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Emotional Distress Law
 
Lucille Ruth Soffer, etc. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Maurice Soffer died in May of 1992 from lung cancer caused by smoking.
After this Court issued its decision in Engle, 945 So. 2d at 1254, requiring class
members to file their own individual actions within a year, Soffer’s widow, Lucille
Soffer, brought a wrongful death action against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
pursuant to that decision. Her complaint asserted four causes ... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - FL)

RONALD LYNN CRAFT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

On Christmas Eve night 2010, Craft stabbed Leonard Dixon in'the chest.
The wound was six inches deep. Dixon died within hours.
Earlier that night, Tywan Hinkle began his shift as a liquor store cashier.
When he began, he saw several intoxicated men congregated in the store lobby.
Hinkle was familiar with Craft, whom he knew by the nickname "Smacky." He
did not know Dixon b... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - KY)

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. CHRISTOPHER J. MCGORMAN, JR. AND CHRISTOPHER J. MCGORMAN, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

During the evening of January 29, 2000, Larry Raney and his mother
were visiting an acquaintance who lived in Hancock Valley, a subdivision in
western Clark County. McGorman, who was a classmate of Raney, was aware
of the visit. McGorman contacted Raney and invited him to visit his parents'
residence which was located nearby. After Raney arrived, McGorman lured
him down to... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - KY)

CHRISTOPHER GRIBBINS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

During the evening of November 8, 2012, David Litsey was out with
friends visiting the Raywick Bar and Grill. Litsey was accompanied that
evening by his cousin, Marcus Gerton, and his friends Marquis Douglas,
Deshawn Douglas, and Joseph Moore. At the end of the evening, the group
rendezvoused at their vehicle, but Moore was not present. Subsequently,
Marquis Douglas walked... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - KY)

JASON DICKERSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

On September 29, 2011, two-year-old Watson Adkins died as a result of
severe physical trauma to his abdomen, among other parts of his body. The
parties dispute the nature of the injury or injuries that ultimately caused the
boy's death, but it is largely indisputable that he suffered severe physical abuse
in the weeks or months leading up to his death.
The events leading t... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - KY)

RONALD LYNN CRAFT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

On Christmas Eve night 2010, Craft stabbed Leonard Dixon in'the chest.
The wound was six inches deep. Dixon died within hours.
Earlier that night, Tywan Hinkle began his shift as a liquor store cashier.
When he began, he saw several intoxicated men congregated in the store lobby.
Hinkle was familiar with Craft, whom he knew by the nickname "Smacky." He
did not know Dixon b... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - KY)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. WILLIE R. JACKSON

The defendant, Willie R. Jackson, was charged by grand jury indictment
with aggravated rape, a violation of La. R.S. 14:42, and sexual battery, a violation
of La. R.S. 14:43.1.1 A jury found him guilty as charged on both counts. For the
aggravated rape conviction, defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard
labor, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - LA)

Nicholette Custable v. Sunny Moore-Davis

Norman, OK - Nicholette Custable sued Sunny Moore-Davis on an auto negligence theory claiming:

1. Plaintiff, Nicholette Custable is a resident of Grapevine, Texas located in Tarrant County, Texas.
2. Defendant, Sunny Moore-Davies is a resident of Norman, Oklahoma located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE

3. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction ... More...
   $1 (03-16-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Ryan Collins

Los Angeles, CA - Pennsylvania Man Charged with Hacking Apple and Google E-Mail Accounts Belonging to More Than 100 People, Mostly Celebrities

A Pennsylvania man was charged with felony computer hacking related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 100 Apple and Google e-mail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.More...
   $0 (03-15-2016 - CA)

Theodore T. Schwartz v. State of Indiana

On August 11, 2009, Schwartz was arrested in Adams County for possession of
methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property. After being taken to
the police station, Schwartz escaped and went on a crime spree that included
additional offenses in Allen County and Wells County.1 He was eventually
apprehended in Wells County. In Adams County, the State charged him with More...
   $0 (03-15-2016 - IN)

Darryl Dewitte Williams v. State of Indiana

On March 10, 2014, Indiana State Police Trooper Benjamin Werner initiated a
traffic stop of a speeding vehicle in South Bend. Upon pulling the vehicle over,
the driver, Williams, immediately exited the vehicle. Trooper Werner ordered
Williams back into the vehicle, and Williams complied. Trooper Werner then
approached Williams and asked him why he had exited the vehicle. Wi... More...
   $0 (03-15-2016 - IN)

Fred Hudson vs. State of Missouri

Movant was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of
armed criminal action. The court sentenced Movant to life in prison without parole for first
degree murder, life in prison for assault, and 30 years in prison for each of the two counts of
armed criminal action. The two life sentences run consecutively to the two concurrent 30-year
sentences, ... More...
   $0 (03-15-2016 - MO)

Jose Reyes v. The State of Texas

On February 4, 2014, fifteen-year-old Corriann Cervantes skipped school. When Corriann’s father found out, he grounded her and told her to stay in her room for the rest of the day. Corriann became angry and left home after her father went to buy groceries. Corriann was wearing a “Rob Zombie” t-shirt the last time her father saw her.
Corriann went to meet her friend Randy Hurtado in a parking... More...
   $0 (03-15-2016 - TX)

