Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

Opinion Policies

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

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.


Published Opinions

By 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, March 27, 2017


 
A16-1328       Bryant Avenue Baptist Church, Appellant, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent.                      
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.
            Churches are not exempt from special assessments as a result of the 1970 amendment to Minn. Const. art. X, § 1.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A16-0907
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Arthur Litzau, Appellant.
                        Cass County District Court, Hon. Judge David Harrington.
            Minn. Stat. § 609.50, subd. 1(2) (2014), prohibits a person from obstructing and resisting a peace officer effectuating that person's arrest.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.


A16-0834
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. W. C. Luther Washington, Appellant.                         
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Leonardo Castro.
            When determining whether a prior felony has decayed for the purpose of sentencing a current continuing offense, the "date of the current offense" is the date on which the continuing offense begins.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.


A16-0170
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Carlieke J. Carpenter, Appellant.                                       
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.
            The district court's authority to decide a post-verdict motion to acquit under Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 26.03, subdivision 18, section 3, is the same in a court trial as in a jury trial.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.


 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished 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, March 27, 2017

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)



1.         A16-0447
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tyrell Deon Wilson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judith  M. Tilsen

2.         A16-1007
            James Leach, et al., Appellants, vs. Turman & Lang, Ltd., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

3.         A16-0837
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Melissa Kay Hirsch, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

4.         A16-1562
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Jose Garcia Arellano.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. David C. Higgs.

5.         A16-0838
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thomas John Rodriguez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

6.         A16-1165
            Amy Stevens, Respondent, vs. Smart Parts Automotive, Inc., Relator, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

7.         A16-1149
            Juanda R. White, individually and as trustee for the next-of-kin of Deallo D. Felder,
            deceased, Respondent, vs. American Family Insurance Company, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.

8.         A16-1160
            Daniel J. Donahue, Appellant, vs. Dakota County, Respondent, Inver Grove Heights
            Police Department, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

9.         A16-0586
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Sam Raisch, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

10.       A16-1206
            Cari Van Hecke, Relator, vs. Annandale Advocate, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

11.       A16-0751
            Ronnie Jerome Jackson, III, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

12.       A16-0743
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Solon LaBatte, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Concurring specially, Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Yellow Medicine County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.

13.       A16-0862
            Sno-Barons Snowmobile Club, Inc., Relator, vs. Chisago County Board of
            Commissioners, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Chisago County Board of Commissioners.

14.       A16-0572
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Timothy Reiten, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Douglas County District Court, Hon. Ann L. Carrott.

15.       A16-0565, A16-0880
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andre Verlin Anderson, Appellant
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Concurring specially, Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Concurring specially, Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. John E. DeSanto.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.

Order Opinions

Cases 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
March 27, 2017



1.         A16-1011
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damien Joseph Odel Smith, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Tim D. Wermager.

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

Opinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, March 27, 2017

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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