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Gregory A. Traylor v. State of Indiana Search warrant leads to drug and weapon seizure near Columbus

On August 3, 2017, an investigator with the Indiana State Police obtained and
executed a search warrant for Traylor’s home located at 7650 West State Road
46, in Bartholomew County, Indiana. During the search, one ounce of
methamphetamine, fifteen pounds of marijuana, and four grams of heroin were
recovered. Because there were copious amounts of pseudoephedrine in
Traylo... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RAFAEL ALDANAUNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JULIO CESAR SUAREZ

On November 28, 2015, a border patrol surveillance agent observed Rafael Aldana climbing over the fence separating
the United States and Mexico. A second agent found him hiding in the brush approximately 400 yards north of the border and two miles from the nearest port of entry facility at Otay Mesa, California. Aldana admitted to climbing over the fence and told the border patrol officer th... More...
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Amritpal Singh v. United States Ciitizenship and Immigration Services Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

10 Amritpal Singh appeals from Judge Furman’s dismissal of his complaint
11 for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. The complaint, relying on the
12 Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), 5 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., challenged the
13 denial by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) of
14 jurisdiction over Singh’s application for an adjustment of his immigratio... More...
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Ramon Alberto Gonzalez Quiroga a/k/a Ramon Alberto Quiroga Gonzalez v. The State of Texas Jury finds Brownsville man guilty of capital murder in 2013 case

In August 2013, Brownsville police responded to a residence on Sandia Street to
find 51-year-old Betancourt’s lifeless body lying flat on the floor of his home, beaten and
bloodied. Police observed that the home was in disarray, appeared ransacked, and
showed what one detective labeled as a “violent crime scene.” In their investigation, police
discovered that one of Betancour... More...
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Richard Paul Kay v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest or detention. An enhancement paragraph alleged a prior felony conviction. Appellant pleaded “not guilty” to aggravated assault on a public servant and “guilty” to evading arrest or detention. After hearing evidence and arguments, a jury found Appellant “not guilty” of aggravated assault on a public... More...   $0 (12-29-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Apolonio Montes Garcia District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

Portland, ME - Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Time-Served for Social Security Fraud

Apolonio Montes Garcia, 40, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced on December 21, 2017 in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to time-served (about 2½ months) for social security fraud. Montes Garcia had been in custody since October 11, 2017. Montes Garcia pleaded guilty to the charge... More...
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United States of America v. Olvin Humberto Matute-Lopez, a/k/a “Humberto Lopez-Barralaga,” a/k/a “Fernando Dolero-Juarez,” a/k/a “Juan Carlos Matute,” a/k/a “Juan Lopez,” a/k/a “Humberto Lopez” District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Illegal Alien Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison

Olvin Humberto Matute-Lopez, a/k/a “Humberto Lopez-Barralaga,” a/k/a “Fernando Dolero-Juarez,” a/k/a “Juan Carlos Matute,” a/k/a “Juan Lopez,” a/k/a “Humberto Lopez,” age 36, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for Illegal Re-entry into the United States after Dep... More...
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United States of America v. Luis Alberto Tejeda-Quiroz Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA - Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number, False Claim to United States Citizenship, Illegal Reentry of a Removed Alien and Identity Theft

LUIS ALBERTO TEJEDA-QUIROZ, age 32, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty today to a 4-count Superseding Bill of Information charging him with to illegal use of a social security number, false claim to Unite... More...
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United States of America v. Cody Lee Davidson Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Raytown Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

A Raytown, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court on December 19, 2017 for distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Cody Lee Davidson, 20, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum pe... More...
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United States of America v. Donald McCoy, Jr. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former Bothell Resident Pleads Guilty to Production, Distribution and Possession of Images of Child Molestation

Defendant Identified via File Sharing Software; Law Enforcement finds Images of Abuse

A 53-year old Bothell, Washington, man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to production, distribution and possession of child pornography, announced U... More...
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United States of America v. Sridevi Aiyaswamy Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Jose, California

San Jose, CA - Businesswoman Sentenced To Prison For High-Technology Worker Visa Fraud

San Jose businesswoman Sridevi Aiyaswamy was sentenced to 13 months in prison today as a result of her involvement in executing an H-1B visa fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Wayne Salling Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Actor Pleads Guilty to Possessing Large Collection of Child Pornography Found on His Home Computer

Actor Mark Wayne Sallin on December 19, 2017 pleaded guilty to a federal offense of possessing child pornography and specifically admitted that he possessed approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct.

Salling, 35, of Shadow Hills, who is best... More...
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United States of America v. Timothy Wade Barton Northern District of Texas Seal - Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, TX - Sweetwater Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

Timothy Wade Barton, 55, of Sweetwater, Texas, was sentenced on December 19, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 97 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in July 2017 to a superseding information charging one count of possession of child pornography.

