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Dennis DeMartin v. State of Florida*

Appellant appeals the trial court’s order finding him guilty of two counts of contempt. Appellant claims that the trial court erred in finding him in contempt for failing to divulge during voir dire that his ex-wife was arrested for DUI and for conducting a drinking experiment during the pendency of a trial in which appellant was a juror. We find that competent substantial evidence supports the ... More...   $0 (03-30-2016 - FL)

United States of America v. Earl D. Grigsby

Jefferson County, Kentucky, Man Sentenced To 92 Months For An Attempted Murder-For-Hire Scheme

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Jefferson County, Kentucky, man was sentenced today in United States District Court, by Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III, to 92 months in prison followed by a three year period of supervised release, for an attempted murder-for-hire scheme, announced United States Attorney... More...
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Carl Dion Lovings v. The State of Texas

On February 23, 2014, Officer Mark Contreras of the Houston Police Department was dispatched to the home of LaTanya Peterson, the complainant and appellant’s wife. Contreras testified that when he arrived at the house, Peterson was “very upset, crying, [and] frazzled.” She immediately said to him, “He beat me. He beat me. He hit me like a dog. I thought he was going to kill me.” “He” referred to a... More...   $0 (03-29-2016 - TX)


Thedefendant,ErynGilligan,appealsfrom the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial,ofoperatingamotorvehiclewhileundertheinfluence of alcohol or drugs or both in violation of General Statutes§ 14-227a(a)(1).Thedefendantclaimsthatthe trial court erred by (1) admitting into evidence expert testimonyregardingthequantitativeresultsofherurine test and (2) finding that she was a second off... More...   $0 (03-28-2016 - CT)


The defendant, Daniel B., appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of attempt to commit murder in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-49 and 53a-54a. On appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction, (2) the trial court unduly restricted his access to certain information regarding a confidential informant who testified ... More...   $0 (03-28-2016 - CT)


The government appeals only the district court’s ruling that it cannot proceed on
its reverse-piercing alter-ego theory.1 The court essentially ruled that the government had
failed to state a claim, regardless of the truth of its allegations. For the purposes of this
appeal, we therefore take the allegations of the government’s complaint (the Complaint)
as true, see Gee v. Pa... More...
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Kate Calvin, et al. v. Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, et al.

Imagine a fictional Florida county—I’ll call it Marshall County—with a total census population of 12,000. Marshall County is run by a board of commissioners comprised of five peo-ple, each of whom is elected from a single-member district with a total census population of exactly 2,400. The Marshall County School Board, which also has five members, uses the same district lines. Case 4:15-cv-00131-M... More...   $0 (03-24-2016 - FL)


Bartley and his first wife, Laura, had three children and what was
described as a tumultuous marriage. Laura left the marriage when their
children were younger than school age, and the couple engaged in a lengthy
and acrimonious custody battle. At some point after the dissolution of his
marriage to Laura, Bartley remarried. During the majority of the time period at
issue, ... More...
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Michael Day v. State of Indiana

In January 2015, Day resided with his wife, M.D., and their two minor
children, C.D. and J.D., in a home in Brookville, Indiana. Because of problems
in the marriage and frequent arguments, the couple decided a divorce was
necessary. M.D. described the couple’s “fighting” as “name calling.”
Transcript at 6. A majority of the couple’s recent frustrations existed because
... More...
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Tawuan Townes v. State of Alabama

Townes had plans to rob Woods, a known drug dealer. Woods lived in a house in Dothan with his girlfriend, India Starks. On November 13, 2008, Townes and Cornelius Benton drove to Woods's house. Townes was armed with a .22 caliber rifle, and Benton was armed with a .380 caliber pistol that belonged to Townes's brother. Townes and Benton wore dark clothing and obscured their faces to conceal their ... More...   $0 (03-13-2016 - AL)


Larry E. Craig represented Idaho in the United States Senate from 1991 to 2009. On June 11, 2007, he was flying from Idaho to Washington, D.C., with a stop for a connecting flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. During that stop, a police officer arrested the Senator in the airport bathroom on charges of disorderly conduct and interference with privacy. On August 1, Craig sig... More...   $0 (03-07-2016 - DC)


Mr. Wolens and Ms. Wolens were married in New York in 1986. See Pl.’s Supplemental Br. in Opp’n to Def.’s Mot. to Dismiss and in Support of Pl.’s Mot. for Summary Judgment (“Pl.’s Cross-Mot.”) at 7, ECF No. 17. They later moved to London, England and resided there together through the time of their divorce on January 24, 2006, which divorce was granted by order of the United Kingdom High Court o... More...   $0 (03-07-2016 - DC)

