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Clay v. Wyoming
Date: May 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 55
Docket Number: S-15-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marvin Clay challenged the denial of his motion to suppress evidence supporting a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. The officer testified that he made the stop because the car did not have...

Golden v. Guion
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 54
Docket Numbers: S-15-0247, S-15-0248, S-15-0249

Justia Opinion Summary: Three consolidated cases involved an ongoing dispute over personal property awarded to Megan Golden in her 2012 divorce from Todd Guion. Golden appealed the district court’s order that: (1) rejected her request for a reh...

In the Matter of the Worker's Compensation Claim of: Leib v. Wyoming, ex rel., Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division
Date: May 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 53
Docket Number: S-15-0235

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Mary Leib sought benefits from the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division after she developed abscesses in her breasts. Leib was employed as a maintenance worker for Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne...

Lafferty v. Wyoming
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 52
Docket Number: S-15-0169

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jeffery Lafferty was incarcerated awaiting trial for 811 days before pleading guilty to two counts of taking indecent liberties with his minor stepdaughter. After balancing the required factors, the district co...

Shriners Hosps. for Children v. First N. Bank of Wyoming
Date: May 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 51
Docket Numbers: S-15-0238, S-15-0239

Justia Opinion Summary: Alfred and Pegge Cooksley placed their ranch and other property in a revocable charitable trust (Trust) that named Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Kalif Children’s Travel Fund as beneficiaries and First Northern...

Lokey v. Irwin
Date: May 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 50
Docket Number: S-15-0233

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeff Lokey and Mike Irwin were business partners in two Wyoming businesses. After the parties dissolved their shared business interests, Irwin filed suit against Lokey, alleging that Lokey had materially breached the ter...

Snell v. Snell
Date: May 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 49
Docket Number: S-15-0276

Justia Opinion Summary: Imogene and Clyde Snell were the parents of William Snell and Clyde Allen Snell (Allen). William and Allen were remainder beneficiaries of a revocable trust executed by Imogene. The trust contained a choice of law provis...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Bruce S. Asay, WSB # 5-1739
Date: May 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 47
Docket Number: D-16-0001

Bean v. State
Date: May 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 48
Docket Number: S-15-0177

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Defendant was arrested for the 1972 rape and murder of Sharon Reher. After a jury trial, Defendant was acquitted of rape and murder but convicted of attempted rape. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district...

Palmer v. State
Date: April 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 46
Docket Number: S-15-0243

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to three consecutive sentences of eight to sixteen years. The district court credited ninety-nine days of presentence confinement to...

Date: April 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 45
Docket Number: S-15-0215

Justia Opinion Summary: Father and Mother were not married and shared custody of their two children. Father filed a petition to establish paternity, custody, visitation, and support after he learned that Mother planned to move from Wyoming to M...

Emerson v. State
Date: April 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 44
Docket Numbers: S-15-0056, S-15-0223

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Appellant with aggravated assault and battery. At trial, Appellant claimed he had acted in self-defense. After a three-day trial, the jury found Appellant guilty. Appellant subsequently filed a motion f...

CLB v. State, Dep’t of Family Servs.
Date: April 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 43
Docket Number: S-15-0211

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mother’s youngest two children were placed in the legal custody of Wyoming’s Department of Family Services (Department), Mother was convicted of assault and battery and incarcerated. The Department subsequently fil...

Poignee v. State
Date: April 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 42
Docket Number: S-15-0172

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a plea of no contest to one count of delivery of methamphetamine. In 2011, the district court revoked Defendant’s probation and entered judgment on her no contest plea. The court sentenced Defendant to...

Redding v. State
Date: April 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 41
Docket Number: S-15-0205

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor breach of peace and misdemeanor interference with a peace officer. Two days later, the State filed an information charging Defendant with felony interference with a peace officer a...

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