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Malicious Prosecution Law
State of Tennessee v. Bruce Wayne Sutton

On June 19, 2013, officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department conducted a warrantless search of a residence on Village Park Drive in Fayetteville, Tennessee. As a result of evidence discovered during that search, Defendant was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury of one count of initiating a process to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of promotion of methamphetamine manufactu... More...   $0 (05-23-2017 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. James Courtney Shane

According to the State’s proof at trial, on the night of September 6, 2015, the victim, Jimmy Travis, was visiting with friends at a Martin home when the Defendant asked him to step outside with him. Outside, a group of men surrounded the victim, forced him to sit down, and took ten dollars from him. The Defendant and a codefendant, Dalton Eric Crutchfield, Jr., were subsequently indicted for th... More...   $0 (05-23-2017 - TN)

Kelvin Winn v. State of Tennessee South Memphis Man Convicted in Convenience Store Clerk’s Murder

At the Petitioner’s trial, the following proof was presented, as summarized by our court in its opinion on the Petitioner’s direct appeal:
This case arises out of the attempted robbery and shooting of the store clerk, Abdallah “Zack” Assaedi, at Sam’s Food Market in Memphis on November 21, 2008, for which the [Petitioner] was charged with one count of first degree felony murder.
State’s Pr... More...
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In Octoberof 2014, Defendant and four codefendants—Braylen Bennett, Roderick Curtis, Dwaine Love, and Charles Byrd—were indicted by the Knox County Grand Jury in a multi-count indictment after an incident at the home of John Huddleston during which Mr. Huddleston was shot and killed. The indictment charged the defendants with twenty-five different offenses, including: three counts of aggravated b... More...   $0 (05-23-2017 - TN)

Joan Johnson, Kaleta Johnson, Seth Johnson and Wirt Blaffer v. Michael Phillips, Spindle Top Publishing, and Phillips Akers Womac, P.C.

After siblings Kaleta and Seth Johnson sued Dinesh Shah for Shah’s protracted abuse of their family, Michael Phillips, a Houston attorney, defended Shah against the allegations in a 2008 civil trial. Phillips later published a book,
titled “Monster in River Oaks,” about the events giving rise to the suit. According to its prologue, the book tells the “story of a predatory monster that set out ... More...
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On September 11, 2008, the Shelby County Grand Jury indicted the defendant, James Hawkins, for the premeditated first degree murder of Charlene Gaither, his girlfriend and the mother of his three children. The indictment also charged him with initiating a false report relative to her disappearance and with abuse of her corpse. The State filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty as to th... More...   $0 (05-23-2017 - TN)

United States of America v. Devonte Lamonte Lucas Federal Courthouse - Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie, PA - Erie Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Two Minor Victims

A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of sex trafficking of a child and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Devonte Lamonte Lucas, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Davi... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - PA)

State of Oklahoma v. Hallelujah Brookens

Tulsa, OK - Woman Given Five Year Deferred Sentence In Death of Her One-Year-Old Daughter

The State of Oklahoma charged Hallelujah Brookens, age 22, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, CHILD ABUSE MURDER, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 12/01/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
WATKINS, NATHANIEL JAMAL Disposed: CONVICTION, 04/12/2017. Guilt... More...
   $0 (05-22-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Banamex USA Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Banamex USA Agrees to Forfeit $97 Million in Connection with Bank Secrecy Act Violations

Banamex USA (BUSA), a financial institution based in Los Angeles, California, and a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., agreed to forfeit $97.44 million and entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) to resolve an investigation into BUSA’s Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations. In its agreement... More...
   $97000000 (05-22-2017 - MA)

State of Minnesota vs. Mahdi Hassan Ali Mahdi Hassan Ali gets life sentence with no parole

Appellant Mahdi Hassan Ali (“Mahdi”)1 shot and killed three men during a robbery
of the Seward Market when he was 16 years old.2 Following a jury trial, he was convicted
of three counts of murder that we affirmed on appeal. State v. Ali, 855 N.W.2d 235, 240
(Minn. 2014). He now challenges the district court’s imposition of three consecutive
sentences of life imprisonment wit... More...
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On June 25, 1984, defendant pled guilty to forcible rape and was sentenced
to seventeen years imprisonment at hard labor. Upon his release from prison for
this offense, defendant failed to maintain his registration as a sex offender and was
subsequently charged with a violation of La. R.S. 15:542. On April 5, 2011,
defendant pled guilty to failing to register as a sex offende... More...
   $0 (05-21-2017 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA V. WILLIE B. RIMMER, JR. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal - State of Louisiana

On October 9, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant with driving while intoxicated, third offense, in
violation of La. R.S. 14:98(A) and 14:98.3(A). At the December 11, 2015
arraignment, defendant pled not guilty. Defendant thereafter filed pre-trial
motions, including motions to suppress evidence and statement. On July 1... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. GLYNN HAWKINS AND ALEX LEWIS Pair found guilty of murder in 2013 death of Xavier pre-med student

