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The People of the State of California v. Juan Manuel Tello

Modesto, CA - Defendant Found Not Guilty at End of Second Trial for Murder

The States of California charged Juan Manuel Tello with first-degree murder for killing Robert Ruvalcaba, age 38, who was found dead in an alley in west Modesto in 2011. The State claimed that Tello killed Ruvalcaba for asking to be paid an outstanding debt for drugs.

California Penal Code Title 8
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Latroy Maxwell v. State of Indiana

In April of 2015, N.G. lived in Lafayette with her four children. She had
obtained a no-contact order against Maxwell, who was the father of one of the
children. On April 23, 2015, at around 10:00 p.m., N.G. answered a knock at her door to
find Maxwell standing there holding a case of beer. He handed N.G. the beer
and stated that he would be back, then took off down the stre... More...
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State of Wisconsin v. Rose M. Kuehni

Ellsworth, WI - Defendant Found Guilty of Hiding Boyfriend's Corpse

The State of Wisconsin charged Rose M. Kuehni, age 45, with first-degree intentional homicide in violation of 940.01(1)(a) and hiding a corpse in violation of 940.11(2) for shooting and killing her boyfriend, Douglas Bailey, age 51, on November 22, 2015.

Defendant claimed self-defense as justified for shooting a... More...
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Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana

Consistent with our well-settled standard of appellate review, we recite the
relevant facts most favorable to the jury’s verdicts. Patel was born in the United
States to immigrants from India in September 1980. She lived in a home in
Granger with her parents and paternal grandparents, and she managed Moe’s, a
restaurant in Mishawaka owned by her father. In approximately Augu... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Lindsey Brooke Lowe

The defendant was interviewed by police and ultimately gave a statement in which she admitted placing her hand over each baby‟s mouth in order to stifle the child‟s cry. Prior to trial, the defendant moved to suppress her statement.
On November 5, 2012, the trial court held a hearing during which the State presented the testimony of Detective Steve Malach, who had obtained the... More...
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al. v. Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health, et al.

Indianapolis, IN - Federal Judge Enters Temporary Injunction In Favor of Plaintiffs In Anti-Abortion Legislation Challenge

Plaintiff Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al. sued the Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health seeking a declaratory judge invalidating an Indiana anti-abortion law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor claiming that the law was un... More...
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Quinn Cruz, Jr. v. The State of Texas

This appeal arises out of an incident in which Appellant murdered his girlfriend, Tonya
West, and her unborn fetus, on the morning of November 18, 2005, outside of their apartment
complex. A grand jury originally indicted Appellant for the capital murder of West and her
unborn fetus by shooting West with a firearm. On September 27, 2007, a jury found Appellant
guilty of capit... More...
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On March 17, 2005, the State filed an amended information charging Moss with two counts of second degree murder, and two counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, arising out of acts occurring on approximately December 4, 2003, against victim Michelle Harlan and her unborn child. A bench trial commenced on May 31, 2005. The evidence established that on December 6, 2003, officers with t... More...   $0 (05-19-2016 - NE)

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)

State of Missouri vs. Phillip S. Douglass and Jennifer M. Gaulter

The material facts are not disputed. Following a search pursuant to a warrant for
Douglass and Gaulter’s home in Jackson County, Missouri, Respondents were charged with one
count of second-degree burglary under § 569.170,2 and one count of stealing of property valued
between $500 and $25,000, under § 570.030.3(1). Douglass’s and Gaulter’s charges stem from
allegations that t... More...
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Edward Jermaine Babbs v. State of Florida

This case involves the murder of a young pregnant woman and her fetus, which was viable at the time of her death. Appellant was the biological father of the unborn child. The victim was discovered in a car parked in a parking lot. She had been shot once in the head and once in the abdomen. Appellant is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Appellant argues that ... More...   $0 (03-24-2016 - FL)

Kerrie Evans v. Peggy Scanson, Dr. William Peters, Plark Clinic and Bozeman OB/Gyn

Bozeman, MT - Jury Finds Against Plaintiff Wrongful Birth Case

Kerrie Evans sued Peggy Scanson, Dr. William Peters, Plark Clinic and Bozeman OB/Gyn on medical negligence (medical malpractice) theories claiming that she gave birth to a child who suffers from cystic fibrosis because the Defendants failed to diagnose that her daughter, now five years old, suffered from the genetic illness. ... More...
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State of Montana v. Sandra Lee Ann Cantrell

Dillon, MT - Transient woman found guilty of stabbing man during encounter in campground

The State of Montana charged Sandra Lee Ann Cantrell, age 51, with deliberate homicide, felony assault wiht a weapon, felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and misdemeanor theft for stabbing Mark Robert Mullen to death on August 8, 2014, at the Bryant Creek Campground near Wise Riv... More...
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Jason Curtis Johnson v. State of Tennessee

