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United States of America v. Ronald David Johnson District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Corcoran Man Sentenced To More Than 10 Years In Prison For Multi-Million Dollar Fraud In The Bakken Oil Fields

Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months in prison for stealing more than $2.1 million from victims who were hoping to invest successfully in the North Dakota oil boom. On June 19, 2017, following a five-day trial, a jury convicted JOHNSON on nine c... More...
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Malissa Julian v. Glenair, Inc.

Appellant Glenair, Inc., challenges the denial of its motion to
compel arbitration of respondents’ claim under the Labor
Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA; Lab.
Code, § 2698 et seq.). Glenair contends an agreement
respondents executed during their employment with the
company was an enforceable postdispute agreement
obligating them to arbitrate the claim. We h... More...
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United States of America v. Valentino Johnson Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Valentino Johnson was convicted as a felon in
possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C.
§§ 922(g)(1) & 924(e), after an emergency 911 call reporting
an attempted suicide led San Francisco police to discover a
handgun at the apartment where Johnson was temporarily
staying while on parole. Johnson challenges the denial of
two motions to... More...
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Justin Ray Holloway v. The State of Texas Photos of girlfriend in bed sent to man while reporting burglary

Holloway complains that the trial court abused its discretion by refusing to include
a lesser-included offense in the jury charge. In the indictment, Holloway was alleged to
have "intentionally or knowingly enter[ed] a habitation without the effective consent of
Jane Doe or Corey Heitzman, the owner thereof, and attempted to commit or committed
theft of property, to wit: a ph... More...
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Eugene Lamar Jenkins v. The State of Texas Trial begins for man accused of capital murder

In his first issue, Jenkins asserts that the trial court erred in denying his objections
to the State’s use of its peremptory challenges to strike two African-Americans on the
jury panel—Venireperson No. 6 and Venireperson No. 31. Jenkins asserts that the State’s
actions denied him due process of law and equal protection of the law in violation of
Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. ... More...
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Ebeneser Benny Morones v. The State of Texas Houston Tango Blast prison gang member sentenced to life after violent local pursuit

Officer Robert Rodriguez, who formerly worked for the Woodbranch Police
Department, testified that he observed a white Cadillac traveling at a high rate of
speed on the highway. Rodriguez activated his patrol vehicle’s lights and siren and
began following the vehicle. Rodriguez realized that the driver was attempting to get
away, and Rodriguez called dispatch and provided the v... More...
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Andrea Christine Folkers v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals, Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

In her first issue, Folkers argues that the trial court abused its discretion by
allowing the State to amend the information on the day of the trial over her objection.
See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 28.10 (West 2006). The Texas Code of Criminal
Procedure states that “[a]ll amendments of an indictment or information shall be
made with the leave of the court and under its d... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. TRACY CONLEY, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Conley arrived at his workplace on November 1, 2011,
only to find that he could not work because of a malfunctioning
piece of machinery. He started to drive back to his
girlfriend’s house, but in a second stroke of bad luck, found
that he did not have enough gas or money to purchase gas
for the trip. While stopped at the gas station, Conley encountered
two acquaintances, Da... More...
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Village of Bedford Park, et al. v. Expedia, Inc., et al. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Thirteen Illinois municipalities
(“the municipalities”) assert that the Appellees‐Cross‐Appellants,
which are online travel agencies (“OTAs”), have withheld
money owed to them under their local hotel tax ordinances.

The OTAs operate their online travel websites under
the “merchant model”; customers pay an OTA directly to reserve
rooms at hotels the OTA has ... More...
   $0 (11-27-2017 - IL)

Janice Dickinson v. William H. Cosby, Jr., Martin D. Singer

Plaintiff Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations
of rape against William H. Cosby, Jr. Cosby, in turn, through his
attorney, Martin Singer, reacted with (1) a letter demanding
media outlets not repeat Dickinson’s allegedly false accusation,
under threat of litigation (“demand letter”); and (2) a press
release characterizing Dickinson’s rape accusation as a lie (“pres... More...
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Ubaldo Zapuche-Landaverde v. The State of Texas Collin County man gets 35 years for sexual abuse of child

The victim in this case, V.B., seventeen years old at the time of trial, testified that she
was sexually abused on multiple occasions by appellant, her stepfather. The first instance of
abuse described by V.B. occurred at her home in Celina, Collin County, Texas, when she was
about 12 years old. V.B. was playing with her youngest brother in her parents’ bedroom.
Appellant pu... More...
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Juan Marez v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals. Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

