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Emotional Distress Law
 
RICK PETRO vs. STATE OF IOWA

In August 2009, Petro was arrested and charged with domestic abuse
assault causing bodily injury. It was alleged Petro had assaulted his wife in front
of their two children. As a result, DHS became involved with the family and a
founded child abuse assessment—for denial of critical care—resulted. The State
filed petitions alleging the children were children in need of assis... More...
   $0 (02-10-2017 - IA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. THOMAS AARON INGRAM,

In September 2014, the State filed a trial information charging Ingram with
two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, two counts of lascivious acts with
a child, and two counts of indecent contact with a child, stemming from
allegations Ingram sexually abused his twelve-year-old step-daughter on July 11
and August 29, 2014. Prior to trial, the State dismissed the two cou... More...
   $0 (02-10-2017 - IA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. DENNIS PERRY CORNELL

On September 15, 2015, Tami Hildebrand was working alone at Music
Connection, a mobile DJ service and karaoke boutique, when a man wearing a
black coat, light blue jeans, and tan work boots entered the store. The man
feigned interest in obtaining Music Connection’s services for a wedding reception
before holding a box cutter to Hildebrand’s neck and demanding money. He took <... More...
   $0 (02-10-2017 - IA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA v. KENNETH E. HICKS, III

On April 15, 2013, the St. John the Baptist Grand Jury indicted Defendant,
with second degree murder, in violation of La. R.S. 14:30.1. Defendant was
arraigned and pleaded not guilty on April 16, 2013. On January 20-22, 2016, the
case was tried before a 12-person jury.
At trial, Dontae Bond, Defendant’s nephew, testified that on the night of
February 20, 2013, he was... More...
   $0 (02-08-2017 - LA)

Fran Smith, et al. v. Robert Thomas, Cheryl Huey, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, et al.

Just after 7:00 p.m. on February 19, 2012, Fran Smith and her 14
year-old daughter Kelise were walking home from church southbound along
the west side of University Avenue in Monroe. This two-lane road does not
have a sidewalk or a paved shoulder; instead, the area beyond the edge of the
paved road is a mixture of gravel and grass. The grassy shoulder is sloped
downward f... More...
   $0 (02-08-2017 - LA)

Samuel Adkins v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence tending to show that in the early morning hours of July 30,
2012, Adkins drove “Rachel Smith,” a woman with whom Adkins had spent time the previous 3
day and night, to an undeveloped and isolated area in Southwest Austin, along MoPac Boulevard
south of Slaughter Lane, and proceeded to physically and sexually assault her. Evidence considered
by the jury duri... More...
   $0 (02-07-2017 - TX)

Keydrin Arceneaux v. The State of Texas

The complainant is K.J., a girl who was five months old at the time of her
death. K.J.’s mother, Laquisha Jackson, had begun dating appellant after she
became pregnant with K.J. Before Jackson gave birth to K.J., she and appellant
moved into a two-bedroom apartment with appellant’s father and appellant’s
father’s girlfriend. After K.J.’s birth, Jackson continued to live with ap... More...
   $0 (02-07-2017 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JESUS ELIZALDE BERRIOZABAL

Jesus Elizalde Berriozabal was convicted by a jury of one count of rape, one count of attempted rape, and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Berriozabal was sentenced under Jessica's Law. On appeal, Berriozabal's convictions were affirmed but his sentences were vacated. Our Supreme Court remanded for resentencing. At the resentencing, the trial court denied Berriozabal's motion for durati... More...   $0 (02-06-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JEFFERY S. REDDING Sex Offender

In February 2013, Redding pled no contest to rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The plea agreement provided that the State would dismiss the other charges against Redding and both the State and Redding would ask the district court to depart from the presumptive sentence—life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years—and impose a shorter sentence based on the Kansas Sentenci... More...   $0 (02-06-2017 - KS)

Physicians Healthsource, Inc. v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Physicians Healthsource appeals from Judge Underhill’s 17 dismissal of its class action complaint asserting violations of 18 the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, as amended by the 19 Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (the TCPA). The 20 complaint alleges that appellees (collectively “Boehringer”) sent 21 an unsolicited fax invitation for a free dinner meeting to 22 discuss... More...   $0 (02-04-2017 - CT)

Caleb Caleb Corrothers a/k/a Caleb Carrothers a/k/a Calbe Carother a/k/a Caleb L. Carrothers a/k/a Caleb Corothers a/k/a Calab Carothers v. State of Mississippi a/k/a Caleb Carrothers a/k/a Calbe Carother a/k/a Caleb L. Carrothers a/k/a Caleb Corothers a/k/a Calab Carothers v. State of Mississippi

Taylor Clark was known to sell marijuana occasionally. On the night of July 11,
2009, Taylor went to the home of his dealer’s girlfriend, Karen Hickinbottom, to return the
dealer’s cell phone. While Taylor was there, a man showed up and asked to talk to Taylor.
Taylor went outside with him. When Taylor came back inside, he said the man had wanted
to buy drugs. The man came to ... More...
   $0 (02-04-2017 - FL)

Zachary Taylor Wood v. State of Florida

On the evening of April 19, 2014, an Alabama State Trooper began a high-
speed pursuit of a gold-colored Toyota Camry on Alabama State Highway 167,
just south of the city of Enterprise, Alabama. The pursuit ended when the Camry
and the patrol car crashed into a ditch off a nearby county road after the patrol car
was shot at from the Camry during the chase. Once both cars were... More...
   $0 (02-03-2017 - FL)

RICHARD KNIGHT vs. STATE OF FLORIDA, RICHARD KNIGHT vs. JULIE L. JONES, etc.

