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The People v. Christopher Jamees Sattiewhite

A jury convicted defendant Christopher James Sattiewhite of the rape (Pen. Code, § 261),1 kidnapping (§ 207), and murder (§ 187) of Genoveva Gonzales. The jury found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder occurred during the commission of the rape and kidnapping (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(B), (C)), and it found that defendant personally used a firearm during the commission of t... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - CA)

The People v. Alejandro Avila

A jury convicted defendant of kidnapping, committing two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on, and then murdering Samantha Runnion under the special circumstances of murder while kidnapping and murder while committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14. (Pen. Code, §§ 187, 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(B) and (E), 207, 288, subd. (b).)1 After a penalty trial, the jury returned a ver... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - CA)

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

We must decide in these cases whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 107 Stat. 1488,42 U. S. C. §2000bb et seq., permits the United StatesDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS) to demand that three closely held corporations providehealth-insurance coverage for methods of contraceptionthat violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of thecompanies’ owners. We hold... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - DC)

Dilliam Andrew Yeaman v. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. d/b/a Louisville Slugger

Should a manufacturer be required to pay damages because a product performs its intended function too well? High school pitcher Dillon Yeaman was seriously injured when he was struck in the face by a baseball hit from a bat designed, manufactured, and

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sold by Hillerich & Bradsby (H&B), d/b/a Louisville Slugger. Claiming the bat was defective because it propelled the ball to... More...
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Jack M. Peterson, Lilly Peterson, Lacey Mineral and Royalty General Partnership, John R. Lacey, Ramona Lacey, Michael Lacey, Cheryl Lacey, and John Satermo a/k/a Lee John Satermo, Eugene H. Peterson, Plaintiffs and Appellees v. Lester Jasmanka, deceased, through Personal Representative Monica Clark, Chief Financial Officer for Hanna Boys Center, f/k/a Archbishop Hanna Center for Boys, Sonoma, California

[¶ 1] Monica Clark, as the personal representative of the estate of Lester Jasmanka, appeals from a district court order denying her motion to vacate a 1990 default judgment quieting title to certain mineral interests in Jack and Eugene Peterson. We affirm, concluding (1) the 1990 judgment was not void and therefore could not be vacated under N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b)(4), and (2) the motion to vacate th... More...   $0 (06-29-2014 - )

Gilbert Ortiz, Jr. v. The State of Wyoming

[¶1] A jury found Gilbert Ortiz, Jr., guilty of three counts of second-degree sexual
assault. Mr. Ortiz raises seven issues on appeal. We affirm on all issues.
[¶2] 1. Was Mr. Ortiz denied his right to a speedy trial?
2. Did the district court properly admit forensic interview evidence as a prior
consistent statement?
3. Did testimony from a forensic interviewer or... More...
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Sergio Martinez Ramos v. The State of Texas

Sergio Martinez Ramos was indicted for three offenses—evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle, aggravated assault against a public servant, and driving while intoxicated (third offense or more)—and he was alleged to have used or exhibited a deadly weapon in committing each of these offenses. He pleaded guilty to evading arrest or detention, and the jury convicted him of the DWI and aggr... More...   $0 (06-29-2014 - TX)

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. David Stahl

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged David Stahl with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of his wife, Rebecca Stahl, on February 18 2012 in violation of Title 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 2502

Defendant admitted that he killed his wife but asserted that it was voluntary manslaughter and not first-degree murder. He claimed that the was defending himself but... More...
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Zahra Naser v. Lakeridge Athletic Club

Appellant Zahra Naser slipped and fell in the locker room of the Lakeridge Athletic Club (Lakeridge) in El Sobrante, California. She filed suit seeking damages for resulting personal injuries. The trial court granted summary judgment for Lakeridge on the basis that Naser had assumed the risk of harm in use of the health club facilities and that her contract with Lakeridge included a valid release ... More...   $0 (06-27-2014 - CA)

The People v. Carlos Miguel Iraheta

A jury found defendant and respondent Carlos Miguel Iraheta guilty of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in violation of Penal Code section 246.1 Before sentencing, Iraheta moved for a new trial on several grounds, including that the trial court had erred by declining to instruct the jury on imperfect self-defense in relation to the section 246 charge. The trial court concluded it had committed... More...   $0 (06-27-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Naeem Williams

Honolulu, HI - The United States of America charged Naeem Williams with the first-degree murder for his twelve-year-old daughter Talia in 2005 who was beaten to death in military housing. The child was killed the child while disciplining her for bathroom accident. She died July 16, 2005 from a blow to the chest.

