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Christopher Leron Clegg v. City of Fort Worth

This is an appeal from the trial court’s granting of a plea to the jurisdiction.
Appellant Christopher Leron Clegg appeals the trial court’s dismissal of his suit
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
against Appellee the City of Fort Worth (the City).2 Because the trial court did not
err by granting the City’s plea to the jurisdiction, we affirm.
At approximately ... More...
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Justin Allen Lawson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Lawson for manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The
indictment alleged that Lawson recklessly caused the death of Mitchell Glenn
Downs “by operating a motor vehicle on a public road while failing to maintain a
proper lookout and by failing to remain within the marked lane of travel of the said
public road, thereby causing the said motor vehicle to strike ... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Gage Shriver and Dakota Shriver Rogers County Courthouse - Claremore, Oklahoma

Claremore, OK - Brothers Sentenced To 25-Years In Prison on Manslaughter and Second-Degree Murder Charges

The State of Oklahoma charged Gage Shriver, age 21, and Dakota Shriver, age 23, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM12, MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.8
Date of Offense: 06/05/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Shriver... More...
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Connie Sue Cason v. The State of Texas Garland Woman Sentenced To 15 Years In Deaths Of Lucas Couple

The indictment in this case alleged in part that on August 25, 2013, appellant recklessly
caused the deaths of two individuals, Dale and Laura Thomas, by striking a motor vehicle
operated by Dale Thomas and occupied by Laura Thomas. Specifically, the indictment stated
appellant acted by (1) “operating a motor vehicle and by failing to maintain a single lane,” (2)
“ope... More...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. DARRYL B. SHEARS Iowa Court of Appeals

In this appeal of a restitution order, we are asked to resolve whether it is
foreseeable that police officers would end a high-speed chase of the van driven by
Darryl Shears by hitting his van with their police vehicles. Because we find such
actions foreseeable, we affirm the restitution order.
On February 11, 2016, the City of Davenport filed a restitution claim for More...
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At the hearing on the motion to suppress, the district court heard evidence that on the
night of February 9, 2015, at approximately 10:08 p.m., Officer Josh Chadney of the Round Rock
Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after having observed it “displaying a defective
license plate light.” Chadney recounted that he made contact with the driver, later identified as 2... More...
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Ronald Eugene Reynolds v. The State of Texas Ronald Eugene Reynolds - Registered Sex Offender

Robert Valdez, and his ex-wife, Crystal Valdez, ran a scheme that we can only hope is a
rarity in personal injury litigation. Robert had Crystal scour the Houston Police Department’s
website for recent traffic accidents, and then obtain the corresponding police accident reports. The

2 We parse the language only in re... More...
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Lacie Dee Pardun v. The State of Texas Christmas Toy Delivery Ends Tragically for Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Driver

A jury convicted Lacie Dee Pardun of manslaughter and also found she used her car as a
deadly weapon. The trial court sentenced her to ten years in prison. In five issues, appellant
brings complaints about the sufficiency of the evidence to support her conviction, the failure to
define “under the influence” in the jury charge, the admission of her toxicology results, and
cumu... More...
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Jennalyn Santos v. Los Angeles Unified School District

Appellants Jennalyn Santos and Douglas Morales were
driving northbound on Normandie Avenue in the City of Los
Angeles when a Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD)
vehicle allegedly ran a red light and struck them. They were
transported to the hospital by ambulance, after being given a
card bearing the LASPD name, seal, address and website, and
the name of an LASPD of... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Paul J. Murphy St. Charles man found guilty for drunk driving crash that killed unborn baby

The facts, viewed in the light most favorable to the jury’s verdict, are as follows.1
Around noon on March 16, 2013, Andrea Ledbetter was driving behind Defendant on the
highway. Ms. Ledbetter observed Defendant swerving in and out of the traffic lane. Ms.
Ledbetter honked her horn at Defendant, who then momentarily returned to his lane but began
swerving again. Ms. Ledbett... More...
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Sandra Coy Briggs v. The State of Texas

It is undisputed that on January 12, 2012, after being admonished by the trial court,
Briggs pleaded no contest to the charge of intoxication manslaughter of a public servant
without a plea bargain agreement and elected to have a jury assess her punishment.
See TEX. TRANSP. CODE ANN. § 724.012(b)(1) (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.).
On January 20, 2012, after a hearing w... More...
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Rebeca D. Balderas-Ramirez v. Anthony Carl Felder Travis County Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Rebeca D. Balderas-Ramirez appeals a final summary judgment that she take nothing
on claims she had asserted against Anthony Carl Felder following an automobile collision. The
pivotal issues on appeal concern whether Balderas-Ramirez presented any competent evidence of
property damages—including several years’ worth of claimed loss-of-use damages—and whether
any such damages exceed... More...
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Roberta Benson v. Fred Chalk, Individually, and Steve Chalk, Individually and as next friend of Drucilla Henkhaus Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellant, Roberta Benson, challenges the trial court’s judgment, entered after a jury trial, in the suit for negligence and wrongful death1 brought against her by appellees, Fred Chalk, individually, and Steve Chalk, individually and as next friend of Drucilla Henkhaus (the “Chalks”). In six issues, Benson contends that the trial court erred in admitting a video recording of an out-of-court exper... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - TX)

