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Manslaughter Law
United States of America v. Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Distin Heard

Washington, D.C. - The United States of America charged former Blackwater USA private security guards Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Distin Heard with the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqis in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007. The Defendants were charged with 22 felonies including murder, manslaughter, attempting to commit voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges.

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United States of America v. Nicholas Abram Slatten, Paul Alvin Slough, Evan Shawn Liberty and Dustin Laurent Heard

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty today of charges stemming from the Sept. 16, 2007, shooting at Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq, that resulted in the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of numerous others.

The jury verdicts, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, were announced by Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. A... More...
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Junior Blackston v. Lloyd Ralph, Jr.

Petitioner Junior Fred Blackston is a
Michigan state prisoner serving a life sentence for murder following his retrial and conviction in
state court. Before the second trial was held, two of the state’s key witnesses recanted their
testimony. Because those witnesses were later determined to be unavailable at the new trial, the
court ordered their earlier testimony read to the jur... More...
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United States of America v. Morning Star Brown

BISMARCK, ND - Fort Yates Woman Sentenced For Involuntary Manslaughter

U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 6, 2014 Morning Star Brown, 32, Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 6 ½ years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Brown was charged with second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon causing... More...
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The People v. Marcus Trevelle White

In the underlying action, juries found appellant Dimitri Devon Gales guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter and shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and appellant Marcus Trevelle White guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. Appellants contend their convictions must be reversed due to the erroneous admission of evidence, insufficiency of the evidence, ... More...   $0 (10-03-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Michael Bryant, Jr.

Michael Bryant, Jr., an Indian, was indicted on two counts
of domestic assault by a habitual offender, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 117(a).1 In support of the charges, the
government relied on two prior tribal court convictions for
domestic abuse. These convictions were uncounseled and at
least one resulted in a term of imprisonment. The Sixth
Amendment guarantees indigent ... More...
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The People v. Estvan Haro Espinosa

Plaintiff and appellant the People of the State of California appeal from the trial court’s order reducing defendant and respondent Estevan Espinosa’s first degree murder conviction to second degree murder, and resentencing him to a lower term. They contend: (1) the court lacked jurisdiction to modify the judgment; and (2) even if the court retained jurisdiction, modification of the judgment w... More...   $0 (09-25-2014 - CA)

The People v. Scott Frank Fialho

Defendant Scott Frank Fialho appeals after a jury convicted him of voluntary
manslaughter (Pen. Code, § 192, subd. (a)),1 attempted voluntary manslaughter (§§ 664,
subd. (a), 192, subd. (a)), and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger (former § 12020,
subd. (a)(4)2). The jury found true allegations that, in the commission of the voluntary
manslaughter and attempted voluntary mansl... More...
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The People v. Larry Jason Batchelor

Defendant Larry Jason Batchelor appeals from his conviction—in two separate
trials—of implied malice murder (Pen. Code, 2 § 187, subd. (a), count 1) and gross
vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (§ 191.5, subd. (a), count 2).3
As to the first trial, defendant contends (1) the evidence was insufficient to support
his conviction of gross vehicular manslaughter, and (2) the... More...
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The People v. Michael Rafael Canizales

A jury convicted defendants, Michael Canizales and KeAndre Windfield of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 during which a principal discharged a firearm proximately causing death (§ 12022.53, subds. (d) & (e)(1)), and two counts of attempted willful, premeditated and deliberate murder (§§ 664/187), during which a principal discharged a firearm (§ 12022.53, subds. (c) & (e)(1)... More...   $0 (09-10-2014 - CA)

The People v. Kenneth Mark Doolittle

Defendant Kenneth Mark Doolittle was sentenced to 13 years in prison after the trial court, sitting without a jury, found him guilty on three counts of theft by false pretenses (Pen. Code, § 532, subd. (a)), six counts of theft from an elder or dependent adult (Pen. Code, § 368, subd. (d)), nine counts of false statements or omissions in the sale of securities (Corp. Code, §§ 25401, 25540, sub... More...   $0 (09-08-2014 - CA)

The People v. Alexander Youn

Defendant Alexander Youn appeals from the denial of his motion to suppress evidence, contending a warrantless draw of his blood violated the Fourth Amendment as construed in Missouri v. McNeely (2013) ___ U.S. ___ [133 S.Ct. 1552] (McNeely) and Schmerber v. California (1966) 384 U.S. 757 (Schmerber). We do not reach the question whether the totality of the circumstances in defendant’s case justi... More...   $0 (09-05-2014 - CA)

William James Deparvine v. State of Florida

William James Deparvine appeals an order of the circuit court denying his initial postconviction motion to vacate his conviction of first-degree murder and
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sentence of death filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851. He also petitions this Court for a writ of habeas corpus. We have jurisdiction. See art. V,
§ 3(b)(1), (9), Fla. Const. As explained below, we affirm the... More...
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The People v. Stanley Bryant, Donald Franklin Smith and Leroy Wheeler