The child lived in Williams' home for seven months and was beaten almost ever... More...
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Lisa C. Anderson v. Department of Workforce Services

¶1 Petitioner Lisa C. Anderson seeks judicial review of a
decision of the Workforce Appeals Board (the Board) determining
that her appeal of the initial decision of the Department of
Workforce Services was untimely and that Anderson failed to
demonstrate good cause for the late filing. This case is before the
court on a sua sponte motion for summary disposition.
¶2 In its... More...
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Robert H. Aland v. Matthew H. Mead, Governor of the State of Wyoming; Wyoming Game & Fish Department; and Scott Talbott, Director of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department

[¶1] Robert Aland requested documents related to the status of grizzly bears under the
Endangered Species Act from the Office of the Governor and the Wyoming Game & Fish
Department (collectively the State) pursuant to the Wyoming Public Records Act
(WPRA). The State provided some documents and denied access to others on grounds
that the documents were privileged under the delibera... More...
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Consultants in Radiology, P.A., Jason W. Skiles, D.O., David W. Simonak, D.O., and Fossil Creek Family Medical Center, P.A. v. S.K. and C.K., Individually, and on behalf of J.K., A.K., and R.K., Minor Children

This is a health care liability case. Appellees S.K. and C.K., individually and on behalf of J.K., A.K., and R.K., minor children, sued Appellants

1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.


Consultants in Radiology, P.A. (Radiology), Jason W. Skiles, D.O., David W. Simonak, D.O., and Fossil Creek Family Medical Center, P.A. (Fossil Creek) for negligence related to medical services pro... More...
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Meera Upasani v. State Farm General Insurance Company

Meera Upasani and Mohan Upasani, policyholders of State Farm General Insurance Company and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (collectively, State Farm), were sued for conspiring to aid a mother in abducting her son from his father. State Farm denied the Upasanis’ tender of the defense of that action because abduction claims were not covered claims under the terms of the State Farm policies. T... More...   $0 (06-26-2014 - CA)

The People v. Chester Turner

The People charged Chester Turner, age 47 with the first-degree murders of Cynthia Annette Johnson, age 30, Elandra Bunn, age 33, Mary Edwards, age 42, and Deborah Williams, age 28.

Turner was sentenced to death for other earlier murders committed by him in Los Angeles County. ... More...
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Derek Kitchen v. Gary R. Herbert

Our commitment as Americans to the principles of liberty, due process of law, and equal protection of the laws is made live by our adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America. Historical challenges to these principles ultimately culminated in the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment nearly one-and-a-half centuries ago. This Amendment extends the guarantees of due process and equa... More...   $0 (06-26-2014 - )

Guerra & Moore, L.L.P. v. J. Michael Moore and David Lumber

Seeking a bill of review, Appellant Mark Cantu petitioned the trial court to set aside its August 4, 2008 judgment against him for $1.6 million in damages for legal fees in a product liability suit claiming the wrongful death of Santa Magdalena Gonzalez. His petition alleged that Appellees Guerra & Moore, LLP, Carlos Guerra, J. Michael Moore, and David Lumber conspired to defraud him of the legal ... More...   $0 (06-25-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Paul J. Konigsberg

New York, NY - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PAUL J. KONIGSBERG – a lawyer and accountant who provided services to numerous clients of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (“Madoff Securities”), and who was a personal tax and business adviser to Madoff – pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court before United States... More...   $0 (06-25-2014 - NY)

Paul Casarez Mata v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Paul Casarez Mata of murdering his wife, see Tex. Penal Code § 19.02(b)(1)–(2), and assessed his punishment, enhanced by a prior felony conviction, at life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. See id. 12.42(b). In three points of error on appeal, appellant complains about the admission of extraneous-conduct evidence. The parties are familiar with the facts of ... More...   $0 (06-24-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Dr. James Murphy and Denine Christine Murphy

SAN DIEGO – United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Dr. James Francis Murphy and his wife, Denine Christine Murphy, based on their years-long efforts at preventing the IRS from assessing and collecting the hundreds of thousands of dollars of income taxes they owed from the operation of their medical practice in Encinitas,... More...   $0 (06-24-2014 - CA)

The People v. Pablo Emmanuel Diaz

In the first of two trials in this case, a jury found Pablo Emmanuel Diaz guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (Pen. Code, § 191.5, subd. (a)) (count 2), driving under the influence causing injury (Veh. Code, § 23153, subd. (a))1 (count 3), driving with a measurable blood alcohol causing injury (§ 23153, subd. (b)) (count 4), and driving with a suspended license for an alcoh... More...   $0 (06-24-2014 - CA)

Holly Stroth, Personal Representative of the Wrongful Death Estate of Gary Carl Stroth v. North Lincoln County Hospital District, d/b/a Star Valley Medical Center

[¶1] This case involves a claim arising under the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act
(WGCA), Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 1-39-101 through -121 (LexisNexis 2009). Appellant,
Holly Stroth, as personal representative of the estate of the decedent, Gary Carl Stroth,
filed a wrongful death action against the North Lincoln County Hospital District (d/b/a
Star Valley Medical Center), the Town of T... More...
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Arshavir Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC

In this case, we again address whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state law rule that restricts enforcement of terms in arbitration agreements. Here, an employee seeks to bring a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and similarly situated employees for his employer‘s alleged failure to compensate its employees for, among other things, overtime and meal and rest periods. Th... More...   $0 (06-23-2014 - CA)

Michael Verdugo v. Target Corporation

At the request of a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, we agreed to address a question of state law that is potentially determinative of an appeal now pending before that federal appellate court. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.548.) The question, as reformulated and narrowed to conform to the facts of the pending appeal, is whether, under California law, t... More...   $0 (06-23-2014 - CA)

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