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Bradley Arndt v. State of Indiana

Arndt, born on October 22, 1967, and his two older brothers, Jeff Arndt1 and
Thomas Arndt (Thomas), grew up in Trail Creek, LaPorte County, Indiana.
The Arndt brothers had a “hard” childhood—with a father who “drank a lot
and took it out on the kids.” (Tr. p. 188). Arndt, in particular, struggled as he
was “picked on” by students at school and other children in his neighborh... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - IN)

United States of America v. Travis Edward Fischer

Seattle, WA - Seattle Area Man who Claimed Fictitious Twin Brother to Collect Additional Federal Benefits Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

Illegally Collected Benefits including Housing and Food Assistance for more than 20 Years

A SeaTac man who used a second identity to defraud federal and state public assistance programs for more than 20 years was sentenced today in U.S. Distr... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - WA)

Meghan Stapleton v. Interim Health Care of Tulsa, Inc., Interim Health Care, Inc. and Debra Albrecht Crandall, R.N.

Tulsa, OK - Meghan Stapleton sued Interim Health Care of Tulsa, Inc., Interim Health Care, Inc. and Debra Albrecht Crandall, R.N. on medical negligence (medical malpractice) theories claiming:

1. MEGHAN STAPLETON is a resident of Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma.

2. INTERIM HEALTHCARE OF TULSA, OK, INC., is a Domestic For Profit Business Corporation.

   $0 (07-05-2016 - OK)

Richard J. McVey v. State of Indiana

Effective July 1, 2001, a defendant eighteen years or older who is convicted of
molesting a child less than twelve years old is required to register as a sex
offender for life. See P.L. 238-2001, § 13; Ind. Code Ann. § 5-2-12-13(c)
(LexisNexis 2001), now codified at Ind. Code Ann. § 11-8-8-19(c) (West Supp.
2015). Before July 1, 2001, a defendant convicted of child molesting ... More...
   $0 (07-04-2016 - IN)

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al. v. Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health, et al.

Indianapolis, IN - Federal Judge Enters Temporary Injunction In Favor of Plaintiffs In Anti-Abortion Legislation Challenge

Plaintiff Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al. sued the Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health seeking a declaratory judge invalidating an Indiana anti-abortion law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor claiming that the law was un... More...
   $0 (07-01-2016 - IN)

Ronald Malam vs. State of Missouri, Department of Corrections

Mr. Malam was employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections
(employer) as a corrections officer. While at work, Mr. Malam executed a
“takedown” on an uncooperative inmate. Mr. Malam initially experienced only an
adrenaline rush. As he escorted the inmate to his housing unit, Mr. Malam
became short of breath and began spitting up blood. Mr. Malam was taken by
ambul... More...
   $0 (06-28-2016 - MO)

Leonard Darnell Williams v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of K.P., a disabled individual. He
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence in only one respect: he contends “[t]here was not
sufficient evidence that appellant knew the victim could not consent because her mental
infirmities made her unable to appraise the nature of the situation or of resisting.” We therefore
limit our... More...
   $0 (06-26-2016 - )

Joe Lewis v. The State of Texas

Joe Lewis appeals his possession with intent to deliver cocaine in an amount of four
grams or more but less than 200 grams in cause number 05-14-01606-CR, possession with intent
to deliver methamphetamine in an amount of more than one gram but less than four grams in
cause number 05-14-01607-CR, and possession of marijuana in an amount of five pounds or less
but more than four ... More...
   $0 (06-26-2016 - TX)

Stephen Lars Morris v. The State of Texas

On April 13, 2013, Morris visited Edna Blair at her apartment. Blair
testified during the sentencing hearing that she had ended her relationship with
Morris the day before, and Morris was angry that she did not want to resume the
relationship. She testified that Morris had been packing his things in the bedroom
as she stood at her front door on the phone when Morris rushed ou... More...
   $0 (06-23-2016 - TX)

State of Vermont v. B.C.; State of Vermont v. D.H.

This is an appeal by the State1 concerning mental health orders
involving D.H. and B.C. The State’s Attorney contends it was entitled to be heard on its motions
for continued treatment at the expiration of mental health orders regarding D.H. and B.C., who 1 The appellant in these cases on behalf of the State is the State’s Attorney. Th... More...
   $0 (06-22-2016 - VT)

Helen L. Hyde v. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence; Jeffrey Thomas v. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence

The plaintiffs filed complaints in Providence County Superior Court against the Roman
Catholic Bishop of Providence (defendant), alleging that Father Brendan Smyth sexually abused
them on numerous occasions, beginning in 1967 until approximately 1970. The plaintiffs
alleged that the acts of abuse visited upon them all occurred while Smyth was under defendant’s
supervision. At... More...
   $0 (06-22-2016 - RI)

Kenneth Simmons v. State of South Carolina

Petitioner Kenneth Simmons was convicted and sentenced for the 1996 murder and criminal sexual assault of an 89-year-old Summerville woman. Petitioner sought post-conviction relief (PCR), which was granted in part. Because Petitioner is intellectually disabled, the PCR court vacated Petitioner's death sentence and imposed a sentence of life without parole, a matter which is not before us. See Atk... More...   $0 (06-21-2016 - SC)

