States of America

Muskogee, OK - Plaintiffs Get $750,000 Judgment Against United States in Wrongful Death Case.

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Having considered this record as a whole, the court enters its findings of fact and conclusions
of law pursuant to Rule 52(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. To the extent a finding of fact
constitutes a conclusion of law, the c ...
More $750,000 (01-22-2017 - OK)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA PHILLIPS

In December 2012, Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery. The district court accepted the plea, and consistent with the terms of the parties' plea agreement, imposed a dispositional departure sentence of 36 months' probation with an underlying controlling prison term of 122 months.

In July 2014, the district court issued a warrant for Phillips based on the allegati ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Sandra Ayanna Morgan

Sherman, TX - Collin County Woman Sentenced for Federal Income Tax Violations

A 44-year-old McKinney, Texas woman was sentenced to federal prison for income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Sandra Ayanna Morgan pleaded guilty on July 11, 2016 to filing a false income tax return and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Steven Wayne Robinson

Beaumont, TX - Liberty County Man Sentenced to 35 years for Child Exploitation Violations

A 40-year-old Daisetta, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Steven Wayne Robinson pleaded guilty on Sep. 1, 2016, to two counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced to a total of 420 months in fede ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. WILLIE WILLIAMS JR

On November 19, 2014, Williams pled guilty to four counts of misdemeanor battery against a law enforcement officer and four counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property in case 14 CR 3059. The transcript of the hearing held that day reflected that the district court noted the existence of an agreement for a 12-month controlling sentence for the eight counts and then very briefly covered Willi ... More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. GIOSBEL PEREZ-MEDINA

On September 21, 2014, Perez-Medina and his wife, Yusimi, were having a party at their home in Dodge City. Ivan Valcarcel arrived during the party to talk with PerezMedina about a furniture rental application where Perez-Medina had used Valcarcel as a reference. Valcarcel, Perez-Medina, and two other friends left the party to get more beer and ice. After returning to the party, Perez-Medina, Va ... More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TROY LAMONT LOVE, II

The facts are tragic and disturbing. Love frequently cared for Robin Harrington's three children, including 18-month-old Bre'Elle. On April 1, 2012, Harrington noticed Bre'Elle's bloodshot eyes and bruising inside the left ear. Later that week, Bre'Elle could not turn her neck and had begun losing hair. On April 7, Harrington took the child to the emergency room where a physician, Venkata Katasani ... More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. DANE C. DEWEESE

The State prosecuted DeWeese under the theory he and Joel Heil caused Kristen Tyler's death. The State essentially contended DeWeese initiated the events because he believed Tyler stole his money and drugs whereas Heil physically performed the lethal acts in DeWeese's presence. Heil extensively testified against DeWeese as part of a plea bargain with the State.

Tyler's murder

...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ANTONIO M. BROWN, SR.,

We hold Brown reinitiated his interview with police after his unsuccessful attempt to contact a lawyer and in doing so knowingly and intelligently waived his previouslyinvoked right to counsel. Brown's subsequent inculpatory statements were freely and voluntarily given.

We hold further that the district court properly refused to give lesser included offense instructions for the felony-m ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Melvin Ray Layman

Plano, TX - Dallas County Man Sentenced in Bank Fraud Conspiracy

A 64-year-old Grand Prairie, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud and perjury.

Melvin Ray Layman pleaded guilty on July 20, 2016, to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy t commit perjury and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison on Jan. 11, ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Eric S. Patrick

Beaumont, TX - Federal Prison Chaplain Guilty of Bribery

A 42-year-old federal prison chaplain has pleaded guilty to bribery in the Eastern District of Texas.

Eric S. Patrick, of Nederland, Texas, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with bribery of a public official.