Rashad Owens v. The State of Texas Rashad Owens found guilty of capital murder in deadly SXSW crash

Owens was indicted for capital murder and four counts of felony murder while
evading arrest. See id. §§ 19.02, .03. Owens and two acquaintances, Andrew Bramwell and Alex
Witherspoon, had traveled from Killeen to Austin. Bramwell testified that he used his car to drive
Owens and Witherspoon, who were scheduled to perform at a club that evening. Bramwell testified
that after they... More...
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Causey Egloff, Jr. v. The State of Texas

A bar receipt established that on the evening of May 17, 2014, Egloff
purchased eight Miller Lite beers and three Jägerbomb drinks. After leaving the
bar, Egloff and a female companion went to a liquor store on U.S. highway 380.
While at the liquor store at around 8 p.m. that evening, a bystander smelled
alcohol on Egloff. When Egloff left the liquor store, he got into the d... More...
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Larry Alexander, et al. v. Ingram Barge Company Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At 5:33 in the evening on April 18, 2013,
a 14‐barge tow pushed by the M/V Dale A. Heller was sucked
into a powerful cross‐current and broke up. Some of the
barges crashed (or allided, as mariners would say) into the
Marseilles Dam; some sank; some were saved. The accident
happened during record‐breaking rains and high water, and
2 No. 16‐4264
a ... More...
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. KEVIN S. BIALOWAS Lisbon man charged with murder in Norwich hit and run

The defendant was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-56 and evasion of responsibility in the operation of a motor vehicle in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 2009) § 14-224 (a). He was sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment, execution suspended after fifteen years, followed by five years of probation. He appealed, claiming that the trial ... More...   $0 (11-19-2017 - CT)

Aleksandr Vasilenko v. Grace Family Church

Plaintiff Aleksandr Vasilenko was struck by a car as he crossed a public
street between the main premises of defendant Grace Family Church (the Church)
and the Church’s overflow parking area. Vasilenko contends that the Church
owed him a duty of care to assist him in safely crossing the public street and that
the Church was negligent in failing to do so. The Church argues that it h... More...
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Antonio R. Flores v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals - 4th District | Bexar County, TX

On February 19, 2013, nineteen-year-old Flores and three other high school students left
the school campus for lunch. Flores drove the car. Monique Castaneda sat in the front passenger
seat. Gabriella Lerma and Georgina Rodriguez sat in the back. At the intersection of the access
road to Loop 1604 and West Hausman, Flores’s car veered into a left-turn only lane, allegedly in
an... More...
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State v. Luke P. Peters Supreme Court of Rhode Island

The facts that follow are derived from the filings of the parties and are undisputed for the
purposes of this appeal. On August 6, 2014, after having purchased alcohol from a local liquor
store, defendant, along with John Willette (Willette) and two underage minors, Julia, and Kajia,1
went to Willette’s home and consumed the alcohol. At 11 p.m., the group decided to drive to
... More...
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Forest Walker v. Ford Motor Company

¶1 In this products liability case, we consider whether the trial court erred when it gave a jury instruction that allowed the jury to apply either the consumer expectation test or the risk-benefit test to determine whether a driver’s car seat was unreasonably
dangerous due to a design defect. The court of appeals concluded that the trial court

did err by instructing the jury se... More...
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Nick's Garage, Inc. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, et al. United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

29 Plaintiff, Nick’s Garage, Inc. (“Garage” or “Plaintiff”), appeals from the
30 judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New
31 York (D’Agostino, J.) granting summary judgment in favor of the Defendants,
32 Progressive Casualty Insurance Company and related entities (collectively,
the “Insurer”).1 1 Garage, an automobile repair shop, brought ... More...
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Doyle Burton v. State of Indiana Indiana Supreme Court

On October 17, 2016, the State charged Burton with Class A misdemeanor
operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Class B misdemeanor operating a vehicle
while intoxicated endangering a person, and Class C misdemeanor operating a
motor vehicle without ever receiving a license. On November 28, 2016, Burton
moved to suppress evidence obtained pursuant to a warrantless search of his ... More...
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George Landy v. State of Indiana Indiana Supreme Court

On June 12, 2016, David Chic reported stolen his 2005 BMW, which he had
purchased earlier that year for $13,000. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police
Officer Albert Teaters was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. on June 14, 2016, when
he encountered the BMW heading northbound near the intersection of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and 21st Street. Landy was driving the BMW.
[4] ... More...
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On April 11, 2014, Jeardoe was driving a 2014 Chevrolet truck westbound on K18, a two-lane highway. At some point, Jeardoe moved into the eastbound lane, where he had a head-on collision with a 1998 Plymouth Neon driven by Emma Pisocki. Emma's father, Jason Pisocki, was in the passenger seat. Both Emma and Jason were killed in the accident. Following the accident, law enforcement observed that Jea... More...   $0 (11-08-2017 - KS)

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