Thompson v. Pruitt Corporation

On January 11, 2011, Respondent, Mae Ruth Davis Thompson (Daughter), and her brother, Andrew Phillip Davis (Son), had their mother, Eula Mae Davis (Mother), transferred from Piedmont Medical Center to a nearby nursing home facility owned or operated by Appellant UniHealth Post Acute Care-Rock Hill (UniHealth). A UniHealth employee presented an Admission Agreement, an Arbitration Agreement (AA), a... More...   $0 (03-06-2016 - SC)

Casimir Eme-Odunze v. The State of Texas

Appellant Casimir Eme-Odunze appeals his conviction by a jury for the offense of assault of a family member. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.01(a)(1) (West Supp. 2014). The trial court sentenced him to one year in Harris County jail, and probated the sentence to community supervision for a period of 18 months. Appellant challenges his conviction in three issues: (1) the State failed to meet its burd... More...   $0 (03-01-2016 - TX)

State Of Rhode Island v. Craig Van Dongen

The defendant, Craig Van Dongen, was found
guilty of domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct by a Superior Court justice
sitting without a jury. He now appeals from the judgment of conviction, arguing that the trial
justice erred by: (1) overlooking and misconceiving material evidence; (2) failing to apply the
correct burden of proof with respect to his claim ... More...
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Terry Foth appeals from his conviction and sentence, following a jury trial,
for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. Foth asserts the district court
erred when it excluded evidence that the victim allegedly made prior false
accusations of domestic abuse; furthermore, he argues, trial counsel was
ineffective for failing to assert the admission of this evidence was con... More...
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Rudy Martinez, Jr. v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence that M.R.’s parents often left M.R. and her younger sister
in appellant’s care. On one occasion, when M.R. was eight years old, appellant was babysitting them
and M.R. failed to clean her room as instructed. Appellant took her to her mother’s bedroom to be
punished. M.R. thought she was going to get a spanking. Appellant left the room and returned
holdin... More...
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Christopher Michael Town v. The State of Wyoming bv

On October 3, 2013, the State filed an information charging Appellant with the first degree murder of his estranged wife. In the accompanying Affidavit of Probable Cause, a Cheyenne police detective stated that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the previous night, a man called 911 and said he had shot and killed his wife. The police arrived at the residence and found Appellant outside. Inside, they... More...   $0 (02-19-2016 - WY)

United States of America v. David Matusiewicz and Thomas Matusiewicz and Lenore Matusiewicz and Amy Gonzalez

Three Members of Matusiewicz Family Receive Life Sentences

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, Kevin L. Perkins, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Division, and Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., Colonel, Delaware State Police, announced today that United States District Court Judge Gerald A. McHugh sentence... More...
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Donald D. Dickey appeals from his convictions for first-degree murder and arson, for
which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Because appellant received a sentence of life
imprisonment, our jurisdiction lies pursuant to Arkansas Supreme Court Rule 1-2(a)(2)
(2015). Appellant makes the following arguments on appeal: that the trial court erred when
it (1) denied his motion for ... More...
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Commonwealth v. Garcia

This appeal raises the issue whether the spousal disqualification set forth in G. L. c. 233, § 20, First, which bars a spouse from testifying "as to private conversations with the other," applies when one spouse has disclosed the substance of a private conversation to a third party. The defendant was convicted by a jury of rape, G. L. c. 265, § 22 (b). The victim, whom we shall call Sally,1 is ... More...   $0 (02-16-2016 - MA)

In the Interest of L.R.P. and H.A.P.

In her sole issue on appeal, appellant Pamela Sue Niemczyk contends the trial court abused its discretion by dismissing with prejudice her “Petition for Enforcement of Spousal Maintenance.” We affirm the trial court’s order dismissing with prejudice Niemczyk’s petition for enforcement.

Rodney Dean Patten and Niemczyk1 married in December 1990 and separated in July 2010.... More...
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In January 2007, Jesse Brown was charged with first-degree kidnapping
and second-degree sexual abuse after he forced his estranged wife Michelle1
and others into Michelle’s vehicle and ordered her, at knife point, to drive around.
They eventually ended up at a motel, where Jesse had sexual intercourse with
Michelle. Trial in the matter was held in July 2007, and Jesse was ult... More...
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State of Nebraska, v. Clinton Brooks

On September 26, 2013, Brooks was charged by information with theft by deception involving $500 to $1,500. On December 11, the State amended the information to include a second charge of the unauthorized practice of law. The events giving rise to this case began in the fall of 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska, when Joshua Jordan Fitzgerald began contemplating dissolving his marriage. At the time, Joshua ... More...   $0 (02-04-2016 - NE)

State of Tennessee v. Kenny Thomason

A Rutherford County Grand Jury indicted the Appellant for the first degree premeditated murder and felony murder of the victim, Kimberly Kuhlman. The crimes occurred at the residence of Kimberly Burke, who was the Appellant‟s ex-wife. The Appellant was also indicted for the aggravated assault of Ms. Burke.
Kimberly Burke testified at trial that she moved to Tennessee from Kentucky in... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - tn)

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