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United States of America v. Frederick Remon Robinson

Houston, TX - Man Sentenced on Gun Charge after social media post regarding ISIS

A Houston man arrested earlier this year following his social media posts regarding ISIS has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Frederick Remon Robinson, 46, pleaded guilty June 3, 2015.

Today, ... More
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United States of America v. Billy Joe Laverty

Tulsa, OK - Robbery Spree Duo Sentenced in Federal Court

Two men responsible for a robbery spree in metro Tulsa were sentenced in United States District Court, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Billy Joe Laverty, 38, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Claire V. Eagan to 25 years in prison for his ... More
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State Of Connecticut v. O'Brien-Veader

The principal issue in this appeal requires us to determine when a prosecutor’s apparent breach of a trial court ruling becomes prosecutorial improprietyimplicatingadefendant’sdueprocessright to a fair trial, rather than an evidentiary matter without constitutionalimport.Thedefendant,MatthewO’BrienVeader, appeals1 from the judgment of the trial court, rendered after a jury trial, convicting him o ... More   $0 (08-28-2015 - CT)

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Swann

The two female victims in this case were in a hotel room in Arlington County when an unknown man forced his way into their room, tied them up, and robbed them of cash and other personal property. In reviewing hotel surveillance video from the night of the robbery as part of his investigation, Detective Don Fortunato of the Arlington County Police Department observed a man in the video who appeare ... More   $0 (08-28-2015 - VA)

United States of America v. Scott Stammers

New York, NY - Defendant Who Conspired To Import 100 Kilograms Of North Korean Methamphetamine Into The United States Pleaded Guilty in Manhattan

Scott Stammer, a citizen of the United Kingdom, to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of North Korean-produced methamphetamine into the United States. STAMMERS was arrested in September 2013, along with co-defendants Philip Shackels, Ye Tiong T ... More
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United States of America v. Cheng Le

New York, NY - Cheng Le was found guilty of attempting to acquire ricin to use as a weapon, postal fraud, and identity theft. LE was convicted after a four-day jury trial before United States District Judge Alison J. Nathan.

U.S. Attorney Bharara said: “As a unanimous jury has found, Cheng Le attempted to acquire ricin, a potentially lethal toxin, through the Dark Web so that it could b ... More
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Doe v. City of Lynn

In this appeal, we determine whether an
ordinance imposing restrictions on the right of sex offenders to
reside in the city of Lynn (city) is prohibited by the Home Rule
Amendment, art. 89, § 6, of the Amendments to the Massachusetts
Constitution, and the Home Rule Procedures Act, G. L. c. 43B,
§ 13. The plaintiffs, who represent a certified class of sex
offenders su ... More
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State of New Jersey v. Jamil McKinney, State of New Jersey v. Al-Tariq Wardrick

These consolidated appeals arise from an intrusion into an
apartment by three armed men. Al-Tariq Wardrick and Jamil
McKinney (together defendants) were identified as two of the
three intruders and were charged in a seventeen-count
indictment. Wardrick and McKinney were tried together by a jury
and convicted of several offenses, including first-degree
robbery ... More
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tization and
deprivation of love. Id. at 38 n.3. Similarly, in Singleton v. State, 783 So. 2d 970,
972-73, 979-80 (Fla. 2001), this Court held the death sentence to be proportionate
where the victim had been stabbed seven times and the two aggravating
circumstances of prior violent felony and HAC were weighed against three
statutory mitigating circumstances (the defendan ... More
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State of Minnesota vs. Miranda Lynn Jones

Shortly after being placed on probation, appellant Miranda Lynn Jones was cited
for consumption of alcohol by a minor and disorderly conduct. Her conduct violated the
terms of Jones’s probation and the State moved to have it revoked. In addition, the State
cited Jones for misdemeanor contempt of court under Minn. Stat. § 588.20, subd. 2(4)
The probationer moved ... More
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State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kemen Lavatos Taylor

Kemen Lavatos Taylor, II, was convicted of one count of first-degree murder and
two counts of attempted first-degree murder related to the shooting of three teenagers.
On direct appeal, he alleges eight errors committed by the trial court. We affirm the
On October 4, 2012, a grand jury indicted Taylor on two counts of murder related
to the sho ... More
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United States of America v. Rockey Koonce

Abilene, TX - Lueders, Texas, Man Sentenced to 193 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction

Rockey Koonce, 40, of Lueders, Texas, was by Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 192 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2015 to one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. ... More
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United States of America v. Benson Pate

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man from Gamerco, N.M., Sentenced for Making a False Statement to FBI

Benson Pete, 75, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gamerco, N.M., was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for making a false statement to the FBI.

Pete was arrested on June 3, 2014, on an indictment charging him two ... More
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United States of America v. Darmarvis Marquel Lee

Albuquerque, NM - California Man Sentenced for Heroin Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

Darmarvis Marquel Lee, 30, of San Bernardino, Calif., was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 27 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his heroin trafficking conviction.

