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Paul Lorson v. Debra Lorson Summit County Courthouse - Akron, Ohio

{¶1} Paul Lorson appeals a decree of divorce entered by the Summit County Court of
Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. For the following reasons, this Court affirms.
{¶2} Paul and Debra Lorson married in 2012 and divorced in 2017. During their
divorce proceedings, the Lorsons agreed on the division of most of their property, but they
proceeded to trial on a couple of ... More...
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State of Ohio V. Lowell W. Ludwick Man convicted of trying to find hitman to kill his wife

On April 28, 2016, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Ludwick for one count of conspiracy in connection with a plot to hire someone to murder his wife. (Apr. 28, 2016 Indictment at 1-2.) A trial began in the case with jury selection on February 6, 2017. (Tr. Vol. I at 5, filed on May 15, 2017.) The three witnesses who testified during the trial were the detective who investigated the case,... More...   $0 (11-12-2017 - OH)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. ARDULRAUMAN ZEITOU Subject of post-Katrina book, 'Zeitoun,' sentenced to 4 years for stalking

Appellant Ardulrauman Zeitoun (“Defendant”) seeks review of his
conviction for stalking a person for whose benefit a protective order has been
issued and his sentence of four years at hard labor in the custody of the Louisiana
Department of Corrections. For the reasons that follow, we affirm Defendant‟s
conviction and sentence.
The victim, K.Z.1, met Defendant in 19... More...
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Defendant committed the aggravated rape and the sexual battery of Z.V., a
child under the age of thirteen.2 The victim was the daughter of Defendant’s
friends, his next door neighbors.

In accordance with La.Code Crim.P. art. 920, all appeals are reviewed by
this court for errors patent on the face of the rec... More...
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The facts relevant to Calvin's convictions are set forth in this court's opinion in Calvin v. State, No. 109,947, 2014 WL 4080155, at *1 (Kan. App. 2014) (unpublished opinion) (Calvin III):

"On December 12, 2002, someone killed John Coates just outside the back door of his residence. Police determined that Calvin, Melvin White, and Benjamin Russell were attempting to rob Coates when one... More...
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Lisa M. Searle, n/k/a Loosle v. Dustin L. Searle Idaho Supreme Court - Boise, Idaho

This expedited, permissive appeal presents a child custody dispute. Lisa M. Searle, nka Lisa Loosle (“Mother”) appeals the Bingham County magistrate judge’s order which modified the current child custody plan outlined in the 2013 order between Mother and Dustin L. Searle (“Father”). Mother argues that the magistrate judge abused its discretion in determining there had been a substantial, material,... More...   $0 (11-09-2017 - ID)

Francisco Diaz v. Professional Community Management, Inc.

A “sharp practice” is defined as a “dealing in which advantage is taken or
sought unscrupulously.” (Webster’s 3d New Internat. Dict. (2002) p. 2088.) This is an
appeal borne of sharp practices.
Defendant Professional Community Management, Inc. (PCM), unilaterally
orchestrated the issuance of an appealable order by: (1) applying ex parte, a mere 11 days
before trial, for an orde... More...
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Child was born in March 2015. The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families
13 Department (CYFD) took Child into custody on April 11, 2016. CYFD then filed an
14 abuse/neglect petition on April 13, 2016 naming Mother and Father as respondents,
15 and Carlos G. (Husband) as an interested party. Based on information provided by
16 Mother, CYFD alleged that Father is the biological fat... More...
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Jason Cannon v. Bodensteiner Implement Company, et al. Iowa Supreme Court

An independent contractor providing liquid manure disposal
services purchased a used Case IH tractor from a John Deere implement
dealer. When the tractor proved to be a “lemon,” the contractor brought
claims against multiple parties, including the implement dealer. The
trial court granted all of the defendants’ motions for summary judgment.
The contractor appealed and we transf... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Zachary Michael Johnson Nashville rape suspect arrested in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

This case stems from sexual activity that occurred between the Defendant and the victim, S. K.,1 who had met online, on the evening of May 27-28, 2014, during their first and only in-person date. After drinking together at a bar, the Defendant and the victim went to the Defendant’s condominium, where they drank more alcohol together before engaging in sexual contact that began with consensual kis... More...   $0 (11-07-2017 - TN)

United States v. Tamie Samuels Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

In March 2015, Tamie Marie Samuels (“Samuels”) filed an alien relative visapetition (Form I-130) for the benefit of her new husband, Randell Samuels(“Randell”). The petition asked, “Have you ever before filed a petition for this or anyother alien?” Samuels falsely checked “no.” A jury convicted Samuels of knowinglymaking a false statement with respect to a material fact in an immigration matter in... More...   $0 (11-06-2017 - IA)

Kurt Stuhlmacher v. State of Indiana

In November 2014, Stuhlmacher and Kelly Wood had been married for over
thirty years.6 Wood was employed, but Stuhlmacher was unemployed because
of back injuries and disabilities. He was dependent on his wife for most things.
[3] On November 17, 2014, Wood went to work. Stuhlmacher called her at
lunchtime and yelled at her and then sent her numerous texts until she left
... More...
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Curtis Giovanni Flowers a/k/a Curtis Flowers a/k/a Curtis G. Flowers v. State of Mississippi

