Court of Appeals Opinions



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Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, August 19, 2019



A19-0063        Abraham Tony Dolo, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.
            When the state seeks to play part of a recorded interview and a defendant seeks to have the entire recording admitted under rule 106 of the Minnesota Rules of Evidence, a district court must conduct a fairness analysis to determine whether a party may require introduction of the evidence in its entirety.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.


A19-0542
        In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  A. M. F., J. G.-T. N., and C. L. B., Parents.
             
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. John G. Melbye.
            The plain language of Minn. Stat. § 260C.607, subd. 6(a)(1) (2018), requires a relative or foster parent to have, at the time the relative or foster parent moves for an order for adoptive placement, a completed adoption home study under Minn. Stat. § 259.41 (2018), approving the relative or foster parent for adoption.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, August 19, 2019

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A19-0226
            Bradley Wingate, Appellant, vs. Metropolitan Airports Commission, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Laurie J. Miller.

2.         A18-1560
            Fortunato Alarcon Gatica, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

3.         A18-1015
            Kevin Eric Janssen, petitioner, Respondent, vs. 2012 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, Lic.
            No.: MN 19097MH, VIN: 1HD1LH318CC413719, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

4.         A19-0260
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Josiah Kemaris Taylor, Defendant, Absolute Bail
            Bonds, Inc., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
 
5.         A18-1612
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Arnanza Lamontez Cork, Jr., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

6.         A17-1363
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Fransion Jenkins, Sr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

7.         A18-1801
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ramiro Alejandro Pena, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Christa M. Daily.

8.         A19-0150
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ricky Thomas Cobb, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

9.         A18-1629
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lawrence Raymond Burns, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

10.       A18-1995, A19-0015
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cody Padraic Trott, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Freeborn County District Court, Hon. Steven Schwab.
 
11.       A19-0341
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. William Joseph Ihrke, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Kristin Siegesmund.

12.       A18-0298
            Morgan Wright, Appellant, vs. Nuvola, LLC, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

13.       A19-0412
            James M. Erickson, Appellant, vs. Darlene P. Klenck, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Karin L. McCarthy.

14.       A18-1943
            Joshua Lee Jones, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R Hayne.
 
15.       A18-1674
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terrance Dujuan Mann, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

16.       A18-1559
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Paul Weaver, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

17.       A19-0185
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A. L. R. and E. T.-P., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. James Moore.

18.       A18-1840
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. W. G. M., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Thomas J. Conley.

19.       A19-0216
            Timberland Partners, Inc., Respondent, vs. Harriet Liedtke, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Tanya O'Brien.

20.       A19-0300
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: J. V. and S. V., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. G. Tony Atwal.

21.       A19-0154
            Quality Companies, LLC, Respondent, vs. Corey Lee Albertson, individually and d/b/a/
            American Towing, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.

22.       A19-0053
            Andrew Wayne Clarke, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

23.       A18-1675
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Anthony Pitts, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.
 
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
August 19, 2019



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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