Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2012

Sawh v. City of Lino Lakes  
Date: December 19, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2143

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of three biting incidents involving a dog owned by Respondent. After the first bite, the City of Lino Lakes designated Respondent's dog as "potentially dangerous," and after the second bite, the City...

Odunlade v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: December 19, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1832

Justia Opinion Summary: Relators represented a putative class including all residential property owners in three Minneapolis neighborhoods. Relators challenged the assessed values that the City placed on Relators' properties and alleged that be...

Mattson Ridge, LLC v. Clear Rock Tile, LLP  
Date: December 12, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1483

Justia Opinion Summary: Policyholder obtained a title insurance policy from Insurer for a parcel of property it owned. Because an ambiguity in the legal description of the property prevented Policyholder from reselling the property, Policyholde...

Martin v. Dicklich  
Date: December 5, 2012
Docket Number: A12-1588

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sought an order requiring that Respondents, the St. Louis County Auditor and the Minnesota Secretary of State, place Erik Simonson's name on the ballot for the 2012 general election as the candidate for the D...

Fosle v. Ritchie  
Date: December 5, 2012
Docket Number: A12-1736

Justia Opinion Summary: In Martin v. Dicklich, the Supreme Court ordered the Saint Louis County Auditor to replace the name of Kerry Gauthier with the name of Erik Simonson as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (FL) endorsed candidate for state repres...

Nelson v. Comm'r of Revenue  
Date: November 14, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator challenged several personal liability assessments that the Commissioner of Revenue made against him based on unpaid petroleum and sales taxes owed by Twin Cities Avanti Stores, LLC. In his appeal, Relator did not...

Stevens v. Comm'r of Revenue  
Date: November 14, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2020

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator challenged several personal liability assessments that the Commissioner of Revenue made against him based on unpaid petroleum and sales taxes owed by Twin Cities Avanti Stores, LLC (Avanti). On appeal, Relator as...

Schowalter v. State  
Date: October 31, 2012
Docket Number: A12-622

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget, sought validation of certain tobacco appropriation bonds to be issued to refund, in advance of maturity, outstanding tobacco securitizati...

State v. Scruggs  
Date: October 24, 2012
Docket Number: A11-950

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Appellant guilty of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court did not err in (1) denying Appellant's motion to suppres...

ORDER AUTHORIZING E-FILING/E-SERVICE PILOT PROJECT IN JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CASES.
Date: October 24, 2012
Docket Numbers: ADM10-8003, CX-01-926
State v. R.H.B.  
Date: October 17, 2012
Docket Number: A11-660

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with first- and third-degree on the ground that Appellant injured a young child in his care. A jury found Appellant not guilty of both charges, and the district court entered a judgment of acquittal...

Weavewood, Inc. v. S & P Home Invs., LLC  
Date: October 10, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1762

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this dispute over a mortgage was whether statutes of limitations apply to actions for declaratory judgment. The court of appeals reversed in part the district court's grant of summary judgment to Defendant ba...

State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jerry Ben Retzlaff, Appellant.
Date: October 10, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2202
Lussier v. State  
Date: October 10, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2023

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse and was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Defendant did not appeal but subsequently filed a postconviction petitio...

State v. Hokanson  
Date: October 3, 2012
Docket Number: A11-359

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder while committing malicious punishment of a child with a past pattern of child abuse for the death of his seventeen-month-old stepson. The supreme Court affirmed...

Caldas v. Affordable Granite & Stone, Inc.  
Date: September 26, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2173

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether Appellants, who were employees of a contractor that performed work pursuant to a municipal contract with the City of Minneapolis, may recover for the contractor's alleged breach of a pre...

Wallace v. State  
Date: September 26, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1679

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree felony murder, attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and second-degree assault. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions. Fourteen years later,...

Patino v. One 2007 Chevrolet  
Date: September 26, 2012
Docket Number: A11-309

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a vehicle may be judicially forfeited under Minn. Stat. 169A.63 when the vehicle's driver is not convicted of the designated offense of second-degree driving while impaired. Respondent w...

Hardin County Savings Bank v. City of Brainerd Hous. & Redevelopment Auth.  
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1854

Justia Opinion Summary: Six banks (the Banks) alleged that the negligent misrepresentation of Respondent, James H. Bedard, Inc., caused them to be damaged when the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Brainerd defaulted on bonds h...

