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United States of America v. Raymond Kudera

Omaha, NE - Raymond Kudera, age 39, was sentenced in the United States District Court in Omaha, Nebraska, for receiving child pornography. Kudera was convicted after a jury trial. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Kudera to 80 months imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal prison system. After his release from prison, Kudera must serve a 10-year term of supervised release and regis ... More   $0 (07-25-2015 - NE)

State of Washington v;. Brian K. Brush

On September 11,2009, Brush shot his ex-fiancee four times with a shotgun.
The shooting occurred on a beach in view of several witnesses, including three police
officers who were patrolling an event on the beach. The officers arrested Brush
immediately at the scene. The State charged him with first degree murder and alleged
multiple aggravating factors, including-at issue here- ... More
   $0 (07-05-2015 - Wa)

United States of America v. Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes





PHOENIX, AZ Julio Cesar Esquivel Reyes, 41, of Tolleson, Ariz. was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver to five years in prison and ordered to pay $568,413 in restitution. Reyes previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to ... More
   $0 (07-04-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. David Marrowbone

Pierre, SD - An Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man who was convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. David Marrowbone, age 51, was sentenced to 15 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Marrowbone was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 1 ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - SD)

United States of America v. Carl Overbey, a/k/a CJ Overbey

Pierre, SD - A Mobridge, South Dakota, man charged with Excavation of Archaeological Resources pled guilty to and was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes.

Carl Overbey, a/k/a CJ Overbey, age 40, was sentenced to 1 year probation, a fine in the amount of $1,000, and a special assessment of $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Overbey was also ordered to turn over the ill ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - SD)

United States of America v. Sebastian Rosas

Pierre, SD - A Kansas man charged with Simple Assault pled guilty to and was sentenced on June 25, 2015, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Sebastian Rosas, age 43, was sentenced to 8 days in custody, and a $10 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on June 17, 2015, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, when Rosas attemp ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - SD)

United States of America v. Adrian Spotted Horse

Pierre, SD - Adrian Spotted Horse, age 36, was sentenced to 15 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Spotted Horse was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 14, 2015. He pled guilty on March 30, 2015.

The conviction stems from Spotted Horse failing to register as a sex offender between ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - SD)

United States of America v. Julius Titus, III

Pierre, SD - An Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man was convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner and Assault by Striking, Beating, and Wounding was sentenced on June 22, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Julius Titus, III, age 35, was sentenced to 7 months in custody, followed by 18 months of supervised release, and a $125 special assessme ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - SD)

United States of America v. Vernon Smith

Phoenix, AZ Vernon Smith, 53, of Phoenix, Ariz. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 144 months in federal prison on fraud charges and ordered to pay restitution to the victims. Earlier this year, Smith pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud by defrauding six Arizona investors out of approximately $229,000 in a variety of investment scams. When Smith committed these crimes, ... More   $0 (07-03-2015 - AZ)

United States of America v. Arquarius Robertson

LAS VEGAS, NV A man who was part of a crew that robbed an armored vehicle security guard outside a Las Vegas casino in December 2009, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $36,320 in restitution.

Arquarius Robertson, 31, of Las Vegas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey. Robertson pleaded guilty in March to on ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - NV)

United States of America v. Andrew Michael Hartung

Seattle, WA - A 35-year-old Kirkland, Washington man was sentenced on June 29, 2015 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years in prison for receipt and possession of child pornography. Andrew Michael Hartung was contacted by law enforcement after a parent in Colorado reported that someone his son had met through online games asked the teen for sexually explicit pictures. While playing the o ... More   $0 (07-03-2015 - WA)

United States of America v. Steven Leroy Morris

Following a bench trial, Steven Morris was convicted of conspiracy to
distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of
the criminal drug distribution. The presentence investigation report recommended
a four-level increase because Morris was an organizer or leader of the criminal drug
activity and a two-level increase because a pattern of criminal co ... More
   $0 (07-03-2015 - MO)

In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010

New Orleans, LA - The United States of America and the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and others sued British Petroleum, PLC (BP) on negligence and other theories for the injuries and damages caused by the April 20, 2010 the oil rig blowout and oil spill of Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon.

The blowout killed 11 workers and dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into the ... More
   $18,900,000,000 (07-03-2015 - LA)

United States of America v. Christopher Michael Emter

BILLINGS An Absarokee man, Christopher Michael Emter, 37, has been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a jury trial in Billings, Montana. Emter is being detained pending sentencing, which U.S. District Court Judge Susan Watters set for October 7, 2015.

