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State v. House

S-12-1219 and S-12-1220, (Consolidated) State v. Douglas House (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Karen Flowers

Attorneys: Todd Molvar (Public Defender’s Office) --- George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Leaving the scene of a property damage accident; careless driving

State v. Valverde

S-12-0444, State v. Paul A. Valverde (Appellant)

Sarpy County, Judge Max Kelch

Attorneys: Patrick Boylan (Public Defender) (Appellant) --- James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

State v. Abdulkadir (20)

S-12-0893, State v. Mohamed Said Abdulkadir (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Steven Burns

Attorneys: James R. Mowbray, Kelly S. Breen (Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy) (Appellant) --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: 2nd degree murder; use of a weapon to commit a felony

Proceedings below: Appellant was found guilty by jury verdict of the two crimes. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for 2nd degree murder and a consecutive term of 15 to 25 years in prison for use of a weapon.

State v. Edwards

S-12-0777, State (Cross-Appellant) v. John Blake Edwards (Appellant)

Keith County, Judge James E. Doyle, IV

Attorneys: Clarence Mock, Denise Frost (Appellant) --- James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Theft, value greater than $1500

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant not guilty of Counts I and II of theft, greater than $1500 but found him guilty on Count III. He was sentenced to a term of probation.

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Heckman v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company

S-12-0335, Eddie Heckman v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company (Appellant)

Box Butte County, Judge Travis O’Gorman

Attorneys: Nichole S. Bogen, Thomas C. Sattler (Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl LLP) (Appellant) --- Andrew W. Snyder (Chaloupka Holyoke Snyder Chaloupka Longoria & Kishiyama PCLLO)---Deborah R. Gilg (U.S. Attorney), Kathryn Keneally (Assistant Attorney General), Robert L. Homan(Assistant U.S. Attorney) (for United States, Department of Justice as Amicus Curiae)

State v. Floyd

A-12-0056, State v. William C. Floyd, Jr. (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Thomas A. Otepka

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

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

Issues: The trial court erred in (1) dismissing Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief; (2) denying an evidentiary hearing; (3) not appointing counsel to represent Appellant.


Vlach v. Vlach

S-12-866, Ronald G. Vlach (Appellant) v. Rhonda K. Vlach (Appellee)

Dodge County --Judge Geoffrey C. Hall

Attorneys:  Donald D. Schneider (Appellant) ---Susan A. Anderson, Anderson & Bressman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. 

Civil:  Declaratory Judgment