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United States of America v. Nicolas Alfonso Padron and Jose L. Martinez

DALLAS, TX — Physician and Others Sentenced in “Pill Mill” Case -Nicolas Padron Ran “Cash Only” Padron Wellness Clinic in Dallas “Patients” Often Recruited From Homeless Shelters

A physician who ran a “cash only clinic” in Dallas that operated not as a legitimate medical facility, but as a place to unlawfully obtain controlled substances, and several coconspirators who o... More...
   $0 (10-30-2014 - TX)

Irma Amalia Salazar Saenz and Irma G. Saenz v. Kaila Marie Coronado

Appellants, Irma Amalia Salazar-Saenz and Irma G. Saenz, sued appellee, Kaila
Marie Coronado, alleging negligence arising out of a motor vehicle accident in December
2011. After a trial, the jury awarded damages to Salazar-Saenz, and awarded nothing to
Saenz. By one issue, appellants challenge the trial court’s judgment alleging that it
erroneously limited cross-examination of Co... More...
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Trisha Wakat Shafer v. Jack Newton Shafer

Appellant Trisha Wakat Shafer appeals from the trial court’s September 7, 2012 order denying her petition to modify the parent-child relationship. In two points of error, Trisha argues that the trial court abused its discretion by denying her right to a jury trial and by refusing to grant her motion for continuance. We affirm.
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I. Factual Background
Trisha and Jack Shafer divorced i... More...
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Alejandro Hernandez and Edith Roman v. Enrique Gallardo

Edith Roman owned a home in El Paso, Texas, but the lender foreclosed on the property in 2005.1 Enrique Gallardo bought the property at a foreclosure sale. In the pleadings, Roman asserts that she had an agreement with Gallardo that she could continue to reside in the home as a tenant and she could buy back the home when her financial condition improved. Alejandro
1 The factual summary is deri... More...
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Kenneth Ray Turner v. The State of Texas

Kenneth Ray Turner appeals his convictions for possession of cocaine with the intent to
deliver in cause number 05-13-01486-CR and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in
cause number 05-13-1487-CR. A jury convicted Turner, and the trial court sentenced him to
thirty-five years’ imprisonment for the possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and ten years’
imprisonment... More...
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Christopher Walker v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Christopher Walker of second degree felony aggravated assault. Following punishment testimony, the trial court made affirmative deadly weapon and family violence findings and assessed a twenty-year sentence. Walker contends the trial court erred in making an “implied” deadly weapon finding. Concluding the finding was proper, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.
I. BACKG... More...
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Justin Michael Kriss v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Justin Michael Kriss of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI). See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 49.04 (West 2011). The trial court assessed punishment of ninety days’ confinement and a fine of $1,000, probated the term of confinement, and placed Kriss on community supervision for eighteen months. In three issues, Kriss argues (1) his right to confront the witnesses against him ... More...   $0 (10-30-2014 - TX)

The State of Texas for the Best Internet and Protection of E.M.

E.M. appeals from a judgment of commitment for temporary inpatient mental health
services. In two issues, appellant asserts that (1) the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction, and
(2) the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to establish any of the criteria necessary for
court-ordered mental commitment. We overrule appellant’s issues and affirm the trial court’s
ju... More...
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Laconte Troy Weldon v. The State of Texas

Appellant Laconte Troy Weldon was charged by information with Class A misdemeanor DWI as a second offender. A jury found Weldon guilty, the trial court assessed his punishment at one year of confinement in county jail, probated for eighteen months, and a $400.00 fine. Months later, after a hearing, the trial
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court granted the State’s motion to revoke and assessed Weldon’s punishment.... More...
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Methodist Health Centers d/b/a Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital v. Patty Crawford and Harry Smith, Individually and as heirs of Jeanette Smith

Patty Crawford and Harry Smith sued Methodist Health Centers for medical malpractice in connection with its care for Jeanette Smith, their mother. Methodist moved to dismiss the suit on the ground that Crawford and Smith’s medical expert
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report was inadequate. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. § 74.351(b) (West Supp. 2014). The trial court denied the motion. Methodist appeals, cont... More...
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The City of Houston v. Downstream Environmental, L.L.C.

The City of Houston appeals from an interlocutory order denying its request to vacate a previously entered agreed order, which the City contends is a temporary injunction. We agree that it is a temporary injunction. Because it does not comply
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with the requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure, it is void. Accordingly, we reverse.
Background
For more than four years, the partie... More...
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Melissa Ford Bierwirth v. AH4R I TX, LLC

Melissa Ford Bierwirth appeals the county court’s final judgment granting AH4R I TX, LLC, possession of a residential property in Katy, Texas, after a bench trial. We affirm.
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Background
In 2005, Bierwirth, then known as Melissa Ford, executed a promissory note and deed of trust granting Fieldstone Mortgage Company a security interest in a property located in Katy, Texas. The deed o... More...
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Doug Crownover and Karen Crownover v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company