State v. Davis  
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: A10-731

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree felony murder. The district court sentenced Appellant to life in prison. On appeal, Appellant claimed that numerous errors entitled him to a new trial. The Supr...

Federated Retail Holdings, Inc. v. County of Ramsey  
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2093

Justia Opinion Summary: The county assessor determined that the fair market value of a tax parcel, which was improved by a department store operated by respondent Federated Retail Holdings, Inc., was $17,000,000 for the year 2006. The assessor...

State v. Cox  
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: A11-240

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree felony murder, second-degree intentional murder, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm for the shooting death of a cab driver. The district c...

State v. Milton  
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: A11-809

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of attempted first-degree felony murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions, holding (1) the district c...

State v. Radke  
Date: September 12, 2012
Docket Number: A09-834

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder. At trial, Appellant admitted shooting the victim, but claimed he did so in self-defense and without premeditation. The jury, rejecting Appellant's...

RAM Mut. Ins. Co. v. Rusty Rohde  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2146

Justia Opinion Summary: In this subrogation action, appellant Insurer sought to recover payments it made to its Insured for the repair of water damage allegedly caused by the negligence of respondent, the commercial tenant of Insured. The distr...

Giersdorf v. A & M Constr., Inc.  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the workers' compensation courts had the authority to hear a petition filed by Insured to determine whether Insurer had a duty to defend and indemnify Insured under a policy for workers'...

Limmer v. Ritchie  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: A12-1149

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two cases, Petitioners, members of the Minnesota Legislature and others, filed petitions pursuant to Minn. Stat. 204B.44 seeking an order requiring Mark Ritchie, the Minnesota Secretary of State, to use the titl...

League of Women Voters Minn. v. Ritchie  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: A12-920

Justia Opinion Summary: This action was brought under Minn. Stat. 204B.44 seeking to correct an alleged error in the preparation of the ballot for the general election. Specifically, Petitioners sought to prevent the people of Minnesota from vo...

Remodeling Dimensions, Inc., v. Integrity Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: August 22, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1992

Justia Opinion Summary: A home remodeling contractor (Contractor) received a demand for arbitration regarding allegedly defective work it performed on a remodeling project. Contractor's insurer (Insurer) accepted defense of the claim under a re...

Bobo v. State  
Date: August 22, 2012
Docket Number: A11-70

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder while committing a drive-by shooting and drive-by shooting. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction. In this case, Defendant appealed the summary denial of his sec...

In re Petition of Pfliger  
Date: August 22, 2012
Docket Number: A12-1014

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed with the Secretary of State's (Secretary) office an affidavit of candidacy as the Republican candidate for Minnesota State Senate, District 61. Petitioner's affidavit did not include a telephone number a...

Anderson v. Ritchie  
Date: August 22, 2012
Docket Number: A12-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2012, Petitioner filed an affidavit of candidacy and nominating petition with the Secretary of State's (Secretary) office, seeking to run as an independent candidate for Minnesota state representative. The Secret...

Riley v. State  
Date: August 15, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty by a jury of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder. The district court entered convictions on the three counts of first-degree murder and imposed three co...

Abrahamson v. St. Louis County Sch. Dist.  
Date: August 10, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2162

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a school district is subject to the campaign-finance reporting requirements found in Minn. Stat. 211A and whether the complaint in this matter stated a claim under Minn. Stat. 211B.06, w...

Anderson v. Frontier Commc'ns  
Date: August 10, 2012
Docket Number: A11-834

Justia Opinion Summary: A compensation judge found Respondent was barred from receiving workers' compensation benefits because his written notice of injury, given nearly two years after his last day of work, was not timely and because Responden...

State v. Crawley  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A09-1795

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant guilty of falsely reporting an act of police misconduct under Minn. Stat. 609.505, subd. 2 (the statute) based on the fact that Defendant informed a police officer that another officer forged her s...

Schmidt v. Coons  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was whether an order for protection (OFP) may be issued under the Domestic Abuse Act on behalf of a minor child in the absence of a finding by the district court that the child was a victim of dome...

Braylock v. Jesson  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1754

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a statutory amendment to Minn. Stat. 253B.19, 2(d) effective in August 2010, applied to Appellant's November 2008 petition for provisional or full discharge from civil commitment as a se...

Williams v. Smith  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent brought a claim against Appellants, the University of Minnesota and Orlando Smith, the University's men's basketball coach, alleging that Smith negligently misrepresented that he had authority to hire Responde...

