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United States of America v. Timothy Bullard

DALLAS, TX — An Dallas, Texas, man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 188 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release on a child pornography conviction, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Timothy Bullard, 35, pleaded guilty in August 2014 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography.< ... More
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United States of America v. Daniel Spitzer

CHICAGO, IL ― A northwest suburban man was sentenced for engaging in a lengthy investment fraud scheme in which he and a co-defendant swindled approximately $105 million from 455 investors who invested in funds they purported to operate. The defendant, DANIEL SPITZER, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of mail fraud last July on the day his trial was scheduled to begin in Federal Court. Spitzer misus ... More   $0 (01-30-2015 - IL)

United States of America v. Eric A. Bloom

CHICAGO, IL — The former chief executive officer of the bankrupt Sentinel Management Group, Inc., was sentenced today to 14 years, and the firm’s former head trader was sentenced to eight years, in federal prison for defrauding hundreds of victims, including customers of Sentinel’s own clients, of more than $665 million before the firm collapsed in August 2007. The former CEO, ERIC A. BLOOM ... More   $0 (01-30-2015 - IL)

United States of America v. Leona Chewning

CHICAGO, IL — A Chicago woman pleaded guilty to a federal crime for making a false report two years ago that a person had fallen into Lake Michigan and was in distress, causing the United States Coast Guard and other first responders to launch a dangerous search and rescue operation that cost the Coast Guard $13,613.

LEONA CHEWNING, 24, was charged earlier this month with one count of c ... More
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Maria K. Viola v. Gordon E. Viola

[¶1] Gordon E. Viola appeals from a divorce judgment entered by the
District Court (Portland, Mulhern, J.) ordering him to pay spousal support, marital
debt obligations, and attorney fees to Maria K. Viola. We vacate the portion of the
judgment regarding attorney fees and remand for redetermination of a reasonable
amount. We affirm the judgment in all other respects.
I. BACKGR ... More
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State of Maine v. Paul Lovett

[¶1] Paul Lovett appeals from a judgment of conviction entered by the trial
court (Aroostook County, Cuddy. J.) following the denial of Lovett’s motion to
suppress. Lovett contends that law enforcement lacked probable cause to search
the vehicle he was riding in. We affirm the judgment.
I. BACKGROUND
[¶2] On September 13, 2013, the State filed an indictment charging Lovett< ... More
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Jeanette Daggett v. Dustin A. Sternick

[¶1] Dustin A. Sternick appeals from a judgment of the District Court
(Biddeford, Cantara, J.) awarding primary residence of the parties’ minor child to
Jeanette Daggett, who intends to move to Florida with the child. Sternick argues
(1) that the court infringed on the protections afforded to him pursuant to the
Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, 22 M.R.S. § 2423-E(3) (2014), ... More
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Christopher MacMahon v. Elizabeth Tinkham

[¶1] Christopher MacMahon appeals from a judgment entered in the District
Court (Portland, Eggert, J.) denying his motion for contempt against Elizabeth
Tinkham for failing to pay child support for the parties’ daughters. MacMahon
primarily argues that the record compels a finding of contempt because it
demonstrates that Tinkham failed to comply with a valid child support order ... More
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Patricia Mae Voter v. Dexter R. Voter

[¶1] When Patricia Mae Voter and Dexter R. Voter divorced in 2006 after
twenty-seven years of marriage, the divorce judgment required Dexter to pay
Patricia general spousal support of $1,300 per month until he retired, when the
amount of support would become “1/2 of his retirement earnings.” After Dexter
retired in 2013, he filed a post-judgment motion to modify the amount of ... More
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United States of America v. Matthew J. Mitrow

New York, NY - Matthew J. Mitrow, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for defrauding his former employer, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical marketing agency (the “Marketing Agency”), and co-defendant MATTHEW J. MITROW pled guilty on Monday to filing a false tax return that failed to report more than $90,000 in income. MICHAEL MITROW submitted false invoices to the Marketing Agency ... More   $0 (01-29-2015 - NY)

State of Utah v. Richard Arghittu

¶1 The State charged Richard Arghittu with distribution of a
controlled substance analog, money laundering, and participating
in a pattern of unlawful activity. The charges stemmed from his
alleged distribution of a form of synthetic marijuana known as
AM-2201. After Arghittu’s preliminary hearing, a district court
judge, acting as a magistrate, concluded that AM-2201 was no ... More
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State of Utah v. Theodore James Samul

¶1 Theodore James Samul appeals from an amended sentence
and from the dismissal of his motion to withdraw his 2003 guilty
pleas. We affirm in part and reverse in part and remand.
1. The Honorable Russell W. Bench, Senior Judge, sat by special
assignment as authorized by law. See generally Utah R. Jud. Admin.
11-201(6).
State v. Samul
BACKGROUND
¶2 Samul was charge ... More
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Harry M. Whittington, et al. v. City of Austin, et al.

