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Trusts & Estates – Land Contract

Timothy Sawyer, Laura Sawyer, Diane Wellnitz, and Elizabeth Nadow (“the Interested Parties”) appeal an order ruling that the Estate of Tom W. Sawyer reasonably forgave the remaining balance of a land contract between Beulah Beach, Inc., and his daughter, Kathleen Ferry and her husband James, and denying the Interested Parties’ demand that the Ferrys pay the Estate monies on the land contract and satisfy other alleged obligations.

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Brady Violation

Joseph-Jamal Brantley appeals from a judgment convicting him after a jury found him guilty of party to a crime (PTAC) firstdegree reckless homicide with a dangerous weapon, PTAC first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, PTAC armed robbery, and carrying a concealed weapon.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

N.M.A.-S. appeals the orders of the trial court terminating her parental rights of A.A.S. and A.J.S. N.M.A.-S. asserts that she received ineffective assistance of counsel because her trial counsel failed to request a strike for cause or use a peremptory strike for a juror who answered a question affirmatively during voir dire relating to whether someone struggling with addiction is unfit to be a parent.

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