According to information presented in court, in July 2015, investigators at the U.S. Penitentia ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

STATE OF MONTANA v. WILLIAM JAMES LAWRENCE

On April 8, 2014, Lawrence and his brother, Steven Dubois, arrived at Wayne
Miller Coins on Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana. Lawrence and Dubois entered
the shop after being buzzed in through the back door. Lawrence was in possession of
coins he wished to have appraised, something he had done previously at Miller Coins.
After Wayne Miller, the owner of the shop, informe ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - MT)

United States of America v. George Mariadas Kurusu

Pecos, TX - Fort Stockton Teacher Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

George Mariadas Kurusu, a 58-year-old Indian national and a Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD) teacher, pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian nationals to teach in the United States.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge David ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Adrian Pineda-Orozco

Del Rio, TX - Jury in Del Rio Convicts Undocumented Alien in Liquid Meth Case

A jury convicted 32–year-old Adrian Pineda-Orozco, an undocumented alien residing in Houston, for his role in scheme to smuggle over 43 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine into the United States.

Jurors convicted Pineda-Orozco of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetami ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Irick Dron Oneal

Sex Offender

Midland, TX - Jury Convicts Midland Man of Federal Sex Trafficking of a Child Charge

Irick Dron Oneal, age 43, of Midland, faces up to life in federal prison after a jury in Midland convicted him of the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, jurors returned their guilty verdict convicting Oneal of one count of sex trafficking of a child. Evidence presented during tr ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Babar Javed Butt

Houston, TX - Pakistani Man Convicted of Defrauding FedEx of Nearly $300,000

A 32-year-old Pakistani national who resided in the local area has pleaded guilty to six counts of mail fraud. Babar Butt resided in multiple locations in Houston and Spring and operated an electronics export business, routinely shipping items to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Beginning in February 2015, B ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

Gonzalo Somarriba v. Advanced Containment Systems, Inc. and Boh Environmental, L.L.C.

Houston, TX - Two Companies to Pay Nearly $2.5 Million to Settle Claims Related to Manufacture of Military Container Systems

Houston-based Advanced Containment Systems Inc. (ACSI) and Boh Environmental LLC,(Boh) have agreed to pay $2,483,000 to settle allegations that Boh sold the Department of Defense (DoD) steel storage containers that were not manufactured according to contractual requ ...
More $2,500,000 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Manuel Guadalupe Garcia

Abilene, TX - Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison

A Fort Worth, Texas, man, Manuel Guadalupe Garcia, 21, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2016 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Judge O’Connor further ordered that Garcia’s federal sent ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Diego Gonzales

Abilene Federal Courthouse

Abilene, TX - Fort Worth Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction

Jose Diego Gonzales, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in September 2016 to one count of receipt of child pornography and aiding and abetting.

Gonzales has been in custody since his arrest in July 2016 in Fort Worth. ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Manuel Rodrigues Reyes and Maximilliano Gonzales

Courtroom in the J. Marin Jones Courthouse

Amarillo, TX - DTO Members Who Trafficked Multiple Thousands of Kilograms of Marijuana from El Paso to Dumas, Texas, and Elsewhere are Sentenced

Two men from Moore County, Texas, who pleaded guilty last year to federal offenses stemming from their respective roles in a marijuana trafficking organization.

Manuel Rodrigues Reyes, 48, and Maximilliano Gonzales, 50, both of Cactus, T ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Danny Ray Caudill

Lubbock, TX Lubbock Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Attempting to Entice a Minor

A 55-year-old Lubbock, Texas, man, Danny Ray Caudill, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in September 2016 to one count of attempted enticement of a minor.

According to documents filed in the case, from approximately June 26 through July 20, 201 ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Alicia Gardner

Dallas, TX - Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft in Scheme to Defraud the IRS

Alicia Gardner, 43, of Dallas pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identify theft.

