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United States v. Fernandez-Garay
Date: May 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of sixty months’ impris...

Diaz-Colon v. Solivan-Solivan
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2340

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate murder trials in Puerto Rico’s courts, jurors convicted a group of individuals based in large part on the testimony of a single witness. When that witness later recanted her testimony, the Commonwealth co...

Town of Barnstable v. O'Connor
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1597, 14-1598

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 2001, Cape Wind Associates, LLC has attempted to acquire the necessary permits and approvals for a wind power generation facility in Nantucket Sound. Under a settlement agreement, NSTAR Electric Company agreed to p...

Hyannis Marine v. O'Connor
Date: May 18, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1598

United States v. De La Cruz-Feliciano
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-1593, 13-1601

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Junior H. De La Cruz-Feliciano and Sandri Rigo were convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine and aiding and abetting the same. The First Circuit affirmed,...

US v. Rijo
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1601

United States v. Burgos-Montes
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2305

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of drug conspiracy and two counts of murder. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court did not err...

United States v. Baez-Martinez
Date: May 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1036

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) the prosecutor impermissibly commented on the court interpreter’s translation of certain testimony...

United States v. Morris
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1369

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 280 grams of crack. Defendant did not admit that he was responsible for a particular quantity of either form of drug. Duri...

Matt v. HSBC Bank, USA N.A.
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2209

US v. Coughlin
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1836

Piccone v. Bartels
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1989

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a New York resident and her boyfriend, were both employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following an encounter between Plaintiffs and Defendant, a local police chief, Defendant c...

United States v. Alphas
Date: May 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2228

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant submitted at least ten fraudulent claims to his insurers for lost, stolen, or damaged produce and sought reimbursement. In sum, the ten claims totaled over $490,000, yet Appellant received payments totaling onl...

United States v. Serrano-Mercado
Date: May 5, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1730

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in knowing possession of a firearm. The district court imposed a sentence of 100 months’ imprisonment. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court (1) did not com...

United States v. Maisonet-Gonzalez
Date: May 4, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2003

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The district court sentenced Defendant to a fifty-one-month term of imprisonment, at the top of Defendant’s Guidelines imprisonment...