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Sylla Bangaly v. Alfred B. Baggiani

¶ 1 The instant appeal concerns a criminal contempt finding arising out of wrongful death
litigation in which the contemnor, Bangaly Sylla,1 was involved as the administrator of the
1We note that, due to inconsistencies in the record on appeal, Sylla was referred to as “Sylla
Bangaly” in our earlier opinion concerning that litigation but is actually named “Bangaly Sylla.”
No. 1-15-... More...
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Timothy W. Harper v. Sheryl E. Harper

[¶1] Timothy W. Harper appeals from a judgment entered in the
Business and Consumer Docket (Horton, J.) partially denying his motion to
reconsider and amend a previously-entered divorce judgment distributing his
and Sheryl E. Harper’s assets. We affirm the judgment.
[¶2] The following facts are derived from the court’s final amended
divorce judgment and are su... More...
   $0 (08-01-2017 - ME)

In the Matter of the Marriage of Randy Gene Donathan and Margaret Mary Donathan

This appeal is about one facet of the trial court's division of property upon the dissolution of the marriage of Randy and Margaret. Specifically, the trial court had to determine three potential reimbursement claims regarding real estate which was owned by Randy prior to their marriage. Under the inception of title doctrine it was Randy's separate property. During the marriage both Randy and Marg... More...   $0 (08-01-2017 - TX)

Joseph Chalifoux v. Jennifer Chalifoux, Shaun Woods and Town of Tyingsborough United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit - Boston, Massachusetts

Appellee Jennifer Chalifoux ("Jennifer")
filed for divorce from her husband, appellant Joseph Chalifoux
("Joseph"), on May 5, 2010. The subsequent divorce proceedings
were highly contentious1 and spawned a torrent of additional
lawsuits in various federal and state courts. The case before us
now is the latest iteration of these lawsuits, wi... More...
   $0 (07-31-2017 - MA)

Misty Dawn Barnes v. Benjamin Scott Barnes

¶1 In this post-dissolution of marriage proceeding, Petitioner/Appellant, Misty Dawn Barnes, now Wynn (Mother), appeals from an order of modification which granted Respondent/Appellee, Benjamin Scott Barnes (Father), the right to claim one minor child as a dependent for tax exemption purposes. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm the trial court's order.

¶2 Mother and Father entered ... More...
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Isaiah Christopher Roberts v. The State of Texas Longview capital murder suspect requests private investigator

A Gregg County jury found Isaiah Christopher Roberts guilty of capital murder for the
shooting deaths of Kimberly Rayson and Chanda Martin. Roberts was sentenced to the mandatory
punishment of life imprisonment without parole.1
On appeal, Roberts argues that (1) the jury’s verdict of guilt is not supported by legally
sufficient evidence, (2) the trial court erred in denying ... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - TX)

Marianne Irvin v. Contra Costa County Employees'Retirement Association

Plaintiff Marianne Irvin and her late husband, Richard Irvin (respectively,
Marianne and Richard), obtained a judgment of legal separation a few months before his
death. Notwithstanding the separation, the couple‘s agreement dividing their assets
reflected Richard‘s intent that Marianne would receive the pension benefits available to a
surviving spouse after his death. Defendant Co... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - CA)

E. Peter Healey v. Edwin N. Healey, Elizabeth Healey and Michael R. Healey

E. Peter Healey (Pete) appeals from an adverse judgment rendered after a jury trial in this family dispute involving duty and money. Initially brought by his father, Edwin N. Healey (Bud), against Pete and his brothers Paul C. Healey and Mark J. Healey, the suit widened when Pete named his siblings, Elizabeth Healey (Liza) and Michael R. Healey (Mike) as third-party defendants. Pete asserts ten is... More...   $0 (07-12-2017 - TX)

Lorri Annette Lancashire v. David Antony Lancashire

This appeal arises out of a dispute over a provision in an agreed decree of divorce naming David Anthony Lancashire constructive trustee of property decreed to Lorri Annette Lancashire.1 That property consisted of a “[f]ifty [p]ercent (50%) undivided interest in all units or shares in the business entity known as Bold Ventures, LLC2 in [David’s] name.” The dispute centered on whether David, as con... More...   $0 (07-11-2017 - TX)


On June 30, 2010, Zwickl pled no contest in case No. 09CR287 to a third offense of driving under the influence, a nongrid felony. On October 10, 2010, he was sentenced to 1 year in the county jail, with 18 months' probation after serving the mandatory minimum of 90 days' incarceration. The district court noted during the sentencing that Zwickl had 27 prior convictions, including some violence-rela... More...   $0 (07-11-2017 - KS)

In the Interest of A.T.R. and S.B.R.

This appeal originates from a suit affecting the parent-child relationship in which
appellant Father has repeatedly sought to modify or clarify child support. The issue raised on
appeal is procedural in nature; therefore, we provide a procedural history as necessary rather than
the underlying facts regarding the divorce or SAPCR, as they are not relevant for disposition of
this app... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - TX)


Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder and evidence tampering, and
was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of his 64-year-old stepfather,
Roy Andrews, after Peterson’s jury recommended death by a vote of seven to five.
Peterson, 94 So. 3d at 519, 523. The facts of Peterson’s crime are set forth in this
Court’s opinion affirming his conviction and sentences o... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - FL)

In the Matter of the Marriage of Carolyn Clark Kennedy and Donald Ray Clark Sr. and Donald Ray Clark Jr.