On the afternoon of March 9, 2013, Bertrand Dezara was murdered in the
courtyard of an apartment building in eastern New Orleans. Shortly before or
around the time of the murder, the New Orleans Police Department was dispatched
to the scene after a 911 call had been made and an aggravated burglary had been

Two days later, on March 11, 2013, a shootout oc... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. CORLIOUS C. DYSON AKA CORLIOUS CORALL Opelousas Man Arrested In Alleged Murder On Hummingbird Lane

In the early morning of August 26, 2012, the victim, Clement Amos,
encountered Defendant, Corlious C. Dyson, standing outside a neighbor’s door.
When Mr. Amos questioned Defendant as to what he was doing, Defendant shot
the victim five times. Mr. Amos died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
Defendant was indicted for the August 26, 2012 second degree murder of
Clement Amos. A j... More...
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State of Louisiana v. Paul Jacob Norman, II Court of Appeal, Second Circuit State of Louisiana

On April 17, 2012, Bossier City Police Detective Shawn Poudrier
(“Detective Poudrier”) received information from the school resource officer
at Rusheon Middle School concerning 13-year-old student, C.S.1 A family
member reported C.S. was involved in a sexual relationship with 26-year-old
Paul Jacob Norman, II (“Norman”), who had been living with C.S. and her
family. Ther... More...
   $0 (05-21-2017 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA v. LAWRENCE NIXON State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit

Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court and grant counsel’s motion to withdraw. We dismiss any other pending motions as moot. Nixon was charged by bill of information with two counts of distribution of marijuana, in violation of La. R.S. 40:966(A)(1), and one
count of distribution of cocaine, in violation of La. R.S. 40:967(A)(1). The...
   $0 (05-21-2017 - LA)

Derek Thomas Baldit v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals First District

In January 2015, Laurita Elvir, the complainant, and appellant had been dating
for approximately two years, and they were engaged. Elvir and her daughter, D.G.,
who was five years old at the time, lived with appellant in a house in Katy, Texas.
On January 27, 2015, Elvir and appellant began arguing while he was getting
dressed in an upstairs bedroom. Appellant walked downstai... More...
   $0 (05-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Tabitha Marie Ochoa and ZMaryhelen Princess Ochoa Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Arizona Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charge Arising Out of Seizure of Five Pounds of Heroin

Defendants Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative Which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

Tabitha Marie Ochoa, 29, of Nogales, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge.... More...
   $0 (05-21-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Xu Jiaqiang Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

White Plains, NY - Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Economic Espionage And Theft Of A Trade Secret From U.S. Company

Xu Jiaqiang Stole Valuable Source Code from Former Employer with Intent To Benefit the Chinese Government

XU JIAQIANG pled guilty to economic espionage and theft of a trade secret, in connection with XU’s theft of proprietary source code from XU’s former employer,... More...
   $0 (05-20-2017 - NY)

Dirck Van Audenhove v. Robert D. Perry

Dirck Van Audenhove sued Robert Perry for malicious prosecution, alleging that
Perry contacted the police and falsely accused him of stalking, and that the police
arrested him, but the district attorney’s office ultimately declined to prosecute. The trial
court sustained a demurrer and dismissed the action, on the ground that the complaint
failed to allege a prosecution, as ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2017 - )

United States of America v. Carlos Vasquez Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Felon Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

Defendant One of 104 Individuals Federally Charged as the Result of ATF-Led Investigation Pursued in Support of Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

Carlos Vasquez, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and firearms charges under... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - NM)

Marcell Lamont Kennedy v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals First District

In the early morning of November 12, 2014, Trevonta Rusher pointed a gun
at two people. He took their phones and the wallet of one of the complainants. Based
on a description of the car in which Rusher fled, the police found the car and detained
Rusher and Appellant, the driver of the car. The police found two phones and some
money in Appellant’s pockets. The phones belonge... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Esther Lee Bales a/k/a Esther Lee Montgomery Kay County Courthouse - Newkirk, Oklahoma

Newkirk, OK - Jury Convicts Woman Four Drowning Death of 4-Year-Old

The State of Oklahoma charged Esther Lee Bales a/k/a Esther Lee Montgomery, age 56, with:

1. MURDER, 2ND DEGREE, AFC 2+ (FEL), in violation of 21 OS 701.8



The State claimed that Bales was responsible for the drown... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - OK)

Winn-Tech v. Nobuko Lawson

¶1 Defendant Lawson appeals an order granting prevailing-party attorney fees to Plaintiff Winn-Tech after Winn-Tech accepted an offer of judgment made by defendant Lawson pursuant 12 O.S. §1101.

¶2 Winn-Tech filed this case to foreclose a mechanic's and materialman's lien for work done on Lawson's house. Winn-Tech sought the sum of $11,014.34 plus monthly late fees of $35.00 per month. Tw... More...
   $0 (05-18-2017 - OK)


It is the combination of errors in this prosecution that leads us to conclude that Jasso-Mendoza did not receive a fair trial. The confusing jury instructions, the judge's failure to answer the jury's question, and the prosecutor's misstatement of the law, when combined, all create an error that we cannot label as harmless. We must reverse and remand for a new trial.

Reversed and rema... More...
   $0 (05-17-2017 - KS)

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