The City elected to take property belonging to the Whittingtons. As part of the process,
the City paid a deposit into the registry of the trial court, and the deposit was later placed in an
investment account with the permission of the parties. After the supreme court determined that the
condemnation of the property was proper, the district court awarded the investment income to the
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United States of America v. Kevin Leroy Smith

TULSA, OK — A Sapulpa, Oklahoma man was sentenced to serve 210 months in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervised release, today for possessing and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced. A FBI undercover online operation discovered a total of 290 images and 143 videos of child pornography on the defendant ... More   $0 (01-29-2015 - )

United States of America v. Romeo Serna Sr.

LAREDO, TX - Romeo Serna Sr., 52, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on multiple conspiracies related to the distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet of school, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Serna pleaded guilty June 17, 2013, to multiple conspiracies to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana as well as multiple counts of pos ... More   $0 (01-28-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. George Yarbrough

HOUSTON - George Yarbrough, 42, a former resident of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to a one-count criminal indictment charging him with mailing a threatening communication, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

As part of his plea, Yarbrough has admitted that on or about Sept. 26, 2014, he knowingly mailed a communication threatening to kill a specific federal judge in Houston. T ... More
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United States of America v. James Derek Howard

DALLAS, TX — A Waxahachie, Texas, man, James Derek Howard, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to serve one year and one day in federal prison, following his guilty plea last year to a bankruptcy fraud offense. In addition, Judge Kinkeade ordered that Howard pay $13,283 in restitution to Southwest Securities, FSB. The announcement was made today by John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney ... More   $0 (01-28-2015 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Raymond Roberts

Tulsa County, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Raymond Roberts with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: BRG2, BURGLARY - SECOND DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 1435
Date of Offense: 12/02/2013

The state alleged that Mr. Roberts- a 41 year-old veteran with no criminal history - had burglarized a storage unit. Defense Counsel, Jay Ramey, alleged that Mr. Roberts suffered from PTSD ... More
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State of Oklahoma v. Phillip Calvin Fisher

The State of Oklahoma charged Phillip Calvin Fisher with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: ODO, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED DRUG WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE - METHYLENEDIOXYMETHCATHINONE, in violation of 63 O.S. 2-401 A 1
Date of Offense: 01/25/2013
Party Name Disposition Information
FISHER, PHILLIP CALVIN Disposed: DEFERRED, 01/21/2014. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: UNLAWF ... More
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United States of America v. Matthew Libous

New York, NY - Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Caroline D. Ciraolo, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, announced that Matthew Libous, an attorney licensed to practice in New York, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of subscribing to false tax returns for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 t ... More   $0 (01-27-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Rachel Hardy

DALLAS, TX — A Mansfield, Texas, woman appeared today in federal court this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan and pleaded guilty to one count of food stamp benefit fraud, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas

Rachel Hardy, 35, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the pecuni ... More
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United States of America v. Shannon Buck

DALLAS — A 42-year-old Irving, Texas, man appeared in federal court, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging one count of production of child pornography and one count of enhanced penalties for registered sex offenders, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Shannon Buck, who remains in federal cu ... More
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Forrest Lake Townhouse Association, Inc. v. Billy R. Martin

This is a dispute between a homeowner and his neighborhood homeowners’ association. In three issues, Forrest Lake Townhouse Association appeals summary judgment on its lawsuit for damages and injunctive relief against homeowner Billy
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Martin for flying the American flag in violation of the HOA’s guidelines. We affirm.
Background
Martin owns a townhome in Forrest Lake Townhomes ... More
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Financial Strategy Group, PLC v. R.K. Lowry, Jr., et al.

This is an accelerated appeal from an order denying a special appearance. We reverse.
BACKGROUND
Plaintiffs sued numerous defendants complaining of tax investment strategies marketed to plaintiffs for use on their federal tax returns for the tax years 2000 through 2005 (“Investment Strategies”). Defendant Financial Strategy Group (“Financial Strategy”) filed a special appearance, w ... More
   $0 (01-27-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Naeem Mahmood Kohli

NAEEM MAHMOOD KOHLI, 60, of Effingham, Illinois, was convicted of seven counts of illegal dispensation of a Schedule II Controlled Substance following a 17-day jury trial held in federal district court, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Kohli faces up to 20 years for each of the seven counts of illegal dispensation of ... More
   $0 (01-27-2015 - IL)

Charles Migliore v. Livingston Financial, L.L.C.

