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State of Tennessee v. Justus Onyiego

In January 2015, the Shelby County Grand Jury indicted the Appellant for two counts of aggravated rape based upon alternative theories. The indictment alleged the rapes occurred in September 2004, and the Appellant’s jury trial began on June 1, 2016. Although the Appellant does not contest the sufficiency of the evidence, we will summarize the evidence presented at trial.
The thirty-seven-yea... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Gabriel Dotson

On December 16, 2014, a Shelby County Grand Jury indicted the defendant for rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest. The charge for statutory rape by an authority figure was later dismissed.

The defendant was charged with abusing his biological daughter, G.D.1 At the time of the trial, she was nineteen years old. The victim,... More...
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Jerry Edward Lanier v. State of Tennessee

ADyer County jury convicted the petitioner of two counts of selling more than 0.5 grams of cocaine in a drug-free zone for which he received an effective thirty-year sentence. This Court affirmed the petitioner’s convictions on direct appeal, and our Supreme Court denied his application for permission to appeal. State v. Jerry Edward Lanier, No. W2014-01840-CCA-R3-CD, 2015 WL 3397627, at *1 (Ten... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - TN)

Demetrius Anderson v. State of Tennessee

On March 23, 2013, the Petitioner robbed two men, Richard Cooper and Willie Crawford, at gunpoint and took $60 and some marijuana. The victims called the police, and the Petitioner was apprehended after a short foot chase. In July 2013, the Petitioner was indicted for aggravated robbery and criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery. On September 4, 2013, the trial court ordered the Petitione... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - TN)

Nikolaus Johnson v. State of Tennessee

The procedural history of this case is protracted and complex. A Sullivan County Criminal Court jury convicted the petitioner of one count of the first degree premeditated murder of Bristol Police Department Officer Mark Vance, who had been dispatched to the home of the petitioner’s girlfriend to answer a call that the petitioner was “at the house threatening her with a gun,” and sentenced him to... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO vs. CHRISTOPHER TRUSSELL

In January 2016, Trussell was charged in an eight-count indictment arising
out of allegations by his girlfriend, T.R., that Trussell kidnapped her and sexually and
physically assaulted her. The indictment charged Trussell with two counts of rape, one
count of kidnapping, one count of domestic violence, two counts of endangering children,
one count of disrupting public service... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. GREG RUCKER

In 2016 Rucker and codefendant Nicholas Kraft were charged with three
counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of kidnapping and one count of having
weapons while under disability. Kraft plead guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery1
and agreed to testify against Rucker. The case against Rucker proceeded to a jury trial.
{¶3} Evidence was presented that between 3:30 a.m.... More...
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State of Ohio v. Eric Reed

On December 18, 2014, appellant was indicted on three counts:
participating in a criminal gang in violation of R.C. 2923.42(C); aggravated rioting in
violation of R.C. 2917.02(A)(2); and assault in violation of R.C. 2903.13(A).
{¶ 3} On July 14, 2015, appellant entered a guilty plea to the participating in a
criminal gang charge. The remaining counts were dismissed, and th... More...
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Debbie Williams, et al. v. Affinion Group, LLC, et al. Southern District of New York - New York, New York

The post‐transaction marketing employed by Trilegiant and its e‐merchant
partners functions as follows. Online merchants such as Buy.com, Inc. and
Priceline.com, Inc. enter into an arrangement with Trilegiant to permit the
advertisement of membership club programs to their customers. In the course
of completing a transaction, a link, banner, or webpage appears on theMore...
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Mark Burns v. Daniel P. Martuscello, Jr., et al. Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

12 Plaintiff‐Appellant Mark Burns appeals from a February 10, 2015 decision
13 and order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New
14 York (Kahn, J.), adopting the report‐recommendation of the magistrate judge
15 (Hummel, M.J.) in its entirety, and granting summary judgment to defendants.
16 Burns brought several Section 1983 claims, alleging ... More...
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Bryan Blue v. California Office of the Inspector General

This appeal challenges the trial court’s partial denial of a special motion to strike
pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, the anti-SLAPP statute,1 directed

1 Undesignated statutory references are to the Code of Civil Procedure. SLAPP is
an acronym for “strategic lawsuit against public participation.”
2
at causes of action arising out of the manner in which... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. Robert Lee Tucker

On July 28, 2016, Robert Lee Tucker stole merchandise totaling $305.10
from the Walmart store in Perrysburg, Ohio. He pushed a shopping cart filled with this
merchandise to the front of the store and presented the store greeter with a phony receipt.
When she questioned him about items that did not appear on the receipt, he ran the cart
out the doors and across the parking lot... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. TANNER D. HOPKINS

