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State Compensation Jnsurance Fund v. Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Jose A. Guzman

Respondent Jose A. Guzman, a construction laborer, was operating a compactor
when he was injured. The compactor, which is used to pack down soil, hit a rock while
Guzman was working on a hillside with a 45-degree slope. The compactor rose in the air,
caused Guzman to fall backwards, and then fell on top of him. The workers’
compensation judge (WCJ) determined that Guzman sustained ... More...
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Delane Hurley v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts I, III, and V through VII.

Plaintiff Delane Hurley appeals a judgment in her action against defendants
California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Leda Seals (together
Defendants) that alleged, inter alia, causes of action for sexual orientation... More...
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United States of America v. Jonathan Kyle Lanier United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Ocala, FL - Leesburg Gang Member Sentenced To 13 Years In Federal Prison For Carjacking And Firearms Charges

Jonathan Kyle Lanier (24, Leesburg) was sentenced to 13 years and 5 months in federal prison for carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A federal jury found him guilty ... More...
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United States of America v. Edwin Deshazior Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Edwin Deshazior appeals his 180 month sentence following his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He argues that he should not have received a fifteen-year mandatory minimum sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(e)(1) and 924(e)(2)(B), because he did not have three prior convictions for violent felonies under the act and because his prior felon... More...   $0 (02-21-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Virgal Malott District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Felon Sentenced to 200 Months for Conviction on Federal Armed Robbery, Carjacking and Firearms Charges

Prosecution Brought under Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

Virgal Malott, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced on February 15, 2018 in federal court to 200 months (16.6 years) of imprisonment for his conviction on armed robbe... More...
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State of Florida v. Nikolas Jacob Cruz Broward County Courthouse - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Nikolas Cruz Charged With 17 Counts of Capital Murder

Court Docket:

Broward County Case Number: 18001958CF10A
State Reporting Number: 062018CF001958A88810
Court Type: Capital Homicide
Case Type: Capital Homicide - Report Purposes
Filing Date: 02/15/2018
Case Status: Pending
Court Location: Central Courthouse
Judge ID / Name: Scher... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Pinedo Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

Washington, DC - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Selling Bank Accounts To Russian Hackers

The United States of America charged Richard Pinedo, age 28, with identity fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 when the sold bank accounts to Russians who used the accounts to launder money for use in Russia's efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton's campaign to become President of the United States.

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Ray A. Shetler, Jr. Westmoreland County Courthouse - Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, PA - Jury Finds Defendant Accused of Murder Not Guilty

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged Ray Shetler, Jr. with first-degree murder and third-degree murder for killing a polic officer who responded to a domestic violence call in Westmoreland County in 2015.

Shetler's girlfriend domestic violence 911 call.

Officer Lloyd Reed responded to the call and ord... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Cowden Northern District of West Virginia Federal Courthouse - Wheeling, West Virginia

Mark Cowden, a former lieutenant with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in West Virginia, was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242, and knowingly making a false statement to impede a federal investigation, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1519. In a jury trial, the evidence showed that in the course of his police duties, Cowden assaulted Ryan H... More...   $0 (02-16-2018 - WV)

United States of America v. Dion Clark Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Breaking into Pharmacies and Stealing Controlled Substances

Dion Clark, 36, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 25 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and one count of us... More...
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United States of America v. Arthur Charles Smith, a/k/a Marvon Anderson Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Arthur Smith was sentenced as a career offender based in part
on his prior North Carolina state conviction for common-law robbery. In this appeal, he
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No. 16-6720 United States v. Smith Page 2
contends that North Carolina common-law robbery does not qualify as a “crime of violence”
within the meaning of § 4B1.1(a) of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. This is the second<... More...
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United States of America v. Chaka LeChar Castro and Juan Olaya Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

In December 2014, a string of home invasions struck Dallas,
Texas. Law enforcement focused their investigation on Chaka Castro and Juan Fernando Olaya.
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No. 17-1590 United States v. Castro, et al. Page 2
Texas courts issued warrants to search their phones. Consistent with the warrants, state officers
conducted detailed searches of Castro’s phones and a cursory search of Olaya’... More...
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J.H. v. The Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Service, Real Party in Interest

