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Manslaughter Law

In September 2008, Tavia Sills was nearly five months pregnant. A few
weeks earlier, she had informed 18-year-old Lamondre Tucker that she believed he
was the father of her unborn child. On September 9, 2008, Tucker picked Tavia up
at the home of her mother, Vickie Britton. Tucker claimed that his sister, Alexis
Metcalf, had asked to meet Tavia after learning of the pregnancy.... More...
   $0 (09-02-2015 - LA)

Mashaney v. Board of indigents' Defense Services

In October 2003, the State charged Jason Mashaney with one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child based on allegations made by the mother of Mashaney's 5-year-old daughter. The State later amended the complaint to add an alternative count of aggravated indecent liberties.
The district court appointed Sarah Sweet-McKinnon of the Sedgwi... More...
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United States of America v. Akira O. Jackson

Cleveland, OH - Convicted killer sentenced to 15 years in prison for having gun and body armor

A Boardman man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and body armor.

Akira O. Jackson, 33, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts in federal court -- being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a ballisti... More...
   $0 (08-28-2015 - OH)

State Of Connecticut v. O'Brien-Veader

The principal issue in this appeal requires us to determine when a prosecutor’s apparent breach of a trial court ruling becomes prosecutorial improprietyimplicatingadefendant’sdueprocessright to a fair trial, rather than an evidentiary matter without constitutionalimport.Thedefendant,MatthewO’BrienVeader, appeals1 from the judgment of the trial court, rendered after a jury trial, convicting him o... More...   $0 (08-28-2015 - CT)

The People v. Jack Emmit Williams

In May 1993, defendant induced a group of teenagers to form a gang. Between May 14 and May 20, 1993, gang members committed a series of robberies, attempted robberies and kidnappings, carjackings and murder. Defendant was convicted of these offenses either as a direct perpetrator, a conspirator, an aider and abettor or an accessory.
B. Prosecution’s Guilt Phase Evidence
1. The Crimes an... More...
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The People. v. Seumanu

Nolan Pamintuan was engaged to marry Rowena Panelo on May 18, 1996. He spent the evening before, May 17, with friends and family at the rehearsal dinner at a restaurant in Daly City. Panelo gave him a wedding present that night: a black Movado watch engraved with their intended wedding date. After dinner, Pamintuan drove Panelo to her apartment and continued on to Hayward, where he intended to... More...   $0 (08-24-2015 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Myiasha Desere Brown

Tulsa, OK - Criminal defense lawyer Mike Manning represented Myiasha Desere Brown who was charged by the State of Oklahoma with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MANSLAUGHTER - 1SR - AUTOMOBILE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 07/27/2014

Count # 2. Count as Fi... More...
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A jury found Defendant guilty of attempted fetal homicide. During the
trial, the jury heard from Lisa Komes. Komes testified that she learned that she
was pregnant with Defendant’s child in February of 2010. She told Defendant
about her pregnancy, and he indicated that he wanted her to obtain an abortion.
Komes did not want to be pregnant at that time, but she did not want ... More...
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United States of America v. Clara Beth Joe

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

Clara Beth Joe, 26, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, N.M., pleaded guilty in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Joe was arrested on Aug. 27, 2014, on an indictment filed Aug. 12, 2014, charging her with involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 30, ... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Eugene Barrett

Defendant Kenneth Barrett was sentenced to death after being convicted in federal
court on two counts of felony murder and one count of intentionally killing a state lawenforcement
officer. We affirmed on direct appeal. See United States v. Barrett, 496 F.3d 1079 (10th Cir. 2007). Defendant then filed a motion for relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, which the district court denied. See Barrett ... More...
   $0 (08-19-2015 - OK)

Phillip Hancock v. Anita Trammell

In April 2001, Mr. Bob Jett hosted two men: Mr. Phillip Hancock and
Mr. James Lynch. An angry altercation ensued, where Mr. Jett tried to
force Mr. Hancock into a cage while swinging at him with a metal bar.
Mr. Hancock was able to obtain Mr. Jett’s gun and use it to shoot Mr. Jett
and Mr. Lynch. The two men died, and the State of Oklahoma charged Mr.
Hancock with two cou... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - OK)

State of New Jersey v. Michael A. Maltese

In this appeal, we must determine whether defendant’s
repeated requests to speak with a family member during
interrogation was sufficient to invoke the right to remain
silent and, if so, whether defendant’s subsequent statements and
physical evidence recovered as a result of those statements
should be suppressed.
We conclude that defendant, Michael Maltese,... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - NJ)

