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Appellant was convicted of the 1991 murder of Peter Sanelli, for which he
was sentenced to death. The evidence established that appellant shot and killed Peter
while he and Thomas Sowell were stealing Peter’s car on Prospect Avenue in Cleveland.
A detailed recitation of the evidence adduced at trial can be found in this court’s opinion
that resulted from appellant’s direct a... More...
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On April 29, 1993, Durant pleaded guilty to one count of rape in violation
of R.C. 2907.02 and one count of aggravated robbery in violation of R.C. 2923.02 and
2911.01. Both counts stem from an incident that occurred on November 19, 1992.
Durant, then 19 years old, came upon his 28-year-old victim while she was jogging in
Forest Hills Park. Intending to rob the victim, Dura... More...
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On February 2, 2016, Daniel Ashbaugh came to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office and advised that he wanted to turn himself in for molesting his grandsons. After being advised of his Miranda rights, Ashbaugh confessed to Deputy Scott Tyrell that he had molested his two five-year-old grandsons, H.A. and T.A. Ashbaugh was 65 years old.

Based on an affidavit of probable cause prepared by ... More...
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State of Wisconsin v. Dan J. Dopp Milwaukee County Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Jury Finds Man Mentally Ill When He Committed Triple Murder

The State of Wisconsin charged Dan Popp with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Mai Vue and Phia Vue and Jesus Panso-Perez.

Popp claimed insanity as his defense.

Count No.



1st-Degree Intentional Homicide
<... More...
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John F. Kay, Jr. v. McGuireWoods, L.L.P. Supreme Court of Appeals - Charleston, West Virginia

The petitioners, former shareholders of Kay Company (“Kay Co.”) and Kay Co, LLC (“Kay LLC”),1 appeal from two orders2 entered by the Circuit Court of Kanawha County through which summary judgment was granted to the respondent McGuireWoods, LLP (“McGuireWoods” or “MW”) in connection with claims the petitioners filed against McGuireWoods, their former legal counsel.3 As grounds for their appeal, the... More...   $0 (11-09-2017 - WV)

State of Florida v. Jacqueline Marie Luongo Broward County Courthouse - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jury Convicts Woman of Murder But Fails to Agree On Death Penalty

The State of Florida charged Jacqueline Marie Luongo with capital murder for handcuffing and killing Patricia Viveiros, age 68, by rapping her head in duct tape suffocating her.


09/27/2014 1 (F1) Criminal Attempt 1st Deg Felon
Date Filed: 05/24/2016
Current Statute: ... More...
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State of Vermont V Matthew Webster Vermont Judiciary

Defendant claims errors related to various stages of the proceedings, and the facts
common to all of his claims are as follows. During the afternoon of September 25, 2013, defendant
was involved in an argument with his then-wife over defendant’s continuing contact with another
woman, with whom he had been having an affair for about a year. Defendant’s wife had been
aware of t... More...
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United States of America v. PDC Energy, Inc.

Denver, CO - The Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and State of Colorado Reach Agreement With PDC Energy, Inc. to Resolve Litigation and Reduce Air Pollution

The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Colorado today announced a settlement with Denver-based PDC Energy, Inc. resolving Clean Air Act violations alleged in a ci... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Heather Rea Freeman Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - State of Oklahoma v. Heather Rea Freeman

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHN, CHILD NEGLECT, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 (C)
Date of Offense: 03/06/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
FREEMAN, HEATHER REA Disposed: CONVICTION, 10/16/2017. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: CHILD NEGLECT(CHN)
Violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 (C)
Date Code Descri... More...
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Protect Telegraph Hill v. City and County of San Francisco

The City and County of San Francisco (the City) approved construction of a threeunit
condominium project proposed by real parties in interest Jeremy Ricks, Tracy
Kirkham and Joe Cooper on Telegraph Hill at 115 Telegraph Boulevard. Appellant
Protect Telegraph Hill argues that the approval was unlawful because an Environmental
Impact Report (EIR) for the project should have been prep... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Alton Nolen Cleveland County Oklahoma Courthouse - Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, OK - Jury Tells Court That Defendant Should Be Executed Killing Woman

The State of Oklahoma charged Alton Alexander Nolen, age 33, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE- malice aforethought, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 09/25/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
Nolen, Alton Alexander
Count # 2. Count as F... More...
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United States of America v. Vergil Vladimir George Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Defendant Vergil George appeals his total 259-month sentence, imposed
after a jury convicted him of multiple crimes stemming from his drug-dealing and
identity-theft activities. After careful review of the briefs and the record, and with
the benefit of oral argument, we conclude the district court did not clearly err in
applying the firearm enhancement under U.S.S.G. § 2D1.1(b)(1) ... More...
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Living Rivers Council v. State Water Resources Control Board

Appellant Living Rivers Council (Living Rivers) appeals from a judgment denying
its petition for writ of mandate to compel respondent the State Water Resources Control
Board (Board) to rescind its approval of a policy designed to maintain instream flows in
coastal streams north of San Francisco. Living Rivers alleges several violations of the
California Environmental Quality Act (C... More...
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Michael D. Faucett v. United States of America United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missouri

