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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...
   $0 (10-15-2014 - TX)

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...
   $0 (10-14-2014 - TX)

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...
   $0 (10-14-2014 - TX)

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...
   $0 (10-17-2014 - TX)

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...
   $0 (10-15-2014 - TX)

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...
   $0 (10-16-2014 - TX)

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)

United States of America v. German Garcia Cano

In Del Rio, 54-year-old German Garcia Cano faces up to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty this afternoon to a bribery charge in connection with a bribery, kickback and bid-rigging scheme in Maverick County announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Collis White this aftern... More...
   $0 (10-09-2014 - TX)

King Ranch, Inc. v. Roel Garza, Cynthia Garza, JS Trophy Ranch, LLC and Los Cuentos, LLC

This appeal arises from a dispute over a boundary line established in an 1891 Deed of Exchange between Henrietta M. King, predecessor-in-interest to appellant King Ranch, Inc., and Luciano Garcia, et al., predecessors-in-interest to appellees Raul Garza, Cynthia Garza, JS Trophy Ranch, LLC, and Los Cuentos, LLC (“the Garzas”). King Ranch contends that the boundary line is a straight line north... More...   $0 (10-08-2014 - TX)

Cheniere Energy, Inc., Charif Souki, individually, and Greg Rayford, individually v. Azin Lotfi

Azin Lotfi sued her employer, Cheniere Energy, Inc., claiming her employment was wrongfully terminated. She also sued two of her co-workers, Charif Souki and Greg Rayford, for tortious interference with her employment at Cheniere.
In this accelerated appeal, Souki and Rayford challenge the trial court’s denial of their motion to dismiss the claims against them under Chapter 27 of the Civil P... More...
   $0 (10-07-2014 - TX)

Jae Kim, Fannin Food Mart, Inc., and the Real Property Known as 2111 Fannin Street v. The State of Texas

The State of Texas brought an action against Jae Kim, Fannin Food Mart, Inc., and The Real Property Known as 2111 Fannin Street (collectively, “the Fannin Parties”), asserting a common nuisance claim. The State obtained a permanent injunction against the Fannin Parties aimed at reducing crime occurring
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on and around the property. In six issues, the Fannin Parties assert (1) the evide... More...
   $0 (10-09-2014 - tx)

In the Estate of Henrietta Cannon Stone, Deceased

The Probate Code, now the Estates Code, provides a detailed procedure for the sale of an estate’s property by a dependent administrator or executor. That was done in this case. The administratrix of Henrietta Stone’s estate found one buyer for a portion of the Estate’s property, and after a delay, found another buyer for the same property. The delay worked to the benefit of the Estate. A hea... More...   $0 (10-02-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of R.D.S.

A.N.A. appeals from an order terminating her parental rights to her minor
child, R.D.S. III. The trial court found, by clear and convincing evidence, that
statutory grounds existed for the termination of A.N.A.’s parental rights and that
termination of A.N.A.’s parental rights would be in the best interest of the child.
See Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 161.001(1)(K), (2) (West 2014).... More...
   $0 (10-02-2014 - TX)

In Re Commitment of James Verne Naden

James Verne Naden appeals from a jury verdict that resulted in his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014) (SVP statute). In issue one, Naden complains of errors that he alleges occurred during voir dire. In issue two, Naden argues that the trial court erred by denying his request to allow counsel to be present ... More...   $0 (10-02-2014 - TX)

Alexander C. Etheridge v. The State of Texas

Alexander Etheridge appeals his conviction of evading arrest or detention. He waived his right to trial by jury and entered a negotiated plea of guilty while reserving the right to appeal the trial court’s denial of a motion to quash the charging instrument. In accordance with the plea agreement, the trial court deferred making an adjudication of guilt and placed Appellant on community supervisi... More...   $0 (10-01-2014 - TX)

David Eron Bouknight v. Cynthia Dianne Bouknight

David Eron Bouknight appeals from a final judgment approving the final accounting of the proceeds from the sale of a pickup truck. The pickup was the sole property awarded David in the final decree of divorce entered in this case. David’s points of error are overruled, and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
I. Background
David had been married to Cynthia Dianne Bouknight for ov... More...
   $0 (10-02-2014 - TX)

In Re: Joshua Hughes

In August 2014, the Department of Family and Protective Services filed in Bowie
County, Texas, its petition for protection of a child, for conservatorship, and for termination in a
suit affecting the parent-child relationship. On the same day, the trial court entered an order for
protection of the child naming the Department as the child’s temporary managing conservator
and issue... More...
   $0 (10-03-2014 - TX)

In Re: Craig Watkins

Craig Watkins, the elected District Attorney of Dallas County, filed a petition for a writ of mandamus1 in these pending capital murder cases arguing that the trial court improperly ordered a pretrial determination of whether the defendant is intellectually disabled.2 Because we
1 Relator first attempted to file its petition for writ of mandamus in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. That cou... More...
   $0 (10-03-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Francisco Moreno-Torres

Francisco Moreno-Torres pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was sentenced to a prison term of 76 months. The attorney appointed to represent Moreno-Torres moved on appeal for leave to withdraw and filed a brief and a supplemental brief in accordance with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967). Before reaching the merits of counsel’s motion, we will consider... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - TX)

April Scarlott v. Nissan North America, Inc.

Plaintiff-Appellant April Scarlott and Appellants Weisberg & Meyers, L.L.C. and Noah Radbil appeal the district court’s denial of Scarlott’s motion to remand, grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants-Appellees Nissan North American, Incorporated (“Nissan”) and Hurricane Auto Care & Accessories, Incorporated (“Hurricane”),1 as well as the district court’s final
judgment an... More...
   $0 (09-30-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Alvin Roundtree

San Antonio, TX - Alvin Roundtree, 52-year-old, was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in federal prison for plotting to kill his intimate partner announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher H. Combs, San Antonio Division, and United States Marshal Robert Almonte.

Chief United States District Judge Fred Biery also ordered that Roundtree be placed... More...
   $0 (09-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Thomas Gregory Harris

El Paso, TX - A federal jury convicted 55–year-old Thomas Gregory Harris of Friendswood, TX, former Sr. Vice President for Luster National Inc., of 16 counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist of the FBI’s El Paso Division.

SBA admin... More...
   $0 (09-17-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Erma Jean Laster Boone

Waco, TX - Former McLennan County Justice of the Peace Erma Jean Laster Boone pleaded guilty to theft of Government property in connection with a scheme to steal Social Security Income benefits announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

According to court records, Robert Martin Davis died on May 27, 2010, and the defendant was the reporting party on Davis’ death certificate. From ... More...
   $0 (09-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Rodrigo Gonzalez-Alvarez

BROWNSVILLE, TX - Rodrigo Gonzalez-Alvarez, 22, has been ordered to prison for conspiracy to harbor, harboring of aliens and of Illegal re-entry after deportation, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Gonzalez-Alvarez, an undocumented alien from of Mexico City, was convicted by a jury on June 23, 2014, following a three-day trial. Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who presided over ... More...   $0 (09-24-2014 - TX)

 
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