In People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 (Sanchez),
our Supreme Court clarified the test for admitting expert opinion
testimony. Although Sanchez was a criminal case, its limitations
extend beyond the scope of criminal law: to proceedings under
the Sexually Violent Predator Act (People v. Burroughs (2016) 6
Cal.App.5th 378), to conservatorship proceedings
2
(Conserva... More...
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United States of America v. Antoine Darrell Smith Middle District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

The district court held that the North Carolina crime of voluntary manslaughter is a violent felony under the force clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(i). We agree, and affirm the enhanced sentence imposed on Antoine Smith as a result.
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Antoine Smith pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in violation o... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Thomas Hersl and Marcus Roosevelt Taylor District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - Two Baltimore City Police Officers Convicted In Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

Officers Hersl and Taylor Robbed Victims, Filed False Affidavits and Made Fraudulent Overtime Claims

On February 12, 2018 a federal jury has convicted Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, age 47, of Joppa, Maryland and Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, age 30, of Glen Burnie, Maryland for r... More...
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Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Bret Broussard Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana

Bret Broussard pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. § 242, which is the offense of depriving another of his rights while acting under color of law. Broussard, while serving as a lieutenant in a Louisiana Sheriff’s Office, had failed to intervene while a prisoner in a parish jail was beaten by other officers. On appeal, Broussard argues that his guilty plea was invalid and that his sentence was proce... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - LA)

San Francisco Apartment Association v. City and County of San Francisco

To reduce the number of no-fault evictions of families with children and educators
during the school year, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors (collectively, the City) barred such evictions. The trial court
concluded state law preempted this ordinance and the City appeals. We agree with the
City that the ordinance is not preempted, and re... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Todd Rasberry

Todd Rasberry found himself in a
jam: during a pat-down incident to a Terry stop, see Terry v. Ohio,
392 U.S. 1, 19-20 (1968), an agent of the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) discovered a softball-sized object stashed in
Rasberry's undershorts. Believing that the object contained
drugs, the agent arrested Rasberry on the spot. A subsequent
search of Rasberry's person ... More...
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E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Jason E. Galloway Southern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Evansville, Indiana

Evansville, IN - Minkler announces federal immigration charges against illegal alien involved in I-70 motor vehicle accident

Convicted felon sentenced to 10 years in federal court on ammunition charge

Three prior felonies result in an Evansville man sentenced for illegal possession of ammunition

An Evansville man was sentenced for possessing ammunition as a convicted fel... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - IN)

Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank, P.C. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

The sixteen named plaintiffs on this consolidated appeal are
victims, or the relatives of victims, of three terrorist attacks
perpetrated in Israel by Hamas between March 2002 and June 2003.
Together with hundreds of other alleged victims and the surviving
relatives of victims of alleged Hamas attacks, the named plaintiffs
commenced actions in the United States District Court f... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - NY)

United States of America v. Timothy Dilley and Jonathan Aragon District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Two More Sentenced on Charges Arising Out of ATF-Led Operation Targeting Drug Trafficking and Firearms Crime in Bernalillo County

Defendants among the 103 Individuals Federally Charged as the Result of ATF-Led Investigation Pursued in Support of Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

In Aug. 2016, a multi-agency investigation led by the ATF concl... More...
   $0 (02-12-2018 - NM)

United States of America v. Rhyan Leigh Smith District of Oregon Federal Courthouse - Portland, Oregon

Porland, OR - Warm Springs Woman Pleads Guilty to Assault with Intent to Commit Murder of Two Family Members

Rhyan Leigh Smith, 26, of Warm Springs, Oregon, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of assault with the intent to commit murder in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a) and 1153, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation ... More...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - OR)

Janelle Perez v. City of Roseville, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

We are confronted in this case with the ongoing and difficult constitutional question of how much control the government can force individuals to cede over their private lives in exchange for the privilege of serving the public by means of government employment. To be sure, private citizens often must sacrifice some individual freedom as a condition of their employment by the State, but “a citizen... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

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