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United States of America v. Youssef Hafez Abdelbary

Youssef Abdelbary appeals a district court order requiring him to pay restitution as part of his sentence for bankruptcy fraud. Finding no error, we affirm.


Abdelbary was convicted of wire fraud, money laundering, currency structuring, bankruptcy fraud, and perjury. This is the second appeal in this case, and many of the facts relevant to this appeal are set out in our first decis... More...
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Steven Lincoln v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

fee-shifting mechanism in 33 U.S.C. § 928(a) or, in the alternative, because Ceres’s notice of controversion irrevocably triggered the same provision. We reject his arguments and deny his petition.



On May 24, 2011, Lincoln filed a claim with the District Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) for benefits under the LHWCA, alleging that he ha... More...
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Estate of Marvin L. Booker v. Faun Gomez

Denver police arrested Marvin Booker on a warrant for failure to appear at a hearing regarding a drug charge. During booking, Mr. Booker died while in custody after officers restrained him in response to his alleged insubordination.

Several officers pinned Mr. Booker face-down to the ground, one placed him in a chokehold, and another tased him. After the officers sought medical help for ... More...
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Paige Trotter Holloway and Barbara Trotter Collins, Et Al v. Richard Monroe, Kathy Kyle and Dawn Rigby

This is an appeal from a summary judgment in favor of the Appellees, Richard Monroe, Kathy Kyle, and Dawn Rigby. The Appellants, Paige Trotter Holloway and Barbara Trotter Collins, Individually, as Co-Administrators of the Estate of J. T. Trotter, Deceased, as Co-Trustees of Trotter Grandchildren’s 1993 Trusts, J. T. Trotter 2004 Grantor Trust, Trotter GGC 2004 Trust, Trotter 1993 Trust for Paig... More...   $0 (03-08-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jordie L. Callahan

A federal jury convicted an Ashland couple of engaging in a labor trafficking conspiracy and other crimes related to them holding woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor for them, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal... More...   $0 (03-07-2014 - OH)

Sarahjane Blum v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Sarahjane Blum and four others are committed and experienced animal right activists. Although they have never been prosecuted or threatened with prosecution under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act ("AETA" or "Act"), 18 U.S.C. § 43, which criminalizes "force, violence, and threats involving animal enterprises," they sued to obtain declaratory and injunctive relief that the statute is unconstitut... More...   $0 (03-07-2014 - MA)

Cameron Joseph Molberg v. The State of Texas

Cameron Joseph Molberg appeals from the judgment ordering him to pay the State of Texas principal, interest, late charges, and fees based on his guaranty of student loans that Amanda Miller failed to 1 repay timely. Molberg contends on appeal that the State failed to prove the satisfaction of a condition precedent to his obligation existed—namely that Miller’s failure to pay was not due to her... More...   $0 (03-07-2014 - TX)

State of North Carolina v. Justin Hurd

The State of North Carolina charged Justin Hurd, age 35, with three counts of first-degree murder in conjunction with the shooting deaths Kinshasa Wagstaff, Kevin Young and Jasmine Hines.

Hurd was a high school honor who the State claimed had grown into an enforcer for a New York drug cartel.... More...
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David Esparaza v. County of Los Angeles

Plaintiffs David Esparza, Alan Mark, Anthony Mora, and Irene Redd were peace officers employed by the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety (OPS). The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve OPS and merge its functions with that of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Plaintiffs each had the opportunity to apply for deputy sheriff positions, but did not meet the Sh... More...   $0 (03-06-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Audrey Owens

A deputy public defender for Riverside County pleaded guilty today to two felony counts of stealing social security benefits.

Audrey Owens, 60, of Upland, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government property before United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

Owens pleaded guilty one week before she was scheduled to go on trial to two of the five counts contained in... More...
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Cion Adonis Peralta v. T.C. Dillard

We consider whether prison officials sued for money damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 may raise a lack of available resources as a defense.

I. Background

At the time Cion Adonis Peralta arrived at California State Prison, Los Angeles County (Lancaster), the prison had only three or four dentists and three or four dental assistants. It had no office technicians or dental hygienists. Sta... More...
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United States of America v. Todd Morgan

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced the guilty plea of a West Pittston man for his role in a conspiracy to distribute “bath salts”.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Todd Morgans, age 34, pled guilty to conspiring with others to distribute alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (A-PVP), an analogue of methylenedioxypyr... More...
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The People v. Michael Rafael Canizales

A jury convicted defendants, Michael Canizales and KeAndre Windfield of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 during which a principal discharged a firearm proximately causing death (§ 12022.53, subds. (d) & (e)(1)), and two counts of attempted willful, premeditated and deliberate murder (§§ 664/187), during which a principal discharged a firearm (§ 12022.53, subds. (c) & (e)(1)... More...   $0 (03-05-2014 - CA)

