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United States of America v. Shawn Shannon

East St. Louis, IL - Indiana Gospel Singer Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

A jury has convicted a Muncie, Indiana, man of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Shannon, 44, a traveling gospel singer, was convicted after a three-day trial.

The government ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - IL)

Douglas Craig Lemley v. The State of Wyoming

On December 17, 2014, a housekeeper employed by the Holiday Inn of Cheyenne1 called the front desk to report that a man was harassing the hotel staff on the fifth floor. The housekeeper believed he was in Room 527. Front desk employees reviewed their records and found that Room 527 was registered to a woman who appeared to have already checked out. The hotel’s branch office manager called Room 52... More...   $0 (07-28-2016 - WY)

United States of America v, Jonathan Brent Wulf

Seattle, WA - Former Psychologist Sentenced to 6+ Years for Seeking Sex with 12-Year-Old

After Posting Ad on Craigslist, Communicated about Sex with Child

A Seattle psychologist was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release for attempted travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and attempted receipt of child pornogra... More...
   $0 (07-25-2016 - WA)

Mark A. Conley v. State of Indiana

On June 24, 2015, Conley and Cameron Burger went to a Walmart store in
Lafayette to shoplift various items. Walmart asset protection officers Shaun
Parkins and Zachary Miller observed that Conley was wearing what appeared
to be an empty backpack. Accordingly, Parkins and Miller became suspicious
and proceeded to follow Conley and Burger around the store. Parkins and
Mil... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

The State of Texas v. Hardik Yagnesh Vyas

Abilene police officers received a tip from an unknown person indicating that a man had caused a disturbance at a hotel and was trying to leave in a black fourdoor car. An officer subsequently detained Appellee, Hardik Yagnesh Vyas, while he sat in his car in the hotel parking lot. The investigating officer determined that Appellee was intoxicated and arrested him for driving while intoxicated. ... More...   $0 (07-21-2016 - TX)

Rontae J-R Thornton v. The State of Texas

Prior to the hearing on appellant’s motion to suppress, the jury heard testimony by
Sergeant Joseph Spano of the McKinney Police Department and viewed a video of appellant’s
traffic stop and subsequent detention. Sergeant Spano testified that, around 2:30 a.m. on March
12, 2014, he was watching a Motel 6 in McKinney, Texas, for suspicious activity related to
illegal narcotics.... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. ANDRE WARD

Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Schenectady County (Giardino, J.), rendered June 19, 2014, upon a verdict convicting defendant of the crimes of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, strangulation in the second degree as a sexually motivated felony, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and menacing... More...   $0 (07-15-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Christopher Williams and Laquentin Brown

New Orleans, LA - Remaining Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Sex Trafficking Scheme

Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Women into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere

The Justice Department announced that Christopher Williams, 31, and Laquentin Brown, 34, both of Memphis, Tennessee, were sentenced to 180 months and 99 months in prison, resp... More...
   $0 (07-14-2016 - LA)

Amanda N. Gonzales v. State of Indiana

At the time relevant to this appeal, Gonzales lived with her boyfriend, Ronnie
Westbrook (“Westbrook”), at a hotel on the east side of Indianapolis.
Westbrook rented several rooms in the hotel. The victim in this case, twenty
eight-year-old Katrina Miller (“Miller”), stayed in one of the other rooms rented
by Westbrook. On July 19, 2014, Westbrook spent the night in one of these... More...
   $0 (07-13-2016 - IN)

Omar Bashir Mohammed v. The State of Texas

On the morning of February 15, 2014, 73-year-old Terence Pinkston took
his daily walk in Arlington. Pinkston, owner of a graphic design business, had been
an avid runner since the 1960s, completing four marathons and numerous other
races before taking his doctor’s advice and trading running for walking due to
ongoing knee problems. On this day, Pinkston was walking without hi... More...
   $0 (07-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Dylan Henry Ritter

Albuquerque, NM - Texas Felon Sentenced to Ten Years for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms and Ammunition in New Mexico

Dylan Henry Ritter, 36, of Gardendale, Texas, was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.

Ritter was arrested on Oct. 7, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - NM)

Joseph Patrick Dimaio, Sr., v. State of Florida*

In October 2011, the trial court sentenced Dimaio to ten years of probation for second-degree grand theft. Condition 3 of his probation ordered him as follows: “You will remain in a specified place. You will not change your residence or employment or leave the county of your residence without first procuring the consent of your officer.” In July 2014, the state filed an affidavit of violation o... More...   $0 (07-05-2016 - FL)

State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Dion Washington-Davis

This case arises out of a sex-trafficking operation. For his part in the operation,
appellant Antonio Dion Washington-Davis was convicted of soliciting and promoting
prostitution and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.1 Washington-Davis argues that we
should reverse his convictions because the statute that criminalizes the promotion and
solicitation of prostitution, Minn. S... More...
   $0 (07-04-2016 - MN)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. GARVIN SCOTT

