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United States of America v. Miguel Angel Tinajero-Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Miguel Angel Tinajero-Martinez, 24, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, pleaded guilty on July 24, 2014, to methamphetamine trafficking charges in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M.

Tinajero-Martinez was indicted on Feb. 19, 2014, under the moniker “4 Runner” and was charged with conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine. He was arrested on Feb.... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - )

Kathleen Shanley v. Daniel Cadle

This case comes to us after more than two
decades of litigation, which, for some of the individual
plaintiffs, had seemingly come to an end with a 2008 settlement
agreement. That year, the defendants (a debt collection agency and
its owners) proposed a comprehensive mediation and settlement for
three lawsuits brought by individual plaintiffs (debtors) in
federal court (Shan... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - MA)

Ron Peterson Firearms, LLC v. B. Todd Jones

In an effort to reduce illegal gun trafficking “along and across the Southwest
border” of the United States, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(“ATF”) issued a demand letter to certain federal firearms licensees (“FFLs”) in Arizona,
California, New Mexico, and Texas. The letter requires recipients to report to ATF sales
to the same customer within ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - NM)

Marvin Green v. Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General, United States Postal Service

Marvin Green, a former postmaster, claims that the U.S. Postal Service retaliated
against him after he made employment-discrimination claims. He was investigated,
threatened with criminal prosecution, and put on unpaid leave. Shortly after being put on
leave, he signed a settlement agreement with the Postal Service that provided him paid
leave for three and a half months, after whi... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - CO)

United States of America v. Cassandra Hamilton

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sentenced Cassandra Hamilton (55, Tampa) to 15 months in federal prison for engaging in a conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Hamilton pleaded guilty on April 15, 2014.

According to court documents, Hamilton engaged in a marriage fraud conspiracy spanning several years, and in excess of ten marriages. Hamilton arrange... More...
   $0 (07-25-2014 - FL)

State of Florida v. William Crumbley

The State appeals an unusual pair of nonfinal orders sealing certain medical records that had been obtained by the State pursuant to a search warrant. The orders effectively deny the State all access to this potential evidence and will prevent its use as evidence in three pending criminal cases. We conclude that this court has jurisdiction to review the orders as orders suppressing evidence obtain... More...   $0 (07-25-2014 - FL)

The People v. Kenneth Elder

In December 2012, defendant Kenneth Elder filed what he titled a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (though invoking Pen. Code, § 1170.126)1 seeking to recall his 1995 indeterminate life sentence. The statute, enacted pursuant to a November 2012 initiative measure, provides retrospective relief under narrow criteria from indeterminate life sentences imposed for recidivism. Defendant alleged tha... More...   $0 (07-25-2014 - CA)

Farabi, Inc. v. Harris County, Texas

This case arises out of the condemnation of appellant Farabi, Inc.’s property by appellee Harris County. Farabi appeals the trial court’s grant of the County’s motion for partial summary judgment. Farabi argues that the County failed to meet its burden to prove as a matter of law it was entitled to summary judgment because it did not establish that the condemnation of all of Farabi’s prope... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

Robbie Dean Anderson, Sr. v. Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

Robbie Dean Anderson, Sr. appeals the trial court’s judgment that granted Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company’s motion for summary judgment. The trial court ruled that Anderson take nothing on his uninsured motorist (UM) claim against his own insurer, Texas Farm Bureau. Texas Farm Bureau moved for summary judgment because the pickup that injured Anderson was not a scheduled vehicle on A... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jessica Nicole Pinkerton

Memphis, TN – Jessica Nicole Pinkerton, age 33, of Humboldt, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging her with one count of wire fraud and one count of tax fraud, announced Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee; A. Todd McCall, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Christopher ... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - TN)

Elizabeth Padron v. State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection and Carl J. Ekblom

Elizabeth Padron (“Padron”) appeals from a Final Order of the Department
of Environmental Protection (“the DEP”) adopting the recommended order entered
by an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) with the Division of Administrative
Hearing (“DOAH”). The ALJ recommended that the DEP approve its earlier
determination that Carl J. Ekblom (“Ekblom”) does not need to obta... More...
   $0 (07-23-2014 - FL)

In the Interest of S.C., a child

Appellant, R.C., appeals the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her daughter S.C.1 By a single issue, she maintains the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s finding that termination of her parental rights was in S.C.’s best interest as specified in section 161.001(2) of the Texas Family Code. We affirm.
1 To protect the parent's ... More...
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In the Interest of A.W.D., a Child

Through three issues, appellant Otis W. Dupre challenges an order confirming registration in Texas of a Kentucky child support order. We will affirm.
On March 25, 2003, a Kentucky circuit court signed a divorce decree in the marriage of Dupre and D.M.S. According to the decree, they are the parents of A.W.D. The decree ordered Dupre to pay $100 a month in child support.
Appe... More...
   $0 (07-23-2014 - TX)

