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United States of America v. Jeffrey Spanier Federal Courthouse - Dan Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Owner of Stock Lending Firm Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for His Role in a $100 Million Stock-Loan Fraud Scheme

Jeffrey Spanier, former owner of Amerifund Capital Finance, LLC located in Boca Raton, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez to serve eight years in federal prison and pay approximately $20 million in restitution for his... More...
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HENRY LEE JONES, JR. vs STATE OF FLORIDA "

The relevant facts on appeal are as follows. During voir dire, Appellant’s attorney sought to question the prospective jurors about their attitudes regarding a black defendant who was accused of murdering a white victim. She began, “[s]o the one thing I didn’t mention, though, the other day was that the alleged victim in the case is—.” She was about to say “white,” but the prosecutor objected t... More...   $0 (04-14-2017 - FL)

JUSTIN RYAN MCMILLIAN vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

On direct appeal, this Court described the facts as follows:
The defendant, Justin McMillian, and his victim, Danielle Stubbs, began dating in the spring of 2008. On Wednesday or Thursday, January 6 or 7, 2009, Stubbs moved from an apartment into a nearby townhouse on Pineverde Lane in Jacksonville. McMillian assisted Stubbs and her family with the move. Friday afternoon, Stubbs took McM... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Walter Townsend IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE AT JACKSON

Despite the meager record provided by the State in this appeal, it is clear that on September 20, 2014, the Defendant saw his adult male neighbor, the victim, walking his dog, and the Defendant invited them into his garage.1 While in the garage, the Defendant “rubbed . . . [the victim‟s] knee . . . and continue[d] up his thigh toward his crotch. [The victim] . . . felt uncomfortable, so he... More...   $0 (04-13-2017 - TN)

MORRISON v. THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, the evidence shows
that Morrison and Byrd were involved romantically and lived together in an
1 Byrd was killed on July 10, 2008. On August 27, 2010, a grand jury indicted Morrison and charged him with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Morrison’s trial ... More...
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Deborah Shaw v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County

This case presents two issues: (1) Is a trial court ruling denying a request
for a jury trial in a civil action subject to review prior to trial by a petition for an
extraordinary writ or may such a ruling be reviewed only by appeal after trial?
and (2) Is there a right to a jury trial in a health care facility whistleblower action
for retaliatory termination brought pursuant to He... More...
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Alexandria Tammy Hampton v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence that on May 4, 2013, Hampton stabbed her boyfriend,
Antonio Jennings, with a knife. Jenning See Tex. Penal Code § 22.02(b)(1).1
ongoing relationship with Crystal Whiteside, the mother of Jennings’s two daughters. According
to Jennings, Hampton was upset because Jennings was planning to attend his daughter’s birthday
party, and Jennings’s “baby mama was goi... More...
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Kris Edward Rau v. The State of Texas

When she died on April 14, 2014, single mother Lianne Murray had two
grown children, Allisyn Ramirez and Daniel Murray, was a grandmother of a
young boy, and was eagerly awaiting the birth of her second grandson in May.
Her father had committed suicide in April 2009 by shooting himself, and her
mother had passed away a short time later, suffering from dementia and
estrang... More...
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Juan Sergio Carreon Toledo v. The State of Texas Former Cy-Fair ISD soccer coach pleads guilty to sex charges

From the summer of 2014 until his arrest, Carreon worked as the girls’ varsity
soccer coach at a high school in Harris County, Texas. That fall, Carreon began
texting with a 17-year-old student who was a high school senior on the soccer team
“in a flirty way.” Their communications led to clandestine hotel encounters and an
intimate sexual relationship. Carreon and the studen... More...
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STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. MICHAEL JAMES LUCERO Sex Offender

Defendant was charged with first degree criminal sexual penetration of a child
11 under the age of thirteen (Counts 1 and 2), and second degree criminal sexual contact
12 of a child under the age of thirteen (Count 3). As an alternative to Count 3, Defendant
13 was charged with third degree criminal sexual contact of a child under the age of
thirteen. Defendant was arraigned on Feb... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOANN C. RITTALL Gardiner woman pleads guilty to identity theft, fraud charges

Beginning in 2005, Rittall acquired other people’s personal
identifiers, including their birth dates and social security
numbers, by offering to help them file tax returns and claims
for rent rebates under Maine’s Residents Property Tax and Refund
“Circuit Breaker” program. Between 2006 and 2012, Rittall
prepared and filed false federal and state income tax returns in More...
   $0 (04-09-2017 - ME)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. MUJTABAA MUHAMMAD, a/k/a MUSTAFAA MUHAMMAD

After his suppression motion was denied, defendant pled
guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement, to three counts in a five
count indictment against him, namely Count Three, second-degree
possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) with intent
to distribute (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(2)), Count Four, third-degree
possession of a CDS within one thousand feet of school propert... More...
   $0 (04-09-2017 - NJ)

R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY vs. PHIL J. MAROTTA, etc.