Gardner faces a maximum statutory penalty of two years in federal prison, and a $250,000 fine. She could also be ordered to pay restitution. She remained on bond pending sentencing set for May 5, ...
More $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

BRANDON JOE OVERSON v. THE STATE OF WYOMING

Mr. Overson’s challenge to the relevance of the evidence in question requires us to examine in detail the evidence admitted at trial. To understand the course of his trial, however, it is useful to take a step back and review the evidence submitted in the earlier hearing on Mr. Overson’s motion to suppress evidence. In his motion, Mr. Overson sought to suppress evidence resulting from a search ... More $0 (01-21-2017 - WY)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOSEPH MARTINEZ-ARMESTICA

Because Martinez challenges the sufficiency of the
evidence against him on the brandishing count, we state the facts
in the light most favorable to the jury's verdict. United States
v. Cruz-Rodriguez, 541 F.3d 19, 25 (1st Cir. 2008).
On September 25, 2012, at approximately 10:15 p.m.,
Zuleyka Arroyo-Melendez ("Arroyo") drove her 22-year-old niece,
Stephanie Ramirez, ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - PR)

Quamain Tyjuan Williams vs State of Florida

In this direct appeal from appellant’s conviction and sentence as a principal
to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into a building, we affirm
the denial of appellant’s motion for judgment of acquittal without discussion. ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

ANTONIO JOHNSON vs State of Florida

Appellant challenges the revocation of his probation. We hold that the trial
court did not abuse its discretion in determining that the State had proven
appellant’s violation and in revoking appellant’s probation. However, the record
does not reflect a written order of revocation. Pursuant to this court’s holding in
Fowler v. State, 79 So. 3d 868, 869 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012), “[a] ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

Willie Crockett vs State of Florida

We deny both the State’s motion for rehearing and the State’s motion to
supplement the record. Our denial of the State’s motion for rehearing is based on
our original opinion; we write only to comment on the State’s attempt to
supplement the record with evidence that was not presented to the trial court. The
State sought to supplement the record with proof that it had entered a ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

Gregory Omar Johnson vs State of Florida

Appellant raises seven issues on appeal, and we affirm on all but one.
Appellant argues that pursuant to section 775.089, Florida Statutes (2013), the trial
court erred in entering a restitution order without first holding a hearing to
determine the amount. Absent any agreement or stipulation between the parties as
to the amount of restitution to be imposed, the trial court e ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

Jason W. Wagner vs. The State of Florida

The State filed a three-count information charging Reed with 1) attempted
second-degree murder of Dwight Lamar Murphy; 2) attempted second-degree
murder of Stephanie L. Jackson (“Jackson”); and 3) burglary of an occupied
dwelling accompanied by an assault or battery. Following trial, the jury found
Reed guilty of the lesser-included offense of aggravated battery as to Count 1 a ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

LUIS FLORES vs STATE OF FLORIDA

The State charged Appellant with attempted murder in the second degree and possession of cannabis. Appellant pleaded guilty to both counts. The trial court sentenced Appellant to the minimum mandatory of twenty-five years’ imprisonment for attempted murder.

1 Appellant was also sentenced to 441 days’ imprisonment for possession of cannabis, to be served concurrently with the sente ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

GERALDO ALEXIS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Geraldo Alexis appeals the portion of his sentence imposing a public defender fee of $500. Because the trial court failed to require proof of the amount of the fees imposed, we reverse and avail ourselves of this opportunity to set forth the relevant statutory authority and case law concerning this oft-repeated area of misconception.

Alexis was charged with burglary of a dwelling, gra ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

TODD WATSON v. STATE OF FLORIDA

At issue in this case is whether the trial court had jurisdiction when it resentenced appellant after he knowingly violated a sentencing agreement with the state. Because the court did not have jurisdiction to resentence appellant over 3 years after he was originally sentenced, we reverse.

Appellant Todd Watson faced charges of possession of oxycodone and driving under the influence in ...
More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

ALBERT STAFFORD vs STATE OF FLORIDA

We reverse the order denying appellant’s motion for postconviction relief and remand for resentencing pursuant to Atwell v. State, 197 So. 3d 1040 (Fla. 2016). Appellant is entitled to be resentenced pursuant to the sentencing provisions enacted in Chapter 2014–220, Laws of Florida. ... More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

KAFELE CLARKE v. STATE OF FLORIDA

The petition for belated appeal is granted. A copy of this opinion shall be filed with the trial court and be treated as the notice of appeal from the November 4, 2016, judgment and sentence in Case No. 2016-CF-001473-A-OR in the Circuit Court in and for Orange County, Florida. ... More $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)
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