Bar... More...
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Elizabeth Wairimu Gitau v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Wairimu Gitau
petitions for review of a decision from the Board of Immigration
Appeals ("BIA") dismissing her appeal of an Immigration Judge's
("IJ") decision ordering her removal to Kenya. Having reviewed
the BIA's decision, including the decision of the IJ as adopted by
the BIA, see Guerrero v. Holder, 667 F.3d 74, 76 (1st Cir. 2012),
as well as the record and t... More...
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United States of America v. Pacific Eurotex Corp., Morad "Ben" Neman and Hersel Neman Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - L.A. Fashion District Company and Two Owners Plead Guilty to Federal Charges Stemming from Money Laundering Scheme

In a case stemming from an investigation into Fashion District businesses using "Black Market Peso Exchange" schemes to launder narcotics proceeds for international drug cartels, an import-export textile business and two executives have pleaded guilty to fed... More...
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State of Hawaii v. Donald J. Trump Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

For the third time, we are called upon to assess the legality of the President’s efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six designated countries1 from entering the United States or being issued immigrant visas that they would ordinarily be qualified to receive. To do so, we must consider the statutory and constitutional limits of the President’s power to curtail entry of foreign nationals in... More...   $0 (12-22-2017 - HI)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DALADIER MURILLO-ALVARADO, AKA Domingo Arredondo, AKA Daladier Murillo, AKA Daladier Alvarado Murillo United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit1

The primary question presented by this appeal is whether section 11351 of the California Health and Safety Code (“Possession or purchase for sale of designated controlled substances”) is a divisible statute, as discussed in Mathis v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2243, 2249 (2016), such that a conviction under that statute may be held to be a drug trafficking offense under the United States Sentencing... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - CA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOSE ALEJANDRO VALDIVIAFLORES, AKA Francisco CruzMendoza United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Jose Valdivia-Flores is a Mexican citizen who entered the United States without inspection in 1995. In 1997, he was charged with and ultimately pled guilty to a violation of Washington’s drug trafficking statute, Wash. Rev. Code § 69.50.401. In his Statement of Defendant on Plea of Guilty, Valdivia-Flores described the crime he was being charged with as: “possession with intent to deliver— Heroi... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - CA)

Maria Turrubiartes v. Jose Pablo Olvera

This appeal arises from a dispute between divorcing parents over the managing conservatorship of their children. The trial court awarded sole managing conservatorship to the father and possessory conservatorship to the mother. On appeal, the mother contends the trial court erred in denying her motion for new trial challenging that ruling.
We hold that the trial court erred in denying the mothe... More...
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United States of America v. Octavius Williams Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Cocaine Distributor Sentenced to 168 Months in Federal Prison

Octavius Williams, 32, of Irving, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 168 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in November 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Nort... More...
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Melvi Ayde De La Cruz-Orellana; Alfredo Flores v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Petitioners Melvi Ayde de la Cruz-
Orellana and Alfredo Flores are a wife and husband who seek review
of a decision denying their applications for voluntary departure
to Guatemala and Mexico, respectively. An Immigration Judge ("IJ")
denied petitioners' applications on discretionary grounds, and the
Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") affirmed the IJ's decision.
Petitioner... More...
   $0 (12-18-2017 - MA)

United States of America v. Manish Patel and Nikita Shukla Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Husband and Wife Sentenced in Homeland Security Impersonation Scheme Involving 780 Victims and Over $1,300,000

Manish Patel (age: 26) was sentenced to 38 months imprisonment, and ordered to pay $1,101,901.61 in restitution for committing wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Additionally, Nikita Shukla (age: 26) was sentenced to one year a... More...
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United States of America v. Ladronal S. Hamilton, a/k/a "Black" Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - California Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Large-Scale PCP Conspiracy

A California man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of PCP in the Kansas City area.

Ladronal S. Hamilton, also known as “Black,” 46, of Hawthorne, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to life in federal p... More...
   $0 (12-17-2017 - MO)

United States of America v. Marcio Rodolfo Ochoa-Borjas Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA - Honduran National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

MARCIO RODOLFO OCHOA-BORJAS, age 31, a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty on December 15, 2017 to a one-count Bill of Information for illegal reentry of a removed alien after deportation.

According to the Bill of Information, OCHOA-BORJAS reentered the United States on or about June 30, 2017, after having been pre... More...
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United States of America v. William Bruce Crain Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Defendant-Appellant William Bruce Crain pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and to using interstate facilities to transmit information about minors. Crain’s plea agreement included a waiver of his appeal and collateral-attack rights. He filed a motion to vacate his sentence, which the district court denied after a hearing. He now appeals, arguing that (1) his collateral-attack waiver... More...   $0 (12-15-2017 - MS)

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