Los Angeles Unified School District v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC

When it comes to educating children, few things are more controversial than standardized tests. And few things generate more conflict than how, or even if, teachers should try to improve their students’ performance on such tests. But by law, school districts must establish standards of expected pupil achievement, and teachers are evaluated and assessed in regards to their students’ progress. W... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - CA)

The People v. Stephen Edward Hajek and Loi Tan Vo

Defendants Stephen Edward Hajek and Loi Tan Vo were convicted of the 1991 murder of Su Hung (Pen. Code, § 187)1 as to which lying-in-wait and torture-murder special circumstances were found true (former § 190.2, subd. (a)(15), (18)). Additionally, defendants were convicted of four counts of premeditated attempted murder (§§ 664/187), one count of kidnapping (§ 207, subd. (a)), three counts of... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - CA)

The People v. Marvin Estuardo Catalan

Marvin Estuardo Catalan pleaded guilty to four felonies, including grand theft (Pen. Code, § 487, subd. (a); all statutory references are to the Penal Code unless noted), identity theft (§ 530.5, subd. (a)), and two counts of forgery (§ 470, subd. (d)). The court imposed a four-year hybrid or split sentence (§ 1170, subd. (h)) comprised of a one-year, four-month jail term followed by two years... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Jorden Medina

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Jorden Medina, 54, a non-Native man who resides in El Prado, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a federal involuntary manslaughter charge.

Medina was arrested on Dec. 2, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a 28-year-old Taos Pueblo man on Nov. 30, 2013. Medina subsequently was indicted on Dec. 17, 2013, and charged with second degree murder.
... More...
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Angela Matthews v. Shirley Lenoir

In this interlocutory appeal,1 Angela Matthews appeals the trial court’s order denying her motion to dismiss a wrongful death health care liability claim arising out of her alleged negligence in providing nursing care to Shana Lenoir and her two unborn children. Matthews was employed as a nurse by U.T. Physicians. The trial court held that Shirley Lenoir, Individually and as Personal Representat... More...   $0 (07-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. James "Assi" I. Jariv and Nathan "Nati" Stoliar

Las Vegas, NV - Nathan Stoliar, 64, of Australia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas today to five felonies for his role in multiple schemes, worth in excess of $41 million, to generate fraudulent biodiesel credits and to export biodiesel without providing biodiesel credits to the United States as required by law.

Stoliar and another defendant had been charged in January 2014 i... More...
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Children and Families Commission of Fresno County v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Plaintiffs Children and Families Commission of Fresno County (Fresno
Commission), Madera County Children and Families Commission (Madera
Commission), First 5 Merced County (Merced Commission), First 5 Solano Children and
Families Commission (Solano Commission) and Kendra Rogers (collectively the
Commissions), appeal from a postjudgment order denying their motion for attorney... More...
   $0 (07-22-2014 - CA)

Jerry G. Markadonatos v. Village of Woodridge

The plaintiff was arrested
in the Village of Woodridge, Illinois, for shoplifting, an
Illinois Class A misdemeanor. 720 ILCS 5/16‐25. Upon arriving
at the police station he was told that an administrative
fee of $30.00 is required upon completion of any custodial
arrest/booking procedure. He paid the $30 on the spot, posted
bond, and was forthwith released, without being ... More...
   $0 (07-21-2014 - IL)

United States of America v. Woodrow Rudolph Dixon, Jr., and Cornelius Bernard Wilson

ATLANTA, GA - Woodrow Rudolph Dixon, Jr., and Cornelius Bernard Wilson each have been sentenced to federal prison for planning to rob a drug stash house while dressed as police officers.

“These two planned to conduct home invasions while impersonating police officers,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The safety of our citizens is a top priority for this office. ... More...
   $0 (07-18-2014 - GA)

County of Colusa v. Toby Douglas

We conclude that Welfare and Institutions Code section 14053.1—under which the State of California, rather than its counties, pays for ancillary outpatient services for Medi-Cal eligible patients ages 21 to 64 in an “institution for mental diseases” (IMD)—remains a valid law.1
In reaching this conclusion, we find that Welfare and Institutions Code section 14053.1’s presence in the Ca... More...
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Olive Lane Industrical Park, LLC v. County of San Diego

Olive Lane Industrial Park ("Olive Lane") owned real property that was taken by eminent domain. Within four years after the eminent domain order, Olive Lane acquired
another parcel of property.1 About five and one-half years after the eminent domain order, for purposes of calculating property taxes on its new property, Olive Lane filed a request with the San Diego County tax assessor (Co... More...
   $0 (07-18-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Terry Glenn Sillers, et al.

HOUSTON, TX – Two Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to their membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement.

Kenneth Michael Hancock, of Dallas, pleaded guilty today... More...
   $0 (07-18-2014 - TX)

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