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FILED Wednesday, May 22, 2019


A18-0881        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Wesley Defatte, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Because appellant allegedly committed domestic assault within 10 years of “the first of any combination of two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions,” the unambiguous language of Minn. Stat. § 609.2242, subd. 4 (2018) supported the felony charges and the district court erred in holding otherwise.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A18-0326        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Misty Kay Roy, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A criminal defendant is not entitled to custody credit for time spent in the custody of the Red Lake Nation unless that custody was solely in connection with a Minnesota offense.
            Affirmed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Concurring, Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A17-1604        In the Matter of the Appeal by RS Eden/Eden House of the Determination of Maltreatment and Order to Pay a Fine.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The Commissioner of Human Services’ finding of maltreatment by neglect for the failure of a supervised living facility to obtain a waiver or to confer with a prescribing physician is not supported by substantial evidence because the facility did not violate any rules and took reasonable steps to protect its client.
            Reversed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A18-1574        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Wendy Alison Nora, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0165906.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.   The attorney-discipline proceedings conducted in Wisconsin were fundamentally fair and consistent with due process.
            2.   An indefinite suspension with no right to petition for reinstatement for 1 year is not unjust or substantially different from the discipline warranted in Minnesota for knowingly making a false statement of material fact to a tribunal, and for filing three frivolous lawsuits to harass or maliciously injure another.
            Suspended.  Per Curiam.
            Took no part, Justice G. Barry Anderson.



 A19-0113        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Michael Anietie Essien, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 031741X.
                          Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

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FILED Tuesday, May 14, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      Graco, Inc. vs. City of Minneapolis – A18-0593 – Granted
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Chad William Kasal – A18-0381 – Denied                                  
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Thanantos Lee Ashing – A18-0588 – Denied                              
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Maurice Cairo Melancon – A18-0386 – Denied                         
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Blayon Lawrence Yuoh – A18-0306 – Denied                             
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Rick William Olsen – A17-1874 – Denied                                    
7.      Mary K. Strauss, on behalf of her minor child, Finley Strauss vs. Michelle Kitsmiller, on behalf of her minor child,
          Elise Clifton – A18-1016 – Denied
8.      Timothy J. Keane vs. Ronald H. Groth, et al. – A18-0614 – Denied                                 
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Robert Alan Thunder – A18-0697 – Denied                                
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Lance Martin Odegard – A17-1791 – Denied                             
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Jermaine Deangelo Jefferson – A18-0122 – Denied                 
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Jamael De-Shaun Coatie – A18-0458 – Denied                         
13.    Wilbert Arnold Sandstrom vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0967 – Granted                    
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Clarence Alvin Cooper –A18-0640 – Denied                              
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Darsche Chaudaun Wharry – A18-0284 – Denied                     
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Savonte Maurice Townsend – A18-0792 – Granted                  
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Albert Schally – A18-0612 – Denied
18.    John Schulz, et al. vs. Town of Duluth, Charles Bille, et al. – A18-0845 – Granted    
19.    State of Minnesota vs. Ebony Mary Lane – A18-0800 – Denied                                     
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Luis Miguel Gallegos – A18-0441 – Denied