Lee was arrested on Aug. 22, 2014, at the Amtrak Train Station in Albuquerque afte ... More
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United States of America v. Selim Zherka

White Plains, NY - Westchester Businessman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring To Make False Statements To A Bank And To File Materially False Federal Tax Returns

SELIM ZHERKA pled guilty today to conspiring to make false statements to a bank in order to receive millions of dollars in loans and to file materially false tax returns with the IRS. As part of his plea agreement, ZHERKA agreed to fo ... More
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Auto. United Trades Org. v. State Of Washington

Washington State taxes fuel. LAWS OF 1921, ch. 173, § 2. Not long
after the state began taxing fuel, the people approved the eighteenth amendment
to our constitution. This provision limits the use of motor fuel taxes to
"highway purposes," including "[r]efunds authorized by law for taxes paid on
motor vehicle fuels." WASH. CONST. art. II, § 40( d).
Several Indian tribes in ... More
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Royal Pacific Funding v. Arneson

Linda Arneson worked for Pacific Mortgage, partly on salary, partly on commission. After she left Pacific in February 2013, she claimed she was owed commissions for, among other things, certain work done by a fellow employee as part of her team. Representing herself, she filed a wage claim with the state Labor Commissioner, and, in October 2013, obtained an award of approximately $29,500. Paci ... More   $0 (08-27-2015 - CA)

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. CA Exposition & St. Fairs

On July 18, 2013, plaintiffs filed a complaint asserting a section 526a action against defendants, premised on the theory that defendants waste taxpayer money and staff time by obtaining, transporting, and exhibiting pregnant pigs in violation of sections 597 and 597t. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged as follows:
Plaintiff Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is a nonprofit charitable organizati ... More
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Nosal-Tabor v. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Ctr

Nosal-Tabor filed a complaint against Sharp in April 2013 in which she alleged that she had made numerous complaints to Sharp's management concerning the "illegal procedures for stress testing of . . . cardiac patients." Among her complaints was "the lack of a legally required Standardized Procedure" authorizing the performance of nurse-led stress testing. Nosal-Tabor alleged that she had "confi ... More   $0 (08-27-2015 - C)

Benson v. Southern Cal. Auto Sales

Benson purchased a used Infiniti from SCAS on October 1, 2011. He alleged that he subsequently learned the car had a damaged frame. He also alleged the car’s price on the contract he signed was $1,496 higher than the advertised price ($24,995) and the contract falsely stated he did not make a deferred down payment, when he actually did.
Benson’s counsel sent SCAS two letters, both dated ... More
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United States of America v. Sha-Ron Haines and Tyral Edward King

Las Vegas, NV - Men Convicted Of Transporting Two Minor Girls From Nevada To California To Work As Prostitutes

Two men who were arrested last year as part of a joint law enforcement operation to catch child predators in southern Nevada, “Operation Protect the Powerless,” have been convicted in federal court of sex trafficking and prostitution crimes for transporting two minor girls from N ... More
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United States of America v. Thomas L. Lynch

Kansas City, MO - Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Firearms

Thomas L. Lynch, 50, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Lynch was in possession of a Desert Eagle .380-caliber pistol that had been reported as stolen, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver and a Lorcin .22-caliber pistol on May ... More
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Tribeca Co. v. First American Title Ins

Tribeca is a California limited liability company formed in October 2005 by William Faidi, its sole shareholder. It is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm that makes investments in “distressed” real estate by purchasing and foreclosing on defaulted mortgage loans. Sky Pacific Holdings I, LLC (Sky Pacific) is another California limited liability company also formed by Faidi, who ... More   $0 (08-27-2015 - CA)

Sternberg v. Cal. State Bd. of Pharmacy

Sternberg obtained his pharmacy license in 1978. Between 2001 and 2012, he worked as the pharmacist-in-charge at a Target store in West Hills, California. During a two-year period while he supervised the Target pharmacy—September 1, 2006, to August 31, 2008—Imelda Hurtado, a pharmacy technician, stole at least 216,630 tablets of Norco from the pharmacy, with an estimated retail value of up to $ ... More   $0 (08-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Robert Ferraro

Scranton, PA - Monroe County Man Sentenced To 270 Months (22.5 Years) In Prison For Producing Child Pornography

A 45-year-old Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania man who admitted to producing child pornography was sentenced to 270 months (22.5 years) in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton.

The defendant, Robert Ferraro, previously pleaded guilty in May 2015 to ... More
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Bernard Wallace, et al. v. Powell Law Group, P.C., et al.

