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United States of America v. Christian Lancaster

Oakland, CA - Former San Francisco Unified School District Teacher Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

Christian Lancaster appeared in court today and was arraigned on charges he possessed child pornography, announced United States Attorney Brian Stretch and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin... More...
   $0 (07-24-2016 - CA)

David Anthony Jordan v. State of Indiana

The relevant procedural facts follow. On August 14, 2001, the State charged
Jordan with: Count I, Class B felony burglary; Count II, Class C felony
stalking; Count III, Class B misdemeanor invasion of privacy; and Count IV,
Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief. The cause was assigned to Circuit
Court #3 and the Honorable Thomas Newman, Jr. (“Judge Newman”).
[4] On Ja... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana

Consistent with our well-settled standard of appellate review, we recite the
relevant facts most favorable to the jury’s verdicts. Patel was born in the United
States to immigrants from India in September 1980. She lived in a home in
Granger with her parents and paternal grandparents, and she managed Moe’s, a
restaurant in Mishawaka owned by her father. In approximately Augu... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

Cory Devoyse Finn v. The State of Texas

Delma Moss, an employee for the City of Dallas’s street department, testified that he responded to a call of a tree down. While Moss and his coworker, Lawrence Davis, removed the tree from the road, a vehicle approached and struck Moss. Davis and Moss both testified that the driver never stopped. Neither Moss nor Davis saw the driver’s face. However, Davis found a piece of the vehicle that had... More...   $0 (07-22-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Mark Nigel Wilkins

Greenville, SC - Employee Guilty of Wire Fraud Causing His Employer A Loss of Over $565,000.00

Mark Nigel Wilkins, age 49, formerly of Lexington, South Carolina entered a plea of guilty in Federal Court in Greenville, South Carolina before the Honorable Bruce H. Hendricks. Mr. Wilkins pled guilty to Wire Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. He faces a possib... More...
   $0 (07-22-2016 - NC)

United States of America v. Trendon T. Shavers

New York, NY - Texas Man Sentenced For Operating Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

This is the First Federal Securities Fraud Case Involving a Bitcoin-Related Scheme

Trendon T. Shavers, a/k/a “pirateat40,” was sentenced to 18 months in prison for one count of securities fraud stemming from his involvement in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme. SHAVERS was the founder and operator of Bitcoin Sav... More...
   $0 (07-22-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Jason Galanis

New York, NY - Jason Galanis Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Market Manipulation

Jason Galanis pled guilty to manipulating the market for Gerova Financial Group, Ltd. (“Gerova”), a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and to defrauding the shareholders of that company. GALANIS pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud, securities fraud, an... More...
   $0 (07-22-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. DeSondra Michell Ward

Oakland, CA - Former Lawrence Hall Of Science Employee Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Embezzlement

DeSondra Michell Ward was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and ordered to pay $389,948.57 in restitution for stealing from and defrauding the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.

Ward pleaded guilty on February 9, 2016, to five counts of theft from a... More...
   $0 (07-21-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. DeSondra Michell Ward

Oakland, CA - Former Lawrence Hall Of Science Employee Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Embezzlement
and Was Ordered to Pay Restitution of Over $389,000

DeSondra Michell Ward was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and ordered to pay $389,948.57 in restitution for stealing from and defrauding the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, announced United States ... More...
   $0 (07-20-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. Nicholas Mazza

Atlanta, GA - Girls’ Softball Coach Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Nicholas Mazza has been sentenced to seven years, three months in federal prison for distributing child pornography. The defendant is a former girls softball coach who had over 140,000 videos and pictures of sexual abuse of young girls when he was arrested. Mazza worked as a coach for girls’ softb... More...
   $0 (07-20-2016 - GA)

Santana Gaona v. The State of Texas

In August 2011, appellant’s wife, Rosario, accused him of rape. The charges were
ultimately dropped, but the couple remained separated. Two months later, Samuel Rojas, who
was married to Rosario’s sister, hosted a family birthday party. Rosario and several of her
family members attended the party. Several hours into the party, appellant showed up and went
to the back yard w... More...
   $0 (07-20-2016 - TX)

Rick Lee Bates v. The State of Texas

The State’s fact witness at appellant’s trial was Michael Anthony Aguirre, the patrol
officer who arrested appellant for driving while intoxicated. Aguirre told the jury that on the
night of the offense, Aguirre’s patrol vehicle and appellant’s vehicle were traveling in opposite
directions on a two-lane road. Before they passed each other, the right-side wheels of appellant’s
... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

Brian Gaeta v. The State of Texas

Alexis Salinas, the complainant in this case, began dating Gaeta sometime in 2012. On
April 4, 2013, Irene Chavez, Salinas’s mother, called 9-1-1 and requested the assistance of the
police. Chavez reported that, “my daughter and her boyfriend had an argument and he hit her,
hit her in the mouth and she’s bleeding.” Chavez identified Gaeta as her daughter’s boyfriend.
–2– ... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

