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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

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

Kappas Enterprises v. Department of Roads (PFR)

S-13-1024, Kappas Enterprises, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company (Appellant) v. State of Nebraska, Department of Roads

Buffalo County, Judge William T. Wright

Attorneys: Barry K. Waid, Martel J. Bundy (Attorney General’s Office) --- Jason M. Bruno, Ryan A. Kehm (Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC) (Appellant)

Civil: Easements; dismissal of appeal

Frederick v. City of Falls City

S-13-275, David Leon Frederick v. Falls City Economic Development and Growth Enterprise, Inc. and City of Falls City

Richardson County, Hon. Daniel E. Bryan

Attorneys: Jerald Rauterkus & Bonnie Boryca (Erickson Sederstrom, for Appellant Falls City Economic Development and Growth Enterprise Inc. (EDGE)); Michael R. Dunn (Halbert, Dunn & Halbert, for Appellee/Cross-Appellant Falls City); Stephen D. Mossman, J.L. Spray & Joshua E. Dethlefsen (Mattson Ricketts, for Appellee David Leon Frederick)

Civil: public records

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. Payne

S-13-0495, State of Nebraska v. Christopher M. Payne (Appellant)

District Court for Sarpy County, Hon. William B. Zastera

Attorneys:  Michael J. Wilson (Schaefer Shapiro LLC);

Nathan A. Liss (Assistant Attorney General)

Civil:  Postconviction

Proceedings below:  District court denied motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing after determining that claims were procedurally barred because there was no direct appeal of the defendant’s conviction.

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

State v. Piper

S-13-1029, State v. Kerstin M. Piper a/k/a Kerstin Clarkson (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff County, Judge Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office) – Bell Island (Island & Huff PCLLO) (Appellant)

Criminal: DUI, 2nd offense

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of DUI, 2nd offense. She was sentenced to a term of probation.

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