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Travis Marcellaus Edwards v. The State of Texas

A jury found appellant, Travis Marcellaus Edwards, guilty of the offenses of
aggravated assault of a security officer,1 aggravated robbery,2 and unlawful
possession of a firearm by a felon.3 After finding true the allegation in an
enhancement paragraph in each indictment that appellant had been previously
convicted of a felony offense, the trial court assessed his punishment a... More...
   $0 (06-23-2016 - TX)

Jeffery Wayne Batson v. The State of Texas

On January 2, 2014, Appellant became involved in an altercation with his wife, Kimberly Batson. At trial, Kimberly testified that Appellant had been drinking, was not in a good mood, became angry that she had not prepared dinner, and began pushing and punching her. Adellah Batson, the daughter of Appellant and Kimberly, became upset. When Kimberly attempted to console Adellah, Appellant kicked ... More...   $0 (06-17-2016 - TX)

Tahronda Shanell White v. The State of Texas

Appellant was employed at a cell phone provider kiosk in a local grocery store in
Brownfield, Texas. The grocery store’s security camera footage shows appellant take
the till out from within the cabinet door and count the money on July 21, 2014. As she
counted and appeared to fill out paperwork, she also appeared to be doing some sort of
computer work. She placed what appear... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Victor Lamar Jenkins v. The State of Texas

Appellant originally pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. At a pretrial hearing on October 8, 2014, both sides announced they were ready to proceed to trial. At that hearing, the State offered a plea bargain with a recommendation of six years’ confinement in the Texas Department of Corrections, which appellant rejected. The judge admonished appellant that he was charged w... More...   $0 (05-03-2016 - TX)

Narjes Modarresi v. The State of Texas

At the time of the offense, appellant and her husband, Amir Golabbakhsh (“Amir”), lived in Houston with their two children, Masih and a three-year-old son, and Amir’s parents. On the afternoon of April 21, 2010, while the men were away from home, appellant told her mother-in-law that appellant was taking Masih to visit appellant’s friend. Appellant left on foot with Masih in a stroller. The mot... More...   $0 (04-20-2016 - TX)

Alberto Aguirre Rendon v. The State of Texas

In this appeal, initially, Appellant Alberto Aguirre Rendon had court-appointed counsel.
Later, after the trial court determined Appellant was not indigent, the trial court discharged
appointed counsel. Appointed counsel advised Appellant that his brief was due on February 22,
2016. See TEX. R. APP. P. 6.5(c). After the deadline to file the brief passed and Appellant did not More...
   $0 (04-20-2016 - TX)

Xavier Barac Lopez a/k/a Xavier Lopez v. The State of Texas

Octavio Arriaga, a witness for the State, testified that he was the manager of a
Dairy Queen where appellant worked and that appellant’s responsibilities included,
among other things, cleaning the bathrooms of the Dairy Queen. Arriaga stated that one
evening after the store closed, he found an iPod in the men’s bathroom, and when he
“opened” the iPod to determine its ownership... More...
   $0 (03-24-2016 - TX)

Morris Alexander Wise v. The State of Texas

The evidence at the suppression hearing showed that on September 15, 2011, two
police officers boarded a Greyhound bus at a pit stop to conduct a drug interdiction while
other officers stayed outside. The two officers inside the bus were not wearing police
uniform and did not display a police badge or a weapon. One officer approached Wise
and asked in a conversational tone if... More...
   $0 (03-03-2016 - TX)

John Steen v. The State of Texas

On February 12, 2013, Steen was charged by indictment with three offenses of
aggravated sexual assault of a child and one offense of indecency of a child. See id. §
22.021(a)(B) (West, Westlaw through 2015 R.S.); id. § 21.11.1 The State gave notice,
prior to trial, of its intent to use evidence of extraneous sexual assault offenses against
Steen.
Prior to a consolidat... More...
   $0 (02-18-2016 - TX)

George Washington Sharper v. The State of Texas

After a Hunt County jury found George Washington Sharper guilty of the capital murder
of David Olivares, the trial court sentenced him to the mandatory punishment of life imprisonment
without parole.1 Sharper appealed to this Court, asserting that the trial court erred (1) in admitting
the out-of-court statement of his alleged accomplice in violation of his right to confront and cr... More...
   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS v. GULF ENERGY EXPLORATION CORPORATION

This case arises out of the Commission’s duties with respect to abandoned oil-and-gas
wells, which are governed by Texas Natural Resources Code chapter 89. One of the statute’s
express purposes is to protect Texas’s water and land from pollution by providing “additional
means” for the plugging of abandoned wells. TEX. NAT. RES. CODE § 89.001. The statute and
accompanying Com... More...
   $0 (01-29-2016 - TX)

Petrohawk Properties, L.P., and P-H Energy, L.L.C. v. Noel Diane Jones, et al.

