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Jeremy Michael Strauser v. The State of Texas Cadena Reeves Justice Center - San Antonio Court of Appeals

The parties dispute which standard of review applies to this appeal. Strauser argues legal
and factual sufficiency standards of review apply, while the State argues the factual-sufficiency
standard is “extinct” and only the Jackson v. Virginia sufficiency standard applies.
In Brooks v. State, 323 S.W.3d 893, 902 (Tex. Crim. App. 2010), the court of criminal
appeals explained t... More...
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The State of Texas v. Terri Sanders SECOND COURT OF APPEALS, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Sanders was travelling on the wrong side of the road on the night of
October 23, 2015, when she struck another vehicle head-on. The collision
resulted in the deaths of two individuals and serious injury to another. The State
charged Sanders with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of
intoxication assault. Later, Sanders filed a motion to suppress the result... More...
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Christopher Leron Clegg v. City of Fort Worth

This is an appeal from the trial court’s granting of a plea to the jurisdiction.
Appellant Christopher Leron Clegg appeals the trial court’s dismissal of his suit
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
against Appellee the City of Fort Worth (the City).2 Because the trial court did not
err by granting the City’s plea to the jurisdiction, we affirm.
At approximately ... More...
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Justin Allen Lawson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Lawson for manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The
indictment alleged that Lawson recklessly caused the death of Mitchell Glenn
Downs “by operating a motor vehicle on a public road while failing to maintain a
proper lookout and by failing to remain within the marked lane of travel of the said
public road, thereby causing the said motor vehicle to strike ... More...
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Connie Sue Cason v. The State of Texas Garland Woman Sentenced To 15 Years In Deaths Of Lucas Couple

The indictment in this case alleged in part that on August 25, 2013, appellant recklessly
caused the deaths of two individuals, Dale and Laura Thomas, by striking a motor vehicle
operated by Dale Thomas and occupied by Laura Thomas. Specifically, the indictment stated
appellant acted by (1) “operating a motor vehicle and by failing to maintain a single lane,” (2)
“ope... More...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. DARRYL B. SHEARS Iowa Court of Appeals

In this appeal of a restitution order, we are asked to resolve whether it is
foreseeable that police officers would end a high-speed chase of the van driven by
Darryl Shears by hitting his van with their police vehicles. Because we find such
actions foreseeable, we affirm the restitution order.
On February 11, 2016, the City of Davenport filed a restitution claim for More...
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James R. Zeleny v. State of Nebraska Nebraska Supreme Court

Zeleny was charged by information in the county court
with operating a motor vehicle “while under the influence of
alcoholic liquor or . . . when he had a concentration of eighthundredths
of one gram or more by weight of alcohol per two
hundred ten liters of his breath.” That charge was enhanced
with the allegation that Zeleny’s alcohol level was “fifteen
hundredths of one ... More...
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Terry Laverne Schmuck v. The State of Wyoming Kinnear Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder

Mr. Schmuck struck his wife, Cindy Schmuck, in the head with a hatchet. The blow fractured her skull and caused an underlying hemorrhage into the brain. The State charged Mr. Schmuck with one count of attempted murder in the first degree. The trial court also instructed the jury on the lesser included offenses of attempted murder in the second degree and attempted voluntary manslaughter.
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Lacie Dee Pardun v. The State of Texas Christmas Toy Delivery Ends Tragically for Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Driver

A jury convicted Lacie Dee Pardun of manslaughter and also found she used her car as a
deadly weapon. The trial court sentenced her to ten years in prison. In five issues, appellant
brings complaints about the sufficiency of the evidence to support her conviction, the failure to
define “under the influence” in the jury charge, the admission of her toxicology results, and
cumu... More...
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State of Missouri vs. Paul J. Murphy St. Charles man found guilty for drunk driving crash that killed unborn baby

The facts, viewed in the light most favorable to the jury’s verdict, are as follows.1
Around noon on March 16, 2013, Andrea Ledbetter was driving behind Defendant on the
highway. Ms. Ledbetter observed Defendant swerving in and out of the traffic lane. Ms.
Ledbetter honked her horn at Defendant, who then momentarily returned to his lane but began
swerving again. Ms. Ledbett... More...
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Sandra Coy Briggs v. The State of Texas

It is undisputed that on January 12, 2012, after being admonished by the trial court,
Briggs pleaded no contest to the charge of intoxication manslaughter of a public servant
without a plea bargain agreement and elected to have a jury assess her punishment.
See TEX. TRANSP. CODE ANN. § 724.012(b)(1) (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.).
On January 20, 2012, after a hearing w... More...
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Mark Mercer v. The State of Texas

Mercer had three outstanding arrest warrants for “assaultive conduct and
evading police.” On January 29, 2015, at between 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Tarrant
County Sheriff’s Deputies Jacqueline Mouton and Charles Chambers were
dispatched to Mercer’s apartment to execute the warrants in separate, marked
police cars. Both were in uniforms, which consisted of black shirts and pants, More...
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Beth M. Branum v. The State of Texas Granbury Woman Arrested After Fatal Euless Crash

On March 8, 2014, Branum met several friends at a bar in Fort Worth. She
arrived at 9:35 p.m., met her friend Jacquelyn Seltzer at the bar, and they each
had a shot2 and a beer before going to the table where the others were sitting.
Within the next two hours, Branum bought four shots and four beers while at the
table. Other people at Branum’s table also ordered drinks for e... More...
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United States of America v. Nicholas G. Peacock United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, FL - Ft. Lauderdale Man Pleads Guilty to Flying without Certification

Mark Lewis Pullen, 45, of Ft. Lauderdale, pled guilty November 17, 2017 to serving as an airman without an airman’s certificate.

