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FILED Wednesday, September 30, 2015


A13-1313     State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert John Meyers, Appellant.
                      Court of Appeals.
           1.   Because the repeat offender aggravating factor in Minn. Stat. § 244.10, subd. 5a(a)(3) (2014), requires proof of facts that the Legislature did not consider in setting the sentence for the offense of conviction, a departure based on this factor does not run afoul of the principle applied in State v. Peterson, 329 N.W.2d 58 (Minn. 1983) or State v. Erickson, 313 N.W.2d 16 (Minn. 1981).
           2.   Because appellant’s sentence, which does not unduly exaggerate the criminality of his behavior, was based on the repeat offender aggravating factor and facts found by the jury, the district court did not abuse its discretion in imposing a 240-month sentence. 
           Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
           Took no part, Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.



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FILED Thursday, September 3, 2015

ADM10-8049     Rules of Criminal Procedure
                             Supreme Court
     Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure Form 11, Petition to Proceed as Pro Se Counsel, to be effective as of October 1, 2015.


FILED Tuesday, September 29, 2015

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.        State of Minnesota vs. Melissa Jill Thompson – A14-1022 – Denied
2.        State of Minnesota vs. Larry Dusaun Gray – A14-1531 – Denied
3.        State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Trent Johnson – A14-1605 – Denied
4.        The Janice Kaunas Samsing Revocable Trust, et al. vs. Arthur D. Walsh – A14-1529 –
5.        State of Minnesota vs. Alondre Ramone Davis – A14-1552 – Denied
6.        State of Minnesota vs. Undra Lewis Harrell – A14-1465 – Denied
7.        Lyon Financial Services, Inc., d/b/a U.S. Bancorp Business Equipment Finance Group
           with its principal offices at Marshall, Minnesota vs. Arjang Miremadi, M.D., Inc., a
           California corporation, et al.
– A14-2171 – Denied
8.        Christopher Eugene Wheeler vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1844 – Denied
9.        Barbara Peterson vs. HealthEast Woodwinds Hospital – A14-1409 – Denied
10.      Wallace Armstrong, et al. vs. Hasbargen Logging, Inc., et al., State of Minnesota –
           A14-1314, A14-2009 – Denied
11.      State of Minnesota vs. Ismael Thiam Dore – A14-1443 – Denied
12.      State of Minnesota vs. Darren Ray Liimatainen – A14-1581 – Denied
13.      In the Matter of the Consolidated Hospital Surcharge Appeals of Gillette Children’s
           Specialty Healthcare, St. Luke’s Hospital, North Memorial Health Care, HealthEast Care
           System, Park Nicollet Health Services, Fairview Health Services, and Children’s Hospitals
           and Clinics of Minnesota
. – A14-1462 – Granted
14.      T & R Flooring, LLC vs. Beverly J. O’Byrne, et al., Eastwood Bank, Mac’s Plumbing Service,
           Inc., et al., Johnson Comfort Systems, Inc. – A14-1315 – Denied
15.      In re the Estate of:  Barbara Jean LaPoint, Deceased. – A14-1655 – Denied
16.      Michael O’Byrne, et al. vs. Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company – A14-0886 –
17.      Joyce Elaine Hansen vs. Jeffrey Ray Hanson, Joni Michelle Herdrich – A14-1063 –
18.      State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Dion Washington-Davis – A14-0460 – Granted
19.      State of Minnesota vs. Beruk Meskelu Zeru – A14-0761 – Denied
20.      State of Minnesota vs. Charles Edward Gorgol – A14-0874 – Denied
21.      Robert William Silker vs. State of Minnesota – A14-2147 – Denied
22.      State of Minnesota vs. Darrell Mandall Nickerson, Sr. – A14-0553 – Denied
23.      State of Minnesota vs. Tarah Louise Fichtner – A14-1234 – Denied
24.      State of Minnesota vs. James Brandon Ponthieux – A14-2208 – Denied
25.      State of Minnesota vs. Douglas John Olson – A14-1482 – Granted
26.      State of Minnesota vs. Giavonte Dominique Foulks – A14-1349 – Denied
27.      Ofiong Louis Sanders vs. State of Minnesota – A14-2087 – Denied
28.      Paul Koski vs. Sharon Johnson – A14-1836 – Denied 
29.      In re John Patrick Murphy, State of Minnesota vs. John Patrick Murphy – A15-1106 –
30.      Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1795 – Denied