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State of Florida v. James Amelio, Jr.

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jury Convicts Man Of Sexual Battery

The State of Florida charged James Amelio, age 32, with sexual battery for attacking a woman at the Lucky Street parking garage at the Seminole Hark Rock Hotel and Casino on August 8, 2015.

The Defendant and the victim had been drinking together before she lost consciousness.

The victim claimed that she had no m... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - FL)

Patrick Dwayne Murphy v. Terry Royal, Warden, Oklahoma State Penitentirary United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Denver, Colorado

Patrick Dwayne Murphy asserts he was tried in the wrong court. He
challenges the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma state court in which he was convicted of
murder and sentenced to death. He contends he should have been tried in federal
court because he is an Indian and the offense occurred in Indian country. We agree
and remand to the district court to issue a writ of habeas corpus vaca... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Preston Anthony King Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Burleson Man Admits to Attempting to Meet a 13-Year-Old for Sex at a Fort Worth Hotel

Preston Anthony King, 23, of Burleson, Texas, appeared on August 9, 2017 in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton and pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor.

King, who has been in custody since November 2016 on a related complaint, faces not... More...
   $0 (08-11-2017 - TX)

Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismissal procedures found in the Texas ... More...   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Firtz Blanchard

Following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Fritz
Blanchard was convicted of one count of aiding and abetting the
interstate transportation of three victims for purposes of
prostitution, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2421 and 2422. On
appeal, Blanchard argues that the court erred by allowing
unauthenticated exhibits into evidence and tha... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - ME)

United States of America v. Laroy Damont Johnson

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Man of Firearm and Drug Offenses Involving Heroin

Following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, on August 7, 2017 a federal jury convicted Laroy Damont Johnson, 37, of Dallas, of drug and firearm offenses.

Specifically, Johnson was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substan... More...
   $0 (08-07-2017 - TX)

Global Tel*Link Corporation v. Securus Technologies, Inc.

Global Tel*Link Corporation (“GTL”) moved to dismiss a suit brought by Securus Technologies, Inc. (“Securus”) based on the provisions of the Texas Citizen’s Protection Act (“TCPA”). Securus responded asserting the commercial speech exception applied to its suit or, in the alternative, it had clear and convincing evidence to support the claims asserted. Following a hearing, the trial court denied G... More...   $0 (08-01-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Keith Schwartz, a/k/a Bernie Kype United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Denver, Colorado

Defendant Keith Schwartz operated a pain-management clinic that prescribed
opioids outside the usual course of medical practice. For his role in that operation, a
jury convicted Schwartz of various counts related to unlawful drug distribution and
money laundering, and the district court imposed a fifteen-year prison sentence.
Schwartz attacks both his convictions and sentence. He a... More...
   $0 (07-31-2017 - CO)

United States of America v. William Ali Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - New Zealand Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Export Sensitive Parts to China - Traveled to Seattle to Pick up Parts from Undercover Agent; Planned to Smuggle Parts into China

A resident of New Zealand, who traveled to Seattle in April 2016 to take possession of export-restricted parts designed for missile and space applications, was sentenced July 27, 2017 in U.S. District Co... More...
   $0 (07-30-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Roberta Castillo Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former Bank Branch Manager Sentenced to 4+ Years in Prison for Stealing from Elderly Bank Customers -
Used Sophisticated Knowledge of Bank Systems and Records to Steal more than $500,000

The former manager of a JPM Chase bank branch in West Seattle was sentenced July 25, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 54 months in prison for embezzling more than half a millio... More...
   $0 (07-25-2017 - WA)

State of Iowa v. Cederic Whitmire

Council Bluff, IA - Jury Finds Defendant To Be Habitual Offender

The State of Iowa charged Cedric Whitmire, age 39, with willful injury and domestic abuse and claimed that he should be found to be a habitual offender.

Defendant was arrested after a woman told police that Whitmire was her pimp and that he had injured her in an Omaha hotel after she called 911. The State claimed t... More...
   $0 (07-25-2017 - IA)

CHRISTOPHER LAPOINTE vs. STATE OF IOWA Man sentenced in downtown hotel sexual assault

On December 2, 2014, LaPointe pled guilty to one count of second-degree
burglary, in violation of Iowa Code section 713.5 (2014), and one count of
third-degree sexual abuse, in violation of Iowa Code section 709.4. The State
agreed to recommend concurrent ten-year sentences in exchange for LaPointe’s
guilty plea. Sentencing occurred immediately after the guilty plea was accep... More...
   $0 (07-24-2017 - IA)

WILLIAM PARGO vs. STATE OF IOWA 30 Arrested, 40 Children Seized In Drug Raid

This case arises out of Pargo’s application for postconviction relief. In his
application, Pargo contended his counsel was ineffective in two respects. First,
his trial counsel failed to move to dismiss the charges as untimely pursuant to
Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.33. Second, his counsel failed to move to
suppress evidence obtained from the search of a hotel room pur... More...
   $0 (07-24-2017 - IA)

Juan Mora v. The State of Texas Mora sentenced to life in prison after aggravated assault conviction

Appellant was indicted for intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily
injury to Elizabeth Garcia by stabbing her or striking her with a deadly weapon, a knife
sharpener.2
In April 2014, Garcia was found on the bloody kitchen floor of her small Lubbock
apartment with multiple stab wounds to her body and the eight-inch shaft of a knife
sharpening steel embedded ... More...
   $0 (07-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Shatara Armstrong Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Woman Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Trafficking Case

Shatara Armstrong, 31, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty July 18, 2017 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise.