In 2008, oil and gas companies descended on east Texas and Louisiana seeking to acquire
leases to exploit the Haynesville Shale formation, which they viewed as having enormous
potential. The atmosphere created by these companies was described as “unreal,” “a land rush,”
and comparable to a gold rush. David Deffenbaugh, Petrohawk Properties, L.P.’s, vice president
of land—midc... More...
   $0 (01-25-2016 - TX)

IN RE RSR CORPORATION AND QUEMETCO METALS LIMITED, INC., RELATORS

This original proceeding concerns whether the trial court abused its discretion by
disqualifying plaintiffs’ counsel because they “worked so closely” with a defendant’s former finance
manager. Treating the finance manager like a side-switching paralegal, the trial court applied In re
American Home Products Corp., 985 S.W.2d 68 (Tex. 1998) (orig. proceeding), and found
plaintiffs’ ... More...
   $0 (12-04-2015 - TX)

American Homeowner Pres. Fund, LP v. Pirkle

In three issues, Appellant American Homeowner Preservation Fund, LP (American) appeals a judgment declaring null and void its lien on property *2purchased by Appellee Brian J. Pirkle at a tax-foreclosure sale, declaring null and void a note executed by Cathy Lewis1 and secured by the property, dismissing American's constitutional takings claims against the taxing authorities involved in the forecl... More...   $0 (11-28-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of J.N.G., a Child

Appellant P.N.P. appeals the trial court’s final decree terminating her
parental rights, and appointing the Department of Family and Protective Services
(the “Department”) as sole managing conservator of J.N.G. (“Jane”).1 In two issues
appellant challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the
trial court’s findings under sections 161.003 and 161.001(E) o... More...
   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of J.R.S.

B.J.D. appeals the trial court’s order terminating his parental rights to minor child J.R.S. In his sole issue on appeal, B.J.D. asserts the evidence was neither legally nor factually sufficient for the trial court to find by clear and convincing evidence that terminating his parental rights was in J.R.S.’s best interests. We conclude the evidence is both legally and factually sufficient, and we a... More...   $0 (09-23-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of J.N.G., a Child

Appellant P.N.P. appeals the trial court’s final decree terminating her
parental rights, and appointing the Department of Family and Protective Services
(the “Department”) as sole managing conservator of J.N.G. (“Jane”).1 In two issues
appellant challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the
trial court’s findings under sections 161.003 and 161.001(E) o... More...
   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

American Homeowner Preservation Fund, LP v. Brian J. Pirkle, Tarrant County, Tarrant County Hospital District, City of Sansom Park, and Tarrant County Community College District

In three issues, Appellant American Homeowner Preservation Fund, LP (American) appeals a judgment declaring null and void its lien on property
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purchased by Appellee Brian J. Pirkle at a tax-foreclosure sale, declaring null and void a note executed by Cathy Lewis1 and secured by the property, dismissing American’s constitutional takings claims against the taxing authorities involved in th... More...
   $0 (09-03-2015 - TX)

Feysal Ayati-Ghaffari and Irana Hagnazari v. Hazawiperi Jackie Gumbodete and Jose Anaya

Hazwiperi Jackie Gumbodete and Jose Anaya (“appellees” or “plaintiffs”) filed this lawsuit in the trial court below against Feysal Ayati-Ghaffari and Irana Hagnazari (“appellants” or “defendants”) seeking damages for loss of personal property allegedly caused by appellants. After considering appellees’ motion for summary judgment, the trial court signed a “Final Summary Judgment” granting appellee... More...   $0 (07-23-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of D. V., a Child

This is an appeal from an order terminating the parent-child relationship between D.V. and his mother. The relationship between the little boy and his father was also terminated, but the father has not appealed. Because of recurrent family violence between the parents, we will refer to Father’s behavior where necessary to explain the factual circumstances.1
Mother brings seven issues for rev... More...
   $0 (06-03-2015 - TX)

