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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...
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State Of Connecticut v. Ralph B.

.Thedefendant,RalphB.,appealsfrom the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, ofattempttocommitassaultinthefirstdegreeinviolation of General Statutes §§ 53a-49 and 53a-59 (a) (1), unlawful restraint in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-95 (a), strangulation in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-64bb (a), and risk of injury to a child in viol... More...   $0 (01-19-2016 - CT)

State Of Kansas v. Seacat

Seacat takes this direct appeal from his conviction by a jury of one count of first-degree premeditated murder, one count of aggravated arson, and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child. Finding no error on the part of the trial court, we affirm. In April 2011, Seacat lived with his wife, Vashti, and their two sons in their house in Kingman, Kansas. Seacat was employed at the time as a... More...   $0 (01-15-2016 - KS)

Shore Chan DePumpo LLP and Edward Mandel v. Steven W. Thrasher d/b/a Thrasher

Shore Chan Depumpo LLP (SCD) and Edward Mandel appeal an order dismissing their
declaratory judgment suit against Steven W. Thrasher d/b/a Thrasher Associates, LLC for want
of jurisdiction. We conclude that Mandel lacks standing to file this lawsuit and the declaratory
judgment suit is an improper collateral attack. Accordingly, we affirm the trial court’s order
dismissing this... More...
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Kathy S. Crofts State of Wyoming, ex rel., Department of Game and Fish

Kathy Crofts was a long-term Game & Fish employee. At all relevant times, Ms. Crofts was a wildlife investigator based in Cody, and was entitled to the protections provided to full-time, permanent employees by the Stateof Wyoming’s Personnel Rules.
[¶4] Ms. Crofts was issued a one-day suspension without pay on October 13, 2011. That suspension was based upon Ms. Crofts’ insubordinate behavior... More...
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United States v. Epstein

On September 11, 2014, a grand jury in Trenton, New Jersey, returned a five-count Superseding Indictment against Binyamin Stimler, Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein ("Goldstein"), and David Aryeh Epstein.1 Defendants are all Orthodox Jewish men and their prosecutions arise out of allegations that Defendants engaged in criminal means to facilitate Orthodox Jewish divorces. According to the Supe... More...   $0 (01-06-2016 - NJ)

Tawuan Townes v. State of Alabama

Tawuan Townes appeals his conviction for capital murder and his sentence of death. Townes was convicted of murder made capital for intentionally killing Christopher Woods during the course of a burglary. See § 13A-5-40(a)(4), Ala. Code 1975. The jury, by a vote of 10-2, recommended that Townes be sentenced to death. The Houston Circuit Court accepted the jury's recommendation and sentenced Town... More...   $0 (01-02-2016 - AL)

United States of America v. Kenneth Eugene Barrett

In January 1999 a warrant was issued for Defendant's arrest for failure to appear at a state criminal trial on drug charges. That September an agent for Oklahoma's District 27 Drug Task Force learned from a confidential informant that Defendant had methamphetamine at his residence. The confidential informant also told the agent that Defendant had promised to kill any officer who came to arrest hi... More...   $0 (01-02-2016 - OK)

United States v. Cole

The Government began investigating Appellant after a broader inspection of government computers revealed sexually explicit materials on his government account. The inspection of Appellant’s computer account disclosed hundreds of sexually explicit images and several videos, all of which were prohibited by regulation from being stored on an Air Force computer system. A few of the depictions showed... More...   $0 (01-02-2016 - SD)

State Of Connecticut v. Davaloo

This certified appeal addresses the scope of the marital communications privilege codified in General Statutes § 54-84b.1 The defendant, Sheila Davalloo, was convicted, after a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a. The defendant appeals from the judgment of the Appellate Court affirmingthatconvictionafterconcludingthatherstatements to her husband, Paul Christos, did not... More...   $0 (01-01-2016 - CT)

State of Tennessee v. Rickey Alvis Bell, Jr

This case arises out of the brutal assault and murder of the victim, Starr Harris, on June 1, 2010. The Defendant, Rickey Alvis Bell, Jr., subsequently was indicted for one count of first degree felony murder during the perpetration of a kidnapping, one count of first degree felony murder during the perpetration of a rape, one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, and one count of aggravated... More...   $0 (12-28-2015 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Rickey Alvis Bell, Jr.

This case arises out of the brutal assault and murder of the victim, Starr Harris, on June 1, 2010. The Defendant, Rickey Alvis Bell, Jr., subsequently was indicted for one count of first degree felony murder during the perpetration of a kidnapping, one count of first degree felony murder during the perpetration of a rape, one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, and one count of aggravated... More...   $0 (12-27-2015 - TN)

State Of Kansas v. Robinson

Robinson was a self-employed, but not entirely successful, entrepreneur. In the 1970s, he formed Hydro-Gro, Inc., a company that produced hydroponic vegetables. In the 1980s, Robinson offered financial consulting services through his company Equi II. His operations were interrupted when he was convicted of a nonperson felony and incarcerated at the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron,... More...   $0 (12-26-2015 - KS)

State Of Nebraska v. Brooks

Glaser was appointed to represent Brooks in the county court for Lancaster County in connection with a charge of theft by deception involving $500 to $1,500, a Class IV felony, in July, 2013. Thereafter, the case was bound over to district court and an amended information was filed adding a charge of the unauthorized practice of law, a Class III misdemeanor. The charges stemmed from services Brook... More...   $0 (12-23-2015 - NE)

State Of Nebraska v. DeJong

On March 11, 2011, Susan called the 911 emergency dispatch service at approximately 4 p.m. Susan told the operator that her husband, Tom, was not breathing and was cold to the touch. Susan stated that Tom had gone to South Dakota to be with his “whore” and came home “all . . . beat up.” The operator had Susan perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Tom until the emergency units arrived. When emer... More...   $0 (12-18-2015 - NE)

Kim Lewis Neas v. Patricia Erskine Heffernan Neas

Husband and Wife married in 1985. At the time the divorce complaint was filed, the parties had one child still of minority age, a 15 year-old son (“the Child”). Both parties are in their mid-50s. The parties jointly owned a business during the marriage, Neas Welding & Steel Fabrication, which Husband operated. Wife worked as a bookkeeper, but also attended nursing school and earned an associat... More...   $0 (12-17-2015 - TN)

State of Louisiana v. Christopher Wayne Holder

On November 18, 2011, Dr. Donna Holder was stabbed to death in
her home. That evening Christopher Holder placed a 911 call from the
home he shared with his mother, reporting that Dr. Holder had been stabbed
by an intruder. Officers immediately responded to the scene and located
Christopher, who appeared to be covered in blood. Later, an autopsy of Dr.
Holder by Dr. James Tra... More...
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United States v. Barrett

Defendant Kenneth Barrett was sentenced to death after being convicted in federal court on two counts of felony murder and one count of intentionally killing a state law-enforcement officer. We affirmed on direct appeal. See United States v. Barrett, 496 F.3d 1079 (10th Cir. 2007). Defendant then filed a motion for relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, which the district court denied. See Barrett... More...   $0 (12-15-2015 - OK)

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