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State v. Withers  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-204

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial and her request to proceed pro se. Defendant was found guilty of one count of simple assault following a jury tri...

Neufville v. State  
Date: November 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-125, 16-124, 16-123, 16-122, 16-121, 16-120, 15-362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court finding that Defendant violated the terms of his probation, sentencing him to serve sixteen years in prison, and denying Defendant’s motion for reconsideratio...

State v. Huntley  
Date: November 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-105

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case in which Defendant was convicted of several crimes, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Defendant’s motion for judgment of acquittal on the count of conspiracy to c...

State v. Peters  
Date: November 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-113

Justia Opinion Summary: A passenger in a moving vehicle who forcibly seizes the steering wheel has exercised sufficient control of the vehicle to be deemed a “driver” or “operator” under the reach of chapter 27 of title 31, and therefore, the t...

State v. Tejeda  
Date: November 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder. The court held (1) even though Defendant’s trial commenced after the 180 days required by the Interstate Agreemen...

State v. Padilla  
Date: November 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-87

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of first-degree robbery following a jury-waived trial. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial justice misconstrued the complainant’s...

State v. Blandino  
Date: October 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-115

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of first-degree murder, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, resulting in a death, and other crimes. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial justice erred...

Key v. Brown University  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-4, 15-110

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a complaint against Brown University and the City of Providence. In count one of their complaint Plaintiffs sought a declaration that the university’s construction of an artificial turf field hockey fiel...

State v. Terzian  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 09-46

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments of conviction entered in the superior court following a jury trial convicting Defendant of three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying a pistol withou...

Yangambi v. Providence School Board  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-281, 2014-282

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court following a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff on a single claim of employment discrimination based on national origin. Both parties appealed the judgment. Th...

Fogarty v. Palumbo  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-271, 15-291, 15-273, 15-292

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs claimed that the sale of property without their consent to an entity of which Defendants were principals, was fraudulent. Plaintiffs also named as a defendant the title insurance and escrow agent in connection...

Roadepot, LLC et al. v. Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-347, 15-348, 15-349

Justia Opinion Summary: In this commercial property dispute between a landlord, Roadepot, LLC and Keyserton, LLC (collectively, Roadepot), and a tenant, Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc., regarding sewer assessment charges, the Supreme Court affirmed in...

In re Adrina T.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-91

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decree of the family court as it pertained to Mother. The decree found that Mother failed to provide Daughter with a minimum degree of care or guardianship, that Child was without proper par...

State v. Fuentes  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 14-342

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of-first degree murder and the discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial justice erred when “he refused to...

State v. Husband  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s convictions of three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Defenda...

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