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Jose Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

In 2014, Rachel Gonzalez and Ahn Cisneros were in a relationship and living together,
along with Rachel’s children. Rachel admitted she and Ahn had an “on-and-off relationship”
because of Ahn’s relationships with other women.
In May 2014, Gonzalez asked Rachel, his cousin, for a place to live. Ahn offered his house
to Gonzalez because Ahn spent most of his time at Rachel’s ... More...
   $0 (08-02-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Lakuan Rhyne

New York, NY - Peekskill Man Sentenced To 15½ Years In Prison For Heroin Trafficking And Distributing Heroin And Fentanyl That Resulted In Death

Lakuan Rhyne was sentenced yesterday to 186 months in prison for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin in and around Westchester County during 2014, and distributing the heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of... More...
   $0 (08-02-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Thomas Schopp

Juneau, AK - Sex Offender Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

Twice Convicted Child Molester Produced Child Pornography While on Parole

Thomas Schopp, 52, resident of Juneau, Alaska, was sentenced to life imprisonment for production of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a)(1).

Schopp had two prior convictions in state court for child molestation. In those cas... More...
   $0 (08-01-2016 - AK)

James Nicholas Guzman v. The State of Texas

Under a legal-sufficiency standard of review, appellate courts view the evidence in the
light most favorable to the verdict and determine whether “any rational trier of fact could have found
the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.” Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307,
319 (1979). When performing this review, an appellate court must bear in mind that it is the
... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Richard Arthur Evans

Houston, TX - Houston Doctor Convicted for Distributing Prescription Narcotics

A federal jury returned a guilty verdicts on all 19 counts as charged against a Houston doctor for distributing oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The jury deliberated for approximately eight hours before convicted Richard Arthur Evans, 71. He now faces up to life in prison. The jury heard testimony for 14 day... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Houston, TX - Former Spring Man Sentenced for Child Enticement and Explosives Convictions

A 34-year-old man who recently resided in Spring, now of Royse City, has been ordered to federal prison for enticing a minor and the unlawful making of a National Firearms Act weapon.

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett sentenced Duesterberg to 120 months of imprisonment on each count to... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

State of Florida v. Lenard Joel Anderson

Jacksonville, FL - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty On Manslaughter Charge

The State of Florida charged Lenard Joel Anderson, age 37, with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by felon in conjunction with the shooting death of 21-year-old Brandon Devon Green, who was shot at the Mascara gentlemen's club in Jacksonville in September 2013.

The shooting and death arose out o... More...
   $0 (07-30-2016 - FL)

State of Nebraska v. Thomas Peterson

Lincoln, NE - Jury Convicts Former Probation Officer For Sexually Exploiting Women

The United States of America charged Thomas Peterson, age 57 with depriving four women of their civil rights while they were on probation, specifically their rights to "bodily integrity" in violation of 18 U.S.C. 242 and make false statements to a government agent in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.

T... More...
   $0 (07-30-2016 - NE)

Roza Gonzalez v. Atlas Construction Supply, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA - Jury Awards Family $27 Million In Wrongful Death Cases

The Family and Estate of Edgar Alejandro Gonzalez, age 60, sued Atlas Construction Supply, Inc. on a wrongful death theory claiming that he died as a direct result of the Defendant's negligence. Gonzalez was working for USS Cal Builders at a wastewater treatment plaintiff in Playa del Rey in 2011 when the wall that w... More...
   $27000000 (07-30-2016 - CA)


This case comes before us after the United States Supreme Court vacated our decision in State v. Cheever, 295 Kan. 229, 284 P.3d 1007 (2012), vacated and remanded 571 U.S. ___, 134 S. Ct. 596, 187 L. Ed. 2d 519 (2013), and remanded for further proceedings.

In our decision, we had held that defendant Scott D. Cheever did not waive his privilege against self-incrimination under the Fi... More...
   $0 (07-29-2016 - KS)

State of Oklahoma v. Chadrick Lamont Colbert a/k/a Fat Cat

Tulsa, OK - Defendant Sentenced to 15 Years On Murder Plea Deal

Tulsa criminal Defense lawyer M.J. Denman represented Chadrick Lamont Colbert a/k/a Fat Cat who was charged by the State of Oklahoma with first-degree murder in violation of More...
   $0 (07-29-2016 - OK)


On December 11, 2013, the State charged Kline by information with criminal
distribution of dangerous drugs, a felony, in violation of § 45-9-101(1), MCA;
endangering the welfare of children, a felony, in violation of § 45-5-622(3)(c), MCA; and
incest, a felony, in violation of § 45-5-507, MCA. The information alleged Kline
committed these offenses when he gave methamphetamine t... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - MT)

Malcolm Jamal Husband a/k/a Malcolm Husband a/k/a Jamal Husband v. State of Mississippi

