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COMMONWEALTH vs. TYRIEK BROWN Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The primary issue presented in this appeal is
whether the Commonwealth is required to prove a defendant knows
that a firearm in his or her possession is loaded in order to be
convicted of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm under G. L.

After police officers discovered a loaded firearm in the
rear console of a vehicle driven by the defendant, he was
charged ... More...
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On July 30, 2015, a Jefferson Parish Grand Jury indicted defendant, Dexter
Allen, on two counts of second degree murder (counts one and two), violations of
La. R.S. 14:30.1, and 21 counts of simple burglary (counts five through 23), in
violation of La. R.S. 14:62.1 Defendant pled not guilty at his arraignment on
September 11, 2015. On October 11, 2016, the matter proceeded to... More...
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Matthew Gary Richardson v. United States of America Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Petitioner Matthew Richardson appeals the district
court’s denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion to set aside his sentence, challenging his
No. 17-5517 Richardson v. United States Page 2
designation as an armed career criminal under 18 U.S.C. § 924(e), the Armed Career Criminal
Act (“ACCA”). We AFFIRM.
In 2012, after attempting to sell a sawed-off shotgu... More...
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Rhonda Williams v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

In this toxic tort suit, Rhonda Williams appeals the District Court’s grant of summary judgment against her and in favor of Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC (“Mosaic”).
* Honorable Ursula Ungaro, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, sitting by designation.
Case: 17-10894 Date Filed: 05/14/2018 Page: 1 of 22
Ms. Williams alleged that toxic substances emitted fr... More...
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Dolores Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

This appeal arises from five class actions brought by bank customers
(“Plaintiffs”) alleging that their banks unlawfully charged them overdraft fees.
These cases have been before this Court multiple times in recent years.1 In this
appeal, Wells Fargo appeals the District Court’s denial of its motion to compel
arbitration with the unnamed Plaintiffs comprising the classes. The Distr... More...
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Christroyvius DeJuan Mason v. The State of Texas

On the day of the incident, Mason and his brother, Parris Hughes, were assisting their close
friends, Grundy and Grundy’s brother, Dewey Hale, in moving out of their then-current residence
in Paris, Texas. A squabble between Grundy and Mason arose because Grundy accused Mason of
having stolen a gold medallion necklace from him. The squabble escalated quite quickly and
Mason s... More...
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Ian Coles pled guilty without a plea agreement to possession of a firearm (a .38
caliber revolver) by a convicted felon, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (2012). He was sentenced
to 120 months in prison. The sentence runs consecutively to a 60-month sentence
previously imposed in the Eastern District of North Carolina for a § 922(g)(1) violation.
The North Carolina offense involved a s... More...
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Appellant and his girlfriend, Carrie Lira, traveled from Bethany to Tulsa in late October, 2015, hoping to locate Carrie's missing sister, Kelli. They learned from Antwuan Adamson that Vallon Broadus might be holding Kelli against her will. On the evening of October 21, Appellant, Carrie Lira, and Antwuan Adamson met at Megan Burkett's residence in Tulsa, expecting that Vallon Broadus might be the... More...   $0 (04-29-2018 - OK)


Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 9, 2013, Kevin Smith returned home from work to the apartment he shared with his fiancée, Demetria Hunter, in Wyandotte County. When Smith arrived, he discovered a vehicle parked in his spot. Hunter and Smith's neighbors had a history of parking in their stalls and making loud noises. Smith saw a white male— later identified as Clint Schierbaum—exiting the neighbori... More...   $0 (04-28-2018 - KS)

State of Vermont v. Jack Sawyer

Defendant Jack Sawyer appeals the trial court’s decision holding him without bail. Defendant is charged with four separate counts, each predicated on his alleged attempt to commit a crime, and three of which are punishable by life imprisonment. The sole question before this Court is whether the evidence of guilt is great that defendant attempted to commit any of the four charged crimes given the... More...   $0 (04-28-2018 - VT)

State of Nebraska v. James Cotton

On August 7, 2015, Cotton shot and killed Trevor Bare.
During the evening prior to the shooting, Bare saw Cotton in
the apartment immediately above his own. Because Cotton and
Bare had a negative history together, Bare confronted Cotton
and an argument ensued. After the initial altercation, Bare and
his girlfriend, McKayla Burnette, left the apartment house. A
couple of hou... More...
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United States of America v. Raul Efrain Lopez District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID - Nampa Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

Raul Efrain Lopez Jr., 36, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty on April 2, 2018 to unlawful possession of a firearm. The indictment alleged that Lopez possessed a firearm after previously being convicted of a felony crime.

