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Jeffrey Chase Appleby v. The State of Texas

Jeffrey Chase Appleby appeals his conviction for aggravated assault involving family
violence and causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon. The trial court assessed
punishment at twenty-five years’ imprisonment. In a single issue, appellant contends the
sentence constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
Appellant waived a jury ... More...
   $0 (12-09-2017 - TX)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BRAYAN GOMEZ United States Court of Appeals For the Second Circuit

This appeal arises out of a traffic stop of Defendant‐Appellant 2
Brayan Gomez.  During surveillance in connection with a heroin‐3
trafficking investigation in Hartford, Connecticut, officers observed 4
Gomez  commit  several  traffic  violations  and  stopped  his  car.  5
During  the  five‐minute  traffic  stop,  the  officers  prolonged  the 6
seizure ... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - CT)

STATE OF IOWA vs. MATTHEW SHAWN VICTOR BRIDGES Three arrested in armed robbery

In November 2015, Bridges was forced to leave his father’s home in Eldora
because a no-contact order prohibited him from interacting with his brother, who
also lived there. When Bridges moved out both his girlfriend, T.H., then seventeen
years old, and his friend, G.C., then sixteen years old, left with him. The three
checked into the AmericInn in Iowa Falls. After a couple ... More...
   $0 (12-06-2017 - IA)

Christopher Gutierrez v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

On February 13, 2015, Houston Police Department [“HPD”] Officer J.
Castro received information from a confidential informant and then proceeded to a
Valero gas station at I-45 and College Avenue [“the Airport Valero”] to set up
surveillance. Castro saw three vehicles at the Airport Valero—a black Chevy
Malibu driven by co-defendant Irving Gonzalez, a black pick-up truck, and a ... More...
   $0 (12-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Laroy Damont Johnson Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Sentenced to 96 Months in Federal Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

A 37-year-old man from Dallas, Laroy Damont Johnson, was sentenced on December 4, 2017 before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to serve a total of 96 months in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses.

In August 2017, Johnson was convicted of one count of possession with intent to... More...
   $0 (12-05-2017 - TX)

Susan Oden v. The State of Texas TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

At the hearing on the motion to suppress, the district court heard evidence that on the
night of February 9, 2015, at approximately 10:08 p.m., Officer Josh Chadney of the Round Rock
Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after having observed it “displaying a defective
license plate light.” Chadney recounted that he made contact with the driver, later identified as 2... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - TX)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v STEPHEN BROOKS, Also Known as LAY LOW State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department

Defendant, using a confidential informant as a go-between, sold crack cocaine to a police officer on two occasions in 2013. The confidential informant facilitated the sales by ferrying the drugs and buy money between adjacent hotel rooms, with defendant in one and investigators in the other. The investigators placed
defendant under arrest soon after the second sale was consummated. He was th... More...
   $0 (12-03-2017 - ny)

Matthew C. Foster v. State of Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana

The facts most favorable to the verdict reveal that in early 2010, Foster, who
was then twenty-eight years old, began a sexual relationship with J.D., then
fourteen years old. J.D. eventually moved in with Foster and the two lived
together for five years. In January 2015, J.D. moved out and disclosed the

1 Foster does not appea... More...
   $0 (12-01-2017 - IN)

Matthew C. Foster v. State of Indiana

The facts most favorable to the verdict reveal that in early 2010, Foster, who
was then twenty-eight years old, began a sexual relationship with J.D., then
fourteen years old. J.D. eventually moved in with Foster and the two lived
together for five years. In January 2015, J.D. moved out and disclosed the

1 Foster does not appea... More...
   $0 (12-01-2017 - IN)

Willie Renard Anderson v. The State of Texas Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas Texas

Katherine Dunn was assaulted on December 6, 2014, in the trailer she lived in on
Murdock Road. Following the assault, Dunn knocked on the door of a house down the street
from the trailer, and the neighbor called 911. The neighbor relayed to Dunn questions posed by
the 911 operator about what had occurred, and Dunn responded that she had been stabbed and
“some black guy” beat ... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - TX)

STATE OF NEBRASKA v. TIMOTHY E. TRUJILLO NEBRASKA COURT OF APPEALS

On April 14, 2016, the State filed an information in the district court, charging Trujillo with operating a motor vehicle during a revocation period, second offense, in violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 60-6,197.06 (Supp. 2015), a Class IIA felony; operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, in violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-905(3) (Reissue 2016), a Class IV felony; and resisting arrest, second off... More...   $0 (11-29-2017 - NE)

Joseph Curry v. Yelp, Inc. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Plaintiffs Joseph Curry, individually and on behalf of all
others similarly situated, and Miami Fire Fighters’ and
Police Officers’ Retirement Trust appeal the district court’s
dismissal with prejudice of Plaintiffs’ securities fraud
complaint for failure to state a claim. Plaintiffs argue that
the district court erred by holding that they did not
adequately plead falsity, ... More...
   $0 (11-29-2017 - CA)

Samuel Topchain v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Missouri Court of Appeals - Western District Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Samvel Topchian appeals the judgment of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri,
granting summary judgment to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase), Martin, Leigh, Laws &
Fritzlen, PC (MLLF), and Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. (SPS) on Topchian’s claims of breach
of contract (against Chase), violations of the Missouri Merchandizing Practices Act (MMPA)
(against Chase, MLLF, and... More...
   $0 (11-28-2017 - MO)

Malissa Julian v. Glenair, Inc.

