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Adaline Rose Werthwein v. Craig Edward Workman Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is a dispute over the name change of a minor. The minor’s mother, Adaline Werthwein, contends that the trial court abused its discretion by granting the request of the father, Craig Workman, to change the last name of their two-year-old son (pseudonymously referred to as “Michael”) from Werthwein to
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Workman without legally or factually sufficient evidence that the name change was in... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Carto Properties, LLC Jen Marie Rau, Individually, Key Maps, Inc, and The Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust v. Briar Capital, LP Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellants/cross-appellees, Carto Properties, LLC, Jen Marie Rau, individually (“Rau”), Key Maps, Inc., and the Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust (the “Trust”) (collectively, “Carto”), challenge the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee/cross-appellant, Briar Capital, L.P. (“Briar”), in Carto’s suit against Briar for wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, tortious in... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - TX)

Franklin Grammer, Jr. v. M. Sauers, Warden, Ellsworth Correctional Facility; Attorney General of Kansas District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

In June 2009, Franklin L. Grammer, Jr., killed his ex-wife, Betty Grammer
(Betty). On that day, she was painting a house in Johnson County, Kansas, with Jeff
Robinson and Samuel Shanks. Grammer walked up to her, put her in a headlock, and
shot her in the head. He then walked across the front yard of the residence holding the
gun in a ready position apparently looking for Robinson a... More...
   $0 (02-12-2018 - KS)

Brande Lee Samuels v. Ryan McDonald, Robert Nigh, Steve Kunzeiler, Isaac Shields, Stuart Southerland Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Brande Lee Samuels appeals the district court’s dismissal of his amended
complaint that alleged claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against three Tulsa County public
defenders and two prosecutors with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. The
court dismissed the amended complaint without prejudice under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim. It granted Mr. Sam... More...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - OK)

Eric Greene, a/k/a Jarmaine Q. Trice Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eric Greene appeals from the denial of his motion to vacate the final judgment entered against him in his habeas corpus challenge to the validity of his 1996 state court conviction on charges of second degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. At the core of this appeal is whether the failure to properly present to the state courts a claim that Greene’s direct appeal counsel was in... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - PA)

Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

State of Oklahoma v. Jerrica Ann Renee Teehee Lackey Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals 918-582-6422

Tulsa, OK - United States charged Jerrica Ann Renee Teehee Lackey, age 30, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
Date of Offense: 05/16/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
LACKEY, JERRICA ANN RENEE
Count # 2. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
D... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - OK)

Larry Gene Burks v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections Easter District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Larry Burks was convicted of rape in Arkansas and sentenced to thirty years in
prison. When Burks, more than five years later, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus
under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, there was a dispute about whether the petition was timely.
The district court determined that the one-year statute of limitations should be
equitably tolled and deemed Burks’s petition timely. T... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Timothy Traut Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - Corpus Christi Man Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography

A 40-year-old Corpus Christi man has admitted he possessed child pornograph.

In March 2017, Queensland Police Services in Australia identified a computer discussing child pornography on an Internet website. That computer was later linked to Timothy Traut who was using a profile name of “Horndog.”... More...
   $0 (02-03-2018 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Don Steven Jones Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Don Steven Jones with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
Date of Offense: 12/19/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
JONES, DON STEVEN Disposed: ACQUITTED, 01/25/2018. Jury Trial
Count as Disposed: SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12(CHSA)
Violation of 21 O.S. 843.... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Joseph Tigano, III Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

2 On July 8, 2008, Joseph Tigano, III and his father, Joseph Tigano, Sr., were
3 arrested on charges related to a marijuana growing enterprise allegedly operated
4 by the two men. When Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) task force
5 members executed a search warrant at the Tiganos’ residence on the morning of
6 the arrest, they discovered over 1,400 marijuana plants. On Octobe... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - NY)

United States of America v. Julio Cesar Sala Stripling and Marin Lee Rodriguez Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - Drug Trafficker and Distributor Sentenced to Long Prison Terms

Two members of a massive drug conspiracy have been ordered to significant terms in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Julio Cesar Sala Stripling, 39, and Martin Lee Rodriguez, 30, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - )

United States of America v. Vernon Sonsteng and Michael Anthony Villegas Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - ID Thieves Get Federal Prison Time

