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Larry R. Hedlund v. State of Iowa

In this interlocutory appeal, a former agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) challenges the district court’s dismissal of his claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. The agent’s application for leave to appeal was filed more than thirty days after the district court’s order but within thirty days of the court’s denial of the plaintiff’s motion to amend fin... More...   $0 (02-26-2016 - IA)


Alvarado co-owned a clothing store in Muscatine with his wife Maria Morfin, and he also worked there part time. The store had a sales floor, a back room that doubled as an employee break room and storage area, and a fitting room. Morfin, who only speaks Spanish, often operated the storewith assistance from her bilingual nine-year-old granddaughter I.M., who served as an interpreter. On July 18,... More...   $0 (02-26-2016 - IA)

Sstate of Nebraska v. Eric M. Henry

On December 20, 2013, Henry was charged by amended information with four counts. Count I alleged that he committed the first degree murder of Jorgensen “in the perpetration of or attempt to perpetrate a robbery.” Count II charged use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. Count III charged possession of a deadly weapon (brass or iron knuckles) by a prohibited person. Count IV charged criminal cons... More...   $0 (02-26-2016 - NE)

The State of New Hampshire v. Christina Thomas

LYNN, J. The defendant, Christina Thomas, appeals her conviction, following a jury trial in Superior Court (Lewis, J.), of first degree assault for knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a person under 13 years of age. See RSA 631:1, I(d) (2007). She argues that the trial court erred by: (1) admitting evidence of “other bad acts” committed against the victim and the victim’s mother; and (2... More...   $0 (02-25-2016 - NH)

Billy Luke v. State of Indiana

Luke resided at his grandmother’s house in Dillsboro, Indiana. Deville’s
Pharmacy (the “Pharmacy”) is located across the street, and the employee
parking lot is adjacent to and less than ten feet from the house’s driveway.
[3] On August 3, 2012, under Cause Number 15D01-1202-CM-111 (“Cause No.
111”) in the Dearborn County Superior Court 1, Luke was found guilty of four
... More...
   $0 (02-25-2016 - IN)

John H. Hill v. State of Indiana

On December 18, 2013, at approximately 2:47 p.m., Officer Bruce Anglemyer
(Officer Anglemyer) of the Elkhart Police Department was dispatched to a
residence on West Blaine Avenue due to a 911 hang-up call. He arrived at
approximately 2:50 p.m. As Officer Anglemyer approached the door of the
residence, he heard a scream for help. Officer Anglemyer drew his weapon and
ent... More...
   $0 (02-25-2016 - IN)

United States of America v. Jimison Erik Coleman, Cierra Allyn Rounds, Kathryn Grace Dirks, a/k/a “Kat,” and Glen William Brunton

Dallas, TX - Four Sentenced for Roles in March 2014 Heroin Overdose Death of a Dallas Teenage Girl

A 37-year-old heroin dealer and his three co-conspirators, including two women who injected a Dallas teenage girl with a fatal dose of that heroin in March 2014, were sentenced.

Jimison Erik Coleman, 37, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay... More...
   $0 (02-24-2016 - TX)

The State of New Hampshire v. Christina Thomas

The pertinent facts are as follows. In 2002, the defendant reconnected with E.A., a childhood friend. Shortly thereafter, E.A. moved in with the defendant and her family. In August 2003, E.A. gave birth to D.A. and continued residing with the defendant, who promised to help take care of the child. E.A. and D.A. lived with the defendant until 2010, when D.A. was removed from the home and E.A. l... More...   $0 (02-23-2016 - NH)

Clark v. Leisure Woods Estates, Inc.

This appeal involves a series of landlord tenant disputes in the manufactured housing context. The plaintiffs, residents of Leisure Woods Estates (Leisure Woods),
a manufactured housing community in Orange, filed a complaint
alleging that the defendant, Leisure Woods Estates, Inc., which
owns, operates, and maintains Leisure Woods, failed to properly
maintain and repair the co... More...
   $0 (02-23-2016 - MA)

In the Interest of A.C.M., a minor child

Appellant Justin M. (Father) appeals from a judgment terminating his parental rights as to
his son A.C.M. On appeal, in six issues, Father argues he was not afforded effective assistance
of counsel, the trial court erred in not permitting him to call witnesses, and the evidence is
legally and factually insufficient to support any of the statutory grounds upon which his parental More...
   $0 (02-22-2016 - TX)


Janusiak was charged with first-degree intentional homicide following the death of a four-month old baby while in Janusiak’s care. The State sought a pretrial ruling that statements that Janusiak made to police during an interview while Janusiak was in police custody would be admissible at trial.1 Janusiak argued that the statements were involuntary, and therefore inadmissible.
¶3 It is u... More...
   $0 (02-20-2016 - WI)

