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Christopher Cunningham v. State of Tennessee

In 2013, a Madison County jury convicted the petitioner of one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated robbery. The trial court sentenced the petitioner to an effective twenty-two-year sentence, imposing consecutive, eleven-year sentences for the robbery convictions and a concurrent, five-year sentence for the burglary conviction. On direct appeal, this Court affirmed the petit ... More $0 (12-02-2016 - )

David Alan Hunter v. State of Tennessee

The petitioner was convicted by a Hamilton County Criminal Court jury of first degree murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery, for which he received an effective sentence of life imprisonment. This Court affirmed his convictions on direct appeal, and our Supreme Court denied his application for permission to appeal. State v.
David A. Hunter, E2010-01351-CCA-R3-CD, 2011 WL 1532086 ...
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State of Tennessee v. Chad Ray Thompson

Tonya Debuty, the victim‟s sister, testified that the victim was “like a child to [her.]” She explained that the victim suffered from bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and “a form of schizophrenia[.]” The victim lived in a camper located on Ms. Debuty‟s property in Etowah for three years. The victim was unable to maintain employment, so Ms. Debuty helped the victim en ... More $0 (12-02-2016 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Jonathon D. Brown

On July 16, 2014, the Defendant was indicted by the Robertson County Grand Jury for two counts of aggravated rape on alternative theories, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping on alternative theories, one count of especially aggravated burglary, and one count of theft of property over the value of $1,000. The especially aggravated burglary charge was dismissed prior to trial on the Stat ... More $0 (12-02-2016 - TN)

Zachary Clark v. State of Indiana

On May 24, 2014, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Clark, who was intoxicated,
entered a tavern in Rochester, ordered a drink, and sat in a booth. The
bartender could tell Clark was intoxicated, so she made him a drink with a
small amount of alcohol in it and served him. At some point, Clark passed out
and slept for about one hour. Clark eventually woke up and began vomiting on More $0 (12-02-2016 - IN)

Brian K. Wynne v. State of Indiana

In August 2014, Vickie McWatters’ home in Greenwood was badly damaged
by a lightning strike. McWatters contacted Servpro to secure the house and
remediate the damage. In the meantime, she moved out, first into a hotel for a
week and then into a rental property close to her house. However, she left
some belongings in the house, including food, and she continued to use the
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Sauntio Carter v. State of Indiana

On August 24, 2015, Carter observed that his fourteen-year-old daughter, M.C.,
had altered her eyebrows. When Carter questioned M.C. about this, she
initially denied that she had made any changes to herself. However, M.C.
eventually admitted the truth. As punishment for her dishonesty, Carter
confiscated M.C.’s cellphone. After taking possession of M.C.’s cellphone,
Ca ...
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State of New Mexico v. William Kalinowski

Santa Fe, NM - Jury Convicts Real Estate Developer of Fraud and Embezzlement

The State of New Mexico charged Santa Fe real estate developer with fraud and embezzlement including eight second-degree felonies and one misdemeanor relating to the operation of his luxury home development and construction business Barranca Building and other businesses and development, including Las Campanas. More $0 (12-02-2016 - NM)

Jim H. Pace v. W. Scott Harrington, D.M.D., Inc., W. Scott Harrington, D.M.D., Terri Velega and Lisa Young

Tulsa, OK - Jim H. Pace sued W. Scott Harrington, D.M.D., Inc., W. Scott Harrington, D.M.D., Terri Velega and Lisa Young on medical negligence theories claiming that he has contracted Hepatitis C as a direct result of the extraction of 14 of Plaintiff's teeth on December 2, 2012 as a result of substandard care provided to him during the procedure. ... More $1 (12-02-2016 - OK)

Corey Middleton v. State of Indiana

On December 1, 4, and 5, 2000, undercover officers met Middleton in a van in
a Kroger parking lot in Brownsburg and purchased cocaine and ecstasy from
him. On the third day, Middleton showed the officers his “baby,” a silver .380
caliber handgun that he pulled from his waistband. Middleton v. State, No.
32A04-0308-CR-412, slip op. at 3 (Ind. Ct. App. June 29, 2004). Middleto ...
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Albert Towne v. State of Indiana

