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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Alternative Placement (access required)

Social service authorities made an adequate effort to consider placement of a mother’s children when the three relatives she identified, but termination of the mother’s rights was in the best interests of the children, according to this Court of Appeals ...

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Criminal – Grand Larceny – Forged Traveler’s Check (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s convictions of grand larceny and uttering a forged traveler’s check despite her contention that the evidence did not prove fraudulent intent and that she knew the traveler’s checks were forged or counterfeit when she ...

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Criminal – Robbery – Victim Testimony – Non-Certified Interpreter (access required)

A defendant who did not object at the preliminary hearing to a deputy acting as an unsworn translator for the Spanish-speaking robbery victim cannot on appeal challenge use of the victim’s preliminary hearing testimony on the ground that the deputy ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Husband’s Retirement (access required)

The Court of Appeals says a divorce court did not err in ordering a 71-year-old husband to pay permanent spousal support of $1,650 per month to his 59-year-old wife, even though he claims the spousal support award will prevent him ...

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Criminal – Grand Larceny – Tool Theft (access required)

A trial court could reject as too improbable defendant’s story about how he came to possess a number of tools stolen from the victim’s garage and valued at about $800, some of which were located that same day at a ...

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Criminal – Heroin Capsules In Car – Dominion & Control (access required)

There was sufficient evidence of defendant’s dominion and control of a vehicle and its contents to convict him of possession of 14 heroin capsules found in two clear plastic bags in the open ashtray of his car, of which he ...

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Unemployment Comp – Standing – Multiple Employers (access required)

A woman who sought unemployment compensation after a layoff from Stone Container Corporation, and who quit her job at Lumber Liquidators after a one-day training session, cannot challenge denial of her claim for unemployment compensation on the ground that Lumber ...

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Criminal – Probation Violation – Authenticated Orders (access required)

A trial court did not err in admitting at defendant’s probation violation proceeding court a conviction order stamped “A COPY, TESTE:” with the signature of the court clerk, undersigned by the deputy clerk, as properly authenticated, and the Court of ...

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