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Assault and Battery Law
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

Union Pacific Railroad challenges
the legal authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission to continue an enforcement action after issuing
a right to sue letter and subsequent resolution of the underlying
charges of discrimination in a private lawsuit. The EEOC
petitioned the district court to enforce its subpoena for Union
Pacific’s employment records related to ... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - WI)

State of Florida v. James Amelio, Jr.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jury Convicts Man Of Sexual Battery

The State of Florida charged James Amelio, age 32, with sexual battery for attacking a woman at the Lucky Street parking garage at the Seminole Hark Rock Hotel and Casino on August 8, 2015.

The Defendant and the victim had been drinking together before she lost consciousness.

The victim claimed that she had no m... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Lionel Williams Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, VA - Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

Lionel Williams, 27, of Suffolk, Va., pleaded guilty on August 16, 2017 to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen accepted the plea.

According to the statement of facts filed wi... More...
   $0 (08-16-2017 - VA)

David Mueller v. Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Frank Bell and Scott Swift

Denver, CO - Jury Awards Taylor Swift $1

David Mueller sued Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Frank Bell and Scott Swift on tortious interference theories claiming that he was fired from his $150,000 a year job at KYGO radio in Denver after he was wrongfully was accused of groping Ms. Swift during a pre-concert photo session in 2013.

Mueller filed suit in the state district court in De... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CO)

Shannon Heathcock v. State of Florida

Following a jury trial, Shannon Heathcock (“Appellant”) was convicted of attempted
sexual battery upon a physically helpless person. Appellant raises several issues on
appeal, only one of which has merit. He correctly claims that the jury was erroneously
instructed that he was charged with attempt to commit attempted sexual battery, which is
a non-existent crime. Appellant’s ... More...
   $0 (08-11-2017 - FL)

State of Minnesota v. Anastacio Lemus Lopez Hennepin County Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Jury Finds Man Involved In Police Encounter Not Guilty

The States of Minnesota charged Anastacio Lemus Lopez, age 55, with resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer as a result of an encounter at Vikings stadium on December 1, 2016. Lopez, who lives in Texas and is a Dallas Cowboys fan traveled to Minnesota to his team play. He became intoxicated and... More...
   $0 (08-11-2017 - MN)

James Mark Dunne v. Brinker Texas, Inc., Chili's Beverage Company, Inc., and Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P., D/B/A Chili's Grill & Bar, and Lois Ahlgrim

After James Mark Dunne (“Dunne”) was indicted for intoxication assault, he sued Brinker Texas, Inc., Chili’s Beverage Company, Inc. and Brinker International Payroll Company L.P., d/b/a Chili’s Grill & Bar, and Loius Ahlgrim (“Chili’s”) asserting a claim under the dram shop statute. See TEX. ALCO. BEV. CODE ANN. § 2.02 (West 2007). Dunne then asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege in response to C... More...   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

Michael "Miguel" Gutierez v. Lt. Sam Rodriguez, et al.

Plaintiff Michael “Miguel” Gutierrez brought seven claims under federal and
state law against various individuals and entities in connection with his brother’s
death, which officials deemed a suicide. The district court dismissed the claims in a
series of orders and ultimately entered judgment in favor of defendants. We exercise
jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and affirm.
I... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. James Carson Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA - Federal Inmate Sentenced To 41 Months’ Imprisonment For Assaulting Fellow Inmate

United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced James Carson, age 31, to 41 months of imprisonment for assaulting a fellow inmate while incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary Canaan (USP Canaan) in Waymart, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D.... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - PA)

United States of America v. Matthew Yazzie

In this direct criminal appeal, Defendant-Appellant Matthew Yazzie contends
that his seventy-eight-month within-guideline sentence for assault resulting in serious
bodily injury is substantively unreasonable because the sentencing guideline used to
calculate his advisory sentencing range, U.S.S.G. § 2A2.2, produces disproportionate
sentences. Having jurisdiction under 18 U.S.C. § 3... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Alonzo Williamson

Two months after his release from prison, Alonzo Williamson was accused
of violating the terms of his supervised release. After two hearings, the district
court revoked Williamson’s supervised release and imposed additional jail time
followed by another term of supervised release. On appeal, Williamson
challenges the revocation, arguing the government presented insufficient evidenc... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Borenzo Cortez Patrick Federal Courthouse - Greenville, North Carolina

Greenville, NC - Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery of Riegelwood Federal Credit Union

Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced BORENZO CORTEZ PATRICK, 26, of Riegelwood, North Carolina to 121 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for Armed Bank Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence.