Lakisha Baker testified she is the mother of Brandon and Bernard Baker.
She stated that Brandon, the deceased victim, was enrolled at Walter L. Cohen
where he played football and received a football scholarship to McNeese College.
She grew up in Hollygrove, and her sons lived there when they were babies, but on
the day in question she was visiting her mother in Hollygrove. On ... More...
   $0 (07-02-2016 - LA)

Ava Williams-Ball v. Brookshire Grocery Company d/b/a Super One Foods of Shreveport and its Insurer Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, Jointly and Insolido

In the early afternoon of November 4, 2012, Ms. Ball was shopping
at Brookshire on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport. At approximately 12:46
p.m., as she was walking on the dairy aisle in the back of the store, Ms. Ball
left her buggy to pick up some hash browns. As she began walking back to
her buggy, she slipped and fell, landing on her left knee. The fall occurred
just i... More...
   $0 (07-02-2016 - LA)

United States of America v. Mykel Lamar Harris

Minneapolis, MN - Brooklyn Park Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking Of A Teenage Girl

Mykel Lamar Harris, 25, for trafficking a teenage girl who he sold for sex. HARRIS, who pleaded guilty on January 25, 2016, was sentenced Thursday before U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

“Sex trafficking is not just an internatio... More...
   $0 (07-01-2016 - NM)

State of North Dakota v. Adrian Scott Williams

In March 2013, Williams rented a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Jamestown. Jamestown police officers were investigating an unrelated criminal offense Williams allegedly committed against a hotel employee, and the officers arrested Williams in the hallway of the hotel after he left his hotel room. The officers removed Williams from the property.

[¶3] The hotel manager decided to evict ... More...
   $0 (07-01-2016 - ND)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Victor Zuniga.

In this interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s order suppressing evidence
obtained as a result of a vehicle search, we consider whether the odor of marijuana can
contribute to a finding of probable cause even though, since 2012, possession of one
ounce or less of marijuana is allowed under Colorado law. We hold that the odor of
marijuana is relevant to the totality of the c... More...
   $0 (06-30-2016 - CO)

Joseph Patrick Dimaio, Sr., v. State of Florida*

Appellant Joseph Dimaio appeals from the order revoking his probation and sentencing him to an eight-year prison sentence. Because the trial court’s finding that Dimaio committed a willful and substantial violation of his probation is not supported by competent substantial evidence, we reverse.
In October 2011, the trial court sentenced Dimaio to ten years of probation for second-degree gra... More...
   $0 (06-29-2016 - FL)

Carlos Jose Caceres v. The State of Texas

This case concerns medical supplies and equipment owned by a hospital but found in a nearby medical clinic. Appellant is a medical sales representative who sold products to both facilities.
The supplies and equipment involved are Essure devices and hysteroscopes. An Essure device is a type of birth control inserted into the Fallopian tube. A hysteroscope is a surgical instrument used to look ... More...
   $0 (06-28-2016 - TX)

Michael Lee Grimm v. The State of Texas

Police received a report of suspicious activity at a hotel. When they arrived at the hotel, police were taken to a room, where they found torn pieces of paper, including stationary that contained a date of birth, a social security number, and an address. The room was registered to a woman named Jennifer, but payment had been arranged by appellant. Neither Jennifer nor appellant was present when po... More...   $0 (06-27-2016 - TX)

State of Florida vs Stacey Renee McRae

The parties do not dispute the court’s factual findings leading to McRae’s
arrest for armed robbery. On December 30, 2013, a convenience store was robbed
in Vernon. A surveillance camera captured an image of two women. One woman’s
face was uncovered as she pointed a firearm at the clerk. A surveillance video also
captured images of a vehicle arriving and leaving, indicating the... More...
   $0 (06-21-2016 - FL)

Darryl Eugene Jackson v. The State of Texas

On May 15, 2013, the complainant, Richard Fisher, was shot and killed outside the Preet Inn in Harris County. Police responded within minutes to a 911 call reporting the shooting. Upon arrival, police found the complainant lying on the sidewalk already deceased. There was a crowd of people gathered at the scene, but police were only able to identify one witness, Michelle Tucker, who had seen anyth... More...   $0 (06-18-2016 - TX)

Lizette Deluna v. The State of Texas

The complainant, J.T., was seventeen years old at the time of trial. She testified she was
born and raised in New Zealand, and immigrated to the United States in 2012. In 2013, when she
was either fourteen or fifteen years old, she moved from Houston to San Antonio to live with her
mother and step-father. At this time, she met an eighteen-year-old woman by the name of Kiki.
... More...
   $0 (06-15-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Justin Tolentino

San Jose, CA - Federal Investigation Yields Multiple Convictions In Connection With Bribery Of Veterans Affairs Contracting Officer

Former VA employees and contractors ensnared in scheme in which contracting officer accepted cash, trips, and gifts in exchange for role in steering million dollar contracts

Justin Tolentino became the last of seven defendants involved in a Veterans ... More...
   $0 (06-15-2016 - CA)

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