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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NOTICE - MEDIA RELEASE TIME IS 10:00 A.M.



A15-0938       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Debra Lee Fawcett, Appellant.
                        Court of Appeals.
            1.   The facts alleged in the warrant application and supporting affidavit provided probable cause to conclude that evidence of criminal vehicular operation would be found in appellant’s blood.
            2.   The search warrant satisfied the particularity requirement in the Fourth Amendment. 
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justice David R. Stras.
            Dissenting, Justices David L. Lillehaug and Natalie E. Hudson.



A14-1307       Scott Rilley, et al., Respondents, vs. MoneyMutual, LLC, Appellant.
                        Court of Appeals.
            Appellant’s electronic communications and web-based advertising sufficiently targeted Minnesota and established contacts with Minnesota to make it reasonable and consistent with notions of fair play and substantial justice to exercise specific personal jurisdiction over appellant.  The district court, therefore, did not err by denying appellant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justices David L. Lillehaug and Margaret H. Chutich
.


A15-0769       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brian George Fitch, Appellant.
                        Dakota County.
            1.   The district court’s application of Minn. Stat. § 628.41 (2014) to appellant’s case did not violate appellant’s right, under Article I, Section 6, of the Minnesota Constitution, to be tried by a jury of the county or district in which the alleged offense occurred. 
            2.   The district court did not commit reversible error by declining to sever the first-degree murder charge from the other charges against appellant.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.



A15-2056       Kim Thul Ouk, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                        Ramsey County.
            1.   The postconviction court did not err by construing appellant’s motion to correct his sentence as a petition for postconviction relief.
            2.   The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion by summarily denying relief because appellant’s postconviction petition is procedurally barred.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.


A15-0085       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony James Cox, Appellant.
                        Scott County.
            1.   The district court did not commit reversible error when it denied appellant’s motion to suppress his confession.  The totality of the circumstances establish that the confession was voluntary and that appellant’s will was not overborne at the time of the confession.
            2.   The evidence was sufficient to support appellant’s conviction of first-degree premeditated murder.  Specifically, the circumstances proved regarding appellant’s planning activity, the nature of the killing, and appellant’s conduct following the murder, examined as a whole, are consistent with a rational inference that appellant premeditated the murder and inconsistent with a rational inference that appellant’s conduct was the result of a rash impulse.
            Affirmed.  Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.



A14-1482       State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Douglas John Olson, Respondent.
                        Court of Appeals.
            The district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied respondent’s motion to dismiss under Minn. R. Crim. P. 30.02, which allows a district court to dismiss a “complaint, indictment, or tab charge if the prosecutor has unnecessarily delayed bringing the defendant to trial.”  
            Reversed.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.


 
A14-1651       Robert Burks, Respondent/Cross-appellant, vs. Metropolitan Council, Appellant/Cross-Respondent.
                        Court of Appeals.
            Under Minn. Stat. § 13.04, subd. 3 (2014), a passenger may access the video recording of an incident on a public bus when he or she is an “individual subject of the data.”
            Affirmed as modified.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Took no part, Justices Natalie E. Hudson and Margaret H. Chutich.



A14-1957       KSTP-TV, Respondent, vs. Metropolitan Council, Appellant.
                        Court of Appeals.
            1.   Video data from public buses is “personnel data” under Minn. Stat. § 13.43, subd. 1 (2014), only if it is “maintained” exclusively because an individual subject of the data is a government employee. 
            2.   To determine whether particular data is “personnel data” under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, a government entity must classify the data at the time a request for access to the data is made.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Dissenting, Justice David L. Lillehaug and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justices Natalie E. Hudson and Margaret H. Chutich.

 

A15-0015       First Baptist Church of St. Paul, et al., Appellants, vs. City of St. Paul, Respondent.
                        Court of Appeals.
            1.   Because the City of Saint Paul’s 2011 right-of-way assessment was imposed as an exercise of the taxing power, it was a tax subject to constitutional restrictions.
            2.   The amount, if any, by which appellants’ properties were specially benefited by the City’s right-of-way maintenance services presents a genuine issue of material fact precluding summary judgment.
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Took no part, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.



 

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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS


NO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS RECENTLY FILED

ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, August 23, 2016


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)


1.      State of Minnesota vs. Doan Meshell Engel – A15-0870 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Gregory Mark Bowles – A15-1144 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. David Alan Nielsen – A15-0886 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Ralph Magnuson – A15-1083 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. David Arthur Barnes – A15-1327 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. James Lamar Davis – A15-0821 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Ian Christopher Mitchell – A15-0982 – Denied
8.      Shawn Webster vs. Michael J. Miller, et al., Petitioner, St. Louis County Board of Adjustments, Respondent – A15-1613 – Denied
9.      Donald A. Rask, et al. vs. James Rask, Respondent, Gary Rask, et al., Respondents – A15-1640 – Denied
10.    Anibal Sanchez vs. Dahlke Trailer Sales, Inc. – A15-1183 – Granted
11.    Rocon, Inc. vs. EDR Limited – A15-1693 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Edwin Albert Dlugopolski – A15-1577 – Denied
13.    In re the Conservatorship of:  Merritt Elmer Johnson, Protected Person – A15-1546 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Somsalao Thonesavanh – A15-1716 – Granted
15.    State of Minnesota, ex rel., Gregory Eugene Ward vs. Tom Roy, Commissioner of Corrections – A15-1475 – Granted/Stayed
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Jeremiah James Shefelbine – A15-1410 – Denied
17.    Minnesota Joint Underwriting Association vs. Jacy, LLC, et al. – A15-1627 – Denied
18.    John Wilbur vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company – A15-1438 – Granted
19.    Edward David Stahlmann vs. Minnesota Department of Corrections, et al., Respondents, Centurion of Minnesota, et al.,
         Respondents – A15-2043 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Duane Meredith Smith – A15-1521 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Jesus Arroyo, III – A15-1069 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Eddie Manuel Demmings – A15-1120 – Denied
23.    In re the Application for an Administrative Search Warrant, City of Golden Valley – A15-1795 – Granted
24.    Kathryn Suzanne Neufeld, f/k/a Kathryn Suzanne Hare, petitioner, Respondent vs. Robert Russell Hare – A15-1393 – Denied
25.    Nuvola, LLC vs. Morgan Wright – A15-1778 – Denied
26.    State of Minnesota vs. David Muniz Bustos – A15-1825 Denied
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Grant Jason Bresnahan – A15-1263 – Denied
28.    Kenneth S. Benigni vs. St. Louis County, Respondent, State of Minnesota, by Department of Human Services, Respondent, Lake Superior
         Community Health Center, Respondent – A15-1154 – Denied
29.    Kallys Albert, Sr. vs. United Airlines, Respondent, Associated Healthcare Credit Union, Respondent, John Doe, Defendant – A16-0857 – Denied
30.    State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Douglas Ankney – A15-1373 – Denied
31.    Jason Dean Ligtenberg vs. State of Minnesota – A15-1704 – Denied
32.    State of Minnesota vs. Krista Ann Muccio – A15-1951 – Granted
33.    Thomas C. Rubey vs. Valerie A. Vannett – A15-1728 – Denied
34.    David Leroy Gamble vs. Emily Johnson Piper, Commissioner of Human Services – A16-0141 – Denied
 
ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW 
Filed – August 19, 2016 
(Petitioner Indicated in Italic Type)
 
1.      Preeti Kaur Rajpal vs. Regents of the University of Minnesota, et al.  – A15-1207 – Denied