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Divorce Law

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 (04-16-2016 - CT)

Dustin Scott Roberts v. William R. Ray

In 2006, Dustin Scott Roberts (“Plaintiff”) entered into a contract with William R. Ray (“Defendant”) for the preparation and execution of a prenuptial agreement (“the Agreement”) in anticipation of his upcoming wedding with Amy Freeman (“Wife”). Defendant drafted the Agreement, in which the parties waived any potential claim for alimony, identified their separate property, and stated their inten... More...   $0 (04-15-2016 - TN)

Stanley Lionel Bolden v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with murder. He pleaded “not guilty,” and the matter proceeded to a jury trial. At trial, the evidence showed that Appellant went to the mall early one Saturday morning to buy some newly released tennis shoes. While inside the mall, Appellant encountered Jonathan Dews and had a verbal confrontation with him. The two men went into the parking lot. Some of th... More...   $0 (04-14-2016 - TX)

State of Tennessee v. William Pillars

In November 2012, the Franklin County Circuit Court grand jury charged the defendant with three counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The trial court conducted a jury trial in November 2013.
The State‟s proof at trial showed that the victim, M.C.,1 was 10 years old and in the fourth grade at the time of trial. When the victim was in Kindergarten, she... More...
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Corey Lake v. State of Florida*

Lake claims that his annual review trial, a civil proceeding, should be closed because the Treatment Progress Report from the commitment facility, which is confidential pursuant to section 394.921, Florida Statutes (2015), will necessarily be discussed at the hearing. Lake cannot overcome the strong presumption of openness in civil proceedings and the public policy set forth section 394.921 does ... More...   $0 (04-01-2016 - FL)

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 (04-01-2016 - FL)

State of Maine v. Crystal Hodsdon

The following facts are taken from the trial record, and we review them
“in the light most favorable to the State to determine whether the fact-finder could
rationally find every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.” State v.
Woodard, 2013 ME 36, ¶ 19, 68 A.3d 1250 (quotation marks omitted). From
May 2009 until April 2013, Hodsdon misrepresented the composition o... More...
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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)

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