On January 12, 2013, a Billings resident notified law enforcement that his vehicle had been broken into and ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - MT)

The People v. Gregory Jefferson

Jefferson was charged, by information, with carrying a concealed firearm within a vehicle (Pen. Code, 25400, subd. (a)(1); count one)1 and carrying a loaded firearm on ones person in a city ( 25850, subd. (a); count two). With respect to count one, it was alleged the firearm was stolen and Jefferson knew or had reasonable cause to believe it was stolen. ( 25400, subd. (c)(2).) It was furth ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - Ca)

United States of America v. Mackenzie Everett Servantez

Cedar Rapids, IA - A man found in possession of methamphetamine was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison.

Mackenzie Everett Servantez, 26, from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 13, 2015, guilty plea to possession more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Servantez was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in 2007.

In a plea agreement, S ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

United States of America v. Ryan Michael Schroeder

Cedar Rapids, IA - A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Ryan Michael Schroeder, 27, from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, received the prison term after a February 27, 2015, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Schroeder admitted his involvement from January 2 ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

United States of America v. William Allan Odell, II

Cedar Rapids, IA - A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced July 1, 2015, to more than 7 years in federal prison.

William Allan Odell II, 43, from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 13, 2015, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Odell admitted to his involvement from June 2014 through December 2 ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

The People v. John Lee Cunningham

In a bench trial before the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, defendant John Lee Cunningham was convicted of the first degree murders of Wayne Sonke, David Smith, and Jose Silva. (Pen. Code, §§ 187, subd. (a), 189.1) The trial court found true the special circumstance allegations that defendant committed multiple murders and that the murders of Sonke and Smith took place during the commis ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

The People v. John Robect Beckemeyer

John Beckemeyer appeals from a judgment convicting him of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The offenses occurred during an incident in which he assaulted a woman he had been dating (Linda Majka) and Majka's son (Craig Jakubiak). At sentencing, the trial court issued a 10-year protective order restraining defendant from having contact with Majka and Jakubiak. This postconviction p ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

Valley Crest Landscape Development, Inc. v. Mission Pools of Escondido, Inc.

Jeffrey Epp suffered severe injuries after diving into a swimming pool at the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach (the St. Regis). Litigation followed, with Epp and his wife (together, the Epps) suing the owner of the St. Regis and the entities involved in the design and construction of the swimming pool. The defendants included Valley Crest Landscape Development, Inc. (Valley Crest), which was the ge ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

The People v. Gregory Jefferson

On January 18, 2012, Officer Anthony Tedesco observed defendant and appellant Gregory Jefferson placing an item—later determined to be a loaded and stolen firearm—under the driver’s seat of a gray Bentley that Jefferson had driven to the location. Jefferson then left that location in another car, as a passenger. At Tedesco’s request, that second car was stopped and Jefferson was found in p ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

T.P. v. Bryan County School District

This appeal arises under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(“IDEA”), 20 U.S.C. § 1400–1482. It concerns the request by the parents of T.P.,
Case: 14-11789 Date Filed: 07/02/2015 Page: 1 of 20
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a child with autism and speech and language disabilities, that their son’s school
district pay for an independent educational evaluation (“IEE”) of T.P. to de ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - GA)

Elizabeth Burciaga v. Ravago Americas, LLC

Elizabeth Burciaga sued her employer, Ravago Americas LLC (Ravago),
alleging Ravago violated her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29
U.S.C. §§ 2601-2654. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of
Ravago, and Burciaga appeals. We affirm.
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Burciaga began working at one of Ravago’s unit branches in August 2007 as
a customer service represent ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

Carrie Andrews v. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security

Carrie Andrews appeals from the district court's order affirming the
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration's (the "Commissioner") denial
1
The Honorable J. Thomas Ray, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern
District of Arkansas, to whom the case was referred for final disposition by consent
of the parties pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
of Andrews' app ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - AR)

United States of America v. Keisha Leighann Boyd

Keisha Leighann Boyd appeared before the district court at a sentencing
revocation hearing. Boyd faced revocation based on multiple technical violations of
her supervised release and based on an allegation of burglary or theft. The district
court determined that Boyd had committed a Grade A violation and sentenced her to
19 months imprisonment. We reverse and remand for further pro ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - AR)

Lori Anderson v. K-V Pharmaceutical Company

This securities fraud class action involves a class of plaintiffs who purchased
or otherwise acquired shares of K-V Pharmaceutical Company stock during the
period in which the company launched and marketed Makena, its new prescription
drug. The plaintiffs allege that K-V and three of its officers (collectively K-V) made
materially false or misleading statements or omissions related ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - MO)

