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Confession by defendant on pain medication not coerced (access required)

Police officers did not coerce a defendant’s confession when they arrested him immediately upon his discharge from the hospital and began their questioning shortly after he had taken pain medication. Background On Dec. 27, 2015, Andre Marquise Harris was admitted ...

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Drugs in driver’s system supports involuntary manslaughter conviction (access required)

A conviction for aggravated involuntary manslaughter was upheld, as it was based on the presence of multiple drugs in the defendant’s system and his admission, after initially denying that he had consumed alcohol or drugs, that he had received a ...

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Despite wife’s long-term relationship, no change in support (access required)

Although the wife was in an exclusive, continuous, monogamous relationship with another man following her separation from husband, because they maintained separate residences, the trial court did not err by holding that husband failed to prove the threshold “common residence” ...

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Defendant’s prior conviction on similar offense was admissible (access required)

Prior convictions involving the defendant’s exposing himself to the significantly younger minor child of a female acquaintance while using a vehicle to facilitate the offense was admissible as proof of his propensity to commit the crime charged. Background On July ...

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Grabbing woman’s breasts not enough for sexual battery (access required)

A majority of the court reversed a sexual battery conviction, finding the defendant’s conduct in grabbing and twisting the victim’s breasts was insufficient to constitute sexual battery because he did not use “force” in the nonconsensual touching. Background In April ...

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