In October 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration notified Homeland Security Investigations that an unregistered aircraft planned to land at the Pensacola airport. Th... More...
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Lahmann shot two rescue flares in front of a crop-dusting plane as it flew
over his property because he believed the plane was scaring his horses. The State
charged Lahmann with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Before trial,
Lahmann was offered a plea agreement for a suspended sentence, which he
rejected, and the case proceeded to trial.
When discussing the jury ... More...
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Rebeca D. Balderas-Ramirez v. Anthony Carl Felder Travis County Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Rebeca D. Balderas-Ramirez appeals a final summary judgment that she take nothing
on claims she had asserted against Anthony Carl Felder following an automobile collision. The
pivotal issues on appeal concern whether Balderas-Ramirez presented any competent evidence of
property damages—including several years’ worth of claimed loss-of-use damages—and whether
any such damages exceed... More...
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Roberta Benson v. Fred Chalk, Individually, and Steve Chalk, Individually and as next friend of Drucilla Henkhaus Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellant, Roberta Benson, challenges the trial court’s judgment, entered after a jury trial, in the suit for negligence and wrongful death1 brought against her by appellees, Fred Chalk, individually, and Steve Chalk, individually and as next friend of Drucilla Henkhaus (the “Chalks”). In six issues, Benson contends that the trial court erred in admitting a video recording of an out-of-court exper... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - TX)

Cody Allen Waters v. The State of Texas Fight that left woman shot in head started over bathroom

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on January 24, 2014, Waters was at a restaurant and bar located
in a shopping center in north San Antonio. Waters was sitting at the bar visiting with one of the
bartenders, Jennifer Kirk. The bar was not crowded at that time; however, a group of six people,
Debbie and Jaime Arredondo, John and Yvonne Smithwick, Liliana Bergholtz, and Jeff Hoot, were More...
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Rashad Owens v. The State of Texas Rashad Owens found guilty of capital murder in deadly SXSW crash

Owens was indicted for capital murder and four counts of felony murder while
evading arrest. See id. §§ 19.02, .03. Owens and two acquaintances, Andrew Bramwell and Alex
Witherspoon, had traveled from Killeen to Austin. Bramwell testified that he used his car to drive
Owens and Witherspoon, who were scheduled to perform at a club that evening. Bramwell testified
that after they... More...
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BRIAN CHRISTOPHER DUNN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

This case arises from evidence a police officer found in a vehicle that the
Petitioner had been driving before it crashed. With regard to this evidence, a Williamson County grand jury indicted the Petitioner for initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, driving with a suspended, cancelled, or revoked license, and driving with a suspended, cancelled, or revoked license–6th offens... More...
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Antonio R. Flores v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals - 4th District | Bexar County, TX

On February 19, 2013, nineteen-year-old Flores and three other high school students left
the school campus for lunch. Flores drove the car. Monique Castaneda sat in the front passenger
seat. Gabriella Lerma and Georgina Rodriguez sat in the back. At the intersection of the access
road to Loop 1604 and West Hausman, Flores’s car veered into a left-turn only lane, allegedly in
an... More...
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Claude Spillman v. The State of Texas Tarrant County grand jury indicts former Dallas Cowboy C.J. Spillman on sexual assault charge

In September 2014, Spillman, who had recently signed to play professional
football for the Dallas Cowboys, invited Marjorie Davis3 to visit him in Texas.
Davis, who lived in Chicago, had met Spillman there when he was shopping at
the department store where she worked. After initially being reluctant to do so,
Davis agreed to fly to Texas, and Spillman bought her an airline ti... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Hegarty Southern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Irish National Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Trafficking of Endangered Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup

Michael Hegarty, an Irish national, was sentenced in federal court in Miami, Florida, November 14, 2017 to 18 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for fraudulently facilitating the transportation and concealment of a libation cup carved fro... More...
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State v. Luke P. Peters Supreme Court of Rhode Island

The facts that follow are derived from the filings of the parties and are undisputed for the
purposes of this appeal. On August 6, 2014, after having purchased alcohol from a local liquor
store, defendant, along with John Willette (Willette) and two underage minors, Julia, and Kajia,1
went to Willette’s home and consumed the alcohol. At 11 p.m., the group decided to drive to
... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Fleming District of West Virginia Federal Courthouse - Huntington, West Virginia

Huntington, WV - Chicago man pleads guilty for role in drug conspiracy - Comprehensive drug investigation led to seizure of over a million dollars in drug proceeds and a plane

A Chicago man pleaded guilty November 13, 2017 for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Richard Fleming entered his guilty plea to aiding and abetting the attempted distribution of 100 kilograms or more of mar... More...
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