In the Interest of M.W., et al, a minor

Mother and Father appeal the trial court’s decrees terminating their parental rights.
These appeals involve five children: M.I.B., a son born in 2008 to Mother and an unknown father
and four children born to Mother and Father: M.D.W. and Z.J.W., born in 2010; J.Q.W., born in
2012; and J.W., born in 2014. In four issues, Mother argues the evidence is legally and factually
ins... More...
   $0 (02-19-2016 - TX)

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)

Ana Maria Cardona v. State of Florida

Cardona was originally tried in 1992, found guilty of aggravated child abuse
and first-degree murder, and sentenced to death. Cardona v. State, 641 So. 2d 361,
363 (Fla. 1994). This Court affirmed her convictions and death sentence in 1994.
However, in 2002, through a subsequent postconviction appeal, this
Court reversed the convictions and sentences because the State commit... More...
   $0 (02-19-2016 - FL)


Appellant, Wendell K. Dixon, and April Ballentine had dated and lived
together for approximately five years before she ended their relationship. On
the evening of their breakup, Appellant assaulted Ballentine. According to
Keith Martin, an acquaintance of the couple, Appellant threatened killing
Ballentine at least three times in the following weeks. Approximately two
mont... More...
   $0 (02-19-2016 - KY)


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 (02-19-2016 - KY)


Donald D. Dickey appeals from his convictions for first-degree murder and arson, for
which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Because appellant received a sentence of life
imprisonment, our jurisdiction lies pursuant to Arkansas Supreme Court Rule 1-2(a)(2)
(2015). Appellant makes the following arguments on appeal: that the trial court erred when
it (1) denied his motion for ... More...
   $0 (02-18-2016 - AR)

Dr. Ralph Slaughter VS Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

On March 27, 2009, the defendant, the Board of Supervisors of Southern
University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (" the Board"), held a public
meeting wherein it declined to extend Dr. Ralph Slaughter's two-year employment
contract as President of the Southern University System beyond its expiration date
of June 30, 2009. Dr. Slaughter's employment contract had been execut... More...
   $0 (02-18-2016 - LA)

Stephanie C. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass

In this benefits-denial case, brought pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974 (ERISA), codified in relevant part at 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001-1461,
Stephanie C. (Stephanie), individually and on behalf of her minor
son M.G., challenges a decision of the claims administrator, Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue, Inc. (BCBS), partially
denying her... More...
   $0 (02-18-2016 - MA)

Hamrick v. Glaxosmithkline, PLC

In reviewing the district court's summary judgment
determination that no rational jury could find that Hamrick's
whistleblowing activity was the cause of his termination, we
"consider[] the record and all reasonable inferences therefrom in
the light most favorable" to Hamrick. Soto-Feliciano v. Villa
Cofresí Hotels, Inc., 779 F.3d 19, 22 (1st Cir. 2015) (alteration
i... More...
   $0 (02-18-2016 - MA)

In the Interest of A.K., a child

Appellant father (“Father”) appeals the trial court’s order terminating his parental rights to his child, A.K.1 Father challenges: (1) the “aggravated circumstances” findings in the temporary orders; and (2) the sufficiency of the evidence to support the trial court’s finding that termination was in the best interest of the child. We affirm the trial court’s termination order.2 BACKGROUND In A... More...   $0 (02-17-2016 - TX)

Michael P. McCoy v. State of Indiana

On November 20, 2014, officers with the Anderson Police Department were
dispatched to a local elementary school to assist the Department of Child
Services. Arriving officers were given information that an eleven-year-old child
(the Child) was alleged to have been molested or forced to perform oral sex on
her biological father, McCoy. The Child was transported to the ASPIRE More...
   $0 (02-17-2016 - IN)

In the Interest of A.K., a child

In August 2014, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“the
Department”) received information that two-year-old A.K. was being physically abused. A.K. had
been in the care of Father since she was ten-months-old, but Father’s girlfriend, “Ronda,” was
In accordance with Rule 9.8 of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, we will refer to the child and relevant adults... More...
   $0 (02-17-2016 - TX)

Chad Felts v. Quiktrip Corporation

Claremore, OK - Plaintiff Awarded $3.5 Million Against Quicktrip

Chad Felts sued Quiktrip Corporation on a premises liability theory claiming:

1. That at all times hereinafter mentioned, the Plaintiff was and is a resident of Mayes
County state of Oklahoma.
2. QuikTrip Corporation, is a corporation doing business in Rogers County; State of Oklahoma.
3. That this actio... More...
   $3500000 (02-16-2016 - OK)

Shey Elan Bruce v. The State of Wyoming

Charles Darrell Laster and Lavena Laster were originally married in 1996, divorced in 2004, remarried in 2007, and separated again, though not divorced, in 2010. In 2010, the Lasters were living in Shoshoni, Wyoming, and when they separated, Mrs. Laster moved to Mesa, Arizona. Mrs. Laster lived in Arizona until March 2013, when Mr. Laster bought her a bus ticket so she could return to Shoshoni. ... More...   $0 (02-16-2016 - WY)

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