This case follows a long line of cases decided in light of Engle v. Liggett
Group, Inc. (Engle III), 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006). In Engle, a group of smokers
and their survivors filed a class action against major tobacco companies for
damages allegedly caused by smoking-related injuries. Id. at 1256.2 Among other
things, the class sought compensatory damages based on variou... More...
   $0 (04-08-2017 - FL)

RICHARD TODD ROBARDS vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

Robards was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2006
deaths of Frank and Linda Deluca. Robards, the couple’s personal trainer,
murdered them during the course of a robbery in which he stole personal
belongings of the Delucas, including a safe containing more than $88,000. The
Delucas died of multiple sharp force wounds, and their home was set on fire aft... More...
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JUSTIN CURTIS HEYNE vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

Heyne was convicted for the 2006 murders of Sarah Buckoski, Benjamin
Hamilton, and five-year-old Ivory Hamilton. Heyne v. State, 88 So. 3d 113, 117
(Fla. 2012). He was sentenced to death for Ivory’s murder. Id. When affirming
the convictions and death sentence on direct appeal, this Court described the
background as follows:
On March 30, 2006, Sarah Buckoski returned t... More...
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VICTOR GUZMAN vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

On December 9, 2000, Severina Fernandez was found stabbed to death in
her Miami apartment. The case went cold until 2004, when DNA from blood left
at the crime scene was determined to match Victor Guzman’s DNA. As a result,
Guzman was indicted for first-degree murder, stood trial, and was convicted. The
jury recommended a sentence of death by a vote of seven to five, and the... More...
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TERENCE TOBIAS OLIVER vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

Oliver and Pinson had been dating since approximately December 2006.
Although Oliver described his relationship with Pinson as a “side” relationship, the
two lived together off and on during the span of their relationship. Sometime
between late May and July 22, 2009, Oliver called Leander Watkins, his mechanic
and a mutual friend of the couple, trying to get in touch with Pin... More...
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In re the Marriage: Rachelle K. Black, Petitioner, and Charles W. Black, Respondent

Rachelle and Charles Black were married for nearly 20
years and have three sons. They raised their children in a conservative Christian
church and sent them to private, Christian schools. In 2011, Rachelle1 told Charles
that she is a lesbian. In the order of dissolution, the trial court designated Charles as
the primary residential parent. The final parenting plan also awarded Char... More...
   $0 (04-06-2017 - WA)

Aaron D. Murray v. State of Indiana Sex Offender

In 2015, forty-one-year-old Murray was employed as a math teacher at
Seymour Middle School. During the 2014-15 school year, Murray was then
twelve-year-old K.B.’s math teacher.2 Until that school year, K.B. had been an
emotionally stable child who was a good student. During the 2014-15 school
year, however, K.B. began to experience problems.
[3] At that same time, K.B. b... More...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. RODERICK WARD

On August 1, 2014, Ward and his girlfriend, Katelyn Randall, invited
people to their home for a gathering. The decedent, Gary Wilson; Ward’s uncle,
Reggie Taylor; and Taylor’s wife were in attendance along with a number of other
individuals. Wilson arrived at Ward’s home in the afternoon, and Ward and
Wilson were drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day. The gathering... More...
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State of Louisiana v. Rashad Montreal Turner

On December 5, 2013, Sergeant Gary White (“Sergeant White”) and
Officer Thomas Harmon (“Officer Harmon”), officers of the Grambling
State University Police, were called to the Holland Hall dormitory. The call
indicated that a woman, later identified as Equasia Gallow (“Ms. Gallow”),
had been thrown out into the hall of the dormitory by her boyfriend and that
she was naked... More...
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Nick Dow Boatman v. Jennifer Erin Boatman

¶1 The dispositive question presented is whether the Appellant, a joint custodian but not the primary physical custodian of the parties' minor child, can invoke the statutory relocation provisions. We hold that she cannot. We remand the cause for the trial court to hold a hearing within 30 days of the date that this opinion is filed to determine the primary physical custodian of the parties' minor... More...   $0 (04-04-2017 - OK)

MORRISON v. THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, the evidence shows
that Morrison and Byrd were involved romantically and lived together in an
1 Byrd was killed on July 10, 2008. On August 27, 2010, a grand jury indicted Morrison and charged him with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Morrison’s trial... More...
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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...
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Pedro Garza Valdez v. The State of Texas Sex Offender

Evidence presented at the guilt/innocence phase of the trial showed the following: Appellant is the paternal great uncle of the complainant, Janet.1 Janet testified that appellant sexually abused her over a period of years, beginning when she was a young child. Outward appearances suggested appellant was a beloved family member who would spoil all of his grandchildren and great nieces and nephe... More...   $0 (04-04-2017 - TX)

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