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State v. Muhannad

S-13-0042, State v. Wa’il M. Muhannad (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys: Alan Stoler (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Plea in Bar

Proceedings below: The court granted Appellant’s motion for mistrial. However, it denied Appellant’s plea in bar based on Double Jeopardy principles.

Strasburg v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

S-12-0999, Shawn Strasburg v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, A Corporation (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Marlon A. Polk

Attorneys: William Kvas and Richard L. Dinsmore (Appellee) --- Gary J. Nedved, Joel Bacon (Keating O’Gara Nedved & Peter PCLLO) (Appellant)

Civil: Federal Employers’ Liability Act, employee injury

Proceedings below: A jury returned a verdict in favor of Strasburg in the sum of $1,032,375.43. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

State v. Tucker

S-12-0985, State v. Willie E. Tucker (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge W. Russell Bowie

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction/ Life Sentence

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

Issues: The district court erred in dismissing his motion for postconviction relief as untimely.

State v. Ely (20)

S-12-1228, State v. Nicholas J. Ely (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge J. Michael Coffey

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- Mary C. Gryva (Frank & Gryva PCLLO) (for Appellant)

Criminal: First Degree Murder; Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of the above crimes. He was sentenced to life without parole for First Degree Murder with a consecutive sentence of 5 to 5 years for Use of a Weapon.

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Logemann v. Valgora

A-12-0845, Darrell Logemann v. Reginald Valgora (Appellant)

Douglas  County, District Court Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf

Attorney for Appellant:  Joseph L. Howard (Schaefer Shapiro, LLP)

Attorney for Appellee:  Howard L. Neuhaus (Howard L. Neuhaus PC LLO)

Civil Action:  Breach of Contract

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court affirmed the order of the county court, which entered judgment in favor of appellee and ordered appellant to pay appellee $9,000 in damages.

Spracklin v. Spracklin

A-12-0834, Faye Spracklin (Appellant) v. Gordon E. Spracklin, Personal Representative of the Estate of Eugene G. Spracklin, Deceased

Douglas County, District Court Judge Kimberly M. Pankonin

Attorney for Appellant:  Ralph E. Peppard (Peppard Law Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Thomas A. Grennan, Abbie M. Schuman (Gross & Welch, PC, LLO)

Civil Action:  Negligence

Travelers Indemnity Company v. T & S Drywall, Inc.

A-12-0833, Travelers Indemnity Company v. T & S Drywall Finishing, Inc. (Appellant)

District Court for Douglas County, District Judge Leigh A. Retelsdorf

Attorneys for Appellant:  Christopher A. Sievers & Josh F. Henningsen (Timmermier Gross Law Firm) & Willam E. Pfeiffer

Attorneys for Appellee:  Robert J. Wonnell (McAnay Van Cleave & Phillips Law Firm) & Kirk E. Brumbaugh & Mark Quandahl (Brumbaugh Quandahl Law Firm) & Adam Wachal (Gross Welch Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Insurance contract dispute

State v. Heath

A-12-0742, State of Nebraska v. Mathew J. Heath (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge John Colborn

Attorney for Appellant:  Dennis R. Keefe, Christopher Eickholt (Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Assault on an officer; resisting arrest, second or subsequent offense

Action Taken by Trial Court:  After a jury verdict, the trial court found Appellant guilty and sentenced him to prison.

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)