Christopher Sutton v. State of Indiana

Many of the facts relevant to Sutton’s conviction were recounted by this court
on direct appeal: Seven-year-old Z.H. lived with her mother S.C, her three-year old brother, and thirty-two-year-old Sutton. S.C. and Sutton had lived together for “about 2, 2 years,” and Z.H. called Sutton “daddy.” On July 8, 2008, Z.H. and her brother were in bed with S.C. and Sutton. Z.H. had an issue with we... More...
   $0 (03-14-2016 - IN)

HEATHER SPURLOCK; SOPHIA CARRASCO; NINA CARRERA v. ANTHONY TOWNES, BARBARA WAGNER, CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA

Plaintiffs Heather Spurlock, Sophia Carrasco, and Nina Carrera are former
13 inmates of the Camino Nuevo Correctional Center, a prison housing female offenders,
14 directed by Third-Party Defendant Warden Barbara Wagner and privately operated
15 by Third-Party Defendant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). While
16 incarcerated, Plaintiffs were sexually assaulted by Defendant... More...
   $0 (03-14-2016 - NM)

JAMES FRANKLIN WOODS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

On the morning of January 4, 1993, Appellant, James Franklin Woods,
unlawfully entered the apartment of Patricia and raped her.' He did so by
entering through the back door of the apartment, which Patricia had left
unlocked because she was expecting her daughter to arrive soon. Patricia
observed that Appellant was wearing a mask and gloves, and that he said he
had a knife.... More...
   $0 (03-14-2016 - KY)

JAMES ANTHONY GRAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

James and Vivian Gray were shot to death in their home. The Grays
were generally considered affluent, having owned and operated a successful
downtown business for decades. They had a tumultuous relationship with
their son, James Anthony Gray. This family rift and allegedly missing wills
that purportedly disinherited Gray made him an immediate person-of-interest,
and ultima... More...
   $0 (03-14-2016 - KY)

STATE OF IOWA v. DAMION JOHN SEATS

A juvenile offender convicted of first-degree murder appeals his resentencing to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In this appeal, we determine the factors a court must use when it sentences a juvenile offender for first-degree murder. Because the district court did not have the benefit of this decision when it sentenced the juvenile, we vacate the sentence and remand for rese... More...   $0 (03-13-2016 - IA)

STATE OF DELAWARE v. LUIS REYES

The bodies of Brandon Saunders and Vaughn Rowe were discovered in a wooded area of Rockford Park in Wilmington, Delaware, on January 21, 1996. Nearly four years later, on December 6, 1999, Luis Reyes ("Reyes") and Luis Cabrera ("Cabrera") were indicted as co-defendants for the murders of Saunders and Rowe ("Rockford Park Murders").1 The State sought the death penalty for both Reyes and Cabrera in ... More...   $0 (03-13-2016 - DE)

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)

State Of Rhode Island v. Donald Greenslit

On March 29, 2012, a Providence County grand jury indicted defendant on the above
referenced charges of which he was eventually convicted. A jury trial was held over two weeks
in March of 2013. We summarize below the salient aspects of that trial.
Jami Ouellette, the sister of the murder victim, Stacie Dorego, testified that, in 2012, Ms.
Dorego lived at 16 Pershing Road in Jo... More...
   $0 (03-13-2016 - RI)

Jacob Musich v. The State of Texas

During the guilt-innocence phase of the trial, appellant pleaded guilty to committing
the offenses of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child. The
jury subsequently found appellant guilty of both offenses and the case proceeded to the
punishment phase before the jury.
During the closing arguments in the punishment phase, the prosecutor made
r... More...
   $0 (03-10-2016 - TX)

Joseph Tate Bailey v. The State of Texas

On September 25, 2012, Sergio Saldana, the complainant, visited his drug
dealer’s house in Baytown to pick up some heroin. Michael Hourshad, who owned
the house, but was not Saldana’s dealer, let Saldana into the home. Before
Saldana’s arrival, Hourshad had heard that Saldana wanted to rob him. He called
Bailey’s girlfriend, Tara Brown, to ask whether he should be worried. ... More...
   $0 (03-10-2016 - TX)

Chakaris Twine vs. The State of Florida

Chakaris Twine appeals a judgment of contempt and the sentence imposed
by the trial court after a full hearing. Because the defendant’s actions were
contemptuous and the trial court complied with Florida Rule of Criminal
Procedure 3.830, we find no abuse of discretion and affirm the judgment
adjudicating Twine in contempt of court. See Thomas v. State, 752 So. 2d 679,
68... More...
   $0 (03-09-2016 - FL)

Commonwealth v. LaBrie

The defendant, Kristin LaBrie, was charged
with the attempted murder of her young son and related assault
and battery and child endangerment crimes. The Commonwealth
contends that the defendant, with the intent to kill her son,
did not give him prescribed chemotherapy and other medications
designed to treat the cancer from which he suffered and
ultimately died. At a... More...
   $0 (03-09-2016 - m)

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