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FILED Wednesday, March 14, 2018


A16-0834        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. W. C. Luther Washington, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Because violating the predatory-offender-registration statute, Minn. Stat. § 243.166 (2016), is a continuing offense, the date of that offense under Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines 2.B.l(c) is the entire date range during which the offender fails to register.  Where 15 years had not elapsed between the start of the date range for appellant’s continuing offense and the expiration of his sentence for a prior felony conviction, the district court did not err in including the prior felony in the calculation of appellant’s criminal history score. 
            2.   Because appellant waived his right to a jury trial on guilt, and the district court established the date of appellant’s offense as part of that determination, Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 (2004), does not require that a jury also decide the date of appellant’s offense.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A15-2053        State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Quentin Todd Chute, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The police officer’s warrantless entry onto the curtilage of respondent’s home and subsequent investigation of a camper trailer was objectively a nonconsensual search that violated respondent’s Fourth Amendment rights, not a permissible “knock-and-talk” procedure.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Dissenting, Justice Anne K. McKeig and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A16-0698        Birch Benjamin Hansen, Appellant, vs. Suzanne Christine Todnem, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   District courts are not required to make specific, detailed findings on each of the best-interest factors listed in Minn. Stat. § 518.17, subd. 1(a) (2016), when considering requests to modify parenting time under Minn. Stat. § 518.175, subd. 8 (2016).
            2.   The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying appellant’s request for additional child-care parenting time.
            Affirmed.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.
            Dissenting, Justices G. Barry Anderson and Natalie E. Hudson.



A17-0790        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Roy B. Henline, III, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0142487.
                         Supreme Court.
            Disbarred.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.


ADM10-8002              Rules on Lawyer Registration.
                                     Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court on Lawyer Registration effective July 1, 2018.


ADM04-8001             Rules of Civil Procedure.
                                    Supreme Court.
             Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure effective July 1, 2018.

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FILED Wednesday, February 28, 2018

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Emanuel Lydell Collier, and Emanuel Lydell Collier vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0268, A17-0220, A17-0222 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Saul Lopez – A17-0351 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Darryl Don Freeberg – A16-2047 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Joveda Marie Edwards – A17-0031 – Denied
5.      Nutripro Feeds vs. Stages Pork, LLC, and Bruce Stanton – A17-0396 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Andre Jones – A16-1194, A16-1196 – Denied
7.      LaFayette Temple vs. Metropolitan Council – A17-0410 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Jerrmaine Winston Knowles – A17-0004, A17-0708 – Denied
9.      Depositors Ins. Co. vs. Craig Dollansky – A17-0631 – Granted
10.    Ambassador Press, Inc., et al. vs. Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association – A17‑0307; Trifac Workers’ Compensation Fund,
         et al.
vs. Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association, Michael Rothman, in his capacity as Commissioner of the Department
         of Commerce, et al. – A17-0323 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Chakotay Bobbie Johnson – A16-1887 – Denied
12.    Sela Roofing and Remodeling, Inc., d/b/a Sela Gutter Connection vs. Timothy Moot, et al., Associated Bank National Association, et al. –
          A16-1862 – Denied
13.    Berman Edina Property, LLC, et al. vs. Independent School District No. 270, et al. – A17‑1818 – Denied
14.    John Joseph Vondrachek vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A17-0462 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Aaron Jude Schnagl – A16-1509 – Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Patricia Jean Ryerson – A17-0513 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Amor – A17-0645 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. David Martin Arth – A17-0770 – Denied
19.    In re Abdiaziz H. Hirsi, Abdiaziz H. Hirsi vs. ARCH Language Network, Inc., d/b/a ARCH Language, et al. – A17-1797 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Marcus Tavon Brown – A16-1974 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Corey Isaiah Bradley – A17-1024 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Chad Harold Krueger – A17-0081 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Jose Luis Ramirez – A16-1913 – Denied
24.    Keith Daniel vs. City of Minneapolis – A17-0141 – Granted
25.    Donald G. Heilman vs. Patrick C. Courtney, as Program Manager for Minnesota Department of Corrections – A17-0863 – Granted in part
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Kendall Duane Perkins – A17-0196 – Denied
27.    Mark Jerome Johnson vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0842, A17-0883 – Granted