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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

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

 

A13-1624       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Thomas James Fox, Appellant.
                     Washington County.
           1.   The district court did not err in denying appellant’s motion to suppress the statements he made to police because appellant validly waived his Miranda rights under federal and state constitutional standards.
           2.   The district court did not err when it declined to give appellant’s proposed jury instruction on circumstantial evidence. 
           3.   The State presented sufficient evidence to support appellant’s convictions.
           4.   The claims in appellant’s pro se supplemental brief are without merit. 
           Affirmed.  Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.


A13-1586       State of Minnesota,  Respondent, vs. Ge Her, Appellant.
                     Court of Appeals.
           1.   Whether the defendant was a risk-level-III offender, as determined by a committee of the Department of Corrections, is a fact that must be admitted by the defendant or found by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt before a court may impose a 10-year term of conditional release under Minn. Stat. § 243.166, subd. 5a (2014).
           2.   A defendant’s assigned risk level under Minn. Stat. § 244.052, subd. 3(e) (2014), is not a fact that fits within the prior-conviction exception to the Sixth Amendment’s jury-trial right.
           Reversed and remanded.  Justice David R. Stras.


A13-2381       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Josue Robles Fraga, Appellant.
                     Nobles County.
           1.   Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 26.02 provides the exclusive grounds to challenge a juror for implied bias.  A juror’s knowledge that a previous trial on the same charges ended in conviction does not constitute implied bias.
           2.   The presence of an actually biased juror who sits in judgment of the defendant is structural error.  Because a juror expressed bias during voir dire, was not adequately rehabilitated, and sat in judgment, a new trial is required.
           3.   Our court has adopted Minn. Stat. § 634.20 (2014) as a rule of evidence to allow the admission of evidence of domestic conduct by the accused against household and family members other than the victim.
           Reversed and remanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

  


  

 (Added to website 4/16/15)

 ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW
 Filed - April 14, 2015

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.        Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation vs. Renee C. Kinzer, John Doe, et al., Defendants. –
           A14-1013 – Denied          
2.        Volunteers of America-Minnesota vs. City of Saint Paul – A14-0865 – Denied
3.        In the Matter of the Petition of Melvin J. Cummins for an Order Determining Boundary Lines. –
           A14-0737 – Denied   
4.        In the Matter of the Welfare of:  D.L.B., Child. – A14-1380 – Denied
5.        In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Brent Charles Nielsen. – A14-1546 – Denied
6.        State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Nickolas Mousel – A14-0307 – Denied
7.        State of Minnesota vs. Wayne William Leistico – A14-0141 – Denied
8.        State of Minnesota vs. David Arthur LaRose – A14-0256 – Denied
9.        Tiana Richardson vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development – A14-1196 – 
           Denied
10.      Bjorklund Companies, LLC vs. Auto-Owners Insurance – A14-1175 – Denied
11.      DuWayne H. Fries vs. Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., Department of Employment and 
           Economic Development – A14-0659 – Denied
12.      Ahmed Shire Ali vs. State of Minnesota – A14-0876 – Denied
13.      State of Minnesota vs. Rajab Ibn Dawun Abdul Jabbar – A14-0076 – Denied
14.      State of Minnesota vs. Lamar King – A14-0944 – Denied
15.      James F. Christie vs. Estate of Dilman Christie, et al., Charles Christie, et al., Defendants –
           A14-2196 – Denied
16.      State of Minnesota vs. Alfred Smith, Jr. – A14-0330 – Denied
17.      State of Minnesota vs. Meng Yang – A13-1430 – Denied
18.      State of Minnesota vs. Arron Scott King – A14-0627 – Denied
19.      J.D. Donovan, Inc. vs. Minnesota Department of Transportation, et al. A14-0863, A14-1021 –
           Granted
20.      328 Barry Avenue, LLC vs. Nolan Properties Group, LLC vs. Carciofini Company, Marvin Windows, 
           Inc., Minuti-Ogle Co., Inc., R.T.L. Construction, Inc., Stellar Contractors, Inc. d/b/a Stellar 
           Concrete & Masonry – A14-0724 – Granted
21.      State of Minnesota vs. Sherwin Jerome Thurman – A13-2206 – Denied
22.      State of Minnesota vs. Nicole Leone Revello – A13-2330 – Denied
23.      State of Minnesota vs. Eric John Henderson-Bey – A13-0165 – Granted/Stayed
24.      State of Minnesota vs. Fonati McArthur Diggs – A13-2354 – Denied
25.      State of Minnesota vs. Stephanie JoNell Guscette – A13-2402 – Denied
26.      State of Minnesota vs. Corey Christopher Isaacson – A12-1395 – Vacated/Denied
27.      State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Lee Manska – A13-0050 – Vacated/Denied
28.      State of Minnesota vs. Roland Olando Mawolo – A13-0770 – Vacated/Denied
29.      State of Minnesota vs. Jamarr Marcelles Elliott – A13-0466 – Vacated/Denied
30.      State of Minnesota vs. Rogelio Santillana, Jr. – A13-1177 – Vacated/Denied
31.      State of Minnesota vs. Gary James Johnson – A13-2252 – Vacated/Denied
32.      State of Minnesota vs. Lisa Suzanne Hughes – A13-0196 – Vacated/Denied
33.      State of Minnesota vs. Ronald James Chasingbear – A14-0301 – Vacated/Denied
34.      State of Minnesota vs. Brandon Joseph Poitra – A14-0572 – Vacated/Denied
35.      State of Minnesota vs. Angeliac Diane Paige Greenwaldt – A14-0515 – Vacated/Denied
36.      State of Minnesota vs. Janet Lee Parrish – A14-0306 – Vacated/Denied
37.      State of Minnesota vs. Leslie Jay Boyd, Jr. – A14-0136 – Vacated/Denied
38.      State of Minnesota vs. Gary Bernard Wessling – A14-0046 – Vacated/Denied
39.      State of Minnesota vs. Andrew William Serres – A13-1864 – Vacated/Denied


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