State of Florida v. Raymond Bright

A jury convicted Bright for the first-degree murders of Derrick King and
Randall Brown. Bright v. State, 90 So. 3d 249, 254 (Fla. 2012). The jury
recommended death by a vote of eight to four for the murders of both victims, and
the trial court sentenced Bright to death for both murders. Id. at 256.
On direct appeal, we previously detailed the facts leading to Bright’s death ... More...
   $0 (06-21-2016 - FL)


In August 2012, Appellant, Ricardo D. Taylor, had been dating Tina
Norman for nearly one month. The two had also been living together at Tina's
apartment. Around noon on August 2, 2012, while at Tina's apartment, Taylor
began questioning her about cheating on him with another man. Tina, who
was high at the time, laughed in response and Taylor became very angry. He
threw a ... More...
   $0 (06-21-2016 - KY)

Jose Franco, III v. The State of Texas

The following evidence was adduced at trial. Appellant lived with his girlfriend
Amanda Gonzales. The victim, J.F,2 appellant’s thirteen-year-old son, and his three
siblings3 resided in the home, along with Gonzales’s two children. On May 12, 2013,
appellant asked his sister, A.T., if J.F. could reside with her because J.F. was “out of
control.” A.T. testified that she met... More...
   $0 (06-17-2016 - TX)

Randy Ebrecht v. State of Indiana

On September 25, 2015, the State charged Ebrecht with battery, as a Class A
misdemeanor, after he allegedly battered his stepmother. On December 14,
Ebrecht pleaded guilty as charged. Ebrecht chose not to give a statement at
sentencing, and the trial court sentenced him to one year of work release, with
ten months executed and two months suspended to probation. At the
c... More...
   $0 (06-12-2016 - IN)

United States of America v. Ivan Hondal Chavez

Tulsa, OK - Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for His Participating in a Drug Conspiracy

Ivan Hondal Chavez, 30, Vera Cruz, Mexico, was sentenced to 132 months in prison for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy Chief United States District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell also sentenced Hondal to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence and o... More...
   $0 (06-11-2016 - OK)

Lajeanra E. Polk v. State of Tennessee

On August 4, 2008, the Petitioner and her cousin, Nicole T. Davis, were indicted for the first degree premeditated murder and felony murder of the victim, Carolyn VegaVelasquez, in November 1995. State v. Lejeanra E. Polk, No. M2011-00226-CCA-R3CD, 2011 WL 5022816, at *1, 3 (Tenn. Crim. App. at Nashville, Oct. 21, 2011). At a bench trial, the Petitioner was convicted of second degree murder and ... More...   $0 (06-09-2016 - TN)

Rex Hefley v. OU Physicians, et al.

Oklahoma City, OK - Rex Hefley sued David R. Huard, M.D., Roxie Albrecht, M.D., and Jeffrey S. Bender, M.D. and HCA Health Services Of Oklahoma, Inc. on medical negligence theories claiming to have been injured and/or damaged as a direct result of having been provided substandard care by the Defendants after being injured in a car wreck on March 16, 2009 for treatment of traumatic brain injuries, ... More...   $0 (06-09-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Paul Herbert

Paul Hebert Sentenced to Four Year Term of Probation and $5,000 Fine for Social Security and Medicaid Fraud

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Paul Hebert, 51, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, formerly of Barre, Vermont, was sentenced today for Social Security fraud and Medicaid fraud. Chief District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Hebert to ... More...
   $5000 (06-08-2016 - VT)

The State of Texas v. Phillip Andrew Frias

On January 7, 2012, Phillip Frias kidnapped and sexually assaulted seventeen-year old
K.N. A jury found him guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault (Counts I and II) and
aggravated kidnapping (Count III) as alleged in the indictment. The jury assessed punishment at
life imprisonment on all three counts. Frias timely filed his motion for new trial, which the trial
c... More...
   $0 (05-30-2016 - TX)

Kennedy Riley v. The State of Texas

According to testimony of Alicia Green, she and her boyfriend, Kennedy Riley, planned to
relieve Troydricus Robinson of his “stash” of both drugs and money using the cover story of Green
promising to exchange sex with Robinson for some of his “weed.” As her version went, when
Green expressed doubts about the plan, Riley said he “would have to shoot him then.” Robinson
was ult... More...
   $0 (05-30-2016 - TX)


On May 11, 2012, seventeen-year-old Isaiah Sweet shot and killed Richard and Janet Sweet. Richard and Janet had cared for Sweet since he was four years old, as his biological mother was unable to do so. Richard was Sweet’s biological grandfather. Richard and Janet had been married for thirty years. Sweet was arrested three days after the murder. After being given Miranda warnings, Sweet desc... More...   $0 (05-27-2016 - IA)

Timothy Deshun Waters v. The State of Texas

D.H., the complainant, has a full-scale IQ of 53 and has been diagnosed with
bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and mental retardation. In 2012, when D.H. was
seventeen years old, she was placed in the home of Rita Stevenson, a foster parent
for mentally challenged adults.
During this time period, appellant was living with his sister, Rebecca
Thompson, who was friends with ... More...
   $0 (05-24-2016 - TX)

Justin Wayne Parris v. The State of Texas

In June 2009, Appellant lived in a house with his 12-year-old sister,
Danielle; his mother; and his 82-year-old grandfather, Johnnie Gonzales, who
owned the home. Gonzales also owned the house next to his home and the house
behind his home. Gonzales’s ex-wife and his son, Thomas, lived in the house next
door. Gonzales’s son, Junior, and Junior’s wife, Mary, lived in the hous... More...
   $0 (05-23-2016 - TX)

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