Court of Appeals Opinions



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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 Tuesday, January 17, 2017



A16-0051       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justin Dillard Thomas, Appellant
                        St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.
            In the absence of expert testimony proffered by a party, it is not an abuse of discretion for the district court to refuse to give a jury instruction informing a jury of recent social and scientific developments in assessing evidence.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A16-1002
       Sandra Castillo as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jose Luis Estrada-Martinez,  Appellant, vs. American
                        Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Respondent.
           
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Susan Robiner.
            When determining whether repairing or servicing a motor vehicle "occurs off the business premises" for purposes of the no-fault benefits exclusion under Minnesota Statutes section 65B.43, subdivision 3 (2016), a business premises may include a mobile business.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.


A15-2075
       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Vaughn Diamond, Appellant.
    
                    Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.
            A district court order compelling a criminal defendant to provide a fingerprint to unlock the defendant's cellphone does not violate the Fifth Amendment privilege against compelled self-incrimination.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.

 

SPECIAL TERM OPINION

 
A16-1828        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  N.L., S.C., O.O., and S.M. (Deceased), Parents.
                         
Mower County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Kritzer.
            A district court’s amended final order in a juvenile-protection proceeding is independently appealable, if the amended order is filed within the 20-day period under Minn. R. Juv. Prot. P. 47.02, subd. 2.
            Appeal to proceed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.

 

Unpublished Opinions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 Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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


1.         A16-1178
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Jesse L. Lee f/k/a Dennis L. Wiesinger.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

2.         A16-0127
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Roland Bain, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Waldemar B. Senyk.

3.         A16-0085
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Edward Coleman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

4.         A16-0850
            David Brian Pemrick, Appellant, vs. Lori Ann Bucher, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Judge Thomas M. Neuville.

5.         A16-0732
            Keith Carter, Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

6.         A16-0427
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Clemente Ramirez-Diaz, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

7.         A16-0392
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Peter Clare Hoagland, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Judge Jennifer Fischer.

8.         A16-0097
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dana John Thompson, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Wabasha County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey D. Thompson.

9.         A16-0588
            Maurice Lovell Anderson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Margaret M. Marrinan.

10.       A16-1256
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: L. M. P., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

11.       A16-1142
            Brett Thomas Green, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Judge Amy R. Brosnahan.

12.       A16-0286
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kong Pheng Vue, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

13.       A16-0111
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Corey James Fordham, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

14.       A16-1227
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  J. B. and R. D. S., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Luis Bartolomei.

15.       A16-0780
            Dennis Szymialis, Appellant, vs. James Kuronen, et al. Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Jill Eichenwald.

16.       A16-0634
            Mark Randall, Appellant, vs. Healtheast/St. John's Hospital, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robert Awsumb.

17.       A16-0828
            In the Matter of:  J. J. E., by Sherrie Williams, Relator, vs. ISD 279, Respondent, Office
            of Administrative Hearings, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Office of Administrative Hearings.

18.       A16-0888
            In re the Marriage of:  Kathleen M. Johnson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey C.
            Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

19.       A16-0606
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Davis Schultz, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

20.       A16-0587
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew Leonard Caruthers, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

21.       A16-0153
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rosalyn Mary Brooks, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

22.       A16-0312
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larondo Connell Willis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

23.       A16-0295
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dennis James McCormick, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

24.       A16-0412
            In the Matter of the Denial of Rental Dwelling Licenses to Compass Rose Real Estate,
            LLC, and North By Northwest Properties, LLC: Compass Rose Real Estate, LLC, and
            North By Northwest Properties, LLC, Relators, vs. City of Bloomington, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            City of Bloomington City Council.

25.       A16-0311
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Heath Jarrette Allen, III, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.
 
26.       A16-0712
            Nichole Cox, Respondent, vs. Mid-Minnesota Mutual Insurance Company, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Reversed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.

27.       A16-0686
            Jodi L. Toedter, Trustee for the Heirs and Next of Kin of Susan Ann Gray, Appellant, vs.
            Winona County, Respondent, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Winona County District Court, Hon. Judge Mary C. Leahy.

28.       A16-1254, A16-1270
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  M. M. and L. S., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Judge Leslie Beiers.
 
29.       A16-0917
            Sherdell Jean Leshoure, Appellant, vs. 2003 GMC Yukon, MN LIC 399 CCP, VIN
            2GKEK13Z93J209465, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Michael A. Fahey.

30.       A16-0296
            In re the Marriage of:  Bridget Kathleen Corrigan, f/k/a Bridget Kathleen Schmidt,
            petitioner, Respondent, vs. Daniel Thomas Schmidt, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh.

31.       A15-1884
            Ricardo Amigon-Vidal, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Paul Scoggin.

32.       A16-1211
            Amanda Stokes-Ciochetto, Paul Brian Ciochetto and o/b/o Minor Children, petitioners,
            Respondents, vs. Devin James Eskeli, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Mark M. Starr.

33.       A16-0813
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Aamir Karmoeddien, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

34.       A16-0760
            In re the Matter of the Application of Susan L. C. Mahoney to Register the Title to
            Certain Land.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Judge B. William Ekstrum.

35.       A16-0582
            Kenneth Jerome Brunner, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Karen Asphaug.

36.       A16-0464
            Darrell Dewayne Dickerson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

37.       A15-0789, A16-0287
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Emmett Moore, Appellant, and Ryan Emmett
            Moore, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Pope County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.
 
38.       A16-0656
            In the Matter of the Determination of a Dangerous Animal Seizure and Order to Destroy.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            City of St. Paul Office of Safety & Inspections.

39.       A16-0578
            Garrett Kelly Erickson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark A. Munger.

40.       A16-0104
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Irene Bernice Benjamin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Sarah E. Hennesy.
 
 
* 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
January 17, 2017



1.         A15-0506
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Derrick Jacqueay Roberson, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Larry M. Collins.

2.         A16-1082
            Stephen Michael Michuda, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Jim Benson, Warden, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Suzanne Bollman.

3.         A16-0049
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ilyes Omar Ibrahim, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Robert Raupp.

4.         A16-0856
            Alveto Rivera, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Robert E. Macaulay, Jr.

5.         A14-1066
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Guadalupe Garza, Jr., Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina K. Stevens.

 

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


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