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State v. Armagost

A-14-0058, State of Nebraska v. Jacob D. Armagost (Appellant)

Merrick County, District Court Judge Michael Owens

Attorney for Appellant:  Mitchell C. Stehlik (Lauritsen, Brownell, Brostrom, & Stehlik, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Lauro Nigro (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Following a jury trial, Armagost was convicted of operating a motor vehicle in a willful reckless manner to avoid arrest

Koch v. Koch

A-13-717, Koch (Appellant) v. Koch  (Appellee/Cross-Appellant)

Knox County, District Court Judge James G. Kube

Attorney for Appellant: Michelle M. Schlecht (Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee: Ronald E. Temple (Fitzgerald, Vetter & Temple)  

Civil Action:  Dissolution of Marriage

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.

In re Interest of Nathaniel M.

S-13-1066) In re Interest of Nathaniel M.

(Consolidated appeals)

Madison County Court, Judge Ross Stoffer

Attorneys: Neleigh N. Boyer (Special Assistant Attorney General for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services) (Appellant) --- Gail Collins (Deputy Madison County Attorney) --- Brad Ewalt (counsel for juvenile)

Civil: Change in disposition for adjudicated youth

State v. Fernando-Granados

S-13-0899, State v. Luis Fernando-Granados (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Duane C. Dougherty

Attorneys: James J. Regan (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The district court denied Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

In re Guardianship/Conservatorship of Eley

S-14-0030, In Re Guardianship of Benjamin Eley

Lancaster County Court, Judge Thomas W. Fox

Attorneys: Chris Blomenberg (McHenry, Haszard, Roth, Hupp, Burkholder & Blomenberg, P.C., L.L.O.) --- Steffanie Garner Kotik (Kotik & McClure Law)(Appellant)

Civil: Guardianship

Proceedings below: The trial court appointed a guardian for Benjamin.

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.

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