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FILED Wednesday, September 15, 2021


A19-1089        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mohamed Mohamed Noor, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The mental state necessary for depraved-mind murder, Minn. Stat. § 609.195(a) (2020), is a generalized indifference to human life, which cannot exist when the defendant’s conduct is directed with particularity at the person who is killed.
            2.   The only reasonable inference that can be drawn from the circumstances proved is that appellant’s conduct was directed with particularity at the person who was killed, and the evidence is therefore insufficient to sustain his conviction under Minn. Stat. § 609.195(a), for depraved-mind murder.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A19-1626        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Melvin DeVaughn Epps, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Appellant is not entitled to relief under the modified plain error doctrine because the prosecutor’s statement during the State’s closing argument did not affect his substantial rights.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
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FILED Tuesday, August 24, 2021

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.         Joseph D. Roach vs. Lapp, Libra, Thomson, Stoebner & Pusch, Chartered – A20-1013 – Denied
2.         Farmers Mill & Elevator, Inc. vs. Ivan D. Kohout, Roundbank – A20-1432 – Denied
3.         In the Matter of the Determination of the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Nolte Family Irrigation Project in the
            Township of North Germany, Wadena County, Minnesota – A20-0960 – Denied
4.         Steven Bystedt, et al. vs. City of Duluth – A20-1170 – Denied
5.         State of Minnesota vs. Benjamin Bobo, III – A20-0348 – Denied
6.         State of Minnesota vs. Antwan Christopher Jones – A20-0795 – Denied
7.         State of Minnesota vs. Ryan Percy Peterson – A20-0983 – Denied
8.         Terry L. Smeby vs. Janet K. Hanson, et al., Joshua Hanson, et al. – A20-1329 – Denied
9.         State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Ledell Standifer – A20-0678 – Denied
10.       Paul Boyum vs. Federal National Mortgage Association “Fannie Mae,” et al. –  A20-1487 – Denied
11.       Capacity Wireless, LLC vs. Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota – A20-1266 – Denied
12.       Theresa M. Anderson vs. MidFirst Bank, Collection Resource LLC, et al. – A20-1056 – Denied
13.       State of Minnesota vs. Lance Daniel Dewuske – A20-1008 – Denied
14.       State of Minnesota vs. Jimmy Jay Hortiz – A19-1346 – Denied
15.       Danna Rochelle Back vs. State of Minnesota – A20-1098 – Granted/Stayed
16.       Steven W. Hill, et al. vs. Bemidji Township – A20-1309 – Denied
17.       Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al. vs. County of Ramsey, et al., County of Olmsted, et al., City of Duluth, et al. – A20-1294, A20-1295,
            A20-1296 – Granted
18.       Christopher Paul Mattson vs. State of Minnesota – A20-1540 – Denied
19.       State of Minnesota vs. Dzenan Jay Kamencic – A20-0050 – Denied
20.       In re Application of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, for a Certificate of Need and a Routing Permit for the Proposed
            Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota from the North Dakota Border to the Wisconsin Border – A20-1071, A20-1072, A20-1074,
            A20-1075, A20-1077 – Denied
21.       State of Minnesota vs. Scott Clarence Carrillo – A20-0695 – Denied
22.       Emily Mae Peterson vs. Scott Howard Meyer – A20-1350 – Denied
23.       Bunny Annette Byington vs. State of Minnesota – A20-1441 – Granted
24.       Scott Edward Weiss vs. State of Minnesota, Guy Bosh – A20-1446 – Denied
25.       Mohamed Hassan Ali vs. State of Minnesota – A20-1530 – Denied
26.       State of Minnesota vs. Terrvante Rennicko Hicks – A20-0504 – Denied


27.      Joseph Roach, et al. vs. Thomas Alinder, et al., Gary Heitkamp Construction, Inc., et al.
Case No. A20-0739 – Vacated/Denied