In re Roy Thinnes Butler

Inmate Roy Thinnes Butler pled guilty to second degree murder in 1988, when he was 20 years old, for his participation in the slaying of a man who had repeatedly, physically abused two other people. Despite the recommendation of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) that Butler be placed on probation, he was sentenced to an indeterminate term of 15 years to life. The Board of Parole Heari... More...   $0 (03-05-2014 - CA)

Ernesto Galarza v. Mark Szalczyk

Ernesto Galarza is a U.S. citizen who was arrested for a drug offense, posted bail, and instead of being released, was held in custody by Lehigh County under an immigration detainer issued by federal immigration officials. Three days after Galarza posted bail, immigration officials learned that he was a U.S. citizen. The detainer was withdrawn and Galarza was released. Galarza then filed this § 1... More...   $0 (03-04-2014 - PA)

United States of America v. Andrew Michael Spofford

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers announced that on March 3, 2014, Andrew Michael Spofford, 23, Fargo N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson, to serve 17 ½ years in prison for his involvement in the drug conspiracy “Operation Stolen Youth.”

On Oct 29, 2012, Spofford pleaded guilty to one count each of; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute ... More...
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The People v. Jonathan Keith Jackson

A jury convicted defendant Jonathan Keith Jackson of the first degree murder of Monique Cleveland (Pen. Code, § 187),1 the willful, deliberate, and premeditated attempted murder of Robert Cleveland (§§ 664, 187), and being a felon in possession of a firearm (former § 12021, subd. (a)(1), now § 29800, subd. (a)). The jury found true the allegations that defendant inflicted great bodily injury ... More...   $0 (03-03-2014 - CA)

Antelope Coal Company/Rio Tinto Energy America v. Rolland E. Goodin

Rolland E. Goodin worked at surface coal mines for 25 years and smoked cigarettes for more than 40 years. He developed a respiratory condition and filed for benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act (“BLBA”). 30 U.S.C. §§ 901, et seq. An Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) awarded Mr. Goodin benefits. His employer, Antelope Coal Company/Rio Tinto Energy America (“Antelope”), appealed, ... More...   $0 (03-03-2014 - UT)

United States of America v. Joey Chibuko a/k/a Steve Ray Bucvkley, a/k/a Steven R. Buckley, a/k/a Steven Buckley, a/k/a Steven Buckeley, a/k/a Joseph Pride

Joey Chibuko appeals his judgment of conviction and sentence following trial in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Bryant, J.), on nine counts of various fraud crimes, including three counts of aggravated identity theft, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. Each § 1028A count arose from Chibuko’s


impersonation of the same individual. The district court ordered that... More...
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United States of America v. Dean Moss

Dean Moss, a 26-year-old enrolled Northern Arapaho man from Arapahoe, Wyoming, was sentenced by United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl for second degree murder. Moss received 204 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. The charges stemmed from the stabbing death of Dwight Spoonhunter on June 9, 2013, on the ... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - WY)

The People v. Tyris Lamar Franklin

Defendant Tyris Lamar Franklin appeals a judgment convicting him of one count of first degree murder and sentencing him to a mandatory term of 50 years to life in prison. He contends the court made numerous instructional and evidentiary errors and that because he was 16 years of age at the time of the crime his sentence violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - CA)

Estate of Montana Lance v. Lewisville Independent School District

When he was in the fourth grade, Montana Lance locked himself inside of the school nurse’s bathroom and took his own life. Montana was a special-needs student, and Montana’s parents sued the Lewisville Independent School District (the “School District”) alleging, among other claims, that the School District violated Montana’s constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and discriminate... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - TX)

Cindy Lee Garcia v. Google, Inc.

While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn’t often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa. But that’s exactly what happened to Cindy Lee Garcia when she agreed to act in a film with the working title “Desert Warrior.” The film’s writer and producer, Mark Basseley Youssef—who also goes by the names Nakoula Basseley N... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - WA)

Pamela Lombana, as Trustee of the Fernando Lombana Investment Trust 10-6-98; Pamela Lombana, as Trustee of the Christina Elisa Lombana Trust Agency; Pamela Lombana, as Trustee of the Natalia Elizabeth Lombana Trust Agency; and Pamela Lombana, as trustee v. AIG American General Life Insurance Company f/k/a The Old Line Life Insurance Company of America

Appellant, Pamela Lombana (“Lombana”), acting as the trustee of the Fernando Lombana Investment Trust 10-6-98, the Christina Elisa Lombana Trust Agency, the Natalia Elizabeth Lombana Trust Agency, and the Nicholas Fernando Lombana Trust Agency, challenges the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee, AIG American General Life Insurance Company, on her claims against A... More...   $0 (02-27-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Raymond A. Barnes and Christopher A. Brown

The United States of America charged Raymond A. Barnes, age 43, and Christopher A. Brown, age 32, with:

As to Barnes:

18:241 Conspiracy Against Rights (1)

18:241: Conspiracy Against Rights (1s)

18:242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law (2-3)

18:242: Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law (2s-3s)

As to Brown:

18:241 Co... More...
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