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Open Door Ministries v. Lipschuetz

In this case, Jesse Lipschuetz challenged the validity of a rooming and boarding
permit that the City and County of Denver (“the City”)1 issued to Open Door Ministries
(“Open Door”). Lipschuetz—who owns a property adjacent to Open Door’s property—
filed claims against the City and Open Door seeking revocation of the permit. Open
Door filed cross-claims against the City, seekin... More...
   $0 (05-24-2016 - CO)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. FOKKER SERVICES B.V.

The Constitution allocates primacy in criminal charging decisions to the Executive Branch. The Executive’s charging authority embraces decisions about whether to initiate charges, whom to prosecute, which charges to bring, and whether to dismiss charges once brought. It has long been settled that the Judiciary generally lacks authority to second-guess those Executive determinations, much less to... More...   $0 (05-24-2016 - DC)

ALBERTO IGNACIO ARDILA OLIVARES v. TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

Alberto Ardila Olivares, the Petitioner before the court, is a foreign alien from Venezuela. In 2014, he applied to attend a Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”)-certified flight school in France to obtain a pilot certification to fly large, U.S.-registered aircraft. After conducting a background check, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) determined that Petitioner was a risk to ... More...   $0 (05-24-2016 - DC)

CACTUS CANYON QUARRIES, INC. v. FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

Petitioner Cactus Canyon Quarries, Inc. (“Cactus Canyon”) operates a surface non-coal mine that is required to comply with safety and health standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (the “Mine Act”), 30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq. In May 2013, a mine inspector for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued seven citations to Cactu... More...   $0 (05-24-2016 - DC)

KATHRYN SACK v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Government charges fees to process FOIA requests. Those fees can be significant – in this case about $900 – and can deter or prevent citizens from making FOIA requests. By statute, educational institutions are eligible for reduced fees when they make FOIA requests. The Government has long determined that teachers who make FOIA requests are eligible for those reduced fees because teachers ... More...   $0 (05-24-2016 - DC)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. PETER RALLIS

The warrant was issued on April 30, 2012, based upon an
affidavit presented by Detective James Powers of the Monmouth
County Prosecutor's Office's Narcotics Strike Force. Powers
described a four-month narcotics investigation of a target known
as "Pete," and later identified as defendant. With the
assistance of a confidential informant and an undercover
officer, Powe... More...
   $0 (05-24-2016 - NJ)

United States of America v. Andre Saunders

Pittsburgh, PA - Uniontown Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

A Fayette County resident has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of 10 years on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Andre Saunders, 35, formerly of Uniontown, Pa.

According t... More...
   $0 (05-24-2016 - PA)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. ANTHONY M. FERNANDEZ

A jury convicted defendant Anthony M. Fernandez of second
degree conspiracy to distribute cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2,
2C:35-5(a)(1), and 2C:35-5(b)(1) (count one); first-degree
possession with intent to distribute cocaine, N.J.S.A. 2C:35
5(a)(1) and 2C:35-5(b)(1) (count three); third-degree possession
with intent to distribute marijuana, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(a)(1) and
2C:35-5... More...
   $0 (05-23-2016 - NJ)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. KEITH CHEMLEN

The defendant, Keith Chemlen, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of forgery in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-139 (a) (3), and larceny in the third degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-124 (a) (2). The defendant subsequently pleaded guilty to being a persistent serious felony offender in violation of General Statutes § 53a-40 (c... More...   $0 (05-23-2016 - CT)

United States of America v. John Blayne Vangastel

Eugene, OR - John Blayne Vangastel, 37, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, pleaded guilty of Oregon to one count of using threats of force to injure, intimidate and interfere with his neighbors in the enjoyment of their housing rights because they are a family of Vietnamese descent.

According to court documents, on the evening of Dec. 30, 2015, Vangastel, who had been living next door to a family... More...
   $0 (05-21-2016 - OR)

Cody John Holt v. The State of Texas

The factual background in this opinion is based on the evidence adduced at trial, the
evidence adduced during the hearing on Holt’s motion to suppress, and the trial court’s findings
of fact relating to that hearing. To the extent possible, the evidence from the hearing on the
motion to suppress and the trial is presented in chronological order.
Lisley Holt and Richard Romans ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

Emilio Ledesma, Jr. v. The State of Texas

In 1991, Emilio Ledesma was convicted of robbery and sexual assault. He
was sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment for the sexual assault and
subsequently was released on parole. Upon release from an intermediate sanction
facility (ISF) where he had been serving time for a parole violation, a parole officer
admonished Ledesma about his parole reporting requirements, includin... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Sharon M. Helman

Phoenix, AZ - Former Director of Phoenix VA Hospital Sentenced

Sharon M. Helman, 45, of Surprise, Ariz., was sentenced to a term of two years’ probation. Helman previously pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a government agency, a felony offense.

