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Nathan Dygart vs State of Florida

In the fall of 2011, Nathan Dygart exchanged messages with someone he thought was a fourteen-year-old girl named Amber. The two discussed sports, television, and parents. They also discussed sex, Dygart becoming increasingly explicit. The discussions escalated, and Dygart eventually drove to Tallahassee’s Killearn subdivision, where he planned to have sex with fourteen-year-old “Amber.” When he a... More...   $0 (05-23-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Kahlil Shelton Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Federal Jury Convicts Two Former Allegheny County Men on All Charges Related to Armed Robbery Spree and Shooting

After deliberating less than one-half hour, a federal jury found Kahlil Shelton guilty of five counts of violating federal narcotics, robbery, and firearm laws and Deron Howell guilty of eight counts of violating federal narcotics, robbery, and firearm laws.More...
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United States of America v. Johnnie Gresham Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA - West Virginia Man Guilty Of Producing Child Pornography

Johnnie Gresham, age 39, of Charleston, West Virginia, pleaded guilty on May 17, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, to producing and attempting to produce child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Gresham admitted that he persuaded a minor to take and forward... More...
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Rena C. v. Colonial School District Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This case arises out of a dispute under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). Under the IDEA, when parents and school districts dispute a child’s educational placement, a parent may file an administrative due process complaint that can lead to an administrative hearing. At least ten days before the dispute reaches a hearing, the school district can extend a settlement offer to ... More...   $0 (05-23-2018 - PA)

Kevin C. Rotkiske v. Paul KLemm, Esq., d/b/a Nudleman, Klemm & Golub, P.C. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This appeal requires us to determine when the statute of limitations begins to run under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act), 91 Stat. 874, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. The Act states that “[a]n action to enforce any liability created by this subchapter may be brought in any appropriate United States district court . . . within one year from the date on which the violation occurs.” 1... More...   $0 (05-23-2018 - PA)

Tyler Sherman vs State of Florida

This court previously affirmed Sherman’s convictions, Sherman v. State, 160 So. 3d 494 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015), but the supreme court quashed that decision and remanded for reconsideration in light of State v. Shelley, 176 So. 3d 914 (Fla. 2015). On remand, we again affirm. As in today’s decision in Dygart v. State, 1D13-4977 (Fla. 1st DCA May 18, 2018), and as required by our en banc decision in Lee ... More...   $0 (05-22-2018 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Kenneth Michael McIntosh

On November 5, 2013, a Knox County grand jury issued a presentment charging the defendant with sixteen counts of aggravated child abuse (Counts 1-6, 11-20) and two counts of child abuse (Counts 30-31). The charges stemmed from a series of incidents in which the defendant subjected the victims to physical abuse, prolonged periods of confinement, and restraint with handcuffs. The presentment also c... More...   $0 (05-22-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Curtis Morris

On January 8, 2013, a Shelby County grand jury returned indictment No. 1300001, charging the defendant with first-degree murder during the perpetration of aggravated child abuse, first-degree murder during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect, aggravated child abuse of a child eight years of age or less, and aggravated child neglect of a child eight years of age or less. The victim in the... More...   $0 (05-22-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. TYRIEK BROWN Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The primary issue presented in this appeal is
whether the Commonwealth is required to prove a defendant knows
that a firearm in his or her possession is loaded in order to be
convicted of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm under G. L.

After police officers discovered a loaded firearm in the
rear console of a vehicle driven by the defendant, he was
charged ... More...
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COMMONWEALTH vs. JONATHAN PICKERING Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

While serving a probationary term in connection
with two convictions of open and gross lewdness, the defendant
endeavored to meet a person whom he believed was a thirteen year
old boy so that he could perform sexual acts on him. Following
a probation violation hearing, a judge in the Superior Court
concluded that the defendant had violated his probation by
committing... More...
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Center> John Doe v. Good Samaritan Hospital

Appellant alleges that he was sodomized by his roommate, K.W., while a patient
in the adolescent psychiatric unit of respondent Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest
(Hospital). He brought this action alleging that Hospital was negligent in placing K.W.
in a room together with appellant, and limiting its efforts to supervise these patients to
observation of each of them at 15-minute in... More...
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United States of America v. Fernando Clarke Eastern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Central Islip, New York

New York, NY - Former New York City Correction Department Investigator Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Transporting, Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

On May 18, 2018, an investigator with the New York City Correction Department was sentenced to 120 months in prison at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York following his March 5 jury trial conviction on seven count... More...
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United States of America v. Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Honduran Drug Kingpin Sentenced to Life in Prison

Honduran national Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte was sentenced today to life in prison for his involvement in a large-scale international narcotics transportation organization.