Bernard Wallace, et al. sued Powell Law Group, P.C., et al. claiming that Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judges Mark Ciavarella, Jr. and Michael Conahan in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania took brides totaling more than $2.6 million from Robert Powell and Robert Mericle, the co-owner and builder respectively, of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities in exchange for convicting juveniles and ... More   $4,750,000 (08-27-2015 - PA)

United States of America v. Chelbi George

Muskogee, OK - Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Counterfeit Obligation

Chelbi George, age 42, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pled guilty to POSSESSION OF A COUNTERFEIT OBLIGATION, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the United States Secret Service.

The Indictment alleges t ... More
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United States of America v. Roy Lynn Wesberry

Muskogee, OK - Davis Man Serving Sentence For Bank Fraud Arraigned For Threatening Retaliation Against Witness

“The following named individual has been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. ... More
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United States of America v. Sharif Robinson

13 Sharif Robinson appeals from his conviction and sentence
14 after pleading guilty before Judge Seybert to aiding and
15 abetting, 18 U.S.C. § 2: (i) carjacking, in violation of 18
16 U.S.C. § 2119; and (ii) the brandishing of a firearm during a
17 crime of violence, i.e., the carjacking, in violation of 18
18 U.S.C. § 924(c). Appellant challenges the sufficiency of the
1 ... More
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United States of America v. Integrated Plastic Solutions, LLC, Sean M. Riley and Brian J. Riley

Wichita, KS - El Dorado Kansas Company Sentenced For Mishandling Chemicals

An El Dorado company was ordered Wednesday to pay $97,612 in restitution and a $10,000 fine for mishandling waste chemicals. The company also must pay a $400 special assessment and serve three years on probation to include participating in a compliance and ethics program.

Integrated Plastic Solutions, LLC, ... More
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United States of America v. Fremo Santana

Harrisburg, PA - Boston Man Sentenced To 324 Months (27 Years) In Drug Conspiracy

Fremo Santana, age 47, of Boston was sentenced to 324 months (27 years) in prison by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg.

Fremo Santana, previously pleaded guilty in December 2014 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hyd ... More
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State of Oklahoma v. Jaleel Rashaud Mixon

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Jaleel Rashaud Mixon with unlawfully carrying a weapon in violation of 21 O.S. 1227. The State claimed that the Defendant was carrying a .22 caliber revolver after being adjudicated delinquent by the Juvenile Bureau of The District Court for the offense of carrying weapon unlawfully, Juvenile Case Number; JDL-08-l405, said crime being a Felony,
... More
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United States of America v. Armando Jesus Hernandez Leal

San Antonio, TX - Businessman Admits Role in Multi-Million Dollar Investment Scam

Armando Jesus Hernandez Leal, age 56, of Shavano Park, TX, pleaded guilty to a federal money laundering charge in connection with a multi-million dollar investment fraud scam announced United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr., FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division and Internal ... More
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United States of America v. Kenneth Goheen

Austin, TX - Former Internal Revenue Service Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison for Wire Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme

A 57-year-old former Internal Revenue Service employee Kenneth Goheen of Austin was sentenced to two years plus one day in federal prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Internal Revenue Se ... More
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United States of America v. Fernando Jose De Leon

San Antonio, TX - Former City of San Antonio Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison in Bribery Scheme

Fernando Jose De Leon, age 44, former Assistant Development Services Director of the Land Development Division within the City of San Antonio’s Planning and Development Services Department, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving city contract ... More
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United States of America v. Christina Cortez

Corpus Christi, TX - Grand Jury Indicts Local Daycare Worker for Producing Child Pornography

The daycare worked arrested earlier this month on allegations she produced child pornography has been indicted by a federal grand jury, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Christina Cortez, 38, of Corpus Christi, allegedly produced the graphic images while working at a daycare facility in Co ... More
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State of Oklahoma v. Dewayne Marquis Fulsom

Tulsa, OK - The States of Oklahoma charged Dewayne Marquis Fulsom with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill claiming:

21 O.S. 701.7
DEWAYNE MARQUIS FULSOM, on or about 10/1/2013, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did commit the crime of MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE, a Felony, by unlawfully, feloniously, and willfu ... More
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United States of America v. Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, a/k/a “Cuate”

Charlotte, NC - Mexican Drug Kingpin Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Trafficking Black Tar Heroin

The head of a Mexican drug trafficking organization (DTO) responsible for producing and distributing vast quantities of heroin into the United States was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western Di ... More
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United States of America v. Comfort Inn & Suites of Meriden, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Meriden Hotel Agrees to Make Changes to Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a voluntary compliance agreement with the Comfort Inn & Suites of Meriden, Connecticut, to resolve allegations that the hotel was not being operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

Under federal law, pri ... More
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United States of America v. Ernest Oprecht

New Haven, CT - Hartford Man Sentenced to 54 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Coast-to-Coast Drug Trafficking Ring

Ernest Oprecht, 32, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 54 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring.

This matter stems from a joint law en ... More
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