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Lawsuit Filed Against Jody Kriss, Former Bayrock Executive & Founder of East River Partners
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23, Sep 2014 - Man bound over for trial in girlfriend's death
A southwest Idaho judge has ruled there's enough evidence against a man charged with killing his girlfriend and burying her in a cornfield that he be bound over for trial.
23, Sep 2014 - Oregon sues Oracle over failed website
Oregon filed its long-anticipated lawsuit against Oracle America and the company's top executives, blaming them for the state's non-functioning health insurance exchange and saying they lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity."
23, Sep 2014 - Contractor pleads in NW Pa. well-plugging case
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A contractor has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge that he lied to the government in saying that he had plugged abandoned northwestern Pennsylvania oil wells in accordance with environmental regulations.
23, Sep 2014 - Judge rejects Minnesota's plan for disability reforms
A federal judge has rejected a state plan designed to reduce the segregation of people with disabilities, saying the plan was too vague and lacked measurable goals.
23, Sep 2014 - Renisha McBride shooter gets 17 years in case that tested self-defense claim
Theodore Wafer, who shot Renisha McBride through his screen door, was sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison. At trial, he said he feared a break-in and 'didn't want to be a victim.'
23, Sep 2014 - Voter citizenship issue goes before federal court
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms.
23, Sep 2014 - Ex-judge convicted of vote fraud disbarred
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former eastern Kentucky judge who pleaded guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud has been permanently disbarred.
23, Sep 2014 - Engweiler to be paroled in October
State parole board sets release date for former Lake Oswego man convicted of murdering classmate in 1990 Former Lake Oswego resident and convicted murderer Conrad Engweiler will be granted parole Oct. 16, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision announced today. Engweiler, 40, was convicted in 1991 of raping ...
23, Sep 2014 - Volokh Conspiracy: Texas’ highest criminal court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute
Ban on photographing people in public, without their consent and "with intent to arouse or gratify ... sexual desire," violates the First Amendment.
23, Sep 2014 - Members of Congress Call for Federal Judge Accused of Assaulting His Wife to Step Down
Alabama federal judge Mark E. Fuller has been asked to step down by both of his state's senators following domestic violences charges filed against him by his wife. The pressure on Fuller comes as several people, including 16 female senators, have called for changes in the way the National Football League handles its series of domestic violence issues, and multiple players are facing allegations ...
23, Sep 2014 - Lawyer: DNA evidence links inmate to 1976 killing
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.
23, Sep 2014 - SD substance abusers can now avoid prison
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Because of a change in law through the Criminal Justice Initiative, some offenders who abuse controlled substances are avoiding hard prison time.
23, Sep 2014 - AG's Office: Lafayette Man Arrested for Child Pornography
A joint law enforcement effort has led to the arrest of a Lafayette man on 20 counts of child pornography, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. Wednesday evening, investigators arrested 38-year-old Daniel E. Reed, of Larchwood Dr., on 20 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles. The arrest resulted from a joint investigation involving the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit ...
23, Sep 2014 - Vaginal Mesh Trial News: Texas Jury Awards $73 Million In Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit to Victim of Bo
Loss Was Boston Scientific’s First in a Vaginal Mesh Trial, and The Largest Verdict to Date in the Nationwide Transvaginal Mesh Litigation (PRWeb September 22, 2014) Read the full story at
23, Sep 2014 - Teen pleads guilty in southern-Indiana slaying
A southern Indiana teenager has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a man in his rural home.
23, Sep 2014 - Report: Oregon faces one of the worst juvenile crime problems in the nation
Should teen offenders be let out on field trips? The Washington County teen accused of raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium last weekend was participating in a program that stresses alternatives to putting juvenile offenders under lock and key. But the On Your Side Investigators uncovered reports that show such alternatives have been called into question.
23, Sep 2014 - Brown pursues mental disability argument
JACKSON -- Mississippi inmate Sherwood Brown is seeking to have his death sentence overturned because he is mentally disabled. A DeSoto County judged ruled against Brown in 2013. Brown appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 6 in Jackson.
23, Sep 2014 - 25 possible sites identified for Utah’s new prison
Lawmakers and criminal justice leaders have narrowed down where they’d like to see Utah’s new prison — to a list of 25 possible sites scattered throughout six counties. Although these potential sites were not discussed in detail at Wednesday’s meeting of the Prison Relocation Commission, a list of criteria was finalized, and the commission’s priorities made clear, putting Utah well on track to ...
23, Sep 2014 - Spain holds sick boy's parents
The British couple arrested in Spain after pulling their cancer-stricken son out of a Southampton Hospital told a judge they will not return to the UK voluntarily, according to a Madrid court where they appeared on Monday.
23, Sep 2014 - Morning briefing: Scott Walker names campaign attorney's brother to judgeship
Stories that are making the news today in Madison and around the state and country. 
23, Sep 2014 - Maine man sentenced to jail for fudging records to overharvest scallops in Atlantic Ocean
The owner of a Maine seafood company who admitted conspiring to conceal the harvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of scallops off the coasts of New Jersey and Massachusetts has been sentenced to jail.