Michael Joseph Sellers v. Deere & Company, also known as John Deere Company; Clyde D'Cruz

Michael Sellers, an employee at Deere & Company (Deere) for over thirty
years, sued Deere and his supervisor, Clyde DCruz (collectively, defendants),
alleging (1) age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
(ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 621 et seq., and the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA), Iowa Code
216; (2) disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilitie ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

Avnet, Inc. v. David Wild

David Wild appeals the district court's determination that a personal guaranty 1
he executed as security for a loan could be enforced by the original creditor's assignee
under Iowa law. We affirm.
I
David Wild isthe sole member of a limited liability company called Braveheart
Equity Holdings, LLC (Braveheart). Braveheart, in turn, is one of two members of
another limited li ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - IA)

United States of America v. Brandy Marie Thomas

Brandy Thomas was convicted, after a jury trial, of four counts of wire fraud
based on a scheme she perpetrated to defraud mortgage lenders by submitting false
The Honorable M. Douglas Harpool, United States District Judge for the
1
Western District of Missouri, sitting by designation.
income information on loan applications. The district court sentenced Thomasto 48 2
mont ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - AR)

In re: Michael James Baker and Suzie Carmen Baker

Michael James Baker and Suzie Carmen Baker, the debtors in this
bankruptcy appeal, failed to disclose in their bankruptcy schedules their interest in a cause of
action until years after the close of the bankruptcy case. After learning about the cause of action,
Douglas S. Ellmann, the bankruptcy trustee, requested that the case be reopened so that he could
pursue the cause of actio ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - MI)

Gate Guard Services, L.P. v. Thomas E. Perez

It is often better to acknowledge an obvious mistake than defend it. When the government acknowledges mistakes, it preserves public trust and confidence. It can start to repair the damage done by erroneously, indeed vindictively, attempting to sanction an innocent business. Rather than acknowledge its mistakes, however, the government here chose to defend the indefensible in an indefensible manner ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. David Pual Roetcisoender

A jury convicted David Paul Roetcisoender of two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. On appeal, Roetcisoender challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions for distribution, the application of a two-level sentencing enhancement for use of a computer, and the application of a two-level sentencing enhancement for distr ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - TX)

United States of America ex rel. Michael K. Drakeford, M.D.

In a qui tam action in which the government intervened, a jury determined that Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc., did not violate the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-33 (2012).1 The district court, however, vacated the jury’s verdict and granted the government a new trial after concluding that it had erroneously excluded excerpts of a Tuomey executive’s deposition testimony. The ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - SC)

Paula Jensen v. Pressler & Pressler

We are asked to decide whether a false statement in a communication from a debt collector to a debtor must be material in order to be actionable under a provision of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1692e. We conclude that materiality is required, as it is subsumed within the “least sophisticated debtor” standard that has traditionally governed FDCPA claims. B ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - NJ)

United States of America v. Shawn Lowe

Shawn Lowe appeals the conviction for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), that resulted from his conditional guilty plea. The only issue raised is whether the District Court erred in denying his suppression motion. The matter comes before us after a different panel of this Court remanded Lowe’s challenge to the suppression ruling back to t ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - PA)

Guilllermo Ramirez v. Oxnard Police Department

Los Angeles, CA - Guilllermo Ramirez and Teresa Ramirea sued Oxnard Police Department, Aaron Zavala, Kyle Brantner, Matthew Ross, Michael Bocanegra, Pedro Rodriguez, Roslyn Wilfert and Steven Ramirez on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that the rights of Robert Ramirez, age 26, were violated when he was killed by "active prone restraint" applied to him that the defenda ... More   $2,900,000 (07-02-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Charles Evens

LOS ANGELES, CA – A San Fernando Valley man who hacked into e-mail accounts to steal nude photos that were later posted on a notorious “revenge porn” website has pleaded guilty to federal computer crime and identity theft charges.

Charles Evens, 26, of Studio City, pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information for purposes of privat ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Kelly Gearhart

LOS ANGELES, CA – A former Central Coast real estate developer was sentenced this morning to 168 months in federal prison for his conviction on fraud and money laundering charges after bilking investors who put millions of dollars into Central Coast real estate projects.

Kelly Gearhart, 54, who previously lived in Atascadero and currently resides in Wadsworth, Ohio, was sentenced today ... More
   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Leland Yee

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Former State Senator Leland Yee, Brandon Jackson, Keith Jackson, and Marlon Sullivan all pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to charges that they engaged in racketeering activity announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson. By changing their pleas from “not guilty” to “guilty” ... More   $0 (07-02-2015 - CA)

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