Appellant Glenair, Inc., challenges the denial of its motion to
compel arbitration of respondents’ claim under the Labor
Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA; Lab.
Code, § 2698 et seq.). Glenair contends an agreement
respondents executed during their employment with the
company was an enforceable postdispute agreement
obligating them to arbitrate the claim. We h... More...
   $0 (11-28-2017 - CA)

Ebeneser Benny Morones v. The State of Texas Houston Tango Blast prison gang member sentenced to life after violent local pursuit

Officer Robert Rodriguez, who formerly worked for the Woodbranch Police
Department, testified that he observed a white Cadillac traveling at a high rate of
speed on the highway. Rodriguez activated his patrol vehicle’s lights and siren and
began following the vehicle. Rodriguez realized that the driver was attempting to get
away, and Rodriguez called dispatch and provided the v... More...
   $0 (11-27-2017 - TX)

Village of Bedford Park, et al. v. Expedia, Inc., et al. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Thirteen Illinois municipalities
(“the municipalities”) assert that the Appellees‐Cross‐Appellants,
which are online travel agencies (“OTAs”), have withheld
money owed to them under their local hotel tax ordinances.

The OTAs operate their online travel websites under
the “merchant model”; customers pay an OTA directly to reserve
rooms at hotels the OTA has ... More...
   $0 (11-27-2017 - IL)

Beth M. Branum v. The State of Texas Granbury Woman Arrested After Fatal Euless Crash

On March 8, 2014, Branum met several friends at a bar in Fort Worth. She
arrived at 9:35 p.m., met her friend Jacquelyn Seltzer at the bar, and they each
had a shot2 and a beer before going to the table where the others were sitting.
Within the next two hours, Branum bought four shots and four beers while at the
table. Other people at Branum’s table also ordered drinks for e... More...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - TX)

STATE OF OHIO vs. JONATHAN ANDERSON

At the bench trial, the state presented testimony from Cincinnati
firefighters and paramedics Jeffrey Nienhaus, Daniel Drescher, and Chris Kieffer and
Cincinnati police officer Justin Bittinger. Nienhaus, Drescher, and Kieffer testified
that around 6:00 p.m. on September 9, 2016, they had responded to a report of a
possible overdose in the parking lot at a city recreational fac... More...
   $0 (11-23-2017 - OH)

Jana Lee Flanagan and Lucas Matthew Flanagan v. RBD San Antonio LP, Davidson Hotel Company LLC and G4S Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Jana Lee and Lucas Matthew Flanagan appeal traditional and no-evidence summary judgments granted in favor of RBD San Antonio L.P., Davidson Hotel Company LLC, and G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. in a premises liability case based on an alleged aggravated assault at a hotel. The Flanagans contend the trial court erred in granting the summary judgments and in sustaining objections to their summary j... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - TX)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA vs. JOHN ERIC HEMMINGER

On January 7, 2015, at 2:02 a.m., Hemminger called 911 to report that he had just been stabbed in the hand by Richard Hanley and was on his way to the hospital. He said that he had been at Goebel’s home and that someone should go to Goebel’s home because Hanley could still be there. Hanley and Goebel were in a relationship. Law enforcement officers went to Goebel’s home and found her lying on ... More...   $0 (11-22-2017 - SD)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. GREGORY ANTHONY GARDNER

The evidence at trial tended to show the following:
On 14 August 2009, Chelsea Sanders (“Sanders”)1 and her boyfriend Terry
Cress (“Cress”) traveled to Washington, N.C. for a weekend getaway at a hotel. After
drinking at the hotel bar, the couple returned to the hotel room at approximately 2:00
a.m. An hour or two later, Sanders had undressed and was lying in bed when she More...
   $0 (11-21-2017 - NC)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. SHENANDOAH FREEMAN

The evidence at trial tended to show the following:
Defendant and Amber Gottschalk (“Ms. Gottschalk”) met in February of 2014
when Defendant hired Ms. Gottschalk as a prostitute. From then until May of 2014,
Defendant and Ms. Gottschalk continued in an illicit intimate relationship, with
Defendant acting as both a pimp and protection for Ms. Gottschalk. In exchange,
Def... More...
   $0 (11-21-2017 - NC)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. SHAVEZ WILEY Shavez Wiley convicted of 2011 murder, Orleans jury splits on 2 attempted murder counts

On January 17, 2012, a grand jury returned an indictment charging
Defendant with one count of second degree murder and two counts of attempted
second degree murder, violations of La. R.S. 14:30.1 and 14:27/14.30.1,
respectively. On January 23, 2012, Defendant appeared for arraignment and
entered pleas of not guilty on all charges. On January 31, 2012, Defendant filed
motio... More...
   $0 (11-20-2017 - LA)

Stedman Payne v. The State of Texas Man faces prison time after forcing girl into prostitution

The complainant, M.W., a sixteen-year-old girl, texted with appellant after
meeting on an online dating website. M.W. informed appellant that she was a senior
in high school. Through text messages and social media, appellant recruited M.W.
to prostitute herself and have him as her pimp. M.W., a prior victim of human
trafficking, told appellant that she had done escorting before... More...
   $0 (11-20-2017 - TX)

State of North Dakota V. Anjelo Steve Sheperd IN THE SUPREME COURT STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

On June 29, 2016, law enforcement arrested Sheperd as a part of a multi-agency sting operation targeted at apprehending individuals paying, or attempting to pay, for sex with minors. Law enforcement posted an advertisement on Backpage.com. The advertisement impliedly sought sexual encounters with men, but did not reference involvement with a minor. Sheperd responded to the advertisement. A text me... More...   $0 (11-19-2017 - ND)

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