Doug and Karen Crownover contracted with Arrow Development, Inc. (“Arrow”) to construct a house for them. Arrow performed defective work and then failed promptly to correct the work. The Crownovers spent a significant amount of money paying to correct the work themselves. An arbitrator found Arrow liable to the Crownovers for breaching its express warranty to repair non-conforming work and awa... More...   $0 (10-29-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Nilanjan Brahma

LUBBOCK, Texas — A 52-year-old League City, Texas, man appeared in federal court in Lubbock, Texas, this morning and pleaded guilty to a federal child obscenity offense, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Nilanjan Brahma pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of attempted transfer of obscene materials to a minor. ... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Barfield a/k/a Buddy Barfield

Austin, TX - Political consultant Kenneth Barfield (aka “Buddy Barfield”), age 58, pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $1.8 Million in campaign funds from Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Christopher Combs, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division, and IRS Criminal Investigation Acting... More...   $0 (10-21-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Conner Phillip Koss and Le’Ann Koss

Waco, TX - Conner Phillip Koss, age 26, and his mother, 60-year-old Le’Ann Koss, both of Hewitt, TX, were sentenced to 121 months and 70 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in a marijuana distribution scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

In addition to the prison terms, United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered that Conner and Le’... More...
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United States of America v. Maria Blake and Ronald Blake

El Paso, TX - 45-year-old Maria Blake (aka “Jessica”, “Yvonne”) and her 45–year-old husband, Ronald, face up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges involving foreign or interstate travel for prostitution announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis Ulrich and Federal Bureau of Investi... More...   $0 (10-22-2014 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Ninety Thousand Two Hundred Thirty Five Dollars and No Cents in United States Currency ($90,235.00) and 2000 Black Lincoln Navigator VIN: 5LMPU28A7YLJ10865

The State of Texas appeals a summary judgment granted in favor of Hermenegildo Bueno, in a civil forfeiture case. On May 27, 2011, we affirmed the judgment of the trial court. State v. Ninety Thousand Two Hundred Thirty-Five Dollars and No Cents in United States Currency ($90,235), 346 S.W.3d 737 (Tex.App.--El Paso 2011). The Texas Supreme Court agreed with our conclusion that the trial court had ... More...   $0 (10-22-2014 - TX)

MCT Energy, Ltd. v. Kevin Collins, Executor and Beneficiary of the Estate of Linda Lou Collins

We are asked to resolve a dispute regarding whether Kevin Collins, as the executor and beneficiary of the estate of Linda Lou Collins, (Collins) owns a 1.974% working interest in two particular oil and gas leases. Collins commenced an action against MCT Energy, Ltd. (MCT), seeking a declaratory judgment pronouncing that he owned such an interest. So too did he allege causes of action sounding in f... More...   $0 (10-21-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of A.A. and A.A., Children

Scott, who is no stranger to incarceration and whose admitted “demon” is alcohol, has admittedly regularly used illegal drugs and abused alcohol. Scott was in prison for felony driving while intoxicated (DWI) and domestic assault on Amy, the mother of his two young children, when the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) filed the petition to terminate Scott’s p... More...   $0 (10-23-2014 - TX)

Leonard K. Hoskins v. Colonel Clifton Hoskins and Hoskins, Inc.

Pursuant to an order of a bankruptcy court, Leonard K. Hoskins, Colonel Clifton Hoskins, and Hoskins, Inc. (the “Company”) were all parties to an arbitration proceeding. After a final arbitration award was entered with regard to Leonard’s claims against Clifton and the Company, Leonard filed a motion to vacate the arbitration award, while Clifton and the Company filed a motion to confirm the... More...   $0 (10-15-2014 - TX)

Rory Hammon v. MUY Brands, L.L.C. and Long John Silver's Inc.

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas - Rory Hammon sued MUY Brands, L.L.C. and Long John Silver's Inc. on an employment discrimination theory based on sex under 42 U.S.C. 2000.... More...   $0 (05-29-2013 - TX)

Albert Ralph Velasquez, Associated Transportation Services, LLC, and P5 Management Group v. Lisa Ramirez

Albert Ralph Velasquez, Associated Transportation Services, LLC, and P5 Management Group appeal the trial court’s judgment awarding Lisa Ramirez damages and attorney’s fees based on the jury’s verdict that Velazquez committed fraud.
BACKGROUND
In May 2008, the City of San Antonio issued a request for proposals “for the provision of prompt, reliable and efficient towing services for... More...
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Gini Lee Taylor v. The State of Texas

Gini Lee Taylor was charged with committing aggravated robbery with a deadly
weapon. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 29.02 (listing elements for robbery), .03 (containing elements for
aggravated robbery); see also id. § 1.07(a)(17) (defining term “[d]eadly weapon”). Although there
was no plea bargain in the case, Taylor entered a plea of guilty. Near the end of the plea hearing, the
... More...
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Derrick Arnold v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Derick Arnold2 of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and assessed his punishment—enhanced by two prior convictions—at life imprisonment. In two issues, appellant contends the trial court erroneously admitted (1) the complaining witness’s medical records and (2) autopsy photographs of a second victim of appellant. Because the issues in this appeal involve the a... More...   $0 (10-17-2014 - TX)