This case arises from the January 13, 2015 assault suffered by Chaenin
Taylor. At the time of the assault, Taylor was seven-months pregnant. As a result of
the assault, the fetus died.
{¶ 3} Following an investigation, Hopkins was indicted on one count of murder
(purposeful) in violation of R.C. 2903.02(A), one count of involuntary manslaughter in
violation of R.C. 2903... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. COUNTY OF MARICOPA, Arizona and PAUL PENZONE,* in his official capacity as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

The United States brought this action to halt racially discriminatory policing policies instituted by Joseph Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Under Arpaio’s leadership, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) routinely targeted Latino drivers and passengers for pretextual traffic stops aimed at detecting violations of federal immigration law. Based on that and other un... More...   $0 (05-13-2018 - AZ)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. IOURI MIKHEL and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JURIJUS KADAMOVAS

Defendants are foreign nationals under the Hostage Taking Act: Mikhel is Russian, and Kadamovas is Lithuanian. Both lived in Los Angeles, California, during the events underlying this case. Defendants were assisted at various times by coconspirators Petro Krylov, Ainar Altmanis, Aleksejus Markovskis, and Natalya Solovyeva. Altmanis, Markovskis, and Solovyeva all pleaded guilty and
UNITED STA... More...
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United States of America v. Roger Bellanger District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

In today's story of why it's
generally not a good idea to orchestrate and then participate in
an illegal narcotics distribution ring, meet Roger Belanger of
Corinna, Maine. Belanger was indicted on one count of conspiracy
to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms
or more of cocaine and an unspecified amount of oxycodone, in
violation of 21 U.S.C. §§... More...
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Christopher Alexander v. Scripps memorial Hospital La Jolla

This case raises issues concerning the legal obligations imposed on health care
providers when a patient's health care directives conflict with the providers' opinions that
the requested care would be medically ineffective and may cause harm. Elizabeth
Alexander, a 70-year-old woman suffering from end-stage terminal pancreatic cancer,
died four days after she was transferred from a... More...
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DANNY SNAPP v. UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION and BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY

Snapp worked for BNSF from 1971 through 1999. He rose through the ranks, becoming a Division Trainmaster in 1986. Due to tiredness and low energy, he went to a doctor in 1994. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had surgeries in 1996 and 1998 in unsuccessful attempts to correct his condition. In 1999, BNSF received a report from Snapp’s physician. Snapp’s supervisor told Snapp he did not bel... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - WA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ROGER BELANGER United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit

In today's story of why it's
generally not a good idea to orchestrate and then participate in
an illegal narcotics distribution ring, meet Roger Belanger of
Corinna, Maine. Belanger was indicted on one count of conspiracy
to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms
or more of cocaine and an unspecified amount of oxycodone, in
violation of 21 U.... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. KELLY J. POLZIN

On July 13, 2015, the State charged Polzin with possession of methamphetamine, criminal use of explosives, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. As per a plea agreement, Polzin pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana on November 4, 2016. The district court found the plea was freely, voluntarily, and intelligently made and found Polzin guilt... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CARL M. BURRIS

Carl M. Burris was convicted of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He appeals and alleges the State committed prosecutorial error. He also appeals the district court's assessment of Board of Indigents' Defense Services (BIDS) fees without considering his financial resources.

On August 24, 2016, Ronnie Gosson called the Clay County Sheriff... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. LESLIE D. PRUITT

On the evening of March 6, 2015, David Simonton drove a semitrailer truck to a local Sam's Club to make a delivery. His cousin, Craig Wolfe, accompanied him on the delivery. Upon detaching the trailer, the two men planned "[t]o find a club [and] get some weed" that evening. Simonton drove the cab to a nearby Walmart and purchased a small quantity of marijuana from some individuals. Simonton then e... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Rene Barrera, Sr. Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Richardson Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty

Rene Barrera, Sr, of Del Rio, Texas, who was one of several tax preparers at Tax Genius in Richardson, Texas, appeared in federal court Tuesday, May 8, 2018, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez and pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.

Sentencing is set b... More...
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William Walley v. The State of Texas

The State charged Appellant with two counts of aggravated sexual assault against K.C.1 The indictment alleged that Appellant intentionally and knowingly caused the penetration of (1) the sexual organ of K.C., a person who was then and there a disabled individual, by the defendant’s sexual organ, without the consent of K.C., and (2) the mouth of K.C., a person who was then and there a disabled indi... More...   $0 (05-11-2018 - TX)

David Grantham v. The State of Texas Tenth Court-Appeals

David Grantham appeals from a conviction for the offense of engaging in
organized criminal activity, for which he was sentenced to twenty-seven (27) years in
prison after pleading true to two enhancements. TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 71.02, 12.42(d)
(West 2011). Grantham complains that his plea was not voluntary because he was not
properly admonished on the appropriate range of p... More...
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