At approximately 9:00 on the morning of July 16, 1996, Bertha Tardy, the owner of
Tardy Furniture Store, called Sam Jones and asked him to come to the store to train two new
employees. When Jones arrived at the store a short time later, he discovered the bodies of
Bertha Tardy, Robert Golden, Carmen Rigby, and Derrick Stewart. All four victims had
been shot in the head; Stewart w... More...
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Tammy Fernandez v. Raj Singh

Tammy Fernandes successfully sued vexatious litigant Raj Singh and his wife
Kiran Rawat individually and as trustees of the Sita Ram--or “Sitaram”--Trust (Trust), for
wrongful eviction and related claims. She obtained an award of compensatory and
punitive damages, as well as costs and attorney fees. All defendants filed a joint notice of
appeal through counsel. While Rawat a... More...
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Bari Yunis Schorr v. David Evan Schorr Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Division Courthouse - New York, New York

Appeal from order, Supreme Court, New York County (Ellen Gesmer, J.), entered on or about February 26, 2016, deemed appeal from judgment, same court (Michael L. Katz, J.), entered July 11, 2016, after a trial, inter alia, determining defendant husband's child support obligation, denying defendant's claims for separate property credits in distributing marital assets, directing the parties to repay ... More...   $0 (10-31-2017 - NY)

Marla Gwen Hogue v. Jerry Dean Hogue

Plaintiff Marla Gwen Hogue sought a restraining order under the Domestic
Violence Prevention Act (Fam. Code, § 6200 et seq.) against her estranged husband,
defendant Jerry Dean Hogue, in February 2016 after moving back to California from
Georgia. In April 2016, defendant made a special appearance through counsel to move to
quash the action for lack of personal jurisdiction.1 ... More...
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Brenda M. Diedrich v. Nancy A. Berryhill Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Brenda M. Diedrich appeals the district court’s order affirming the Commissioner of Social Security’s (the “Commissioner”) denial of Diedrich’s application for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. The Commissioner determined that Diedrich had become disabled, but an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) found that her disability did not begin... More...   $0 (10-27-2017 - OR)

American Humanist Association v. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse

In this case we are called upon to decide whether the Establishment Clause is violated when a local government displays and maintains on public property a 40-foot tall Latin cross, established in memory of soldiers who died in World War I. The district court determined that such government action does not run afoul of the Establishment Clause because the cross has a secular purpose, it neither adv... More...   $0 (10-24-2017 - MD)

Maxwell O. Abuya v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Maxwell Onchonga Abuya, a citizen of Kenya, was admitted to the United
States in December 2005 as a nonimmigrant student. He married April Maldonado,
a United States citizen, in October 2006 and dropped out of school in 2007. In July
2007, Maldonado filed a Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130, and Abuya filed an
Application to Adjust Status, Form I-485. In August 2012, the Depa... More...
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Michael Shawn Burley v. Judith Elaine Burley Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Appellant Michael Shawn Burley appeals from the trial court’s final decree of divorce, which it entered following a bench trial. In three issues, he argues that the trial court reversibly erred by failing to file findings of fact and conclusions of law following his timely request for the same, that the trial court’s child-support
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
award was an abuse of disc... More...
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Jason Jeremy Matthew v. Layna Marie Matthew Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

After the trial court signed a default divorce decree, appellant, Jason Jeremy Matthews, filed a motion for new trial. The trial court granted the motion in part as to the division of community property. About one month later, the trial court signed a “Decree of Divorce Following Partial Granting of Motion for New Trial.” Jason’s second motion for new trial was overruled by operation of law. Jason... More...   $0 (10-11-2017 - TX)

In re the Marriage of Minerva and Cesar Kalinawan, Minerva Kalinawan v, Cesar Kalinawan

Appellant Cesar Kalinawan challenges the trial court’s order dismissing Cesar’s
request for a finding of nullity of marriage in respondent Minerva Kalinawan’s action for
a dissolution of marriage. He contends that the court erred in granting Minerva’s in
limine motion and dismissing his request based on its conclusion that he was estopped
from challenging the validity of Minerva’s ... More...
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Angie Christensen . Will Lightbourne, as Director, etc.

This appeal presents a narrow question about what counts as family income when
determining a family’s eligibility for cash aid under the California Work Opportunity and
Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs) program. (Welf. & Inst. Code, §§ 11200 et

Here, a CalWORKs applicant, Angie Christensen, lives with her husband and her
children. Her husband is the noncustodial... More...
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Lisa Bell v. Zachary Broch Palm Beach County Courthouse - West Palm Beach, Florida

The wife appeals a final judgment of dissolution of marriage, raising multiple issues on appeal. We affirm without discussion all issues except one. We find merit in the wife’s challenge to child support awarded to the husband and, as such, we reverse on that issue.1
The parties were married in 2001 and had two children. Following a petition for dissolution of marriage, the parties entered int... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Kent Harris United State District Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Montgomery County Couple Sentenced in Bankruptcy Fraud Conspiracy

A Conroe, Texas couple was sentenced for bankruptcy fraud conspiracy in the Southern District of Texas.

Richard Kent Harris, 74, and Darlene Ann Riley, 59, pleaded guilty on Mar. 8, 2017, to conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud. Harris was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison by U.S. District Jud... More...
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