On November 14, 2013, Husband and his twelve-year-old stepson, Tylen Peters,
visited Husband’s elderly aunt and uncle, the McGowans, at their duplex apartment in
Columbia, Mississippi. The McGowans’ neighbors, Phylicia Stokes and Forester Crenshaw,
were sitting outside on the shared porch, celebrating Crenshaw’s birthday with a cookout and
drinks. Stokes lived at the duplex with ... More...
   $0 (07-27-2016 - MS)

United States of America v. Matthew Martinez

Albuquerque, NM - Espanola Man Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Narcotics Trafficking Laws

Matthew Martinez, 38, of Espanola, N.M., was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a heroin trafficking charge. Martinez also was ordered to pay $500 in community restitution and to pay a $2,000 money judgment to the United St... More...
   $0 (07-26-2016 - NM)

State of Tennessee v. Patrick Wayne Evans

This case involves a car crash resulting in the death of Ralph Calendine, (―the victim‖). A Williamson County grand jury indicted the Defendant for three counts of vehicular homicide, charged alternatively, vehicular assault by impairment, and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. The State and the Defendant entered a plea agreement that provided for the Defen... More...   $0 (07-25-2016 - TN)

Curtis Stanton v. State of Tennessee

On March 27, 2013, the petitioner was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. His conviction was affirmed by this Court on direct appeal, and our supreme court denied his application for permission to appeal. State v. Curtis Stanton, No. W2012-00568-CCA-R3-CD, 2013 WL 1229538, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App.... More...   $0 (07-25-2016 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Kevin E. Trent

The defendant‟s conviction in this case arose from his involvement in an automobile crash that resulted in the death of the forty-year-old victim, a mother of four children. Pursuant to our sua sponte order, the record has been supplemented with the transcript of the guilty plea hearing and the presentence report. According to the presentence report, the defendant was driving under the in... More...   $0 (07-25-2016 - TN)


In the early morning hours on February 2, 2009, appellant, accompanied
by two women, went to a known drug house. Shortly thereafter, Jecedric Bell
and Alex Howard arrived, and Howard sold cocaine to the women. Appellant
became extremely angry with Howard, apparently because he did not believe
Howard should have been selling drugs in someone else’s drug house.
Appellant repea... More...
   $0 (07-25-2016 - GA)

Jacoby Sanders v. State of Indiana

During the late evening hours of May 10, 2013, and the early morning hours of
the next day, twenty-two year old Adam Betzner (“Betzner”) was entertaining a
group of friends and acquaintances at his parents’ home while they were out-of
town. Two of the guests were Sanders, and his best friend, D.J. Rose (“Rose”).
Other guests included Mark Watkins (“Watkins”), Miranda Worl (“Wo... More...
   $0 (07-24-2016 - IN)

Michael Heffern v. State of Indiana

On September 7, 2008, Michael Heffern and Joseph Randall went to Tina
Whiting’s home in Portland, Indiana, to watch a football game with Whiting,
Addison Pijnappels, Addison’s husband, Tom Smith, and Rod Berry. Whiting
told Heffern there was a man, Shawn Buckner, with whom she was having
problems. Heffern asked Whiting if she wanted him to beat up Buckner.
Whiting told ... More...
   $0 (07-24-2016 - IN)

Gregg Appliances, Inc., and HHGregg, Inc. v. Dwain Underwood, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated

Gregg has an annual incentive plan for certain management employees. The
plan is based on Gregg’s annual performance and the achievement of that year’s
financial objectives. Certain high-level Gregg employees make
recommendations as to whether the incentive should be paid, and in what
amount, but the compensation committee of the board of directors has the sole
authority... More...
   $0 (07-24-2016 - IN)

Calvin Castillo v. State of Indiana

In the early morning hours of January 3, 2015, Castillo decided to leave his
Indianapolis home following an argument with his wife. He took two pills of
the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam and drove to a liquor store, where he bought
a sixteen-ounce beer and drank it in the parking lot. Castillo then tried to get in
touch with a friend, but after failing to do so, he decided to ... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana

Consistent with our well-settled standard of appellate review, we recite the
relevant facts most favorable to the jury’s verdicts. Patel was born in the United
States to immigrants from India in September 1980. She lived in a home in
Granger with her parents and paternal grandparents, and she managed Moe’s, a
restaurant in Mishawaka owned by her father. In approximately Augu... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

Dustin Edward Klendworth v. The State of Texas

The State charged Appellant with intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly causing serious bodily injury to Richard Barlow by striking Barlow’s face and head with Appellant’s fist, kicking Barlow in the ribs and stomach area, stomping Barlow’s head, slamming Barlow’s head against a gearshift, and hitting Barlow in the head with a sword. The State alleged that Appellant used or exhibited a deadly w... More...   $0 (07-22-2016 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Jose Estrada

In one issue, the State contends the trial court erred in dismissing the State’s case
against Estrada because the State did not violate Estrada’s right to a speedy trial.
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an accused the
right to a speedy trial. Cantu v. State, 253 S.W.3d 273, 280 (Tex. Crim. App. 2008) (citing
Zamorano v. State, 84 S.W.3d 643, 64... More...
   $0 (07-21-2016 - TX)

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