On August 28, 1988, Andre Armstrong, James Brown, Loretha Anderson, and Chemise English were shot and killed. Armstrong and Brown had run afoul of the Bryant Family gang and were shot at the entrance to a drug house. Ms. Anderson and her daughter Chemise, aged 28 months, were shot in a car parked at the curb. Anderson‘s son Carlos, aged 18 months, was also in the car. He was not shot and survive... More...   $0 (08-25-2014 - CA)

The People v. David Allen Lucas

A jury found defendant David Allen Lucas guilty of the first degree murders of Suzanne Jacobs, Colin Jacobs, and Anne Swanke (Pen. Code, §§ 187, subd. (a), 189),1 the attempted murder of Jodie Santiago Robertson (§§ 187, 664), and the kidnappings of Swanke and Robertson (§ 207, subd. (a)). The jury also found that he personally used a knife during each crime (§ 12022, subd. (b)) and inflicte... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - CA)

State of OKlahoma v. John DeSelms

Jay, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged John DeSelms with two counts of first-degree manslaughter arising from the deaths of Rachel Nicole Swetnam, age 21, and William Lewis (Trey) VArner, III, age 21, who were killed when the boat in which they were passengers that was being driven by DeSelms hit a houseboat on May 14, 2013. The State alleged that DeSelms was intoxicated and was operating the boa... More...   $0 (08-20-2014 - OK)

The People v. Keandre Dion Windfield

A jury convicted Harquan Johnson (Johnson) and KeAndre Windfield (Windfield)
of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 during which they personally used
and intentionally discharged a firearm causing death (§ 12022.53, subd. (d)) and a
principal personally discharged a firearm causing death (§ 12022.53, subds. (d) & (e)(1)).
The jury further convicted defendants of ... More...
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In re J.S. et al., Persons Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law.

In the unpublished portion of this opinion, we will hold that there was insufficient
evidence to support jurisdiction based on the mother’s alleged failure to protect the
children against sexual abuse by the father. However, there was sufficient evidence to
support jurisdiction based on the mother’s substance abuse; moreover, the juvenile court
also found jurisdiction on other ... More...
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The People v. Justin James Merriman

In 2001, a jury convicted defendant Justin James Merriman of the 1992 first degree murder of Katrina Montgomery (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 and found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder was committed while defendant was engaged in the commission of rape and oral copulation (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(C), (F)), and the allegation that defendant personally used a deadly weapo... More...   $0 (08-18-2014 - CA)

In re CHRISTOPHER M., a Person Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law.

Christopher M., Sr., (father) appeals from the order adjudicating his son, Christopher M., (Christopher) a dependent child pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivisions (b) and (g) and the ensuing disposition order.1 Father contends there was no substantial evidence to support jurisdiction based on father’s alleged conduct. We reverse and remand.
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The People v. Kelvyn Rondell Banks

Defendant Kelvyn Rondell Banks was convicted by a jury in 1998 of two counts of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187; all further statutory references are to the Penal Code unless otherwise indicated), one count of attempted murder (§§ 187, subd. (a), 664), one count of forcible rape (§ 261, subd. (a)(2)), one count of forcible oral copulation (§ 288a, subd. (c)), one count of first degree r... More...   $0 (08-14-2014 - CA)

The People v. Richard Tom

On a clear evening in February 2007, defendant Richard Tom broadsided at high speed a vehicle driven by Loraine Wong, who was making a left turn from Santa Clara Avenue onto Woodside Road in Redwood City. Wong‘s younger daughter, Sydney Ng, eight, was killed; her older daughter, Kendall Ng, 10, sustained serious injuries. The evidence at trial showed that defendant did not brake prior to the cra... More...   $0 (08-14-2014 - CA)

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. KENDALL LEE WARE, Defendant-Appellant.

Kendall Lee Ware appeals his conviction for homicide by vehicle by operating while intoxicated, in violation of Iowa Code sections 321J.2 and 707.6A(1) (2011). Ware claims the district court erred in refusing to instruct on homicide by vehicle by reckless driving as a lesser included offense. See Iowa Code §§ 321.277, 707.6A(2)(a). We find homicide by vehicle by reckless driving is not a lesser ... More...   $0 (08-14-2014 - IA)

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. JUSTIN DONALD HUFFMAN, Defendant-Appellant.

Justin Huffman appeals his conviction and sentence for theft in the second degree, pursuant to Iowa Code sections 714.1(1) and 714.2(2) (2011). Huffman maintains there was insufficient evidence to support the guilty verdict. He also maintains the district court erred by accepting inconsistent verdicts. Because we find substantial evidence supports Huffman’s conviction and the verdicts were not l... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - IA)

State of Michigan v. Theodore Wafer

The State of Michigan charged Theodore Wafer, age 55, with second-degree murder as a result of him shooting and killing Renisha McBride, age 19, during the early morning hours of November 2, 2013. Ms. McBride, who was apparently intoxicate, had wreck her car and was knocking on Mr. Wafer's front door. He opened the door and shot her with a shotgun through the screen door killing her.

D... More...
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