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11/26/2015 (All day)

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In re Interest of Eric H.

S-14-0424, In re Interest of Eric H. et al.

Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, Judge Wadie Thomas, Jr.

Attorneys: Molly M. Blazek & Jeffrey Kunz, Senior Certified Law Student (Law Office of Molly M. Blazek) (Appellant - mother) --- Erin Hurley (County Attorney’s Office) (Appellee – the State) --- Patrick A. Campagna, Britt H. Dudzinski & A. Jill Stigge, Senior Certified Law Clerk (Lustgarten & Roberts, P.C., L.L.O.) (Appellee – GAL)

Civil: Pre-adjudication abuse/neglect; GAL removal; dual role

Blackstar v. Health and Human Services

S-14-0007,  Merie Blackstar on behalf of Brayden O. v. State of Nebraska

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie Stacy

Attorneys: Terrance A. Poppe & Benjamin D. Kramer of Morrow, Poppe, Watermeier & Lonowski, P.C. –Jon Bruning, Attorney General

Civil: Entitlement to Home and Community-Based Waiver Services

Proceedings Below: Upheld Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) decision to discontinue benefits to child.

State v. Hale (20)

S-14-0183, State v. Terrance Hale (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf

Attorneys:  Scott C. Sladek (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant) --- George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: First degree murder

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Synergy4 Enterprises. Inc. v. Pinnacle Bank

S-14-0176, Synergy4 Enterprises, Inc., Michele K. Quinn, and Darold A. Bauer [appellants] v. Pinnacle Bank

Douglas County, Honorable Duane C. Dougherty

Attorneys: James S. Mitchell and Clifford T. Lee (Rasmussen & Mitchell) for appellants; Steven D. Davidson (Baird Holm) for appellee

Civil: Equitable action on a credit agreement

Proceedings below: District court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment, finding the claim was barred by statute

In re Guardianship/Conservatorship of Barnhart

S-14-0420, In re Guardianship and Conservatorship of Barnhart

Douglas County Court, Judge Marcela A. Keim

Attorneys: Michael C. Cox, Heather Voegele-Anderson (Koley Jessen PCLLO) (for Interested Parties/Appellants) --- Daniel J. Guinan, David C. Mullin (Fraser Stryker PCLLO) (for Appellees Co-Guardians and Co-Conservators)

Civil: Guardianship/Conservatorship

Proceedings below: The trial court determined the interested parties did not have standing to object to the appointment of the co-guardians and co-conservators.

Klawitter v. Midlands Foot Specialists, P.C.

S-13-1004, Elizabeth Klawitter (Cross-Appellant) v. Steven D. Meinhold (Appellant) and Midlands Foot Specialists, PC

Douglas County, Hon. Peter C. Bataillon

Attorneys:  Kathryn J. Derr; Brent M. Kuhn

Civil:  Dissolution of Business, Breach of Agreements, and Accounting

Proceedings below:    District court made various rulings on the parties’ various claims against one another.

Meyer v. Meyer

S-14-0214, Stacy J. Meyer v. Jason J. Meyer (Appellant)

Adams County, Judge Terri S. Harder

Attorneys: John B. McDermott (Shalberg Wolf McDermott & DePue) (Appellant) --- no brief filed by Appellee.

Civil: Termination of child support

Proceedings below: The trial court denied Appellant’s request to terminate child support.

Issues: The district court erred in failing to suspend Appellant’s child support obligation.



Johnson v. Gage

S-14-0166, James L. Johnson (Appellant) v. Brian Gage, Warden, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, et al.

Johnson County, Hon. Daniel E. Bryan

Attorneys:  James L. Johnson, pro se;

Blake E. Johnson (Asst. Attorney General)

Civil:  Habeas Corpus

Proceedings below:    District court denied petition for writ of habeas corpus after determining that prisoner did not recommence serving his Nebraska sentence upon transfer pursuant to the Interstate Corrections Compact.

State v. Wells

S-14-0331, State of Nebraska v. Aron D. Wells, Sr. (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie F. Stacy

Attorneys: Mark E. Rappl (Appellant) — Jon Bruning & George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Third degree assault on an officer & possession of a controlled substance

Proceedings Below: The district court overruled appellant’s motion to suppress. Following a bench trial, the court convicted appellant of third degree assault on an officer and possession of a controlled substance.

State v. Muhannad

S-14-0129, State v. Wa’il Muhannad (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

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

Criminal: denial of plea in bar; double jeopardy

Proceedings below: The court found that prosecution was not barred. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.