Armstrong faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Armstro... More...
   $0 (07-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Nicholas G. Peacock Federal Courthouse - Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, FL - North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Enticing and Traveling to Pensacola for Sex with a Minor

Nicholas G. Peacock, 33, of Salisbury, North Carolina, pled guilty July 18, 2017 in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to enticement of a minor and interstate travel for illicit sexual activity.

In April 2016, S.S. reported that her twelve-year-old granddaughter was mis... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Carrie Myles Federal Courthouse, Oakland, California

Oakland, CA - Woman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Transporting 14-Year-Old Across State Lines To Engage In Prostitution

Carrie Myles was sentenced July 10, 2017 to 96 months in prison for transporting a 14-year-old girl from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas, Nev., for the purpose of making the girl available to engage in commercial sex acts. The sentence was handed down by the Honorab... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - CA)

MICHAEL LORENCE v. THE STATE OF TEXAS Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, TX

On August 18, 2012, Nancy Howard was shot in the head as she exited
her vehicle in the garage of her Carrollton home upon returning from church.
Although she lost an eye, suffered damage to her mouth, throat, and brain,
suffered a collapsed lung because the bullet lodged itself in her lung, and lost the
use of her right arm and fingers, after 18 days in the hospital, multiple ... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - TX)

Eddie M. Herrera v. The State of Texas Houston man sentenced to 25 years in prison for death of prom date in hotel room

Jessica was a 17-year-old high school senior when she invited 18-year-old
Herrera, whom she had known for several years, to her high school prom. Without
telling Jessica’s mother, Herrera’s mother, Melissa Martinez, helped the pair
secure a hotel room, narcotics, and alcohol for prom night, and then Martinez
1 See TEX. PENAL COD... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Dimitrise Lyghts Northern District of Texas Seal - Lubbock, Texas

Lubock, TX - “Pimp” Sentenced to 293 Months in Federal Prison in Child Sex Trafficking Case

Dimitrise Lyghts, 23, of Lubbock, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 293 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March 2017 to one count of sex trafficking of a child related to his pimping a 15-year-old girl in Lubbock, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - TX)

Deborah Brothers v. LQ Management LLC, LQ TX Properties, LLC a/k/a BRE/LQ TX Properties, LLC and LA Quinta, L.L.C.

This is an appeal from a summary judgment rendered on behalf of an employer in a wrongful-termination suit. The employee argued that her termination was based on the filing of a workers’ compensation claim, but her employer countered that the termination was based on the employee’s violation of a uniformly enforced absenteeism policy. The ultimate issue for this court to decide is whether the empl... More...   $0 (07-13-2017 - TX)

Ashok B. Patel, Ramesh Patel, Naresh Patel, and Manilal B. Patel v. Roger Pate and Pate Development, Inc. Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

The resolution of this interlocutory appeal from the denial of special
appearances turns on an application of the burden-shifting standards described
in Kelly v. General Interior Construction, Inc., 301 S.W.3d 653, 658–59 (Tex.
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
2
2010). Because the appellees in this case brought forward legally and factually
sufficient evidence in support of their... More...
   $0 (07-10-2017 - TX)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Susan Leigh Stock Supreme Court of the State of Colorado

Review of a trial court’s suppression order presents a mixed question of law and
fact. People v. Simpson, 2017 CO 25, ¶ 12, 392 P.3d 1207, 1210. In reviewing a trial
court’s suppression ruling, we defer to the trial court’s findings of historical fact that are
supported by competent evidence in the record, but we assess the legal effect of those
historical facts de novo. Id.... More...
   $0 (07-09-2017 - CO)

ROBERT EARL PETERSON vs. STATE OF FLORIDA and ROBERT EARL PETERSON vs. JULIE L. JONES, etc.

Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder and evidence tampering, and
was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of his 64-year-old stepfather,
Roy Andrews, after Peterson’s jury recommended death by a vote of seven to five.
Peterson, 94 So. 3d at 519, 523. The facts of Peterson’s crime are set forth in this
Court’s opinion affirming his conviction and sentences o... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - FL)

Joseph E. De Ritts v. Thomas J. McGarrigle, et al.

To explain a perceived demotion to judges, other attorneys, and county officials, Appellee, an Assistant Public Defender, circulated a rumor he had heard and alleged he was being punished for taking too many cases to trial. After the Public Defender fired Appellee for those statements, Appellee filed suit, claiming a violation of his First Amendment rights, and the District Court denied the Public... More...   $0 (06-29-2017 - PA)

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