On Jan. 9, a Miami jury found Mejia-Duarte, 41, guilty of conspiring to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine with the knowledge that the coca... More...
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STATE OF OHIO - vs - DONNIE E. WRIGHT

Defendant-appellant, Donnie Wright, appeals his conviction and sentence in
the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
{¶ 2} In early December 2016, appellant began dating a woman ("Mother"). Within
days, appellant moved into Mother's house. Mother has a daughter ("the victim") who also
resided with her. Later that month, appellant bega... More...
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State of Ohio v. Jonathan Wilburn

On August 13, 2013, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Wilburn on one count of rape, in violation of R.C. 2907.02, and three counts of gross sexual imposition, in violation of R.C. 2907.05. Wilburn initially entered a not guilty plea. An agreement was reached with the state to amend counts two and three to endangering children, in violation of R.C. 2919.22. The parties also agreed to jointly... More...   $0 (05-21-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. CHARLES D. COLEMAN

In May of 2016, R.M. wanted to trade food stamps for heroin, so a female
acquaintance connected him to an individual who was willing to facilitate an exchange. Mr.
Coleman and two others (“Terrance” and “Anthony”) arrived at R.M.’s residence and forced him
go with them to a nearby Save-a-Lot store while they used his food stamp card. The men all
traveled to the store together... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. THIOTIS GREENE Ohio Court of Appeals

Following a traffic stop on January 8, 2016, appellant was arrested for driving
without a driver’s license. During an inventory search of the vehicle, officers recovered
marijuana and a substance they suspected to be crack cocaine.
{¶3} Appellant made an initial appearance via video conference on January 12, 2016.
The trial court declared appellant to be indigent and assigned... More...
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United States of America v. Nakia Palmer and Nathaniel Palmer Middle District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, AL - Former Social Security Administration Employee and Husband Sentenced to Prison for Committing Public Benefit Fraud

On Friday, May 11, 2018, a former employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and her husband were sentenced to prison for defrauding the federal government, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr.

The two defendants were for... More...
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United States of America v. Luis Moreno-Valencia Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Colombian Man Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Transporting Cocaine

Luis Moreno-Valencia (45, Colombia, South America) was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or ... More...
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United States of America v. Jalal Altarabeen, a/k/a Jalal Salamah, a/k/a Abu Rasheed District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Israeli National Sentenced for Cocaine Conspiracy and International Money Laundering Charges

An Israeli national was sentenced on May 19, 2018 in federal court in Boston for conspiring to transfer $2.5 million worth of cocaine from Colombia to Israel via Boston and to money laundering charges.

Jalal Altarabeen, a/k/a Glal El Tarbin, a/k/a Jalal Salamah, a/k/a Abu Ra... More...
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United States of America v. Roger Edward Picard District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

Bangor, ME - Garland Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as Sex Offender

Roger Edward Picard, 66, of Garland, Maine pled guilty on May 19, 2018 in U.S. District Court to failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, in 1983, Picard was convicted in Massachusetts of Rape of a Child. As a result, he was required to register as a sex offender. On or before... More...
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United States of America v. Rasheed Abiodun Akanni District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Rasheed Abiodun Akanni challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction for marriage fraud in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325(c), which prohibits "knowingly enter[ing] into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws." He does not challenge his felony convictions for making false statements to immigration officials. We affirm.1
The evidence pres... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. CHONTAY LUMFORD

This matter comes before us on two consolidated appeals by defendant
Chontay Lumford. In appellate case number 2017-CA-71, Lumford appeals from her
conviction and sentence following a guilty plea to one count of having a weapon while
under disability. In appellate number 2017-CA-72, she appeals from the trial court’s
revocation of community control and its imposition of prison ... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. ANDREW MELMS

This matter is before the Court on the August 8, 2017 Notice of Appeal of
Andrew Melms. Melms appeals from the trial court’s July 28, 2017 Judgment Entry of
Conviction, following a no contest plea to one count of aggravated possession of drugs,
namely fentanyl, in violation of R.C. 2925.11(A), a felony of the fifth degree. His appeal
is specifically addressed to the trial co... More...
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THE STATE OF OHIO v. MYERS

The case was tried to a jury. Much of the account of what happened came from Myers’s friend and codefendant Timothy Mosley. According to Mosley, he and Myers began to concoct their scheme on January 27, 2014. That morning, Myers, who had just slept through the start of a new job, woke up Mosley
and asked him if he “wanted to make some money.” When Mosley said he did, Myers suggested that ... More...
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