Christopher J. Padilla v. The State of Texas

“An appellate court reviews a trial court’s denial of a motion to recuse under an abuse of
discretion standard.” Gaal v. State, 332 S.W.3d 448, 456 (Tex. Crim. App. 2011); Green v. State,
374 S.W.3d 434, 446 (Tex. Crim. App. 2012); De Leon v. Aguilar, 127 S.W.3d 1, 5 (Tex. Crim.
App. 2004) (orig. proceeding); see also TEX. R. CIV. P. 18a(j)(1)(A). Our review looks at the
“tot... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

Gary Lee Avant v. The State of Texas

The cause was called for trial on April 27, 2015, and Gary entered a plea of not guilty to
the State’s indictment alleging bodily injury to an elderly person pursuant to Texas Penal Code
section 22.04. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.04(a)(3) (West 2011) (“A person commits an
offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or
intentionally... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

Justin Robert Parker v. The State of Texas

At the time that the alleged offense in this case occurred, section 33.021 stated the 1
following, in relevant part:
Because it is not relevant to our analysis of the constitutionality of the statute at issue, we1 will not recite the underlying facts that gave rise to the charge against Parker. See Tex. R. App. P. 47.1.
(a) In this section:
(1) “Minor” means:
(A) an individu... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

Pamela Gwynn Krick v. The State of Texas

On December 19, 2014, Krick and her brother were attempting to move
some of his things out of a residence. Before they arrived at the house, they had
called the police for a “civil standby” to ensure “there’s not a breach of the peace”
and to protect them while they were removing his things. Chief Justin Perron of
the Archer City Police Department and Investigator Tony Hanley... More...
   $0 (07-18-2016 - TX)

Miguel Gomez v. The State of Texas

When the complainant was 7 years old, her parents were divorced, and
appellant Miguel Gomez was dating her mother. The complainant lived with her
father, but she and her brother would visit her mother every other weekend, and at
times Gomez would be the only adult watching her.
One day, the complainant called her mother at work and accused Gomez of
touching her inappropria... More...
   $0 (07-17-2016 - TX)


While executing a search warrant at Pribble's house, law enforcement officers discovered and seized drug-buy money, over 800 grams of marijuana, more than 14 grams of methamphetamine, and various items of drug paraphernalia. None of the drugs bore the requisite drug tax stamps. As a result, Pribble was charged with possessing marijuana, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and drug-sale proceeds. Of pa... More...   $0 (07-17-2016 - KS)


During a break in their on-again-off-again relationship, defendant Dunn and Tracy Shaw, who had obtained a protection order against Dunn, encountered one another at a bank in Parsons. Shaw visited the bank daily as part of her job as a courier. According to bank employees, Dunn had been wandering around outside the bank before Shaw's arrival, and he eventually entered the bank, inquired about open... More...   $0 (07-17-2016 - KS)

State of Nebraska v. Joshua D. Carr

In 2014, the State filed two informations against Carr. In case No. S-15-921, the State charged Carr with robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony for events occurring on September 11, 2014 (the robbery case). In case No. S-15-922, the State charged Carr with first degree murder, attempted robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony (the ho... More...   $0 (07-17-2016 - NE)

State of Nebraska v. Brody L. Duncan

Monte Stava owned and operated Hymark, a full-service
lockout and towing business. As part of the business, Monte
sometimes sold unclaimed vehicles in satisfaction of towing
and storage debts pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 60-2404
(Reissue 2010). In order to sell the vehicles, Hymark had to
obtain titles to the abandoned vehicles, which could be done
through a sheriff’s offi... More...
   $0 (07-17-2016 - NE)

Samantha Jenkins v. City of Jennings, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Missouri City Settles Debtors' Prison Civil Rights Violation Claims

Samantha Jenkins and others sued The City of Jennings on civil rights violation theories claiming:

1. The Plaintiffs in this case are each impoverished people who were jailed by the City
of Jennings because they were unable to pay a debt owed to the City from traffic tickets or other
minor... More...
   $4700000 (07-17-2016 - MO)


Pursuant to Section I, Paragraph 3(c), Montana Supreme Court Internal Operating
Rules, this case is decided by memorandum opinion and shall not be cited and does not
serve as precedent. Its case title, cause number, and disposition shall be included in this
Court’s quarterly list of noncitable cases published in the Pacific Reporter and Montana
¶2 Tony Edward Jorge... More...
   $0 (07-16-2016 - MT)


The facts underlying this appeal, as the jury could have found
them, are as follows. Appellant Calderón was a sales
representative and manager of two related businesses in Florida
that law enforcement authorities targeted in an investigation into
money laundering. The businesses, GSM City and GSM City
Supercenter ("Supercenter"), were wholesalers of cellular phones
... More...
   $0 (07-16-2016 - PR)

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