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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOHN TIMOTHY CANNON, a/k/a Mr JT,

Cannon argues that the district court abused its discretion in denying his pretrial motion for a reliability hearing. Cannon’s opening brief merely incorporates by reference his district court pleadings, a tactic of which we have disapproved. See Fed. R. App. P. 28(a)(8)(A); Wahi v. Charleston Area Med. Ctr., Inc., 562 F.3d 599, 607 (4th Cir. 2009); McCarver v. Lee, 221 F.3d 583, 588 n.1 (4t... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - Nc)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOSEPH KELVIN ABERANT,

We review a defendant’s sentence “under a deferential abuse-of-discretion standard.” Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 41 (2007). Under this standard, a sentence is reviewed for both procedural and substantive reasonableness. Id. at 51. In determining procedural reasonableness, we consider whether the district court properly calculated the defendant’s advisory Guidelines range, gave the ... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - NC)

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Jill Meadows v. Kimberly K. Reynolds, ex rel State of Iowa and Iowa Board of Medicine SUPREME COURT OF IOWA

In this appeal, we must decide if the constitutional right of women to choose to terminate a pregnancy is unreasonably restricted by a statute that prohibits the exercise of the right for a period of seventy-two hours after going to a doctor. In making this decision, we recognize the continuing debate in society over abortion and acknowledge the right of government to reasonably regulate the const... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - IA)

Untied States of America v. Trevor James Thompson Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Locust Grove Man Sentenced To 41 Months in Prison for Attempted Possession of Child Pornography

District Judge Claire V. Eagan, sentenced Trevor James Thompson, 32, of Locust Grove to serve 41 months in federal prison for Attempted Possession of Child Pornography, Thompson must also pay a special monetary assessment totaling $100. After release from prison, Thompson was ordere... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -v-ALVAUN THOMPSON, AKA LP, AKA Legit Pimp, AKA AT

Because Thompson appeals from a judgment of conviction entered after a jury  trial, we “draw the facts from the evidence presented at trial, viewed in the light most  favorable to the government.” United States v. Allen, 864 F.3d 63, 69 n.8 (2d Cir. 2017)  (internal quotation marks omitted).  Thompson began his relationship with the two minor female victims of concern  here—identified as M1 and M2... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - )

HAYAT SINDI v. SAMIA EL-MOSLIMANY and ANN EL-MOSLIMANY United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit

This case implicates a plethora
of issues arising in the shadow of the First Amendment. Most
notably, it requires us to address the power of a court to impose
a prior restraint in the form of a permanent injunction forbidding
the publication of words — words that the court believes have been
used to defame the plaintiff in the past and are likely to be
repeated. The... More...
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Jerry Lynn Lofton a/k/a Gerry Lynn Lofton a/k/a Gerry Lofton a/k/a Jerry Loftin a/k/a Jerry Lofton v. State of Mississippi

Edroy James Ballard Jr. was shot and killed on June 3, 2014, in Horn Lake, Mississippi. A DeSoto County grand jury charged Lofton with Ballard’s murder. Lofton was deemed indigent, and Adam Emerson was appointed to represent him. Several months later, Emerson filed a motion to reconsider Lofton’s indigent status. Emerson informed the trial court that Lofton had refused to meet with him and wi... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - FL)

Laur B. v. Wade B. Third Judicial District Courthosue - Anchorage, Alaska

A father requested primary physical custody of his daughter, modifying the previous shared custody arrangement. The mother opposed the change, arguing there had not been a substantial change in circumstances. The superior court ordered a limited custody investigation to resolve a factual dispute related to the change in circumstances, promising a second hearing on the daughter’s best interests. Bu... More...   $0 (07-15-2018 - AK)

Tom Donovan Nicolos v. North Slope Borough North Slope Borough of Alaska

The North Slope Borough discharged employee Tom Donovan Nicolos after he made statements that Borough employees interpreted as threats. Nicolos appeals from the superior court’s order approving the Borough Personnel Board’s decision affirming his discharge. He claims that his statements did not constitute threats or other
misconduct under the Borough’s personnel rules and that the Borough fail... More...
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Angela Belfiore-Braman v. D. Daniel Rotenberg, M.D. Glass Office Floor Mats

Plaintiffs and appellants Angela Belfiore-Braman and Stephen Braman
(sometimes together Plaintiff) appeal a defense judgment entered on a jury verdict, in
their medical malpractice action against defendant and respondent D. Daniel Rotenberg,
M.D. (Defendant), an orthopedic surgeon. The jury found Defendant was not negligent
in the care and treatment of Ms. Belfiore-Braman during t... More...
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MICHAEL ROBBINS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

The state charged the defendant with aggravated battery with a firearm. The evidence showed that the defendant was involved in an argument with a man who was hanging out with a small group of people outside of a business. The defendant eventually got a gun from his nearby truck, fired two shots towards the group, and drove off. One of the shots struck a woman in the group.

