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FILED Wednesday, January 17, 2018


A15-2075        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Matthew Vaughn Diamond, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Ordering appellant to provide a fingerprint to unlock a seized cellphone did not violate his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination because the compelled act was not a testimonial communication.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A16-1282        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Michelle Lowney MacDonald, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0182370.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.   An attorney’s good-faith reliance on her client’s representations is not an absolute defense to attorney discipline, nor does the First Amendment immunize an attorney’s false statements impugning the integrity of a judge.
            2.   A 60-day suspension, followed by 2 years of supervised probation, is the appropriate discipline for an attorney who failed to competently represent a client; made false statements about the integrity of a judge with reckless disregard for the truth; improperly used subpoenas; knowingly disobeyed a court rule and failed to follow a scheduling order; and engaged in disruptive courtroom conduct, including behavior resulting in her arrest.        
            Per Curiam.
            Concurring in part and dissenting in part, Justice Anne K. McKeig.
            Took no part, Justices David L. Lillehaug, Natalie E. Hudson and Margaret H. Chutich.
            Acting Justice, Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.*



A17-1268        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Jessica Jane Wittner, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0391623.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.
* Appointed pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10, and Minn. Stat. § 2.724, subds. 2-3 (2016).
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FILED Tuesday, January 16, 2018

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Jon Vernon Tuma – A16-1305 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Keith Lee Scovel – A16-1931 – Granted
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Michael Schirmer – A16-2050 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Marvin Duncan – A16-1797 – Denied
5.      Brent Lee Florine vs. Lauren Marie Florine – A16-1519 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Cristian Albert Genchi-Ramirez – A16-1823 – Denied
7.      In re Adrian Dominic Riley, Petitioner, Adrian Dominic Riley vs. State of Minnesota – A17‑1639 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Mark Alan Peterson – A16-1771 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – A16-1997 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Bobby Joe Houle – A17-0286 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Kirk Edward Wolhart – A17-0629 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Joseph William Erie – A16-1967 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Terry Lee West – A16-1959 – Denied
14.    Howard Mostad, Marney L. Mostad vs. Reese Fredrickson, Pine County Attorney – A17‑1718 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Floyd Erik Hyde – A17-0147 – Denied
16.    Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0797 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Berry Alan Willis – A17-1584 – Denied