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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...
   $0 (05-13-2018 - CA)

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...
   $0 (05-12-2018 - NH)

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...
   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

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...
   $0 (05-11-2018 - TX)

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...
   $0 (05-10-2018 - TX)

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...
   $0 (05-10-2018 - TX)

Frances Dehoyos v. Golden Manor Apartments COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

Golden Manor is a senior citizen living facility located in Hammond, Indiana.
During the winter of 2013, Golden Manor’s maintenance staff would generally
arrive at work at 8:00 a.m. to inspect the parking lot and sidewalk for ice and
snow. In its response to Dehoyos’ interrogatories, Golden Manor indicated
that its policy was to have staff also apply salt to sidewalks as need... More...
   $0 (05-10-2018 - IN)

United States of America v. Kirsten Lippold District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Boulder Woman Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death

Kirsten Lippold, 48, of Boulder, Colorado, pled guilty on May 9, 2018 to distribution of heroin resulting in death. The proceedings were held before U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore. Lippold’s guilty plea followed a one-count indictment, which was returned by a Federal Grand Jury in July of 2017. ... More...
   $0 (05-10-2018 - CO)

Kevin Jackson v. State of Indiana COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

On April 10, 2007, around 4:30 a.m., D.L. and her daughter were sleeping in
the same bedroom in the apartment where they lived. D.L. was awakened by a
loud noise. Jackson, armed with a knife, had broken into the apartment. He
entered the bedroom and stood at the end of D.L.’s bed, obviously intoxicated
and swaying back and forth. He told D.L. that he wanted to have sex with... More...
   $0 (05-09-2018 - IN)

Bruce K. Pond v. State of Indiana

The facts, as stated in Pond’s direct appeal, follow:
On July 22, 2011, Pond was drinking beer with his son Blake and a family friend on the back porch of his mother’s house in Ossian, Indiana. Pond became annoyed with a light shining from the pier of a neighboring pond. Matt Michuda (Michuda) along with his four year old son Jacob and two friends were fishing off the pier. Pond went insid... More...
   $0 (05-09-2018 - IN)

Jerold W. Leatherman v. State of Indiana

On February 27, 2017, Sergeant Justin Dodd (“Sgt. Dodd”) of the Bedford
Police Department and Detective Chris Roberts (“Det. Roberts”) of the
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were investigating a tip regarding
possible drug dealing and prostitution near Frank Street in Mitchell, Indiana.
While patrolling the area in an unmarked vehicle, the two officers saw
... More...
   $0 (05-09-2018 - IN)

John Charles Prenderville v. State of Indiana COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

On January 20, 2017, Prenderville and his ex-wife, Mary Pimental (Pimental),
were celebrating Prenderville’s birthday at a bar in Lake County, Indiana.
Prenderville became intoxicated and “obnoxious and began harassing
[Pimental] and belittling her” by “calling her stupid and a dumb bitch, and
using other profanities.” (Appellant’s App. Vol. II, p. 7). At around 2:30 a.m., <... More...
   $0 (05-09-2018 - IN)

Armard Reeves v. State of Tennessee

In June 2010, the Petitioner was involved in a multi-State, undercover drug operation during which he paid undercover law enforcement agents over $25,000 to transport marijuana from Arizona to Tennessee. State v. Armard Reeves, No. W201202656-CCA-R3-CD, 2014 WL 1593153, at *1, 2-4 (Tenn. Crim. App. Apr. 17, 2014), perm. app. denied (Tenn. Sept. 19, 2014). After the marijuana was loaded in a renta... More...   $0 (05-09-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Bryant Williamson

On January 11, 2013, the Defendant1 was standing at his front door, arguing with Jeremy Jones, when he pulled out his gun and shot at Jeremy Jones. The Defendant’s shot missed its intended victim and instead struck and killed the actual victim who was standing in her driveway across the cove. Several eyewitnesses testified that the Defendant and Jones had been fighting in the days prior to the s... More...   $0 (05-09-2018 - TN)

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)

United States of America v. Kevin Kyes Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Former South Bay Resident Convicted Of Defrauding Japanese Investors In Almost $7 Million Ponzi Scheme

Kevin Kyes was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seventeen counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering by a federal jury. The jury’s verdict followed a week-long trial before th... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Sky Justin Gornik Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Dark Web Vendor Enters Plea, Faces 10 Years for Internet Distribution of Deadly Carfentanil, Fentanyl, and Other Drugs

Sky Justin Gornik, age 39, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to deliver, distribute and dispense controlled substances through the internet, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(h), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846. Gornik also ... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - CA)

Jamie Lee Bledsoe v. The State of Texas MoreLaw Suites Legal Suites and Virtual Offices In Downtown Tulsa 406 South Boulder and 624 South Denver 918-582-3993 or Info@morelaw.com

After a jury found Jamie Lee Bledsoe guilty of burglary of a building and made findings
that he had two prior felony convictions, thus enhancing his range of punishment, the trial court
sentenced him to twenty years’ imprisonment. Bledsoe appeals, claiming improper sentence
enhancement based on insufficient notice and insufficient evidence and also claiming fundamental
error b... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - TX)

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...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. STRATTON TORKELSON

Torkelson pleaded guilty to the charges in late 2014 and was sentenced in early 2015. Consistent with the plea agreement between the State and Torkelson, the district court imposed a 36-month sentence on Torkelson and placed him on probation for 36 months. Torkelson had a rocky go of it on probation. He stipulated to violating the terms of his probation in October 2015, for which the district cour... More...   $0 (05-08-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. DERON MCCOY JR.

The underlying facts of this case were set forth in McCoy's previous appeal:

"On March 22, 2011, McCoy phoned Leanna Daniels, the mother of his 6month-old daughter A.M. During McCoy and Daniels' conversation, Daniels heard A.M. crying. Daniels asked McCoy why A.M. was crying, and McCoy told her to come to the hotel he was staying at to find out. Daniels and her friend Gwendolyn Roby ... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. KILEY ANN GUENTHER

Kiley Ann Guenther appeals from a judgment of the trial court revoking her probation in two cases—Wyandotte County case Nos. 14 CR 0535 and 14 CR 1157. She argues that her conduct on probation merited imposition of intermediate sanctions instead of imposition of her underlying sentences. We acknowledge that a trial court is statutorily required to consider the use of a lesser sanction before revok... More...   $0 (05-07-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ANDRE NIGEL KING

The events occurring between King and his estranged wife, M.K., on May 3, 2014, resulted in the State charging King with one count of rape in violation of K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 21-5503, and one count of aggravated kidnapping in violation of K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 21-5408(b). The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the rape count but found King guilty of aggravated kidnapping.

In order to unde... More...
   $0 (05-07-2018 - KS)

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