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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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



A14-1198     Chaun Dubae Carridine, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                      Hennepin County.
           1.   The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied appellant’s claims that the district court erred in admitting impeachment evidence, the prosecutor committed misconduct, appellant’s trial counsel was ineffective, and an affidavit represented newly discovered evidence, because those claims were procedurally barred. 
           2.   The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied appellant’s ineffective-assistance-of-appellate-counsel claim because the facts alleged in the petition, even if proven by a preponderance of the evidence, fail to satisfy the Strickland test.
           3.   The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when, following an evidentiary hearing, it denied appellant’s newly discovered evidence claim because the record supports the court’s finding that the testimony of the newly discovered witnesses was doubtful.
           Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.


A14-1970       Otha Eric Townsend, Petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
A15-0158       Ramsey County.
           1.   Because petitioner’s postconviction petition is time-barred under Minn. Stat. § 590.01, subd. 4(a) (2014), the postconviction court did not err when it denied the petition without an evidentiary hearing.
           2.   Because petitioner raises the same issue that we decided had no merit in his previous motion, brought pursuant to Minn. R. Crim. P. 27.03, subd. 9, the postconviction court did not err when it denied petitioner’s motion to correct his sentence.
           Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.


A13-1461     In the Matter of Reichmann Land and Cattle, LLP.
                      Court of Appeals.
           1.   A facility that uses tracts of land to stable and feed cattle during the winter is not an “animal feeding operation” under 40 C.F.R. § 122.23(b)(1) (2014), if the facility grows crops on the same land in the normal growing season.
           2.   A facility that uses tracts of land to stable and feed cattle during the winter does not satisfy the “pasture” exemption, Minn. Stat. § 116.07, subd. 7d (2014), if no vegetative cover remains on the land at the beginning of the growing season.
           Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.


A14-1607     In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against David A. Overboe, a Minnesota
                      Attorney, Registration No. 83318.
                      Supreme Court.
           1.   The North Dakota disciplinary proceedings were fundamentally fair and consistent with due process.
           2.   Disbarment is the appropriate reciprocal discipline to impose on the attorney in this case.
           Per Curiam.
 

 

ORDERS

A14-0570     In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Duane A. Kennedy, a Minnesota
                      Attorney, Registration No. 55128.
                      Supreme Court.
           Conditionally reinstated.  Justice Alan C. Page.

A15-0768     In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against William Michael Sheahan, a
                      Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0288123.
                      Supreme Court.
           Indefinitely suspended.  Justice Alan C. Page.
 

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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

FILED Wednesday, June 17, 2015


ADM10-8005            Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.
                                Supreme Court.
           Order amending rule 7.3(b) of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct effective June 11, 2015.

ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, July 21, 2015


1.        Scott R. McKee, M.D. vs. St. Paul Eye Clinic, P.A., et al. – A14-0681 – Denied
2.        Michael Harlow vs. State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al.
           A14-1342, A14-1343 – Granted
3.        Anthony Lenard Vinegar vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1338 – Denied
4.        State of Minnesota vs. Justin Michael Fenney – A13-0978 – Denied
5.        State of Minnesota vs. Julian Sanchez-Sanchez – A14-0584 – Granted
6.        State of Minnesota vs. Albert Hester, III – A14-1802 – Denied          
7.        State of Minnesota vs. Hope Marie Carlson – A14-1834 – Denied
8.        Jennifer L. DeCook, et al. vs. Olmsted Medical Center, Brenda J. Hanson, R.N.,
          
and Darlene M. Pratt, R.N., Kenneth M. Palmer, M.D., Jack F. Perrone, M.D.,
           Kimberly McKeon M.D., and Ashley Morrow, R.N., Defendants – A14-1180
           Granted       
9.        Jovani Nassar, et al. vs. U.S. Home Corporation d/b/a Lennar Homes
           14-1108 – Denied
10.      Patrick M. Figgins vs. Noah Wilcox, and Grand Rapids State Bank vs.
           Patrick Figgins, John Doe, et al. – A14-1358 – Granted
11.      State of Minnesota vs. Javier Rodriguez – A14-0940 – Denied
12.      State of Minnesota vs. Lawrence Craig Ogris – A14-1008 – Denied
13.      Jerry Expose, Jr. vs. Thad Wilderson & Associates, P.A., Nina Mattson
           A14-0413 – Granted/Stayed
14.      State of Minnesota vs. Babafemi Adewale Odukale – A14-0746 – Denied
15.      Mark L. Wiebusch vs. Donald Leo Tschida – A14-1089 – Denied
16.      Michelle MacDonald Shimota vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A14-0618  Denied
17.      State of Minnesota vs. Alfonso Domingo Martinez – A14-1164 – Denied
18.      State of Minnesota vs. Suclah Clarke Sibou – A14-0870 – Denied
19.      Ahmed Ghanim vs. FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Services, Inc., Department of
           Employment and Economic Development – A14-2092 – Denied
20.      State of Minnesota vs. Marlon Terrell Pratt – A14-0463 – Denied
21.      State of Minnesota vs. Bradley Mikal Leritz – A14-0766 – Denied
22.      State of Minnesota vs. Brian Kenneth Moore – A14-0358 – Denied
23.      In the Matter of the Welfare of:  C.J.H., Child. – A14-1810 – Granted
24.      Diversified Water Diversion, Inc. vs. Hogenson Properties, Ltd. – A14-1519 – Denied
25.      In re the Matter of:  Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat vs. Fadumo Noor
           A14-1879 – Denied
26.      Lisa Miller, et al. vs. Dan Marosok, et al., Defendants, Forest Lake Area High School
           d/b/a Independent School District #831 – A14-1448 – Denied
27.      Ricky Alan Geving vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1068 – Denied
28.      Russelle Anthony Wech vs. State of Minnesota – A14-0821 – Denied 
29.      Thomas Joseph Daley vs. Anne Elizabeth Daley, n/k/a Anne E. Patrick-Daley
           A14-1458 – Denied
30.      State of Minnesota vs. Ernesto Veraza – A14-1015 – Denied
31.      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  L.W. & M.B., Parents.
           A15-0587 – Denied (7-2-15)
32.      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  J.W. and M.T., Parents, J.W. and J.O.,
           Parents, J.W. and J.D., Parents, J.W. and M.T., Parents. – A15-0800,
           A15-0801, A15-0802, A15-0824 – Granted/Vacated/Remanded (7-13-15)
33.      In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  D.L.D. and M.E.F., Parents.
           A14-2106 – Denied (7-20-15)