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State v. McSwine (PFR)

S-13-0887 State v. Frederick E. McSwine (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Paul D. Merritt, Jr.

Attorneys: Mark E. Rappl (Appellant) --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Count I: Terroristic threats; Count II: Kidnapping; Count III: Sexual assault in the first degree; Count IV: Use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony

State v. Duncan

S-15-0083 State v. Larry F. Duncan (Appellant)

Lancaster County District Court, Judge Robert R. Otte

Attorneys: Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office) --- Shawn Elliott (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant)

Criminal: Randolph doctrine; excessive Sentence

Proceedings below: Appellant pled no contest to felony interlock violation and was sentenced to 12 to 24 months. 

State v. Carter

S-14-1089 State v. Victor Carter

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The trial court denied Appellant in forma pauperis filing status. This case and S-15-0024 were consolidated for appeal.

Issues: 1. Whether the district court erred in denying in formal pauperis on appeal of denial of postconviction relief. 2. Whether the district court erred in denying postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

State v. Custer (20)

S-14-0332 State v. Jason Custer (Appellant)

Cheyenne County, Judge Derek C. Weimer

Attorneys: James R. Mowbray, Sarah P. Newell (Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy) (Appellant) --- Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: First degree murder; Use of a firearm to commit a felony; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person

In re Interest of Tavian B.

S-15-0129 In re Interest of Tavian B.

Separate Juvenile Court for Lancaster County, Judge Reggie Ryder

Attorneys: Joy Schiffermiller (Appellant, Joseph B.) --- Lory Pasold (County Attorney’s Office)

Civil: Denial to transfer to tribe

Proceedings below: The trial court denied the father’s motion to transfer to the Ogala Sioux Tribe.

State v. Smith

S-15-0240   State of Nebraska (Appellee) v. Rodney C. Smith (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Shelly Stratman

Attorneys:  Thomas C. Riley, Douglas County Public Defender, and Bethany R. Heirigs, Assistant Douglas County Public Defender (Appellant) — David Smalheiser, Omaha City Prosecutor, and Kevin J. Slimp, Assistant City Prosecutor (Appellee)

Criminal: prosecution for cruelty to animals

State v. Ware

S-15-0155 State v. David Ware (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Thomas Otepka

Attorneys: Thomas C. Riley (Public Defender for Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The district court issued an order denying Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

State v. Braesch (20)

S-14-1091 State v. Steven R. Braesch (Appellant)

Sarpy County, Judge Max Kelch

Attorneys: James Martin Davis (Appellant) --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: First degree murder; Use of a firearm to commit a felony; Negligent child abuse

In re Interest of Enyce J.

S-14-1168 In re Interest of Enyce M and Eternity M.

Douglas County Juvenile Court, Judge Wadie Thomas

Attorneys: Nicholas E. Wurth (for Appellants/Intervenors) --- Shakil Malik (County Attorney’s Office) – Patrick Campagna (for Ericka J. appellee/natural mother)

Civil: Denial to intervene/object based on lack of standing

State v. Erpelding

S-14-0813 State v. Shawn R. Erpelding (Appellant)

Buffalo County, Judges William T. Wright, John P. Icenogle

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