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STATE OF OHIO v. CHARLES D. COLEMAN

In May of 2016, R.M. wanted to trade food stamps for heroin, so a female
acquaintance connected him to an individual who was willing to facilitate an exchange. Mr.
Coleman and two others (“Terrance” and “Anthony”) arrived at R.M.’s residence and forced him
go with them to a nearby Save-a-Lot store while they used his food stamp card. The men all
traveled to the store together... More...
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CITY OF KETTERING v. WILLIAM J. MASTON

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on March 28, 2016, Maston was a passenger in
a vehicle driven by Hannah Tincher. As Tincher was driving on East Dorothy Lane in
Kettering, Officer Devin Maloney initiated a traffic stop due to a traffic violation. After
back-up arrived, Maloney conducted a free-air sniff by his canine partner, Jax. Jax
alerted to an odor of narcotics, and the offi... More...
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Rodney Sanchez Lopez v. The State of Texas Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals

Lopez was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin (four grams or more, but
less than 200 grams).1 A jury found him guilty and Lopez was sentenced to fifteen years’
imprisonment. Lopez appeals his conviction based on the trial court’s denial of his (1) motion for
continuance of the trial, and (2) motion to suppress.
The Stop
On July 19, 2013, Trooper John Da... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Tomas Castillo-Garza and Charles Daniel Lynn Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - United States of America and Jose Tomas Castillo-Garza and Charles Daniel Lynn

Federal Inmate and Correctional Officer Sentenced for Bribery

JOSE TOMAS CASTILLO-GARZA, 40, and CHARLES DANIEL LYNN, 34, of El Reno, Oklahoma, have been sentenced to federal prison for a bribery scheme.

According to an indictment filed on August 16, 2017, Castillo-Garza wa... More...
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Jerry Edward Lanier v. State of Tennessee

ADyer County jury convicted the petitioner of two counts of selling more than 0.5 grams of cocaine in a drug-free zone for which he received an effective thirty-year sentence. This Court affirmed the petitioner’s convictions on direct appeal, and our Supreme Court denied his application for permission to appeal. State v. Jerry Edward Lanier, No. W2014-01840-CCA-R3-CD, 2015 WL 3397627, at *1 (Ten... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - TN)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. IOURI MIKHEL and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JURIJUS KADAMOVAS

Defendants are foreign nationals under the Hostage Taking Act: Mikhel is Russian, and Kadamovas is Lithuanian. Both lived in Los Angeles, California, during the events underlying this case. Defendants were assisted at various times by coconspirators Petro Krylov, Ainar Altmanis, Aleksejus Markovskis, and Natalya Solovyeva. Altmanis, Markovskis, and Solovyeva all pleaded guilty and
UNITED STA... More...
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United States of America v. Roger Bellanger District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

In today's story of why it's
generally not a good idea to orchestrate and then participate in
an illegal narcotics distribution ring, meet Roger Belanger of
Corinna, Maine. Belanger was indicted on one count of conspiracy
to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms
or more of cocaine and an unspecified amount of oxycodone, in
violation of 21 U.S.C. §§... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ROGER BELANGER United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit

In today's story of why it's
generally not a good idea to orchestrate and then participate in
an illegal narcotics distribution ring, meet Roger Belanger of
Corinna, Maine. Belanger was indicted on one count of conspiracy
to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms
or more of cocaine and an unspecified amount of oxycodone, in
violation of 21 U.... More...
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Michael Montanez v. Jorge Carvajal, Todd Raible, et al. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Police officers interrupt what they reasonably believe to be a residential burglary and detain two suspects just outside the house. Having done so, can the
* Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, sitting by designation.
Case: 16-17639 Date Filed: 05/09/2018 Page: 1 of 19
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officers thereafter lawfully enter the home—without a warrant, an... More...
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David Stuart Bishop v. The State of Texas Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals

Detective Melissa Terrazas with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a
confidential informant stating that, within the past twenty-four hours, the informant had seen
Bishop in possession of methamphetamine at his residence. The informant had provided reliable
information in the past. Detective Terrazas then conducted her own surveillance on the residence
and ... More...
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Antonio L. Freeman v. State of Tennessee Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

In July 2010, the Petitioner was being housed in the Sumner County Jail while awaiting trial in another case. During a search of his cellon July 9, officers found Xanax and Soma pills hidden in a package of Ramen Noodles. In November 2010, the Sumner County Grand Jury indicted the Petitioner for one count of possessing contraband in a penal facility, a Class C felony. The trial court appointed ... More...   $0 (05-09-2018 - TN)

Miguel Antonio Atilano v. The State of Texas

The State’s principal witness was S. Gibson, a Patrol Sergeant with the
Somervell County Sheriff’s Department. One night in May 2015, Gibson observed
a motorist who seemed to be having difficulty. The motorist drove his pickup truck
partly onto the shoulder of the road, activated his hazard lights, and traveled much
more slowly than the posted speed limit. The motorist event... More...
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Herbert Hoover Pratt III v. The State of Texas

Appellant Herbert Hoover Pratt III was arrested pursuant to a warrant after
he answered the front door of his house in response to the police’s knock. Police
discovered cocaine in his pocket during the post-arrest frisk for weapons and
contraband. Pratt was charged with and convicted of possession of a controlled
1See Tex. R. A... More...
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STATE OF OHIO - vs - KENYEL OTIS STEWART