At the consolidated hearing on appellant’s open pleas described above, the State
presented the testimony of Anacleto Ramirez. Through an interpreter, Ramirez testified he is the
brother of appellant’s stepfather, Emillio Ramirez (“Emillio”). Ramirez stated that in June 2014,
he was visiting the home of Emillio and Emillio’s wife, Marvia, who is appellant’s mother.
Appellant arr... More...
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Rickey Darrell Miller v. State of Texas Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Miller’s eight-year-old granddaughter, N.S., made an outcry to her school counselor that
Miller had sexually abused her. N.S. provided more details of two assaults in a subsequent
forensic interview at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. N.S., who was ten years old at the
time of trial, testified about two incidents during which Miller sexually abused her. Miller also
tes... More...
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On October 4, 2014, police responded to a report of vehicle prowling. The
responding officer found Anthony Joseph asleep in an unlocked Chevy Blazer on a
public street in Ellensburg. The officer recognized Joseph and knew that he was
homeless. The officer contacted Joseph and told him to exit the vehicle.
Initially, Joseph said that he had the owner's permission; however, he thenMore...
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UUNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ERNEST MILTON GLOVER, ALSO KNOWN AS FISH United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT, E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse and William B. Bryant Annex

Ernest Milton Glover and Helery Price here appeal the denial of their petitions to vacate their convictions under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Appellants were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute one kilogram or more of phencyclidine, commonly known as “PCP,” 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A)(iv), & 846, and were sentenced to the applicable statutory mandatory mini... More...   $0 (11-26-2017 - DC)

Floyd Allen Hardrick, Jr. v. City of Detroit, Michigan Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Dog bites dog. So begins this federal case about searches and
seizures allegedly gone awry, if not the newspaper story about the dispute. Detroit has a straydog
problem. As many as 50,000 of them roam the city’s streets and abandoned homes,
sometimes in packs. One group in a position to appreciate the seriousness of the problem, the
United States Postal Service, ranked Detroit sixt... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. AHMAD RAHIMI Chelsea Bomb Suspect Guilty in Attack That Sowed Terror Across Region

Based upon the record in this case, including without limitation, the helpful written
submissions and oral presentations of the parties, and case authorities, the Court rules as follows:
1- The Defense motion to suppress Mr. Rahimi' s statements on the grounds that they
were involuntary is denied as moot. The Government has stated it will not offer statements (for
any purpose) ... More...
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Arnetia Joyce Robinson v. Federal Housting Finance Agency Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Appellant Arnetia Joyce Robinson is a
stockholder in the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the Federal Home
Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”; collectively, the “Companies”). During the
economic recession in 2007–2008, Congress enacted the Housing and Economic Recovery Act
of 2008 (“HERA”), which created an agency, Appellee Federal Housing Finance Agen... More...
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Issac Joseph Pantoja v. The State of Texas Issac Pantoja - Registered Sex Offender

On September 12, 2017, as part of two plea-bargain agreements,
appellant Issac Joseph Pantoja pleaded guilty to (1) the state-jail-felony offense
of theft of property valued at less than $2,500 with two prior theft convictions and
(2) the third-degree-felony offense of failure to comply with sexual-offender
registration requirements. Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 31.03(a), (e)(4)(D) (... 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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State of Louisiana v. Robert Matthews. State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Officer Calvin Banks testified that on June 20, 2011, he and his partner, Officer Watson, responded to a call of three suspicious people, all of whom were wanted by police, selling drugs at 1517 Franklin Avenue. When the officers arrived at 1517 Franklin Avenue, they observed two unknown black females and one unknown black male, the defendant. Officer Banks requested that the subjects provide him ... More...   $0 (11-25-2017 - LA)

United States of America v. Thomas Hankton Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

When Derrick Smothers, Terrell Smothers,1 and Thomas Hankton
(collectively, “Defendants”) were originally sentenced, each received a sentence
reduction for previously serving time on related state charges. Thirteen days
after sentencing, the Government requested that the district court “correct”
their sentences under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 35(a) to eliminate
those r... More...
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Rogers Vann v. City of Southhaven, Mississippi Northern District of Mississippi Courthouse - Aberdeen, Mississippi

This lawsuit arises from the death of Jeremy W. Vann, who was shot and killed by police in a retail parking lot in Southaven, Mississippi during a small-scale drug sting operation. Because there are genuine issues of material fact that preclude the qualified-immunity determination as to one of the defendants, we AFFIRM in part, VACATE in part, and REMAND to the district court.
The City ... More...
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Teresa Ann Hensley v. Michael Scott Price Western District of North Carolina Courthouse - Charlotte, North Carolina

Deputies Michael Price and Keith Beasley (collectively, the “Deputies”)—both employed by the Haywood County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Department—shot and killed David Hensley outside his home on the morning of August 9, 2012. The plaintiffs—Hensley’s widow and two daughters—brought suit against the Deputies in both their individual and official capacities under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and North Carolina... More...   $0 (11-25-2017 - NC)

Hossein Shahbazian v. City of Rancho Palos verdes

Governments speak. They also petition. And they act in
ways that are neither speaking nor petitioning. It is important to
distinguish between the three, because Code of Civil Procedure
section 425.16 (section 425.16) may apply to the first two, but not
the third.
This case concerns whether the City of Rancho Palos
Verdes properly issued a permit for a fence separating twoMore...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - CA)

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