Sex Offender

The facts most favorable to the judgment follow. T.S. has been diagnosed with
an intellectual disability as well as several behavioral disorders. Towne, who
has also been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, engaged in sexual
intercourse with T.S. and the touching of T.S. When T.S. later told her mother
of the incident, an investigation commenced. Based upon the incid ...
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Gary Chavez v. State of Indiana

Chavez and Kim Chavez married in the early 1990s. After two to four years,
the marriage began to fall apart. They lived separately several times during
their marriage but never divorced. Kim dated other men during their marriage,
but Chavez did not date. In June of 2014, Kim was living with her boyfriend of
one year.
[3] Chavez texted Kim on the morning of June 6, 201 ...
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Hollis Lloyd v. State of Indiana

The facts of this case appear to be undisputed. On the night of August 8, 2015,
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Gibson (“Officer Gibson”)
responded to a call of an altercation between a man and a woman at an address
on Savannah Drive in Indianapolis. When he arrived at the scene, Officer
Gibson saw a woman, later identified as Leslie Best (“Best”) standing outs ...
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Beth Montgomery v. State of Indiana

Montgomery suffers from depression, chronic migraine headaches, and chronic
back pain. She took anti-depressant and pain medications during and after her
pregnancy with B.B. On August 27, 2014, Montgomery was admitted to the
hospital and delivered B.B. During and following the delivery, Montgomery
suffered from complications that required emergency medical treatment. B.B. < ...
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Judith Rodriguez, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson International

Dallas, TX - Jury Awards Six Plaintiffs In Hip Implant Case $1 Billion


Judith Rodriguez and others sued DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson and Johnson on products liability theories claiming that they were injured and/or harmed as a direct result of having Pennacle orthopedic hip implants used to replace their diseased hips. ... More $1,000,000,000 (12-02-2016 - TX)

ESPN, Inc. and Paula Lavigne v. University of Notre Dame Police Department

The Notre Dame Security Police Department was established in 1977 by Resolution of the University of Notre Dame trustees. Through the University trustees, the Department is granted “[g]eneral police powers.” Ind. Code §§ 21-17-5-4(a)(1), (b) (2014). But beyond these traditional police functions, the Department also enforces the University student code and parietals,1 coordinates internal discip ... More $0 (12-02-2016 - IN)

State of Minnesota vs. Jose Martin Lugo, Jr.

Following a search of his vehicle during a traffic stop, appellant Jose Martin Lugo,
Jr., was charged with second-degree controlled substance crime, driving after revocation,
and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lugo moved to suppress the evidence obtained
during the search, arguing that police illegally expanded the scope and duration of the stop
without a reasonable, articu ...
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State of Oklahoma v. Cheyenne Mason Watts

Tahlequah, OK - Defendants Sentenced to 45 Years In Prison for Murder

The State of Oklahoma charged Cheyenne Mason Watts, age 24, with first-degree murder, robbery with a weapon, first-degree murder, attempted arson, larceny of an automobile and third-degree murder for robbing and killing 88-year-old Charley Kirk.

Investigators determined that the shot that killed the victim was ...
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Christian Zeaman v. Dean R. Carpenter, M.D., P.C., et al.

Oklahoma City, OK - Christian Zeaman, as Guardian and Next Friend of Samayah West, a minor child, sued Dean R. Carpenter, M.D., P.C. d/b/a Women's Heathcare Specialists, Dean R. Carpenter, MJ.D., Perinatal Center of Oklahoma, P.L.L.C., John R. Stanley, III, M.D., Deaconess Health System L.L.C. d/b/a Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Hospital Holdings, LLC d/b/a Deaconess Hospital on medical negligence ... More $1 (12-01-2016 - OK)