On April 26, 2006, a jury found Richard Knight guilty of two counts of first
degree murder for the deaths of Odessia Stephens and her four-year-old child,
Hanessia Mullings. The jury unanimously recommended a death sentence for each
murder. Knight v. State, 76 So. 3d 879, 884 (Fla. 2011).
A. Trial & Direct Appeal Proceedings
On direct appeal, we set forth the following r... More...
   $0 (02-03-2017 - FL)

Leo Louis Kaczmar, III v. State of Florida

We previously set forth the relevant facts in Kaczmar v. State, 104 So. 3d
990, 995-98 (Fla. 2012). Kaczmar was convicted for first-degree murder,
attempted sexual battery, and arson. During Kaczmar’s first penalty phase, the
parties stipulated that Kaczmar had been previously convicted of a robbery. Id. at
997. The State presented a victim impact statement from Ruiz’s brot... More...
   $0 (02-03-2017 - FL)

The State of New Hampshire v. William Edic

The defendant, William Edic, appeals his conviction, following a jury trial in Superior Court (McNamara, J.), on one count of second degree murder and one count of falsifying physical evidence. See RSA 630:1-b, I(b) (2016); RSA 641:6, I (2016). On appeal, the defendant challenges various evidentiary rulings made at trial. We affirm.

The record supports the following facts. The char... More...
   $0 (02-02-2017 - NH)

Kenneth Brittain v. State of Indiana

On April 26, 2013 at approximately 10:31 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan
Police Department (“IMPD”) Officer Joel Anderson responded to a call of
shots fired in Indianapolis, Indiana, and upon arriving observed a pickup truck,
which was still smoking, driven through the wall of an apartment building.
Inside the truck, Officer Anderson observed a male, later identified as Timoth... More...
   $0 (02-02-2017 - IN)

In the Matter of M.K.T.

¶1 The district court ordered the transfer of a minor child, S.A.W., to a foster-adoption home that was in compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act, and in the bests interests of the child. Foster mother, natural mother, father, child, and the State appealed. We hold the proper standard for a party showing a need for an ICWA-noncompliant child placemen... More...   $0 (02-01-2017 - OK)

Coby Ray Hudgins v. The State of Texas

On the evening of October 5, 2013, Appellant had three guests in the home he shared with his fiancé, Kastina Anderson: Leea Anderson, Kastina’s sister; Kayla Williams, Leea’s best friend; and Gabriele Tucker, Appellant’s cousin. All were drinking alcohol, and at least two of the young women had smoked marijuana. According to the witnesses, the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed. Appellant said,... More...   $0 (01-31-2017 - TX)

Billy Leon Green v. The State of Texas

Claiming the trial court erroneously admitted statements “Mary”1 made to
others, which indicated that Billy Leon Green had sexually assaulted her, Green
seeks to overturn his conviction for sexually assaulting a child. See Tex. Penal Code
Ann. § 22.011(a)(2)(A) (West 2011) (sexual assault by penetration of a child’s
sexual organ). In six appellate issues, Green complains that a... More...
   $0 (01-30-2017 - TX)

Demitres Coleman v. The State of Texas

At Demitres Coleman’s trial on one count of indecency with a child, Beth Green,1 by sexual
contact and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of Green, the jury heard evidence from two
other alleged victims of extraneous sexual offenses that had never been prosecuted. Both of
Coleman’s points of error on appeal of his convictions and sentences2 involve those extraneous
offens... More...
   $0 (01-29-2017 - TX)

Robert Braden v. Lockheed Martin Corporation

Newark, NJ - Jury Awards Former Lockheed Martin Employee $50 Million In Damages

Former Lockheed Martin engineer Robert Braden sued sued his former employer on a civil rights violation theory under 42 U.S.C. 2000 claiming that the company discriminated against because of his age.

Plaintiff claimed that Lockheed Martin had a practice of laying off older workers and hiring younger w... More...
   $50520000 (01-28-2017 - NJ)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. SHERAD THERRIEN

On June 19, 2014, a federal grand jury sitting in the
District of Massachusetts issued an indictment charging Therrien
with five counts of distribution of cocaine or cocaine base in
violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a) and one count of being a felon in
possession of a firearm and ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C.


- 3 -
§ 922(g)(1). Before trial, Therrien fil... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - MA)

MICHAEL L. KING vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

King was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Denise Amber Lee.
King v. State, 89 So. 3d 209, 212 (Fla. 2012). This Court detailed the facts of the
murder and subsequent trial in King’s initial appeal:
[O]n January 17, 2008, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Nathan Lee returned to his home on Latour Avenue in North Port, Florida, to find his wife, Denise Amber Lee, missing. The do... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

TAVARES DAVID CALLOWAY vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

On January 21, 1997, eighteen-year-old Anthony Strachan was at home in
his family’s apartment on 580 Northwest 64th Street in Miami, cutting a friend’s
hair. Strachan went into the kitchen and, through the kitchen window, saw one of
his neighbors, “Shorty,” standing outside on 64th Street with two unknown men.
One man, who wore a skull cap and a heavy brown coat that resemble... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

Natealie Heslop v. Bear River Mutual Insurance Company

¶1 Natalie Heslop (Heslop) rolled her truck down an embankment. She told the responding police officer, her family, and medical personnel that the accident had been a suicide attempt. Ten days after the crash, she told an insurance adjuster that her “mind wasn’t right,” she had taken “too many pills” the day before the crash, and that the crash was “pretty much a suicide attempt.” Her insurance po... More...   $0 (01-24-2017 - UT)

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