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In re Interest of L.S.

S-15-0909) In re Interest of L.S.

S-15-0910) In re Interest of L.S.

Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County, Judge Elizabeth G. Crnkovich

Attorneys: Regina T. Makaitis (Appellant – Patricia B.) --- Karen C. Hicks (Hicks Law, P.C., LLO) (Appellee on Cross-Appeal– Calvin S.) --- Jennifer C. Clark (County Attorney’s Office)

Civil: Guardianship

Proceedings below: The trial court changed the permanency goal from reunification to guardianship.

State v. Martinez (20)

S-15-0881 State v. Larry G. Martinez (Appellant)

Cheyenne County District Court, Judge Derek C. Weimer

Attorneys: Erin E. Tangeman (Attorney General’s Office) --- Sarah P. Newell (Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy) (Appellant)

Criminal: Motion to suppress; 1st degree murder; using firearm to commit a felony

Proceedings below: Appellant was convicted following a jury trial and sentenced to life imprisonment consecutive to 10-50 years.

State v. Wagner

S-15-0788 State v. Todd A. Wagner (Appellant)

Lancaster County District Court, Judge Stephanie Stacy

Attorneys: Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office) --- Mark E. Rappl (Appellant)

Criminal: Refusal of chemical test, fourth offense; motion to quash; plea in bar

Proceedings below: Appellant was convicted based on a plea of no contest.

Issues: The district court erred in 1) overruling Appellant’s motion to quash, and 2) overruling Appellant’s plea in bar.



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In re Interest of Brianna L.

A-16-322, In re Interest of Brianna L.  

Antelope County, County Court Judge Donna F. Taylor

Attorney for Appellant:  Joseph E.W. Abler (Antelope County Attorney)

Attorney for Appellee:  Luke P. Henderson (Fitzgerald, Vetter, Temple & Bartell)

Juvenile Action:  Motion for Access to Minor Child’s Confidential Medical Records

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The county court, sitting in its capacity as a juvenile court, granted motion by minor child’s father for access to the minor child’s confidential medical records.

State v. Huff

A-15-0897, State of Nebraska v. Jeffrey A. Huff (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Robert R. Otte

Attorney for Appellant:  Joseph D. Nigro, Robert G. Hays (Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson, Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  First degree sexual assault

Action Taken by Trial Court:  A jury found Huff guilty of the above offense, and the district court sentenced him to 12 to 20 years’ imprisonment.

O'Neill v. O'Neill

A-15-1208, Kara A. O’Neill v. Scott A. O’Neill (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Susan Strong

Attorney for Appellant:  David P. Kyker

Attorney for Appellee:  Terrance A. Poppe, Andrew K. Joyce (Morrow, Poppe, Watermeier & Lonowski, P.C.)

Civil Action:  Dissolution of Marriage

State v. Thunder

A-15-0891, State of Nebraska v. Walker P. Thunder (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Andrew Jacobsen

Attorney for Appellant:  F. Matt Aerni (Berry Law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson and Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person

In re Trust of Haberman

A-15-0811, In re Trust of Haberman. George Haberman (Appellant) v. Rex S. Haberman II, Phillip Haberman, and Mary Lou Haberman

Adams County, County Court Judge Robert A. Ide

Attorney for Appellant:  David V. Drew (Drew Law Firm P.C., LLO)

Attorney for Appellee:  Daniel E. Klaus (Rembolt Ludtke LLP)

Civil Action:  Distribution of Trust Property

Thompson v. Thompson

A-15-0708, Nicole K. Thompson v. Justin D. Thompson (Appellant)

Lincoln County, District Court Judge Donald E. Rowlands

Attorney for Appellant:  James C. Bocott (Law Office of James C. Bocott, PC, LLO)

Attorney for Appellee:  Kim M. Seacrest (Seacrest Law Office)

Civil Action:  Dissolution of marriage

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court dissolved the parties’ marriage and established custody and parenting time with respect to the parties’ minor child.