Defendant ... More...
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DANIEL DUANE SLAUGHTER vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Daniel Duane Slaughter appeals his convictions and sentences for three charges involving the lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under the age of twelve. Appellant raises two points on appeal. First, Appellant argues that the trial court abused its discretion in overruling defense counsel’s objection to the prosecutor’s alleged misstatement of the law during closing argument. Second, Appe... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - FL)

Milton Jackson vs. The State of Florida

On August 19, 2015, the victim was walking with a friend to a neighbor’s
house around the corner when Jackson pulled up in his car and called the victim
over to talk with him. Jackson and the victim had previously been in an on-again,
off-again relationship. The victim told Jackson that she would talk with him when
she returned from the neighbor’s house. When the victim retu... More...
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CALVIN LEWIS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lewis filed his motion to dismiss in the trial court on August 31, 2017. The court held an evidentiary hearing on the motion on November 3 and November 9, 2017. The court rendered its order denying the motion to dismiss on December 18, 2017. The jury trial in Lewis's first-degree murder case was then scheduled to begin on March 26, 2018. Thereafter, on February 1, 2018, Lewis filed a motion fo... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - FL)

DAVID JOHN JONES vs STATE OF FLORIDA SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

In 2013 Jones entered a negotiated plea to traveling to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sex act (count two), in violation of section 847.0135(4)(a), Florida Statutes (2012), and to transmission of material harmful to minors (count three), in violation of section 847.0138(2), Florida Statutes (2012). He was sentenced to 25.05 months' prison followed by six years' probation on both counts... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - FL)

CHRISTOPHER DELANE DANIELS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

The law concerning the need for a hearing when a defendant seeks to discharge appointed counsel is clear. In Nelson v. State, 274 So. 2d 256 (Fla. 4th DCA 1973), the court set forth a procedure for handling a request to discharge court-appointed counsel. Maxwell v. State, 892 So. 2d 1100, 1102 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004). The first step in the procedure is the preliminary Nelson inquiry in which the cour... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - FL)

Carl Lewis Burns vs State of Florida

Appellant admitted in his recorded pre-trial confession, and at trial, that he was aware that the victim had been sexually abused previously by two separate men including her biological father, giving rise to legal proceedings culminating in her adoption into Appellant’s family. The victim testified that after Appellant and his wife adopted her, Appellant raped her two or three times a week for ov... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - FL)

DIEGO TAMBRIZ-RAMIREZ vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

The facts of the case as set forth in the Fourth District’s opinion below are as
follows:
[In 2010, a]rmed with a knife and using a shirt as a mask, appellant broke into the victim’s home at night and attempted to sexually batter her. The victim testified that during the attack, appellant put the knife to her face and neck. The victim fought off the attacker and, after pulling off the... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Damarkus Lowe

Following the April 2012 shooting death of William Watson (“the victim”), a Knox County grand jury charged the Defendant, along with Michael May, with the first degree premeditated murder of the victim and two alternative counts of especially aggravated kidnapping involving Myshauna Blair. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-13-202, 305. The Defendant proceeded to a trial by jury on June 30through July 3,... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - TN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHRISTOPHER LEE STEWART

On April 14, 2014, a Jefferson County grand jury charged the Defendant with one count of burglary and one count of theft of property valued at $1,000 or more. On April 24, 2014, the Defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a total effective sentence of four years’ incarceration suspended to probation after the service of sixty days.
On September 4, 2014, a probation violation warrant iss... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Roy Lee Branner

In case number 13716, the Defendant was charged with one count of violating the HMVO law, one count of DUI, and one count of violation of the implied consent statute. In case number 13717, he was charged with one count of violating the HMVO law, one count of DUI, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of evading arrest, one count o... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Darrin Paul Deckard

On December 15, 2014, the Defendant was convicted of theft of property valued over $1,000 and sentenced to four years of supervised probation. We glean from the record that this conviction arose from a guilty plea involving other convictions and resulting in an effective six-year sentence. The only judgment form included in the record on appeal is for the theft conviction, and on appeal, the Def... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Jamarcus Jackson

The Defendant’s convictions relate to events that occurred at The Battery, a Johnson City nightclub, in the early morning hours of March 23, 2014. The second degree murder conviction relates to the shooting death of Deshaun Greer.1 The assault conviction relates to Zachary Breedlove, and the reckless endangerment conviction relates to Jonathan McInturff.
At the trial, Amanda Chappell, test... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Johnny Lorenzo Wade

The victims, Johnny Shivers; his wife, Chermaine Owens Shivers; their then sixteen-year-old son, Jonathan Shivers; and Ms. Shivers’s twenty-one-year-old son, Markel Owens, lived on Walker Road in Jackson, Tennessee.2 Around 9:30 p.m. on January 15, 2014, their neighbor, Joseph Mosely, was returning home with his family from church when he “saw some guys” standing around a white car. As he was wa... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. JOHN FREDETTE

In 2014, a Superior Court jury convicted the defendant, John Fredette, of murder in the first degree on a theory of felony-murder, with aggravated kidnapping as the 2 predicate felony.1 The jury based their finding of aggravated kidnapping on the third paragraph of the current version of the kidnapping statute, which punishes a kidnapping committed "while armed with a dangerous weapon... More...   $0 (07-14-2018 - MA)

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