Classic Superoof, LLC v. Donna K. Bean

This is an appeal from a bench trial in which the trial court found in favor of appellee
Donna K. Bean on her contract and DTPA claims against appellant Classic Superoof LLC.
Classic raises seven issues on appeal: (1) the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to
support the trial court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law to support liability under Bean’s
contract... More...
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In the Interest of: T.N.A., et al., children

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services filed suit to terminate the
parental rights of appellant T.D.A. with respect to her seven children. During the litigation,
appellant signed a mediated settlement agreement in which she agreed to the termination of her
parental rights. After a hearing, the trial judge signed a decree terminating appellant’s parental
rights.More...
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United States of America v. Patricia (Sissy) Foley

Waco, TX - U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced the owner of A-Kind Bookkeeping and Tax (AKBT) located in Mexia, TX, and her daughter to federal prison for their roles in a fraudulent Income Tax Return preparation scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and IRS-Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge William Cotter.

AKBT owner Patricia (Sissy) F... More...
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United States of America v. Berry Jay Miller

El Paso, TX - U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced 34-year-old repeat sex offender Berry Jay Miller to 30 years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distribution of child pornography announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

On August 11, 2014, Miller pleaded guilty to a ch... More...
   $0 (10-16-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Cary J. Hudson

FORT WORTH, Texas — A former financial administrator at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), who admitted submitting a false document to the U.S., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Cary J. Hudson, 49, of Mansfield, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to three years p... More...
   $0 (10-10-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Gregory Bogomol

FORT WORTH, Texas — A former teacher at Denton High School appeared in federal court today and pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Gregory Bogomol, 38, of Fort Worth, appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging two counts of... More...
   $0 (10-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Luis Bedoy

DALLAS, TX — A detective who worked in the Dallas Police Department’s (DPD) Vice Unit, Jose Luis Bedoy, 40, of Dallas, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on all four counts of an indictment charging obstruction of official proceedings and obstruction of the due administration of justice, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Each of the th... More...
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United States of America v. Reymundo Alejandro Sanchez

LUBBOCK, TX — A 21-year-old Abilene, Texas, man appeared in federal court in Lubbock, Texas, this morning and pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography offense, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Reymundo Alejandro Sanchez pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of possession of child pornography. He faces a ma... More...
   $0 (10-17-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Antonio Canez a/k/a Rudolph Rudy Casillas

DALLAS, TX — A Dallas man who attempted to rob a bank in Carrollton, Texas, last summer, and who led police on a vehicular chase, wrecked that vehicle and then entered a store to avoid apprehension, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Michael Antonio Canez, aka Rudolph Rudy Casillas, 36, was ... More...
   $0 (10-17-2014 - TX)

Mission Petroleum Carriers, Inc. v. David Kelly

Mission Petroleum Carriers, Inc. appeals from the trial court’s denial of its motion to compel arbitration. In a single issue, Mission asserts that David Kelley ratified the arbitration agreement by accepting benefits under the plan, rendering any procedural unconscionability in the formation of the agreement moot. We agree, and we reverse and remand to the trial court for an order compelling th... More...   $0 (10-09-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of M.S.L. and L.S.L., children

Appellant S.M.L. (the Father) appeals the decree terminating his parental rights to two daughters (the Children). He raises a single issue challenging the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the finding that termination is in the Children’s best interest. We affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
On November 12, 2012, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (the Department) filed suit f... More...
   $0 (10-14-2014 - TX)

The City of Sugar Land v. Leon Kaplan

Leon Kaplan sued his former employer, the City of Sugar Land, complaining of unlawful discrimination under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (the “Act” or “TCHRA”). Kaplan asserted a single claim of age discrimination in his original petition, but after the close of discovery, he amended his pleadings and added a claim of disability discrimination. The City filed a plea to the juris... More...   $0 (10-16-2014 - TX)

Robert P. Leslie v. Jeffrey R. Hill and Anthony T. Hill

Appellant Robert P. Leslie appeals from the trial court’s order confirming the arbitration award against appellees Jeffrey R. Hill and Anthony T. Hill, but refusing to sign a final judgment based on the confirmed award. Because the arbitration statutes do not contemplate a trial court confirming an arbitration award without also signing a final judgment based on that award, we reverse the trial ... More...   $0 (10-16-2014 - TX)

Ruben Danyon McCloud v. State of Florida

Appellant Ruben McCloud challenges his conviction and sentence on two
counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of shooting or throwing a
deadly missile. We find merit to one of his claims and reverse for a new trial.
We agree with Appellant that after the motion to disqualify the trial judge
was granted (see Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.330), the successor judge who did not<... More...
   $0 (10-09-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Charles Hattenbach and Katheryn Hubbert

Waco, TX - Charles Hattenbach, 39-years-old, and 29–year-old Kathryn Hubbert were sentenced to 81 months and 48 month in federal prison, respectively, for a postal theft scheme involving more than 50,000 pieces of mail and over $500,000 in other U.S. Government property from U.S. Post Offices in approximately 80 cities and towns across Texas announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and U.S. Postal... More...   $0 (10-08-2014 - TX)

 
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