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State v. Watts

A-13-1105, State of Nebraska v. Elijah Watts (Appellant)
A-13-1136, State of Nebraska v. Elijah Watts (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Paul D. Merritt, Jr. (A-13-1105)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Jodi L. Nelson (A-13-1136)

Attorney for Appellant:  Chad J. Wythers (Berry law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Driving under the influence

State v. Herrera

S-13-0659, State v. Carlos R. Herrera (Appellant)

Scottsbluff County District Court, Judge Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- David S. MacDonald (Appellant)

Criminal: Child abuse, serious injury, Class II felony

Proceedings below: Following a jury trial, Appellant was convicted.

Thompson v. Heineman (15)

S-14-0158, Randy Thompson, SusanStraka, f/n/a Susan Luebbe, Susan Dunavan v. Dave Heineman

Governor of Nebraska, Patrick W. Rice, Acting Director, Department of Environmental Quality, Don Stenberg, State Treasurer of Nebraska (Appellants)

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie Stacy

Berger v. Madsen

S-13-0985,  Susan M. Berger, assignee (Appellant) v. Mark Madsen and Designer Woods, Inc. (Appellees) and Ronald J. Palagi (Third-party defendant and appellee)

District Court for Douglas County, Judge J. Michael Coffey

Attorneys:  Shawn Flint, Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, LLO (Appellant) — Anne Marie O’Brien and David A. Voorman, both of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP (Appellees) — Ronald J. Palagi of The Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, LLO (Third-party defendant and appellee)

Civil: replevin

Navarrette v. Navarrette

S-13-0977, Michelle Navarrette (Appellant) v. William Navarrette

Douglas County, Judge Marlon A. Polk

Attorneys: Lawrence G. Whelan (for Appellant); James A. Adams (for Appellee/cross-appellant)

Civil: Divorce

Proceedings Below: The district court vacated a decree of dissolution under its equity jurisdiction due to a conflict as to whether the husband, William Navarrette, received notice of final hearing.

Issues: Did the district court err in vacating the decree of dissolution?

State v. Herrera

S-13-0660, State v. Jennifer Herrera (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff District Court, Judge Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- Jeremy C. Jorgenson (Appellant)

Criminal: Child abuse

Proceedings below: Following a jury trial, Appellant was convicted.

Issues: The district court erred in 1) admitting testimony about psychological dwarfism because the State failed to establish reliable and relevant evidence under Daubert, and 2) failing to receive the capstone interviews of the Herrera children at trial.

State v. Kays (PFR)

S-11-0504, State v. Charles E. Kays (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- Frank E. Robak, Sr. (Appellant)

Criminal: Sexual assault of a child, 1st degree (one count); Sexual assault of a child, 3rd degree (2 counts)

State v. Castillo-Zamora

S-14-0020, State v. Jesus Castillo-Zamara (Appellant)

Hall County District Court, Judge James D. Livingston

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- Gerard A. Piccolo (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant)

Criminal: First degree sexual assault, a Class II felony

Proceedings below: Appellant was convicted following a jury trial. 

State v. Matthews (PFR)

S-12-1052, State v. William W. Matthews (Appellant)

Hall County, Judge William T. Wright

Attorneys: Gerard A. Piccolo (Public Defender) --- Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Attempted murder; terroristic threats; use of a weapon

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