“It is crucial that government officials, who are entrusted with authority over taxpayer-funded government agencies, pr... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - AZ)

Hector Martinez v. The State of Texas

Appellant worked as the bookkeeper for Desert Rock Company, Inc., a family-owned
landscape stone business. As part of his duties, Appellant was authorized to pay himself, and
many of the Desert Rock employees, by electronically transferring the payroll payments from
Desert Rock’s bank account directly into the employees’ bank accounts. About three years after
Appellant becam... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Mancil Brown

Nashville, TN - Tennessee Man Convicted for Romney Tax Return Fraud and Extortion Scheme

Michael Mancil Brown was found guilty by a federal jury sitting in Nashville, for engaging in an extortion and wire fraud scheme involving former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Brown, 37, of Franklin, Tenn., was convicted of six counts of wire fraud and six counts of using ... More...
   $0 (05-13-2016 - TN)

United States of America v. Gill Parker Payne

Albuquerque, NM - North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Using Force Against Muslim Woman to Obstruct Her Free Exercise of Religion on an Airplane

Gill Parker Payne, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty today in the District of New Mexico to one count of using force or threat of force to intentionally obstruct a Muslim woman, identified as K.A., in the free exercise of her religio... More...
   $0 (05-13-2016 - NM)

Commonwealth v. Mattier

The defendants, Branden E. Mattier and his half
brother Domunique D. Grice, were convicted by a jury on
indictments charging one count each of conspiracy to commit
larceny, G. L. c. 274, § 7, and attempted larceny, G. L. c. 274,
§ 6. Mattier also was convicted on an indictment charging one
count of identity fraud, G. L. c. 266, § 37E. The charges
stemmed from an atte... More...
   $0 (05-13-2016 - MA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA V. BRIAN CHISHOLM

This litigation arises out of the seizure of a vehicle pursuant to the Seizure
and Controlled Dangerous Substances Property Forfeiture Act of 1989 ("the Act"),
La. R.S. 40:2601 et seq. Racquel Floyd ("Floyd"), respondent herein, timely
sought to establish her ownership of the vehicle seized following the arrest of her
brother, Brian Chisholm,I who used the vehicle to conduct dr... More...
   $0 (05-12-2016 - LA)

United States of America v. Raymond T. Pinkham

Portland, ME - Buxton Man Sentenced on Firearm Charges

Raymond T. Pinkham, 22, of Buxton, Maine, was sentenced to 52 months in prison following convictions for Possession of Stolen Firearms (two counts) and Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Firearms.

Two of Raymond Pinkham’s co-conspirators, Dale M. Pinkham Jr., 26, and Robert C. Bean-Pinkham, 21, both of Buxton, Maine, previously pl... More...
   $0 (05-09-2016 - ME)

United States of America v. Jocelyn J. Brown

San Diego, CA - Broker Admits Lying To Investigators and Obstructing La Jolla Bank Bribery Investigation

Jocelyn J. Brown, a loan broker for the now-defunct La Jolla Bank, pleaded guilty to making false statements in relation to an investigation into bribes paid to the bank’s Vice President and Small Business Administration (“SBA”) lending department manager Amalia Martinez.

As p... More...
   $0 (05-07-2016 - CA)

STATE CONNECTICUT v. EFRAIN JOHNSON

.Thedefendant,EfrainJohnson,appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of one count of felony murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54c and one count of kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a92 (a) (2) (A) for his participation in events that led to the death of the victim, Tina Johnson.1 On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the... More...   $0 (05-07-2016 - CT)

JERRY JAMGOTCHIAN V. KENTUCKY HORSE RACING COMMISSION, ET AL

On May 21, 2011, Appellant Jerry Jamgotchian claimed Rochitta, a bay
filly, for $42,400 in a claiming race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Foaled February 26, 2008 in Pennsylvania, Rochitta was first purchased at the
2009 Keeneland Yearling Sales in Lexington, Kentucky for $160,000 by Rabbah
Bloodstock. Prior to her debut at Churchill Downs, Rochitta had run
pr... More...
   $0 (05-06-2016 - KY)

United States of America v. Southco Enterprises, Inc.

Dallas, TX - Southco Enterprises, Inc. of Sherman, Texas, Admits Unlawfully Storing Hazardous Waste

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Southco Enterprises, Inc. of Sherman, Texas, James Alexander, appeared in federal court in Dallas this week and entered a guilty plea on behalf of the corporation to a one-count Information charging treating, storing or disposing of hazardous was... More...
   $0 (05-05-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Deloyd Jones a/k/a "Puggy" and Byron Jones a/ka/ "Big Babby"

New Orleans, LA - Ride or Die Gang Members Sentenced to Life in Prison Following Convictions on RICO, Drugs and Murder Charges

DELOYD JONES, a/k/a “Puggy,” age 24; and BYRON JONES, a/k/a “Big Baby,” age 25, both of New Orleans, were sentenced yesterday after having previously been found guilty of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act “RICO” as well as drug conspiracy... More...
   $0 (05-05-2016 - LA)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. MICHAEL LEROY WILKIE

Defendant Michael Leroy Wilkie appeals his conviction of first degree murder
of his wife. On appeal, defendant primarily argues that the trial court erred in
denying his motion to dismiss the charge of first degree murder because there was no
evidence demonstrating his wife’s death resulted from any act of criminal agency, and
the only evidence of her cause of death was his ex... More...
   $0 (05-05-2016 - NC)

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