According to court documents, in November 2017, law enforcement stopped Lopez while he was driving in Na... More...
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Doris Tenner and Pierre Tenner were married and lived at Fourteen Hampton Court
in Natchez, Mississippi. Doris’s and Pierre’s marriage became volatile over time and
eventually deteriorated. Some time after Doris and Pierre separated, Doris began dating
Woods in April 2015.
¶5. On May 4, 2015, Pierre called Doris, but she did not answer the phone. Later, Pierre
came home fr... More...
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United States of America v. Chuck Allen Church and Jeffrey Brent Church Western District of North Carolina Courthouse - Statesville, North Caolina

Statesville, NC - Two Methamphetamine Traffickers Handed Down Lengthy Prison Terms

U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees handed down lengthy prison terms to two drug traffickers involved in separate methamphetamine trafficking conspiracies, announced R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Chuck Allen Church, Jr., 41, of Morganton, was sente... More...
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On October 26, 2013, defendant entered a liquor store at
approximately midnight. He possessed a loaded .38 caliber
revolver in a holster hidden from view. He did not have a
permit, and he had a prior conviction for aggravated assault.
In the liquor store, undercover police officers noticed the gun
and drew their weapons. Defendant ran. An undercover officer
grabb... More...
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State of Minnesota vs. Erik John Heinonen, Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

This case requires us to decide whether police officers violated an arrestee’s Fifth
Amendment right when, after the arrestee invoked his privilege against self-incrimination,
the officers later asked him if he was willing to sign a written consent to the taking of a
DNA sample and explained to him, when questioned, why they sought the sample.
Appellant Erik Heinonen moved to ... More...
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Defendant‐Appellant  Aldric  Bordeaux  (“Bordeaux”)  appeals  the District Court’s judgment convicting him of one count of unlawful  possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)1 and of  1 “It shall be unlawful for any person . . . who has been convicted in any  court of[ ] a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceedin... More...   $0 (03-28-2018 - CT)

United States of America v. Shownee Shon Smith Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Pasadena Man Sentenced to 125 months in Federal Prison for ‘Dual Valley Bandit’ Bank Robbery Spree

A Pasadena man was sentenced for the commission of a series of bank robberies culminating in an armed robbery at a Pasadena bank where he brandished a shotgun and placed it to the side of a bank employee’s head while demanding money.

Shownee Shon Smith, 4... More...
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Jose Luis Orta v. The State of Texas

This prosecution arose out of a surveillance operation. Jaime Garza was the
target, for whom the police had obtained an arrest warrant in connection with a
robbery investigation. Officers arrived at the home of Garza’s reputed girlfriend and
began watching it. A black pick-up truck, known to be driven by Garza, but thought
to be stolen, was parked in front of the home when t... More...
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United States of America v. Tyke'eke Monte Hines Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, NC - Members of Wilmington Bloods Gang Sentenced in Federal Court

TYKE’EKE MONTE HINES, 19, of Wilmington, North Carolina, was sentenced in federal court by Chief United States District Judge, James C. Dever, III, to 84 months imprisonment after having been convicted of providing a firearm to a convicted felon.

“A top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to reduce t... More...
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State of Arkansas v. Jeremy Brake

Van Buren, AR - Jury Convicts Defendant On Murder Charge

The State of Arkansas charged Jeremy Brake, age 38, with first-degree murder using a firearm in committing a felony, arson, being a felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree criminal mischief, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor for killing Michael King on October 10, 2016.

The State... More...
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Lonnie Patterson v. City of Yuga City Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

The panel certified the following question to the
California Supreme Court:
Does a finding of probable cause at a
preliminary hearing preclude a false arrest
The panel withdrew the case from submission and stayed
further proceedings pending final action by the California
Supreme Court.

We certify the question set forth in Part II of this order to
the... More...
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Russell Bucklew v. Anne L. Precythe Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The issue is whether the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, as applied, bar
Missouri officials from employing a procedure that is authorized by Missouri statute
to execute Russell Bucklew.
In March 2006, Bucklew stole a car; armed himself with pistols, handcuffs, and
a roll of duct tape; and followed his former girlfriend, Stephanie Ray, to the home of
Michael Sanders, where she... More...
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Haskell G. Greer, et al. v. City of Highland Park, Michigan, et al. Eastern District of Michigan Countroom - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Individual defendants (“the officers”) in this 42 U.S.C. § 1983
matter appeal the district court’s denial of their motion for judgment on the pleadings based on
No. 17-1281 Greer, et al. v. City of Highland Park, Mich., et al. Page 2
qualified immunity. Because we find that the complaint states a plausible claim that the officers
violated the plaintiffs’ clearly established F... More...
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United States of America v. Brooke Danielle Beckley Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Springfield, MO - Nixa Woman Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking Murder

A Nixa, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in the murder of a Mexican national who was executed to help her avoid paying a debt owed in a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Brooke Danielle Beckley, 21, of Nixa, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 40 y... More...
   $0 (02-26-2018 - MO)

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