Two local men have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of identity theft. Vernon Sonsteng, 56, and Michael Anthony Villegas, 33, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to aggravated identity theft and possessing with the intent to unlawfully use five or more false identification documents.
<... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - TX)

VIVIAN L. MUNDY v. STATE OF KANSAS

The facts of Mundy's criminal case are tangential to her current appeal from her 60-1507 motion but nevertheless help explain her arguments. Mundy was a licensed, master's level social worker who enrolled as a Medicaid provider in 2003. She primarily provided behavioral and cognitive therapy to individuals with traumatic brain injuries. In 2007, after reviewing Mundy's billings, the fiscal agent f... More...   $0 (01-24-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Vernon Sonsteng and Michael Anthony Villegas Southern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX - ID Thieves Get Federal Prison Time

Two local men were sentenced to federal prison following their convictions of identity theft. Vernon Sonsteng, 56, and Michael Anthony Villegas, 33, both of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to aggravated identity theft and possessing with the intent to unlawfully use five or more false identification documents.
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   $0 (01-24-2018 - TX)

JASON DEMETRIUS STEPHENS vs. STATE OF FLORIDA and JASON DEMETRIUS STEPHENS vs. JULIE L. JONES, etc.

Stephens seeks relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision
in Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v.
State (Hurst), 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 2161 (2017). This
Court stayed Stephens’ appeal and consideration of his habeas petition pending the
disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - FL)

DANIEL JON PETERKA vs. STATE OF FLORIDA and DANIEL JON PETERKA vs. JULIE L. JONES, etc.

Peterka seeks relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision
in Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v.
State (Hurst), 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 2161 (2017). This
Court stayed Peterka’s appeal and consideration of his habeas petition pending the
disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (F... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - FL)

KAYLE BARRINGTON BATES vs. STATE OF FLORIDA and KAYLE BARRINGTON BATES vs. JULIE L. JONES, etc.

Bates seeks relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in
Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v.
State (Hurst), 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 2161 (2017). This
Court stayed Bates’ appeal and consideration of his habeas petition pending the
disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (Fla. 2... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - FL)

PRESSLEY BERNARD ALSTON vs. STATE OF FLORIDA & PRESSLEY BERNARD ALSTON vs. JULIE L. JONES

Pressley Bernard Alston appeals the circuit court’s order denying his motion
filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851 and petitions this Court
for a writ of habeas corpus. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), (9), Fla.
Const.
Alston seeks relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision
in Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), ... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - FL)

James Earl Love v. The State of Texas Waco man gets life in prison for continuous sexual abuse of child

A McLennan County grand jury returned an indictment alleging that Love, during
a period that was thirty days or more in duration—specifically, from on or about January
1, 2010 to September 1, 2013—committed two or more acts of sexual abuse against Z.L.,
Love’s grandson, who was then under the age of fourteen. See id.
Prior to trial, Love filed a “Motion to Declare Continuous S... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

Arminius Dejuan Jones v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Appellant pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, pursuant to a
negotiated plea bargain agreement. The trial court accepted the plea, deferred adjudication, and
placed appellant on community supervision for a period of five years. The State subsequently
filed a motion to proceed with an adjudication of guilt, alleging appellant violated various
conditions o... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

Bruce Frank Ruark v. The State of Texas

A denial of habeas corpus relief is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard.
Ex parte Wheeler, 203 S.W.3d 317, 324 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006); Hernandez-Prado v. State,
No. 03-15-00290-CR, 2016 WL 3144113, at *4 (Tex. App.—Austin May 26, 2016, no pet.) (mem.
op., not designated for publication). A habeas court abuses its discretion, and the appellate court
will reverse the habe... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. ACEION BROWN

The defendant, Aceion Brown, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying hispetition fora writoferror coramnobis. Weconclude that, in the circumstances presented, the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the merits of the petition, and we do not reach the merits of his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Because the court should have dismissed the petition, rather than having denie... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. GARY S. HARRIS

Defendant Gary S. Harris appeals from an August 24, 2015
order of the Law Division denying his petition for post-conviction
relief (PCR) couched as a "motion for a new trial."1 Defendant
argues he was deprived of a fair trial based upon ineffective
assistance of counsel and other constitutional violations.
Defendant also contends that the motion judge erred by deciding <... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NJ)

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