This appeal is brought by appellants Donald Ray Clark, Sr., and his son, Donald
Ray Clark, Jr., complaining of a judgment entered in favor of appellee Carolyn Clark
Kennedy. We affirm in part and reverse and remand in part.
Donald Sr. had four children, including Donald Jr., and they resided at 2511 7th
Street, Galena Park, Texas. In May ... More...
   $0 (07-06-2017 - )

Brian Dunkley v. State of Tennessee Nashville man sentenced for plotting to kill wife

The murder-for-hire plot came to light when Herman Marshall told law enforcement that his brother-in-law, co-defendant Donte Chestnut, had approached him with an opportunity to make $10,000 for committing a murder. State v. Brian Dunkley, No. M2012-00548-CCA-R3-CD, 2014 WL 2902257, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App. June 25, 2014) perm. app. denied (Tenn. Nov. 20, 2014). The victim of the murder was to be ... More...   $0 (07-05-2017 - TN)

Herman Florez Jr. v. The State of Texas

Florez and his wife Jennifer moved in with her mother in August or
September 2014 while their new home was being built. While they lived with
Jennifer’s mother, they kept all of their jewelry in a safe in her mother’s house
because, according to Jennifer, it “[j]ust felt like a safe place to keep it because
[they] knew [they] were going to move.” Florez and Jennifer moved to ... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Frederikc W. Dobbins v. Cassandra L. Dobbins Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

This is an appeal from the trial court’s order denying post-decree relief requested by appellant Frederikc W. Dobbins after a final decree was entered in his divorce from appellee Cassandra L. Dobbins.1 He presents three issues, all addressing the property division aspects of the divorce decree. We will affirm.
1 Through the decree, appellee changed her name to Cassandra Lynn Preston.
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

In the Matter of the Marriage of Tamra Michelle Decker and Brad Steven Decker and In the Interest of J.L.D., K.R.D., and J.R.D., Children Red River County Courthouse - Clarksville, Texas

On July 29, 2016, the trial court entered its final decree of divorce dissolving the marriage
of Tamra Michelle Decker and Brad Steven Decker. As part of the property division, the trial
court awarded Tamra, inter alia, (1) all sums and rights related to any profit-sharing plan,
retirement plan, Keogh plan, pension plan, employee stock option plan, 401(k) plan, employee
savings pla... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - )

In the interest of M. T. R.

After the Williamson County court at law1 signed its “Order in Suit for Modification
of Support Order and to Confirm Support Arrearage” in August 2016, pro se appellant Dustin Shane
Reininger filed two notices of appeal. We affirm the Williamson County court at law’s order.
Procedural and Factual Summary
In 2003, the Travis County district court signed an agreed divorce degree diss... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Sandra E. Parker v. Robert J. Glasgow, Jr.; and Glasgow, Taylor, Isham & Glasgow, P.C.

Is a former client barred as a matter of law from bringing a legal
malpractice claim against the attorney and law firm who assisted her in obtaining
a mediated property settlement and agreed judgment in a divorce based on the
attorney’s allegedly negligent pre-settlement advice? We hold that the answer is
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
no in this appeal from a take-nothing su... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Vladek Filler v. Mary Kellett, et al. United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Boston, Massachusetts

This appeal arises out of the
state prosecution of Vladek Filler in 2009. He was initially
indicted on five counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of
assault of his then-wife Ligia Arguetta Filler. After two trials
-- and two appeals to the Maine Law Court -- he was convicted only
of one misdemeanor assault count, which he is still challenging.
In the wake of these e... More...
   $0 (06-21-2017 - ME)

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al. v. Angela Leigh Militello, F/K/A Angela Leigh Simpson Starrett

Appellant Angela Leigh Militello sued appellant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and gross negligence arising from its management of several trusts. After a bench trial, the trial court rendered judgment for Militello on all of her claims and made findings of fact and conclusions of law in support of the judgment. In this appeal, Wells Fargo challenges the l... More...   $0 (06-20-2017 - TX)

Deborah Lee Nicholls v. The People of the State of Colorado Colorado Supreme Court

On the night of March 6, 2003, Nicholls’ husband, Tim, set fire to their home
while she was at their business, the Tailgate Bar. The fire killed their three children,
ages eleven, five, and three. After the fire consumed the house, Nicholls returned from
the Tailgate Bar and claimed to have left candles burning inside the house. She showed
little concern for the children and... More...
   $0 (06-20-2017 - CO)

Timothy Onkst v. Jennifer Onkst

In this child-custody case, Timothy Onkst appeals the trial court’s final judgments
on Jennifer Onkst’s Motion for Enforcement and Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship.1
For the reasons set forth below, we will affirm the judgments of the trial court.
Timothy and Jennifer were married on December 23, 2010, and had their first child,
B.O., in October 2011.... More...
   $0 (06-17-2017 - TX)

In re: Paul M. Wojciechowski; Mary E. Wojciechowski, also known as Mary Aubertin

Susan H. Mello and Susan H. Mello, LLC (collectively, "Mello") appeal the
October 21, 2016 order of the bankruptcy court1 confirming Debtors Paul M.
Wojciechowski and Mary E. Wojciechowski's second amended plan.2 We affirm.
Debtors filed a petition for relief under chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code in
April 2016. Debtors listed Mello, who had represented Debtor Paul ... More...
   $0 (06-15-2017 - MO)

Charles Robert Gauger v. Margie Tidwell Gauger

Charles Robert Gauger appeals the entry of a post-answer default judgment
against him in his divorce case. The trial court entered a default judgment because
Gauger failed to appear at the final hearing. Gauger then retained counsel and filed
a motion for new trial in which he alleged that he had a meritorious defense, that a
new trial would not prejudice his ex-wife, and that he h... More...
   $0 (06-15-2017 - TX)

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