Michael Faucett possessed large quantities of child pornography, some of which he produced himself. His collection included 59 sexually explicit photos of his five-year-old granddaughter that he took while she was sleeping. When investigators searched his computer and found the collection, he initially denied knowledge of it. But he confessed when they confronted him with the porno-graphic picture... More...   $0 (09-27-2017 - IN)

Respect Life South San Francisco v. City of South San Francisco, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Inc, Real Party in Interest

The City of South San Francisco approved a conditional-use permit allowing an
office building to be converted to a medical clinic for use by Planned Parenthood Mar
Monte, Inc. (Planned Parenthood), the real party in interest. The City determined that its
consideration of the permit was categorically exempt from the California Environmental
Quality Act, Public Resources Code section... More...
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The Highway 68 Coalition v. County of Monterey, Omni Resources, Real Party in Interest

This CEQA1 case arises from the proposal of respondent Omni Resources LLC
(Omni) to build a shopping center on Highway 68 in respondent Monterey County
(County). After preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) concerning the proposed
project and considering public comments, County’s Board of Supervisors approved the
project in 2012.

1 California Environmental Quality ... More...
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United States, et al. ex rel. Elizabeth Kennedy, v. Novo A/S, et al

Washington, DC - Novo Nordisk Agrees to Pay $58 Million for Failure to Comply with FDA-Mandated Risk Program - Payments Resolve Allegations Highlighted in DOJ Civil Complaint and Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Actions

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Novo Nordisk Inc. will pay $58.65 million to resolve allegations that the company failed to comply with the FDA-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mit... More...
   $58000000 (09-05-2017 - dc)

Marvin Ray Yates, et al. v. Bryan Collier, et al. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

This appeal presents yet another chapter in a long saga of challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons throughout this circuit. The plaintiffs are inmates in the Wallace Pack Unit, a prison operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. They allege violations of the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act due to the high temperatures in the p... More...   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

William Eugene Thompson v. Phillip w. Parker, Warden

In 1986, Petitioner William Thompson, having served twelve
years of a life sentence for an unrelated murder for hire, killed his prison-farm supervisor, stole
his wallet, keys, and pocketknife, and fled. Thompson was captured at a bus station in
Madisonville, Kentucky, and charged with murder, robbery, and escape, for which he was tried
by jury and sentenced to death, twenty years,... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - KY)

Sylla Bangaly v. Alfred B. Baggiani

¶ 1 The instant appeal concerns a criminal contempt finding arising out of wrongful death
litigation in which the contemnor, Bangaly Sylla,1 was involved as the administrator of the
1We note that, due to inconsistencies in the record on appeal, Sylla was referred to as “Sylla
Bangaly” in our earlier opinion concerning that litigation but is actually named “Bangaly Sylla.”
No. 1-15-... More...
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The People of the State of Illinos v. Jared M. Staake

¶ 1 In July 2013, the State charged defendant, Jared M. Staake, with second degree murder for
the killing of Michael Box. In December 2013, the State filed an amended information,
dropping the charge of second degree murder and adding a charge of first degree murder. In
January 2014, the State filed a second amended information, this time charging first degree
murder under a differ... More...
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Timothy Edward Strong v. The State of Texas Sixth Court of Appeals, Texarkana, Texas

The evidence in Timothy Edward Strong’s Dallas County1 jury trial for murder2 told a story
that Strong (a) had drinks with friends at a bar, (b) went with others to an apartment where he took
a “very large hit” of marihuana and possibly other drugs from a bong or water pipe, (c) showed
signs thereafter of being paranoid and “in his own world,” (d) jumped into a stranger’s vehicle in... More...
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William Cody Kimbell v. The State of Texas Sixth Court of Appeals, Texarkana, Texas

William Cody Kimbell pled guilty to the lesser-included offense of possession of one gram
or more but less than four grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.1 The trial court found
two enhancement allegations true2 and sentenced Kimbell to fifty years’ confinement.
On appeal, Kimbell urges various issues, mostly concerning his mental state at trial. We
affirm the judg... More...
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Regino Iracheta, Jr. v. The State of Texas Sexual assault of a child

On June 30, 2008, appellant pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony
offense of sexual assault of a child. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the trial court
deferred adjudication and placed appellant on community supervision for a period
of ten years.
On April 27, 2016, the State filed a motion to adjudicate guilt alleging that
appellant had violated the following conditio... More...
   $0 (07-14-2017 - TX)

ARRELL WAYNE FREDERICK v. THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA Oklahoma man sentenced to death after being convicted of killing mother

On March 26, 2011, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Da'Jon Diggs arrived at the home of her grandmother, Connie Frederick (hereinafter referred to as the deceased). The deceased was 85 years old and had been deaf and mute her entire life. She lived in the same house in northeast Oklahoma City in which she had raised six children. Ms. Diggs attended college in another city but frequently stopped by to ... More...   $0 (07-13-2017 - OK)

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