State of New Jersey v. Michael A. Maltese

The record before us reveals the following. On October 11,
2008, a relative attempted to contact defendant’s mother, but
was unable to do so. That relative notified defendant’s sister,
Leela Parent, who unsuccessfully attempted to contact her
parents. Subsequently, Parent called defendant, other family
members, hospitals, and police stations in an attempt to locate
... More...
   $0 (08-17-2015 - NJ)

United States of America v. Farrell Bowman

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

Farrell Bowman, 28, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in Albuquerque, N.M., to involuntary manslaughter charges under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Bowman will be sentenced to 74... More...
   $0 (08-12-2015 - NM)

Jamaine Monteil Cannon v. Anita Trammell

Tulsa, OK - Tenth Circuit affirms denial of application for a writ of habeas corpus

Jemaine Cannon was convicted in 1996 of murdering his then-girlfriend,
Sharonda Clarke, and was sentenced to death. After a lengthy state appeals
process, he filed a federal habeas petition in the Northern District of Oklahoma,
which denied relief. In an appeal to this court in 2004, we conclud... More...
   $0 (08-11-2015 - OK)

State v. Joseph D. Herrera

Joseph Herrera appeals from a conviction of second-degree murder. Herrera was holding a firearm that discharged, killing his girlfriend, Stefanie Comack. Herrera argues (1) there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of malice, and (2) improper testimony from a number of witnesses unfairly prejudiced his case. I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND At the time of the shooting, Herrera and ... More...   $0 (08-10-2015 - ID)

United States of America v. David Michael Faust

Defendant-Appellant David Michael Faust was convicted of attempted
online enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b). Mr. Faust
challenges his conviction on two grounds. First, he argues that there was
insufficient evidence of intent to engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor to
support his conviction. Second, he contends that the district court abused its
... More...
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State of Idaho v. Kenny Carl Struhs

On August 2, 2012, Kenny Carl Struhs was invited to the home of a friend for a barbecue in Blackfoot. Struhs had five or six beers before arriving at the barbecue and had five to seven more once there. Later, Struhs was involved in a confrontation and left in his vehicle. He entered an intersection without observing a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle driven by Brent Hansen, with Brent’s si... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - Id)


On March 17, 1994, Mark Jones was shot twice in
the head and died from his injuries. In April, 2006, Nolyn
Surprenant (Surprenant) implicated himself and the defendant in
the murder. Surprenant was indicted for murder two months
later. In March, 2007, Surprenant made an agreement with the
Commonwealth to testify against the defendant in exchange for a
recom... More...
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A jury convicted Kendrick Cowart of armed robbery and conspiracy, and acquitted
him of murder and manslaughter. The trial court sentenced him to fifty-three years: forty
eight years for armed robbery and five years for conspiracy. Terrance London, Cowart’s co
defendant who pled guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy, and manslaughter, received a
sentence of either forty or forty-fiv... More...
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Mirum Navarrete v. Hayley Meyer

On November 26, 2009, Meyer was the front passenger in a vehicle driven by her
friend Brandon Coleman. Another person, Levi Calhoun, was in the back seat. While
driving to a nearby drugstore, Meyer told Coleman to turn onto Skyview Drive as a
shortcut. Skyview Drive is a residential street with a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit.
Meyer had been on Skyview Drive many times befor... More...
   $0 (07-22-2015 - CA)

Paul Scott Schwarz v. Philip Morris USA, Inc.

The issue in this “low tar” tobacco case centers on a
jury’s award of punitive damages to plaintiff against defendant
Phillip Morris USA, Inc. (Philip Morris). Following a
trial in 2002, the jury awarded plaintiff $168,514 in compensatory
damages and $150 million in punitive damages.1
However, concluding that the trial court had not properly
instructed the jury on the issue... More...
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The Alameda County District Attorney filed an amended criminal information charging appellant with aggravated mayhem (Pen. Code1, § 205) and assault likely to
1 All further statutory reference are to the Penal Code, unless otherwise indicated.
produce great bodily injury (§ 245, subd. (a)(4)) on Yvette Thigpen on February 19, 2012. ... More...
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On the night of May 15, 2009, Reed; Reed's brother, Robert; and Jeremy Trout went to a bar for an impromptu bachelor party for Robert. The three men drank beer and had several shots of liquor. After about an hour, Reed and Trout left to meet Reed's girlfriend, who was going to give them some money.
Reed called Barnes in an attempt to purchase cocaine. Trout would later testify that "the guy... More...
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United States of America v. Damien Zepeda

Damien Zepeda appeals from his convictions and
sentence on one count of conspiracy to commit assault with
a dangerous weapon and to commit assault resulting in
serious bodily injury; one count of assault resulting in serious
bodily injury; three counts of assault with a dangerous
weapon; and four counts of use of a firearm during a crime of
violence. We affirm.
The crim... More...
   $0 (07-07-2015 - AZ)

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