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Court of Appeals Opinions



IMPORTANT NOTICE

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 25, 2019


A18-0372        Jace William Junker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
           
             Koochiching County District Court, Hon. Charles H. LeDuc.
            To impeach the credibility of breath-test results on the basis of burping, belching, or vomiting during the pretest observation period, a driver must sufficiently demonstrate that the burping, belching, or vomiting actually affected the test results.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A18-0704
        Leland Melvin Otto, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, Respondent.
           
             Carver County District Court, Hon. Kevin W. Eide.
            There is no constitutional or statutory requirement for police officers to inform vehicle drivers that they may refuse to perform field sobriety tests.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.

 

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 25, 2019

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



1.         A19-0066
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ernest Carter, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

2.         A18-0947
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mario Alejandro Lanas, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Judge Paula D. Vraa.

3.         A18-0763
            In the Matter of the Appeal by Open Arms Christian Learning Childhood Center of the
            Determination of Maltreatment and Order to Pay a Fine.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Minnesota Department of Human Services.

4.         A18-1793, A18-1851
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Lawrence Dean Anderson..
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
5.         A18-0657
            Mark Allen Kedrowski, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Masako Kedrowski, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John C. Hoffman.

6.         A18-0522
            Richard R. Ryan, Appellant, vs. Christopher D. Lindquist, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.

7.         A18-0470
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jordan David Stuckey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

8.         A18-0605
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tracy Lynn Bailey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Janna M. Austad.

9.         A18-1226
            In re the Estate of: Alex Batinich, Deceased.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

10.       A18-1052
            Eddie Niles Hubbard, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

11.       A18-1005
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Devontre Jordan Vann, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Mark Ireland.

12.       A18-0941
            Alissa Boehm, Respondent, vs. Melanie Glick, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael K. Browne.

13.       A18-0787
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amit Kumar Mishra, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Shereen Askalani.

14.       A18-0724
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Fikret Konjaric, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Thomas M. Fitzpatrick.

15.       A18-0541
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tyler Lee Gerard Glaser, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

16.       A18-0543
            Patrick Hugh Stack, et al., petitioners, Respondents, vs. Lamont Green, Appellant, Elvis
            Austin Butler, et al., Respondents Below.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Christian  M. Sande.

17.       A18-0354
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eddie Kamor James, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.

18.       A18-1745
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Tevon Keenan Scott, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Mary A. Yunker.

19.       A18-0997
            Renee Dianne Florek, Respondent, vs. Randall Lee Vannet, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois J. Lang.

20.       A18-0956
            William J. Benzick, et al., Respondents, vs. Palm Properties LLC, defendant, Michael N.
            Palm, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kevin S. Burke.

21.       A18-0432
            United States Solar Corp., et al., Relators, vs. Carver County Board of Commissioners,
            Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Carver County Board of Commissioners.

22.       A18-0840
            In re the Marriage of:  Nicole Marie Anne Sanders, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Joseph
            James Sanders, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tim D. Wermager.

 

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 25, 2019



1.         A18-0873
            James Earl Bailey, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Dismissed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Carmaine Sturino.

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 25, 2019

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

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