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Rhonda Williams v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

In this toxic tort suit, Rhonda Williams appeals the District Court’s grant of summary judgment against her and in favor of Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC (“Mosaic”).
* Honorable Ursula Ungaro, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, sitting by designation.
Case: 17-10894 Date Filed: 05/14/2018 Page: 1 of 22
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Ms. Williams alleged that toxic substances emitted fr... More...
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ALVIN ARTEAGA vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Alvin Arteaga appeals from a final order denying his motion and amended motion for postconviction relief. Some of the claims in these motions were denied after an evidentiary hearing, while others were denied summarily. We affirm the denial of all
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but one claim without comment. We reverse the summary denial of a single claim for ineffective assistance of counsel based on trial cou... 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)

Nikolaus Johnson v. State of Tennessee

The procedural history of this case is protracted and complex. A Sullivan County Criminal Court jury convicted the petitioner of one count of the first degree premeditated murder of Bristol Police Department Officer Mark Vance, who had been dispatched to the home of the petitioner’s girlfriend to answer a call that the petitioner was “at the house threatening her with a gun,” and sentenced him to... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO vs. Antonio J. Ellison

On September 23, 2015, Ellison was indicted on (1) one count of rape, a violation of R.C. 2907.02 and a felony of the first degree; (2) two counts of kidnapping, violations of R.C. 2905.01 and felonies of the first degree; and (3) one count of abduction, a violation of R.C. 2905.02 and a felony of the third degree. The indictment arose out of
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Ellison's... More...
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United States of America v. Dr. Erum Shahab and Waire, LLC d/b/a Ellington Behavloral Health ("EBH") District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Ellington Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinic Pay Over $800,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

DR. ERUM SHAHAB and WAIRE, LLC, doing business as ELLINGTON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (“EBH”), have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which they will pay $805,071 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state ... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. DELVONTA L. MALLORY

Defendant-appellant Delvonta Mallory appeals from a judgment of
conviction, entered after a trial to the court, finding him guilty of felonious assault,
improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, aggravated menacing, having a
weapon while under disability, vandalism, and theft. The state charged that Mallory,
after being accused of taking the victim’s car keys, threat... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. ROSARIO D. ROBINSON

Robinson was charged with aggravated burglary and several charges of
felonious assault, each for a separate victim, along with associated firearm specifications
and having a weapon while under disability. Although the indictment originally
identified one victim, the trial court permitted the state to amend the indictment to reflect
the names of six victims in the case. The co... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. ROBERT A. LITTLEJOHN

On November 15, 2016, appellant was charged under a complicity theory
with one count of aggravated burglary with one- and three-year firearm specifications,
seven counts of felonious assault with one- and three-year firearm specifications, and one
count of having weapons while under disability. A codefendant, Rosario D. Robinson,
was charged in the indictment as the principal ... More...
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State of Ohio v. Michael J. Gates

On December 29, 2016, appellant was indicted on one count of rape in
violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b), a felony of the first degree. The indictment stemmed
from an incident that occurred in September 2016, in which appellant engaged in fellatio
and masturbation with a juvenile who was two years old at the time. Appellant had
previously confessed to committing these acts dur... More...
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United States of America v. Akintayo Bolorunduro Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Atlanta Man Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison for Role in a Money Laundering Conspiracy

A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, has been sentenced in federal court to 63 months in prison on his conviction of money laundering conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Akintayo Bolo... More...
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United States of America v. Joan Cicchiello Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA - Former Registered Nurse Sentenced To Six Years’ Imprisonment For Health Care Fraud

Joan Cicchiello, age 67, of Annville and Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on May 9, 2018, to 72 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, II on Health Care Fraud related charges.