Marissol Ochoa Sierra and Emilio Chapa Trevino v. City of Pharr

This is an accelerated, interlocutory appeal involving a suit brought by appellants Marissol Ochoa Sierra and her spouse Emilio Chapa Trevino in connection with an allegedly wrongful sale of a 2010 Cadillac Escalade by appellee the City of Pharr (the
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City). Sierra and Trevino appeal the trial court's grant of the City’s plea to the jurisdiction. In its plea, the City argued that the tr... More...
   $0 (05-21-2015 - TX)

Wesley Schreiber, as Trustee for the Schreiber Family Trust v. Sam Cole and Wendy Cole

Appellant, Wesley Schreiber, as Trustee for the Schreiber Family Trust, appeals from a judgment in favor of Appellees, Sam Cole and Wendy Cole, in a landlord-tenant dispute brought by Appellees, as tenants, seeking damages and civil penalties pursuant
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to section 92.00811 of the Texas Property Code for an allegedly unlawful lockout by Appellant, as landlord. Appellees also sought recovery... More...
   $0 (05-19-2015 - TX)

In the Int of MC, MC, MC, MC, and MC, Children

Appellant father (“Father”) and appellant mother (“Mother”) separately appeal the trial court’s order terminating their parental rights to their five children. On appeal, neither parent challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support the trial court’s findings relating to the statutory grounds for termination. Rather, both contend the evidence is legally and factually insufficien... More...   $0 (05-18-2015 - TX)

Eric Drake v. Consumers County Mutual Insurance, and Travelers Indemnity Company

Eric Drake appeals the trial court’s order granting summary judgment. In ten issues Drake challenges the authority of various judges who determined motions in the case, arguing they lacked authority to rule on the matters they considered. He also maintains the trial court’s ultimate determination that the statute of limitations barred his claims was incorrect. We affirm the judgment of the tri... More...   $0 (05-08-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of E.L., M.R., and H.R., Children

Appellant, R.R., contends by seven issues that the evidence was insufficient to
support the trial court’s judgment involuntarily terminating his parental rights with respect
to M.R. and H.R.1 We affirm.
1 We refer to appellant and the children by their initials in accordance with rule of appellate
procedure 9.8. See TEX. R. APP. P. 9.8(b)(2) (providing that, in an appeal arising ... More...
   $0 (04-09-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of E.L.M.M., et al.

E.R.M. (“Mother”) appeals the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her eight children, arguing that the trial court erred in overruling her oral motion for continuance and in finding that termination of the parent-child relationship was in the children’s best interest. We affirm the trial court’s order.
BACKGROUND
Due to allegations of neglectful supervision and... More...
   $0 (04-15-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of A.T., a Child

For twelve years, Anthony1 was almost totally uninvolved in the life of his son, A.T. After A.T. was removed from his mother’s home for neglect and Anthony continued his years- long pattern of nonsupport and noninvolvement, he lost his parental rights to A.T. in a bench trial in Gregg County.2 On appeal, Anthony challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence to support the trial co... More...   $0 (02-18-2015 - TX)

IN THE INTEREST OF L.M.S. A/K/A L.S.

This is an accelerated appeal from the trial court’s judgment terminating the parental rights of appellant mother, K.A.F., to her son, L.M.S. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
Seven-month-old L.M.S. was removed from his mother’s care in April 2014 after doctors were not satisfied with her explanations about how L.M.S. incurred
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certain injuries. Mother had taken L.M.S. to a CVS care clini... More...
   $0 (12-04-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of S.R., S.R. and B.R.S., children

In these consolidated appeals, both D.R. (the Father) and D.S. (the Mother) appeal from the decree terminating their parental rights to three children, S.R. (Scott), S.R. (Sally), and B.R.S. (the Baby) (collectively, the Children).1 The Father raises three issues challenging the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the trial court’s termination findings and the failure to appoint counsel for h... More...   $0 (11-13-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of G.S., a child

Appellant G.B.C. (the Father) appeals from the decree terminating his parental rights to a daughter, G.S. (the Child). The Father brings four issues arguing that (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion for new trial; (2) the evidence is insufficient to support termination; (3) the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) failed to make reasonable efforts to reuni... More...   $0 (09-23-2014 - TX)

J. D. S. v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

This is an appeal from an order terminating the parent child relationship between JDS and LS predicated upon Texas Family Code subsections 161.001(1)(D), (E), (O), and a finding that termination is in the best interest of the child. The final order appoints the Department as the child’s sole managing conservator. In eight issues1, JDS challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence ... More...   $0 (09-24-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of A.J.L., A.R.L., A.A.R. and B.N.G., Children

