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FILED Wednesday, December 7, 2016


A14-0906        Willie Edd Reynolds, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The imposition of a 10-year conditional-release term in violation of Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 (2004), is a sentence not authorized by law under Minn. R. Crim. P. 27.03, subd. 9. 
            2.         Because applying the 2-year limitations period in Minn. Stat. § 590.01, subd. 4 (2014), to a motion brought under Minn. R. Crim. P. 27.03, subd. 9, violates the separation of powers, an offender who contends under Rule 27.03, subdivision 9 that his sentence was not authorized by law is not required to bring such a challenge in a postconviction petition. 
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A14-1936        Junious Taylor, Jr., Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                        Court of Appeals.
            The statutory duty to register as a predatory offender is a collateral consequence of a guilty plea.  Because a criminal defendant need not be warned of a collateral consequence before entering a guilty plea, the defense attorney’s failure to advise the appellant of the duty to register as a predatory offender did not violate the appellant’s right to effective assistance of counsel under the United States and Minnesota Constitutions.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justices Margaret H. Chutich and Anne K. McKeig.

A15-1174        Founders Insurance Company, Respondent, vs. James Yates, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A motor vehicle insurance carrier that is not licensed to sell insurance in Minnesota is still obligated under Minn. Stat. § 65B.50, subd. 2 (2014), to pay basic economic loss benefits to the insured when the insured vehicle is in Minnesota and an accident occurs in Minnesota.
            Reversed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A15-0007        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alie Christine Theodore Dorn, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The mens rea required for assault-harm, Minn. Stat. § 609.02, subd. 10(2) (2014), is the general intent to commit an act that constitutes a battery. 
            2.   The actus reus required for assault-harm is an “infliction” of bodily harm, which refers to an act that constitutes a battery.
            3.   Assuming without deciding that the Legislature’s use of the word “infliction” in the assault-harm definition requires direct causation between the act and the harm, appellant directly inflicted bodily harm.
            Affirmed.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.
            Took no part, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice Margaret H. Chutich.



A16-1718        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Christopher Ozioma Obasi, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0296223.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.



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FILED Wednesday, November 23, 2016

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      650 North Main Association vs. Frauenshuh, Inc., et al., Kraus-Anderson Construction Company – A15-1547 – Denied
2.      The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee For The Certificateholders Of CWABS Inc., Asset-backed Certificates, Series
         2007-6 vs. Alan G. Keiran, et al., Provincial Bank, et al. – A15-2068 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Erick Larkins – A15-1269 – Denied
4.      Jennifer Dawn Nyakundi vs. Gilbert Ogamba Nyakundi – A15-1413 Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Walter David Tischer – A15-1630 Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Theodore Pierre Jerry – A16-0006 – Denied
7.      Candyce L. Brown vs. State of Minnesota – A15-1990 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Vincent Walker – A15-1336 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Westley Gordon Vandell – A15-1629 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. James Patrick Jones – A15-1848 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Chantel Lynn Carson – A15-1678 – Granted
12.    In re the Commitment of:  Kevin J. Strong – A16-0529 – Denied
13.    James D. Reynolds, individually and as trustee for the next of kin of Thomas K. Reynolds, deceased vs. Mancel Mitchell, et al. –  
         A16-1086 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Patrick Michael Aleman – A15-1453 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Benjamin Marc Frauss – A15-1797 – Granted/Stayed
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Lloyd Matthew McKenzie – A15-2021 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Romere Jerome Powell – A15-1462 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Piper – A15-1610 – Denied
19.    State of Minnesota vs. Ashley Ann Johnson – A15-1559 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Herman Larson – A15-1085 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Byron Lester Goldtooth – A15-0077 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Sergey Alekseyevich Porada – A15-1931 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Laco Knockola West – A15-1096 – Denied
24.    Harry Edward Bunkley vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0495 – Denied
25.    Dennis Lougee, et al. vs. Craig Eugene Pehrson – A16-0404 – Granted/Stayed
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Minnesota School of Business, Inc. d/b/a Minnesota School of Business, et al. – A16-0239 – Granted
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Shawnti Tramayne Fleming – A15-1504 – Denied
28.    Calvin James vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0135 – Denied
29.    Lana Dawn Hansch Barnes vs. State of Minnesota – A15-2060 – Denied
30.    In the Matter of the Administrative Order with Penalty Issued to Architektur, Inc., Philip Carlson and Virginia Carlson, a/k/a
         Gina Carlson – A15-1840 – Denied