¶1 On certiorari, petitioner Charles Migliore argues that the
court of appeals erred when it held that it lacked jurisdiction to
consider his challenge to the district court’s denial of his renewed
rule 60(b) motion due to his failure to file a timely notice of appeal.
Mr. Migliore also argues that the court of appeals erred in affirming
the district court’s award of attor ... More
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State of Utah v. Michael Keith Steinly

¶1 This is an interlocutory appeal in a pending criminal case against Michael Steinly. In this case and in several others related to it, we consider the applicability of legislative amendments to the Indigent Defense Act (IDA), Utah Code sections 77-32-101 through -704. The amended provisions override this court’s con-struction of the prior version of the statute in State v. Parduhn, 2011 UT 55 ... More   $0 (01-27-2015 - UT)

State of Utah v. Bruno Rodriguez-Ramirez

¶1 This is an interlocutory appeal in a pending criminal case against Bruno Rodriguez-Ramirez. In this case and in several others related to it, we consider the applicability of legislative amendments to the Indigent Defense Act (IDA), Utah Code sections 77-32-101 through -704. The amended provisions override this court‘s construction of the prior version of the statute in State v. Parduhn, 201 ... More   $0 (01-27-2015 - UT)

United States of America v. and Hammad Akbar StealthGenie

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema put a permanent stop to the advertising, marketing, or sale of the spyware application (or “app”) called StealthGenie. The court preliminarily shut down the app in September, when it issued a temporary restraining order. The court has now permanently enjoined use of and access to the app.

Before it was shut down the Stealth ... More
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United States of America v. Jeffrey A. Sterling

LEXANDRIA, Va. – Jeffrey A. Sterling, 47, of O’Fallon, Missouri, was convicted by a federal jury on charges of disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Attorney General Eric Holder; and FBI Director James Comey made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M ... More
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United States of America v. Randy James Hirst

COEUR D'ALENE, ID - Randy James Hirst, 57, of Rathdrum, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Hirst was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Coeur d'Alene on October 21, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Hirst downloaded sexually explicit images of minors from the Internet in 2013. These images were f ... More
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United States of America v. Rafael Alberto Cadena-Sosa and Carmen Cadena

Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Department of Justice announced a sentencing and guilty plea for two members of a family run sex trafficking organization based in southern Florida. Rafael Alberto Cadena-Sosa was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joes E. Martinez to serve 15 years in prison and Carmen Cadena pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Jose Martinez for participating in a brutal ... More   $0 (01-27-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Trevor James Tucker

Casper, WY - Trevor James Tucker, 42, of Ogden, Utah, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott
W. Skavdahl on January 9, 2015, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to
distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Tucker was arrested in Salt Lake City,
Utah. He received 57 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release,
and ... More
   $0 (01-27-2015 - )

United States of America v. Shu K. Chen

Shu K. Chen, 38, from the People’s Republic of China, was charged by Indictment with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, two counts of Access Device Fraud, and two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Chen faces up to thirty years in prison for the conspiracy and access device fraud charges and a co ... More   $0 (01-26-2015 - IL)

United States of America v. Ronald Douglas

Ronald Douglas, a 59-year old, Memphis, Tennessee, man was sentenced on January 23, 2015, in federal district court in East St. Louis, Illinois, for violation of the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Douglas was convicted by a jury following a three day trial which started on Sept ... More   $0 (01-26-2015 - IL)

United States of America v. Jacquelin Boyd, aka Jacquelyn Boyd

SALT LAKE CITY - Jacquelin Boyd, aka Jacquelyn Boyd, age 37, of West Jordan, entered a guilty plea to making a false claim to the IRS in U.S. District Court. Boyd admitted that from May 2, 2012, through about Oct. 13, 2012, she worked with others to obtain the names, addresses, social security numbers and other personal identifiers of deceased individuals and used the information to file false an ... More   $0 (01-26-2015 - UT)

Mosell Equities, LLC v. Berryhill Company, Inc.

This is an appeal out of Ada County from an order granting respondent a new trial. We reverse the order of the district court and remand this case for entry of a judgment that is consistent with the jury verdict.
I.
Factual Background.
On June 28, 2007, Mosell Equities issued a check to Berryhill & Co. in the sum of $50,000. The word “loan” was written on the memo line of the check ... More
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In the matter of the Termination of the Parental Rights of Jane Doe (2014-22)

This is an appeal out of Payette County from a judgment terminating the appellant’s parental rights in her child. We affirm the judgment of the magistrate court.
I.
Factual Background.
On August 15, 2012, Jane Doe’s three-year-old son was found wandering in a truck stop parking lot, where trucks were entering and leaving. He had walked from a recreational vehicle 1.9 miles away, wh ... More
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United States of America v. Noel Barrientos

Miami-Dade County, FL - A resident was sentenced to 61 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field O ... More
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United States of America v. Rony Maurival

Fort Pierce, FL - A tax preparer was sentenced to 81 months, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for preparing tax returns that included fraudulent information. As part of his sentence, the court ordered Maurival to pay $349,992.00, in restitution to the IRS.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Age ... More
   $0 (01-26-2015 - FL)

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