The Department of Family and Protective Services (“the Department”) filed its petition to terminate the parental rights of the mother and the fathers of the four subject children. This is an appeal by the mother, Ernestina, and one of the fathers, Abel, from the trial court’s judgment terminating their parental rights. We affirm the judgment as to Abel. Because we conclude the evidence is le... More...   $0 (09-25-2014 - TX)

Quran Bryant, Stephen A. Barfield, and Grace Everett v. Dennis J. Cady, Ind. and as Trustee of the Dennis J. Cady Living Trust d/b/a Cady Enterprises

Certain executory contracts for conveyance of Texas real estate that is used or is to be used as the purchaser’s residence or the residence of certain relatives of the purchaser are statutorily regulated. See TEX. PROP. CODE ANN. §§ 5.061–.085 (West 2004 & Supp. 2014); see also Morton v. Nguyen, 412 S.W.3d 506, 507 (Tex. 2013). Sellers under covered contracts must, among other things, provid... More...   $0 (09-18-2014 - TX)

Patsy B. Anderton, et al v. City of Cedar Hill, Texas

In this summary judgment proceeding, the City of Cedar Hill (the “City”) filed suit
against appellees Pasty B. Anderton and Doyle Anderton, individually and d/b/a A-1 Grass Sand
and Stone (“the Andertons”) regarding the alleged nonconforming use status of property,
specifically Lot 5, owned by the Andertons. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor
of the City rega... More...
   $0 (08-22-2014 - TX)

Ameripath, Inc. and DFW 5.01(a) Corporation v. Steven Hebert M.D.

AmeriPath, Inc. (“AmeriPath”) and DFW 5.01(a) Corporation (“DFW”) appeal the trial court’s judgment, which finalized a series of summary judgments and separate legal rulings, and which awarded attorney’s fees to appellee Steven Hebert. In four issues, appellants contend the trial court erred by (1) denying their motion to confirm an arbitration award, (2) granting summary judgment on a... More...   $0 (08-11-2014 - TX)

Clinton Keith Dawson and Brandy Lake v. Will Matthew Lowrey

This suit regards a dispute between Pat Lowrey’s natural children and his former step-children (children of a woman from whom Pat was divorced several years before his August 31, 2012 death after a long bout with cancer)1 over the proceeds of a bank account.
Clinton Keith Dawson and Brandy Lake, Pat’s former step-children, brought suit against Will Lowrey (Pat’s son, who also was his att... More...
   $0 (07-29-2014 - TX)

Lavine Thomas v. Glen Ginter, Richard J. Griffin a/k/a R. Jason Griffin, Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, John Grady Griffin, Innova Mortgage LLC, Lavine Thomas Properties LLC, and Inova Financial LLC

Lavine Thomas appeals the trial court’s grant of summary judgment based
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on the doctrine of judicial estoppel in favor of appellees Glen Ginter, Richard J. Griffin a/k/a R. Jason Griffin, Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, John Grady Griffin, Innova Mortgage LLC, Lavine Thomas Properties LLC, and Innova Financial LLC. We affirm.
Background
In 2005 and 2006, Thomas entered into several real... More...
   $0 (07-29-2014 - TX)

Kimberley Louise Shano v. The State of Texas

A jury found appellant, Kimberly Shano, guilty of intoxication manslaughter,2 two separate offenses of accident involving personal injury or death,3 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.4 The jury assessed her punishment at confinement for twenty years for intoxication manslaughter, ten years for each offense of accident involving personal injury or death, and fifteen years for aggravated a... More...   $0 (07-31-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of A. S. v. Department of Family and Protective Services

This is an appeal from the termination of the parental rights of a mother, C.L.H., with respect to her daughter, A.S. See TEX. FAM. CODE ANN. § 161.001 (West Supp. 2012). On appeal, the mother argues that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s findings that she committed a
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predicate act required for termination and that termination was in her d... More...
   $0 (07-31-2014 - TX)

Rogelio Alaniz v. The State of Texas

Rogelio Alaniz was charged with three counts of aggravated assault. See Tex. Penal
Code § 22.02. On the day that the trial began, the State moved to alter the allegations in the indictment
by removing the word “serious” from all three counts. In response, Alaniz objected to the proposed
changes and, alternatively, requested additional time to respond. See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art... More...
   $0 (07-09-2014 - TX)

 
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