STATE OF IOWA vs. TRAVIS NOLE TRUSTIN

Travis Trustin pled guilty to introducing contraband into a jail in violation of
Iowa Code section 719.7(3)(a) (2015). On appeal, Trustin contends the district
court (1) failed to advise him of a drug abuse resistance education (DARE)
surcharge or a thirty-five percent surcharge and (2) failed to advise him that he
had the right to use compulsory process in securing the attend ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. THOMAS EDWARD JENKINS SR

Thomas Jenkins appeals the sentence imposed following this court’s prior
decision that vacated his sentence and remanded the matter for resentencing.
See State v. Jenkins, No. 15-0589, 2015 WL 8367810, at *3-6 (Iowa Ct. App.
Dec. 9, 2015). He contends in this appeal the district court abused its discretion
at resentencing by not considering mitigating factors and that it “twi ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. LANDON MICHAEL RILEY

Landon Riley appeals from his convictions and sentences, following the
entry of an Alford plea, for two counts of willful injury causing bodily injury. Riley
maintains his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by allowing him to
plead guilty without a factual basis and then failing to file a motion in arrest of
judgment. He also maintains the district court abused its ...
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  STATE OF IOWA vs. PAUL ANTHONY SPURGIN

The State filed complaints against Paul Spurgin accusing him of
committing several crimes in Monroe County. The Monroe County Attorney
moved to disqualify himself because he had represented Spurgin in civil matters,
was representing Spurgin’s father in “present pending matters,” and had
represented Spurgin’s brother in “the recent past.” The district court granted the
mo ...
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ANTHONY MARCELLUS COLE vs. STATE OF IOWA

Cole was convicted of attempted murder, assault, willful injury causing
serious injury, two counts of reckless use of a firearm causing serious injury, and
felon in possession of a firearm. His convictions were affirmed on appeal. State
v. Cole, No. 07-0832, 2008 WL 4876993, at *5 (Iowa Ct. App. Nov. 13, 2008).
Procedendo was issued on December 15, 2008.
On October 3, ...
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AURELIO JAVIER ORTIZ vs. STATE OF IOWA

On November 25, 2012, Des Moines police officer Todd Wilshusen was
on duty when he observed a vehicle without a front license plate. Officer
Wilshusen initiated a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, Ortiz,
Wilshusen identified the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
Wilshusen asked Ortiz where the marijuana was, and Ortiz responded the
occupants ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. ESSOSSINAM CESAR TALBOUSSOUMA

Sex Offender

Essossinam Cesar Talboussouma appeals his conviction and sentence
following a guilty plea to assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, claiming
his counsel failed to advise him of the potential consequences a guilty plea may
have on his immigration status. See State v. Tompkins, 859 N.W.2d 631, 637
(Iowa 2015) (providing, to prove an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel cla ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. LIOSVANY J. RODRIGUEZ

Rodriguez was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, identity theft, and
five counts of credit card fraud. He entered into a plea agreement in which he
agreed to plead guilty to ongoing criminal conduct, in violation of Iowa Code
section 706A.2(4) (2015), and the State agreed to dismiss the remaining counts.
Rodriguez was sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed twen ...
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JOSHUA KENYADA WEATHERSPOON vs. STATE OF IOWA

Weatherspoon filed a postconviction-relief application raising several
claims. The district court denied the application following a hearing. On appeal,
Weatherspoon challenges his attorney’s performance on cross-examination of a
witness who knew Weatherspoon and identified him on surveillance video. He
argues his attorney was ineffective in failing to impeach the witness wi ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. MARGARITO OCPACO HERNANDEZ

Margarito Hernandez appeals following his Alford1 plea to third-degree
arson, three counts of child endangerment, and domestic abuse assault. The
court sentenced Hernandez to serve two years incarceration on the arson and
child-endangerment convictions, all to run concurrently, and one year on the
domestic-abuse charge, to run consecutively to the other sentences, for a total ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. KEVIN BROWN

Kevin Brown appeals from his conviction, following a guilty plea, for
operating while intoxicated. Brown maintains his trial counsel was ineffective for
allowing him to plead guilty without the district court making express findings the
plea was knowing and voluntary. Brown has the burden to establish both that his
trial counsel failed to perform an essential duty and that th ...
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United States of America v. Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation and Allied Home Mortgage Corporation