According to United S... More...
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Mark Burns v. Daniel P. Martuscello, Jr., et al. Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

12 Plaintiff‐Appellant Mark Burns appeals from a February 10, 2015 decision
13 and order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New
14 York (Kahn, J.), adopting the report‐recommendation of the magistrate judge
15 (Hummel, M.J.) in its entirety, and granting summary judgment to defendants.
16 Burns brought several Section 1983 claims, alleging ... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. BRANDON OWENS

In exchange for the state’s dismissal of one count of trafficking in
heroin, Owens entered guilty pleas to two counts of trafficking in heroin, one count
of aggravated trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count of
having a weapon while under a disability. The parties agreed that Owens would be
sentenced to a total of four and a half years in prison and wo... More...
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STATE OF ARIZONA v. VINCENT JOSEPH GUARINO

To secure membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, a criminal gang, Defendant Vincent Guarino (“Guarino”) sought to murder Chad Rowe. Accompanied by his brother Frank Guarino (“Frank”), Guarino went to a home in north Phoenix. Guarino entered, found Chad, and brought him out at gunpoint. The three men drove away in a truck. Chad’s body was later found in a residential street. He had been stabbed ... More...   $0 (05-13-2018 - AZ)

STATE OF UTAH v. MICHAEL BINKS Utah Supreme Court

Michael Binks was convicted of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. In this appeal he challenges the denial of his motion to suppress the evidence that formed the basis for his conviction. We affirm. ¶2 When officers stopped Binks’s vehicle, they had at least reasonable suspicion to investigate two traffic violations and possible drug possession. And when the officers approached the vehicl... More...   $0 (05-13-2018 - UT)

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. Joseph Thompson Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY - Lockport Man Pleads Guilty For His Role In Narcotics Conspiracy

Joseph Thompson, 68, of Lockport, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing fentanyl. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maxi... More...
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Christopher Alexander v. Scripps memorial Hospital La Jolla

This case raises issues concerning the legal obligations imposed on health care
providers when a patient's health care directives conflict with the providers' opinions that
the requested care would be medically ineffective and may cause harm. Elizabeth
Alexander, a 70-year-old woman suffering from end-stage terminal pancreatic cancer,
died four days after she was transferred from a... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. MANUEL TIRADO United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit

The defendant, Manuel
Tirado, pleaded guilty and stands convicted of drug offenses, 21
U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), 846, and failure to appear
for arraignment, 18 U.S.C. § 3146(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(i). He
appeals from the judgments of conviction on Sixth Amendment
grounds, contending that his counsel suffered from a conflict of
interest arising from violation of... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. KELLY J. POLZIN

On July 13, 2015, the State charged Polzin with possession of methamphetamine, criminal use of explosives, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. As per a plea agreement, Polzin pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana on November 4, 2016. The district court found the plea was freely, voluntarily, and intelligently made and found Polzin guilt... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CARL M. BURRIS

Carl M. Burris was convicted of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He appeals and alleges the State committed prosecutorial error. He also appeals the district court's assessment of Board of Indigents' Defense Services (BIDS) fees without considering his financial resources.

On August 24, 2016, Ronnie Gosson called the Clay County Sheriff... More...
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In re Adoption of T.M.M.H. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS

T.M.M.H., who was born on November 5, 2006, was a few months old when his father died in 2007. When T.M.M.H. was young, Mother and Grandmother agreed he would live for a period of time with Grandmother. We know little about this agreement. Whatever the initial arrangement may have been between Mother and Grandmother, at some point in 2008, Grandmother filed a petition in district court for grandpa... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

Dango Shawn McClain v. The State of Texas

Dango Shawn McLain appeals his conviction for bail jumping and failing to appear.
The substance of his only issue implicates the collateral estoppel aspect of double
jeopardy. The circumstances underlying the contention include (1) a prior prosecution for
possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver; (2) the entry into a plea
agreement in that prosecution; (3) the... More...
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Hamed Mateen Samadi v. The State of Texas

On December 13, 2013, Samadi pleaded guilty to both of the charged offenses without an
agreement as to punishment. The trial court deferred an adjudication of guilt and placed Samadi
on community supervision for a period of five years on each offense. The State subsequently filed
a motion to adjudicate, followed by two amended motions to adjudicate, in each case alleging
Sama... More...
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