On May 12, 2017, PA... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NC)

Melony Light v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

* Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts III and V.

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Chris A. Knudsen, Assistant Attorney
General, Christine Mersten and Jodi L. Cleesattle, Deputy Attorneys General, for
Defendant and Respondent California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Plaintiff Melo... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - CA)

Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismissal procedures found in the Texas ... More...   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

Lover Compton v. Lance Jue, D.D.S, and Lance Jue, D.D.S. d/b/a Beautifiul Smile at Lake Pointe

Appellant, Lover Compton, challenges the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellees, Lance Jue, D.D.S. and Lance Jue, D.D.S. doing
business as A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe1 (collectively, “Dr. Jue”), in her suit against Dr. Jue for dental malpractice, negligence, breach of warranty, lack of informed consent, medical battery, promissory estoppel, fraud, and viol... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

Andrew March v. Janet T. Mills

This appeal concerns a
constitutional challenge brought by a protester who opposes
abortion. He seeks to enjoin the enforcement of a provision of
the Maine Civil Rights Act ("MCRA"), Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 5,
§ 4684-B(2), that, he contends, facially violates the First
Amendment's guarantee of the freedom of speech.1 The challenged
provision bars a person from making ... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - ME)

Victor Anthony Cruz v. The State of Texas

Victor Anthony Cruz, appellant, appeals the trial court’s judgment by which he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to twenty-five years’ imprisonment. On appeal, he contends that he was entitled to a jury instruction on the use of deadly force in defense of self. He maintains the trial court erred by refusing to include such an instruction in its charge to the jury. We affi... More...   $0 (08-07-2017 - )

United States of America v. Nicholas Abram Slatten

Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty
and Dustin Heard (“defendants”) were contractors with
Blackwater Worldwide Security (ABlackwater@), which in 2007
was providing security services to the United States State
Department in Iraq. As a result of Baghdad shootings that
injured or killed at least 31 Iraqi civilians, Slough, Liberty and
Heard were convicted by a jury of ... More...
   $0 (08-05-2017 - DC)

Clifford James Gayton, Jr. v. The State of Texas

When she checked on her two young children, two-year-old David and one-year-old Mary,1 several hours after returning home from work, Frances Lucas found David cold and not breathing. Lucas and her boyfriend, Clifford James Gayton, Jr., made several attempts to revive David and finally called 9-1-1. Both police and emergency personnel responding to the emergency dispatch also attempted to revive Da... More...   $0 (08-04-2017 - TX)

Justin Riordan v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Justin Riordan of the offense of aggravated sexual assault
of a child and assessed his punishment at confinement for ten years in the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 22.021(a)(1)(B)(i), (2)(B), 12.32. On appeal, appellant
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction and complains about improper
jury arg... More...
   $0 (08-04-2017 - TX)

Jessie Oneal Dawkins v. The State of Texas

Jessie Oneal Dawkins appeals his assault, family violence conviction. A jury convicted
appellant, and the trial court sentenced him to twenty-five years’ confinement. In three issues,
appellant argues the State abandoned the allegations in a special notice of intent to enhance
punishment, the sentence is illegal because it is outside the punishment range, and the judgment
should be... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Musa ('Moses') N. Musallam v. Amar B. Ali

A jury found that Appellant Musa N. Musallam breached a contract he had
with Appellee Amar B. Ali for the sale of a wholesale distribution company and
awarded Ali $904,924 in damages for past and future lost profits. Musallam
appeals, arguing that the contract is unenforceable as a matter of law and that
See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
the jury’s lost-pro... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Sammie Caston v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant, Sammie Caston, of the first-degree felony offense
of continuous sexual abuse of a child and assessed his punishment at confinement
for life.1 In two issues, appellant contends that (1) Code of Criminal Procedure
article 38.37, section 2(b), which permits the introduction of evidence of a
defendant’s extraneous bad acts involving children other than the c... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

State of Texas v. Eric Wayne Macias

Bryan, TX - Jury Acquits Man of Sexual Assault

The State of Texas charged Eric Wayne Macias, age 32, with second-degree sexual assault.

The State claimed that the Defendant sexually assault and groped a child over a period of two to three years beginning in 2006 or so. ... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Reed O'Brien Thomas, Jr. Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Dennehotso Man Sentenced to 13 Months for Assault on a Navajo Nation Police Officer

Reed O’Brien Thomas, Jr., 27, from Dennehotso, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Thomas had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal officer.

The investigation revealed that on Au... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - AZ)

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