New York, NY - Jury Finds Allied Home Mortgage Entities And CEO Jim C. Hodge Liable For Civil Mortgage Fraud, Awards The United States Over $92 Million In Damages

Allied Home Mortgage and CEO Face Statutory Trebling of Damages and Penalties for Fraudulent Conduct

a unanimous jury has found the entities formerly known as ALLIED HOME MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION (“ALLIED CAPITAL”) ...
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United States of America v. Dr. Anoop Sangha

Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Physician Pays $50,000 To Resolve Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention Act Allegations Related To Prescribing Controlled Substances

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, physician, Dr. Anoop Sangha, entered into a settlement agreement to pay $50,000 to resolve civil allegations that he violated the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1970, which regulates the manufacture and distribu ...
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State of Oklahoma v. Cody Alan Johnson

Tulsa, OK - Defendant Sentence to Life Without Parole for Killing 16-Month-Old

The State of Oklahoma charged Cody Alan Johnson with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, CHILD ABUSE MURDER, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 12/05/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
JOHNSON, CODY ALAN
Count # 2. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 1 ...
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State of Oklahoma v. Jacob Wyne Hignite and and Nicholas Luke Davenport

Tulsa, OK - Two Men Sentenced To Prison On Manslaughter Charges

The State of Oklahoma charged Jacob Wyne Hignite, age 23, and and Nicholas Luke Davenport, age 23, with possession of a stolen vehicle in violation of 47 O.S. 4-103 and manslaughter for hitting and killing a woman with the vehicle after he was shot in the leg by the other. Amanda Hart, age 27, was killed after Davenport met t ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. GABRIEL EARL OLSON

While on foot patrol just after midnight on July 26, 2015, an Iowa
Department of Natural Resources officer observed a truck make a wide right turn
as it entered the campground in Springwood State Park. According to the officer,
the truck entered the oncoming lane as it turned and nearly touched the grass on
the opposite side of the road. The officer used his flashlight to sig ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. PHILLIP EUGENE MARAS

Sex Offender

The State charged Maras with first-degree harassment. See Iowa Code
§ 708.7(2)(a) (2015). “A person commits harassment in the first degree when the
person commits harassment involving a threat to commit a forcible felony . . . .”
Id. The State asserted the underlying forcible felony was a “threat to commit
second-degree sex abuse on a twelve-year-old child. See id. §§ 708. ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. RODNESHIA LAVONTAE MCBRIDE

McBride and codefendant, Shyneckia King, were tried together. The
complaining witness told the jury that McBride and King hit her and pulled out her
hair while she was at a Davenport park with her children on April 27, 2015.
During her testimony, the State offered into evidence three screenshots1 from a
video that had been uploaded to Facebook, designated as Exhibits 4, 5, a ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. ROBERT COREY PORTER

Robert Corey Porter pled guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, in
violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(1)(c)(1) (2013), referring to a substance
containing a detectable amount of heroin. Porter’s only issue is that the court
erred in accepting the defendant’s plea because of a lack of a factual basis.
Although Porter failed to file a motion in arrest of judgment, we ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. MELVIN LUCIER

Sex Offender

The child Lucier was charged with abusing was eleven years old at the
time of trial. Before she testified for the State, the district court engaged her in a
colloquy to determine whether she could differentiate between truth and lies.
See State v. Andrews, 447 N.W.2d 118, 121 (Iowa 1989) (setting forth test to
determine child’s competency). Lucier contends the colloquy was i ...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. STEVEN MICHAEL BECKER

In December 2014 in the early morning, Officer Albert Bovy of the
Waterloo Police Department was on patrol with his trained narcotics dog in an
area that had recently been subject to multiple burglaries. Officer Bovy observed
a woman with a backpack run toward and enter a running vehicle parked in the
parking lot of a closed business. Becker was in the driver’s seat of the ve ...
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