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State v. Clifton  
Date: March 24, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 135
Docket Number: S-15-1167

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the district court did not err by (1) failing to grant Defendant’s m...

Last Pass Aviation, Inc. v. Western Cooperative Co.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 165
Docket Number: S-16-207

Justia Opinion Summary: Seller agreed to sell an aerial spraying company to Buyer pursuant to a purchase agreement that contained a covenant not to compete. Seller, his son, and the company (collectively, Seller) subsequently filed this action...

State v. Artis  
Date: March 24, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 172
Docket Number: S-16-464

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to not less than two years nor more than two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance - a class IV felony - and to fifteen to twenty years in prison for possession of a stolen fire...

Burns v. Burns  
Date: March 24, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 184
Docket Number: S-16-491

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Michael Burns and Kerry Burns divorced. This appeal involved a contempt proceeding between the parties that was pending before the district court for Adams County. Judge James Doyle, acting as the district judge...

County of Franklin v. Tax Equalization & Review Commission  
Date: March 24, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 193
Docket Number: S-16-554

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) adjusted upward by eight percent the value of the “land use grass” subclass of the agricultural and horticultural land class of real property in Franklin County not recei...

State v. McCurry  
Date: March 17, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 40
Docket Number: S-15-1114

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The trial court sentenced Defendant to life sentence for first...

Midwest Renewable Energy, LLC v. American Engineering Testing, Inc.  
Date: March 17, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 73
Docket Number: S-16-122

Justia Opinion Summary: Western Ethanol Co., LLC obtained a judgment lien on Midwest Renewable Energy, LLC’s Lincoln County real property. Western Ethanol then dissolved and transferred its assets to its members. Douglas Vind, the managing memb...

State v. Nollen  
Date: March 17, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 94
Docket Number: S-16-133

Justia Opinion Summary: When he was seventeen years old, Defendant pled guilty to first degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to a mandatory term of life imprisonment. Pursuant to Miller v. Alabama, Defendant’s sentence was vacated. After a he...

Donald v. Donald  
Date: March 17, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 123
Docket Number: S-16-547

Justia Opinion Summary: Father appealed from a decree dissolving his marriage to Mother, contesting the award of custody of the parties’ two children to Mother, the order that Father pay child support, and the classification of lump-sum disabil...

Medicine Creek LLC v. Middle Republican Natural Resources District  
Date: March 10, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 1
Docket Number: S-16-209

Justia Opinion Summary: Medicine Creek LLC filed a request for a variance from the Middle Republican Natural Resources District’s (MRNRD) moratorium on new well drilling. MRNRD voted to deny the variance. Medicine Creek sought judicial review p...

Hill v. State  
Date: March 10, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 10
Docket Number: S-16-558, S-16-560

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013 and 2014, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued orders and closing notices to holders of surface water permits for natural flow and storage in the Republic River Basin. Several appropriators,...

State v. Jackson  
Date: March 10, 2017
Citation: 296 Neb. 31
Docket Number: S-16-643

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and two counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment on the murder conviction. After the...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 3, 2017
Citation: 295 Neb. 957
Docket Number: S-16-199

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to kidnapping, a crime he committed when he was sixteen years old. Defendant was initially sentenced to life imprisonment. After the U.S. Supreme Court decided Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabam...

O'Connor v. Kearny Junction, LLC  
Date: March 3, 2017
Citation: 295 Neb. 981
Docket Number: S-16-230

Justia Opinion Summary: Landlord leased commercial real estate to Tenant, a third party. The lease agreement provided on option to purchase with a condition precedent. At the time Tenant assigned this purchase option to Assignees, Tenant had fu...

State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Ubbinga
Date: March 3, 2017
Citation: 295 Neb. 995
Docket Number: S-16-373
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