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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED OPINIONS

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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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



A17-0986        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deronti Rogers, Jr., Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Under the plain language of Minn. Stat. § 609.582, subd. 1(b) (2018), first-degree burglary committed while possessing “any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a dangerous weapon” requires that the victim be physically present during the burglary.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justices Paul C. Thissen and Anne K. McKeig
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A17-1362        State of Minnesota, by its Commissioner of Transportation, Respondent, vs. Roger D. Krause, et al., Respondents Below,
                         Douglas Smith, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Based on a framework established by the United States Supreme Court, Minnesota has adopted and applied the “lodestar” method for awarding statutory attorney fees.  Under that method, the lodestar amount may not be enhanced for the risk of non-recovery inherent in a contingent-fee agreement.
            2.   The district court’s enhanced attorney-fee award, made without factual findings and based in part on the risk of non-recovery inherent in a contingent-fee agreement, was an abuse of discretion.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.


A17-0407        Ronald Lindsey Reed, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                         Ramsey County.
            1.   Appellant is conclusively entitled to no relief on his witness-recantation claim because even when the alleged facts are viewed in the light most favorable to appellant, they fail to establish that the jury might have reached a different verdict in the absence of the testimony in question, and therefore the district court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied the claim.
            2.   Even without the allegedly recanted testimony, the failure to provide the jury with an accomplice-corroboration instruction did not affect appellant’s substantial rights.
            3.   Appellant is conclusively entitled to no relief on his remaining claims because even when the alleged facts are viewed in the light most favorable to appellant, the claims are barred by the postconviction statute of limitations, and therefore the district court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied the claims.
            Affirmed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Justice Paul C. Thissen. 


 
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ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, March 19, 2019


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.       State of Minnesota vs. Sahra Abdilahi Ahmed – A18-0891 – Denied
2.       Andrew Carufel, et al. vs. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al., Seven, Inc., d/b/a Smart Start, et. al., Defendants, Intoxalock –
           A18-0476 – Denied
3.       In re the Marriage of: Rosalyn LaRae Johnson, f/k/a Rosalyn LaRae Foster vs. Larry Dean Foster – A18-0082 – Denied               
4.       Terry John Ascheman vs. Commissioner of Public Safety, and State of Minnesota vs. Terry John Ascheman – A17-1988, A18-0348 – Denied          
5.       State of Minnesota vs. Zhaokun Tong – A18-0667 – Denied               
6.       Raymond Oswald, et al. vs. South Central Mutual Insurance Co. – A18-0507 – Denied
7.       State of Minnesota vs. Ozell Ellis LaShaun Hardy – A18-0314 – Denied
8.       Medtronic, Inc., et al. vs. Mark T. Sherland, Jr., et al. – A18-0579 – Denied             
9.       In Re the Welfare of: C.F.N.A.S. vs. K.C.-W. n/k/a K.N., et al. – A18-0635 – Denied  
10.     John Stephen Woodward vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0253 – Denied
11.     State of Minnesota vs. Gerald Karl Ackerson – A18-0160 – Denied
12.     State of Minnesota vs. Kenny Lashaun Robertson – A18-0274 – Denied
13.     State of Minnesota vs. Jerry Guevara Jr. – A17-1711 – Denied
14.     John Athanasakoupolous, et al. vs. William F. Bogart, et al., Michael Behm, et al. – A18-0045 – Denied
15.     CrowdSuit, LLC vs. AT&T Mobility, LLC – A17-1733 – Denied
16.     James Aeshilman, et al. vs. Leonard Smisek, Jr., et al., Darren Wurm, et al. – A18-0752 – Denied
17.     State of Minnesota vs. Paige Jean Lofberg – A17-1786 – Denied
18.     State of Minnesota vs. Joshua John Blanchard – A17-1172 – Denied
19.     State of Minnesota vs. Theodore James Warren – A18-0071 – Denied
20.     Kenny Lee Reed vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0691 – Denied
21.     State of Minnesota vs. Vincent Michael Gosewisch – A18-1142, A18-1143 – Denied
22.     Joseph Bergeron vs. Paul Schnell, Commissioner of Corrections, et al. – A18-0733 – Denied
23.     State of Minnesota vs. Vincent Illya Cotten – A18-0267 – Denied
24.     State of Minnesota vs. Rondell Russell Camp – A18-0329 – Denied 
25.     Louis Ambrose vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0537 – Denied
26.     In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Oliver Lenell Dority – A18-1212 – Denied
27.     In re Aaron Louis Olson, State of Minnesota vs. Aaron Louis Olson – A19-0189 – Denied
 
STAYED PFR PENDING STATE V. BOWEN – A17-0331         
28.     State of Minnesota vs. Douglas Lamont Gatlin, Jr. – A17-0753 – Vacated/Denied 
 
Filed – March 8, 2019
 1.       In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: K.L.W., Parent – A18-1255 – Denied
 
Filed – March 11, 2019
 1.       In re Welfare of Child of: S.B., Parent – A19-0225 – Petition for accelerated review – Denied