The Petitioner was charged with two counts of first degree premeditated murder for the death of Christy Waller and her unborn child.1 At trial, the State presented proof that Mrs. Waller was shot twice in the head from a distance of six inches to two feet. The proof also showed that, at the time of the shooting, Mrs. Waller was either squatting or kneeling on the floor and had her arm held in fr... More...   $0 (01-01-2016 - TN)

The People v. Edwards

In 2005, 17-year-old defendant Michael Edwards and a group of friends from East Palo Alto drove to a high school house party in San José. Following an argument between the partygoers and defendant’s friends, members of defendant’s group fired multiple gunshots at a crowd gathered on the lawn in front of the house. A bullet struck 18-year-old Michael DeJesús in the head, fatally wounding him. Th... More...   $0 (10-18-2015 - CA)

The People v. Michael Edwards

Following an argument between the party-goers and defendant’s friends, members of defendant’s group fired multiple gunshots at a crowd gathered on the lawn in front of the house.

In 2005, 17-year-old defendant Michael Edwards and a group of friends from East Palo Alto drove to a high school house party in San José. Following an argument between the partygoers and defendant’s friends, mem... More...
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Wenona White v. Timothy Bukowski

The plaintiff in this suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 accuses members of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office of deliberate indifference to her need for proper prenatal care and prompt transport to a hospital for delivery of her baby while she was in their temporary custody at an Illinois county jail on suspicion of conspiring to commit bank fraud (a federal offense). The district judge
2 No. 14-... More...
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In September 2008, Tavia Sills was nearly five months pregnant. A few
weeks earlier, she had informed 18-year-old Lamondre Tucker that she believed he
was the father of her unborn child. On September 9, 2008, Tucker picked Tavia up
at the home of her mother, Vickie Britton. Tucker claimed that his sister, Alexis
Metcalf, had asked to meet Tavia after learning of the pregnancy.... More...
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A jury found Defendant guilty of attempted fetal homicide. During the
trial, the jury heard from Lisa Komes. Komes testified that she learned that she
was pregnant with Defendant’s child in February of 2010. She told Defendant
about her pregnancy, and he indicated that he wanted her to obtain an abortion.
Komes did not want to be pregnant at that time, but she did not want ... More...
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Keith Cressman v. Michael C. Thompson

In this case, we must decide whether Oklahoma’s depiction of a Native American
shooting an arrow towards the sky on its standard vehicle license plates compels
Appellant Keith Cressman to speak in violation of his First Amendment rights.
In a prior appeal, we determined that Mr. Cressman had alleged sufficient injury to
confer standing and that he had stated a plausible compelled-s... More...
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MKB Management Corp. v. Wayne Stenehjem

This case presents the question whether, given the current state of medical
science, a state generally may prohibit physicians from aborting unborn children who
possess detectable heartbeats. The district court 1 held that it may not. Because
United States Supreme Court precedent does not permit us to reach a contrary result,
we affirm.
North Dakota has, for a number of ... More...
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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. v. Iowa Board of Medicine

In 2013, the Iowa Board of Medicine passed a rule establishing
standards of practice for physicians who prescribe or administer
abortion-inducing drugs. These standards require the physician to
personally perform a physical examination and to be physically present
when the abortion-inducing drug is provided. It is not disputed the rule
would have the effect of prohibiting telem... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Stacy Leigh Belt

Grove, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Stacy Leigh Belt with child neglect and perjury claiming that the Defendant lived in a feces and trash filled mobile home and lied to the Court during a hearing about not being pregnant. Specifically, the State claimed that the Defendant told the court that she was not pregnant, that she had a miscarriage and buried the fetus in her yard. Later the same... More...   $0 (05-19-2015 - OK)

Estate of Amine Britel, decased

Amine Britel died intestate in 2011. Appellant Jackie Stennett, the mother of A.S., a child born out of wedlock, petitioned to administer Amine’s estate and for A.S. to be declared Amine’s heir under Probate Code section 6453, subdivision (b)(2)
(section 6453(b)(2)).1 Under section 6453(b)(2), a nonmarital child may establish that he or she is the natural child of an intestate decedent by ... More...
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The People v. Beatrice Brothers

A jury convicted Beatrice Brothers of voluntary manslaughter, a lesser included offense of murder, and found true the special allegation she had personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon. On appeal Brothers contends the court erred in failing to instruct the jury sua sponte on involuntary manslaughter. She also contends there is insufficient evidence to support the jury’s verdict. We affirm.... More...   $0 (04-21-2015 - CA)

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