On November 7, 2016, appellant was indicted by the Trumbull County grand
jury on one count of Possession of Heroin, a fifth-degree felony, in violation of R.C.
2925.11(A) & (C)(6)(a).
{¶3} A jury trial was held May 15 through May 16, 2017. The following are
uncontested facts gathered from the record.
{¶4} Appellant was incarcerated at the Trumbull Correctional Institut... More...
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United States of America v. Terrance Nathaniel Brown, aka War; Clifford Alexander Jennings, aka Big Cliff; Ronnie Monroe Nicholas Jr., aka RG; Michael Jamal Jones, aka M. Stone; and Jermaine Shiquill Epps, aka Money Western District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, VA - Five Gang Members Who Smuggled Drugs into Virginia Prisons Sentenced to Prison

Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) gang were sentenced this week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke for their roles in a criminal conspiracy that involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into Virginia prisons, and the facilitation of the ... More...
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Allana Darlene Spencer v. The State of Texas

The jury convicted Allana Darlene Spencer of the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm. She pleaded “true” to two enhancement paragraphs for felony convictions, and the jury assessed her punishment at confinement for forty years. The trial court sentenced her accordingly. We affirm. On appeal, Appellant argues that the evidence was legally insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt ... More...   $0 (05-02-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. LISA MARIE DOUGLAS

In 14CR18, Douglas pled no contest to one count of criminal threat. On November 3, 2014, the district court sentenced Douglas to 12 months' imprisonment and granted probation for 12 months. In 14CR172, Douglas pled no contest to one count of trafficking contraband in a correctional facility. On November 3, 2014, the district court sentenced
Douglas to 39 months' imprisonment but granted a dis... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. TAMMY ANNETTE RANDOLPH

Tammy Annette Randolph appeals the district court's decision revoking her probation and ordering her to serve her underlying prison sentences in four separate cases. For the first time on appeal, Randolph argues that K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 223716(c)(8) and (c)(9) are unconstitutionally vague. Because Randolph did not raise this issue in district court and because she cites no applicable exception for t... More...   $0 (04-29-2018 - KS)

STATE OF MONTANA v. PATRICK TERRY FLOWERS

During routine patrol near Stevensville, Montana, in December 2014, Deputy
Jason Jones of the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office stopped a pickup that had an expired
registration. Flowers was driving the vehicle and Hill sat in the front passenger seat.
Deputy Jones asked for Flowers’s driver’s license and other documentation. After
checking for active warrants for both Flowers... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Robert Landon Webster

The Appellant was charged with three counts of selling .5 grams or more of cocaine, one of which was within a school zone, based upon transactions with Phillip Williams who was working as a confidential informant with the Elizabethton Police Department.
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At trial, Corporal John Bulla with the Elizabethton Police Department testified as an expert in the field of narcotic... More...
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RAKIM MOBERLY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

Lexington Police Officer Roman Sorrell was following a vehicle in the very
early hours of a December morning. He performed a registration check on the
vehicle license number and discovered that the vehicle's registration had been
cancelled because it had no liability insurance coverage. Sorrell initiated a
traffic stop of the vehide at 3':35 a.m. Appellant was driving the vehic... More...
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Serena Nicole Farris v. The State of Texas

One day in February 2016, Arlington police officers Andrea Davis and
Charles Cisneros received a tip that Farris had an outstanding arrest warrant,
that she was likely possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia, and that she could
be found at Don’s Total Car Care. The officers confirmed that she had a warrant
and went to Don’s Total Car Care to arrest her. When they arrived, they... More...
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SEDRIC SUTTON a/k/a CEDRIC SUTTON a/k/a SEDRIC QUINTORUS SUTTON v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

The petitioner, John Michael Howell, appeals the portion of the Circuit Court of Wetzel County’s May 12, 2016, “Amended Entry of a Plea and Sentencing Order Amended” [sic] specifying that he will be eligible for parole consideration after serving a minimum of fifteen years in prison. He argues that pursuant to statute, he should be eligible for parole after ten years of incarceration. The State of... More...   $0 (04-16-2018 - MS)

JOSHUA ROBERTSON v. DALE CALL, et al Kansas Court Of Appeals

For a complete recitation of the facts and procedural history, see Robertson v. Call, No. 114,122, 2016 WL 4413321 (Kan. App. 2016) (unpublished opinion) (Robertson II), and Robertson v. Call, No. 112,132, 2015 WL 326677 (Kan. App. 2015) (unpublished opinion), rev. denied 301 Kan. 1047 (2015) (Robertson I). Relevant to this appeal, on February 21, 2014, Robertson filed a petition for writ of habea... More...   $0 (04-14-2018 - KS)

IBradley Vencent Cheeks v. The State of Texas Registered Sex Offender

On June 28, 2016, Tyler Police Department Officer Ben Jordan, while on patrol, observed a vehicle with an expired registration sticker and initiated a traffic stop. Appellant was the owner and driver of the vehicle. Brenton Coe was the passenger. Officer Jordan noticed that Appellant and Coe acted nervously, and asked Appellant for consent to search the vehicle, to which Appellant replied in th... More...   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

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