23, Sep 2014 - Lisa Coleman executed by lethal injection after final appeal rejected
Coleman, 38, was put to death in Texas for her role in the starvation death and torture of her partner's nine-year-old son Lisa Coleman became the fifteenth American woman to be executed since 1976 when she was given a lethal injection in Texas on Wednesday evening for her role in the starvation death and torture of her partner's nine-year-old son. The US supreme court rejected Coleman's final ...
23, Sep 2014 - Outrage! People can't believe an ex-con is arrested for an alleged rape less than 24 hours afte
Outrage and questions still remain over a rape investigation. The suspect was released from prison just one day before police say he raped a teen in broad daylight...
23, Sep 2014 - Task force to battle heroin problem in Montgomery County
Heroin is becoming a widespread problem in Pennsylvania. First Berks County started taking steps to fight the epidemic. Now Montgomery County is trying to do the same. George Rivera says he knows first hand the toll drugs can take on a family. He tells us his mother was addicted to crack cocaine and his brother struggled with addiction and was in and out of prison. "When you see it out here, it ...
23, Sep 2014 - HIV infected Albany man pleads guilty to having sex with child
Donnie Jackson Jr. was given an 18 year total sentence, at least the first years to be served in prison.
23, Sep 2014 - Wisconsin Prosecutors Push to Revive Walker Campaign Case
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is locked in a re-election battle with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, a former executive with Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.
23, Sep 2014 - Kansas Supreme Court Agrees to Take Democratic Senate Candidate off Ballot
The Kansas Supreme Court decided Thursday to take Chad Taylor — the Democratic nominee for Senate — off of this fall's ballot.
23, Sep 2014 - Renisha McBride shooter gets 17 years in case that tested self-defense claim (+video)
Theodore Wafer, who shot Renisha McBride through his screen door, was sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison. At trial, he said he feared a break-in and 'didn't want to be a victim.'
23, Sep 2014 - Scott signs death warrant for Florida double murderer Chadwick Banks
Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant Monday for Chadwick Banks, who fatally shot his wife Cassandra and then raped and shot to death his 10-year-old stepdaughter in Gadsden County near Tallahassee in 1992. Banks pleaded no contest to both killings and a jury recommended a death sentence by a vote of 9 to 3.
23, Sep 2014 - UPDATE: Cayuga Nation leadership standoff continues as Unity Council group splits off
As police presence was required for a second straight day at Cayuga Indian Nation of New York property in Union Springs, representatives of two factions within the tribe have issued calls for a resolution to the leadership dispute.
23, Sep 2014 - Stabbing suspect: Knifing people is 'better than doing meth'
A Seattle man is facing robbery and assault charges following a South Lake Union crime spree that saw two people stabbed.
23, Sep 2014 - NC half brothers freed after 3 decades in prison - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmate and his younger half brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man.
23, Sep 2014 - Trial over Alamogordo back surgeries continues
ALBUQUERQUE — A trial for a federal judge to consider dozens of former patients’ claims that they were the victims of botched back surgeries at a New Mexico hospital is nearing a conclusion.
23, Sep 2014 - Nevada, Idaho Marriage Cases May Be Appeals Court Deja Vu
Thirty-nine rulings in 30 federal and state courts have upheld the right of gays to marry or have their marriages recognized in lawsuits triggered by last year’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating a law limiting federal recognition to marriages of one man and one woman, according to the gay rights group Lambda Legal.
23, Sep 2014 - Man gets 15-30 years in porch shooting
A Michigan man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 to 30 years in prison for shooting an unarmed woman on his front porch.
23, Sep 2014 - Ex-police chief gets 10 years in kidnap-kill case - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
NEW YORK (AP) - The former police chief at a Massachusetts Veterans Administration medical center has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a kidnap-murder case that resulted from the prosecution of a cannibalism case against a New York City police officer.
23, Sep 2014 - Swat the swatters
Our Views Swat the swatters The recent case of a fake call to 911 to report a shooting in Northwest Ottawa County brings to light the problem of perhaps too soft of a penalty for the crime. Aug 27, 2014 Emergency personnel rushed to a home in Robinson Township on the evening of Aug. 13, only to find there was no incident. It was all a hoax perpetrated by someone from out of the area apparently ...
23, Sep 2014 - Alcatel-Lucent, Occupy Wall Street: Intellectual Property
A federal court in Delaware held Sept. 12 that “Chalumeau filed a frivolous lawsuit with the sole purpose of extorting a settlement fee.” The court said “Chalumeau’s entire litigation strategy was devoted to stringing out the case in the hopes that Alcatel would incur fees while Chalumeau would not.
23, Sep 2014 - American sentenced to 4-month jail term for role in G20 vandalism
Putting his budding career as an architect on hold, Ohio-native Quinn McCormic, 27, flew to Toronto from Germany this week to enter a guilty plea for his role in the 2010 G20 riots . McCormic is the last person to face trial for damages caused when dozens of black bloc vandals rampaged through the streets of Toronto during the June 26 to 27 international summit, smashing windows, looting stores ...
23, Sep 2014 - Court allows withdrawal of guilty plea to murder
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is allowing a man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to withdraw his plea.
23, Sep 2014 - Steven P. Schreiner
Three candidates are competing for Los Angeles Superior Court Office No. 87. None of them, in our view, is suited to the office he seeks. Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney Tom Griego is least qualified, as we see it. Four years have elapsed since he last ran for a seat on the Superior Court.
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