State v. Hurd  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1057

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Appellant guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree murder while committing a kidnapping, second-degree intentional murder, and second-degree felony murder in connection with the stabbing deat...

County of Washington v. City of Oak Park Heights  
Date: August 8, 2012
Docket Number: A11-67

Justia Opinion Summary: County filed a claim for reimbursement with City, alleging that City had overcharged County for sewer and water services. Following consideration at a city council meeting, City denied County's claim. County subsequently...

State v. Clarkin  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of felony harassment/stalking following a plea agreement. Defendant sought to apply jail credit to his harassment/stalking conviction sentence even though the jail credit claim was ba...

Johnson v. Paynesville Farmers Union Coop. Oil Co.  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Johnsons, organic farmers, claimed that while Appellant, a cooperative, was spraying pesticide onto conventionally farmed fields adjacent to the Johnsons' fields, some pesticide contaminated the Johnsons' organic fie...

In re Pamela Andreas Stisser Grantor Trust  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1646

Justia Opinion Summary: Vernon Stisser, the personal representative of the estate of Pamela Stisser, petitioned the district court for an order directing certain payments and disbursements from Pamela's inter vivos trust (Trust). Among other cl...

State v. Grigsby  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1686

Justia Opinion Summary: The State filed a delinquency petition against Appellant, alleging that Appellant committed second-degree intentional murder. The juvenile court certified the proceeding to adult court. Appellant was charged in district...

Jackson v. State  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2045

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder committed for the benefit of a gang and attempted first-degree murder committed for the benefit of a gang. The Supreme Court affirmed Petitioner's convictions. Petitioner s...

Singer v. Comm'r of Revenue  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A11-2282

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a trial, the Minnesota tax court affirmed an order of the Commissioner of Revenue calculating the value of the estate of Ruth Singer and assessing the estate the sum of $69,679 in taxes and interest. The Suprem...

State v. Hanks  
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Number: A11-749

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Appellant, Betsy Marie Hanks, guilty of first- and second-degree murder for the shooting death of her romantic partner. In preparation for trial, Hanks sought and received funding from the district court to...

CORRECTION ORDER PROMULGATING AMENDMENTS REGARDING E-FILING TO THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE, AND RULES OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS OF THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: ADM04-8001, ADM09-8006, ADM09-8009, ADM10-8011, ADM10-8050, ADM10-8051, C4-84-2133, C4-85-1848, C4-94-1646, C6-84-2134, CX-89-1863, CX-89-1963
ORDER AMENDING RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
Date: August 1, 2012
Docket Numbers: ADM10-8049, C1-84-2137
State v. Krause  
Date: July 25, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1091

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with three counts of fourth-degree controlled substance crime and one count of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. A public defender was appointed to represent him. Prior to trial, the...

John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis  
Date: July 25, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1951

Justia Opinion Summary: John Doe 76C (Doe) claimed the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona (Dioceses) were liable for his damages resulting from alleged sexual abuse in the early 1980s by a priest under the Diocese...

Beuning Family LP v. County of Stearns  
Date: July 25, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1479

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Stearns County changed the tax classification of property co-owned by Respondent from residential nonhomestead to commercial. Respondent filed a petition under Minn. Stat. 278.01, claiming the property was miscl...

Miller v. State
Date: July 18, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2047
Carlton v. State
Date: July 18, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2061
Miller v. State  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2047

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Alexander Miller pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder of Crystal Lindorff by an Alford plea on March 11, 2005. Appellant's conviction was not reviewed on direct appeal. On May 11, 2009, Appellant...

Sanchez v. State  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2195

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted, after a stipulated facts bench trial, of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. More than five years after his conviction became final, Defendant filed a petition for postconviction r...

Glorvigen v. Cirrus Design Corp.  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1242

Justia Opinion Summary: This case required the Supreme Court to decide whether an airplane manufacturer owed a duty to a noncommercial pilot who, after purchasing an airplane from the manufacturer but failing to receive all of the flight traini...

State v. Ndikum  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1728

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Christian Ndikum was charged with possession of a pistol in public after he carried a briefcase containing a gun into a courthouse. At trial, Respondent requested that the district court instruct the jury that...

State v. Hohenwald  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1986

Justia Opinion Summary: After a grand jury indicted Defendant on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of first-degree felony murder, and two counts of second-degree murder, the district court convicted Defendant on both co...

Carlton v. State  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree murder while committing criminal sexual conduct. Appellant filed a notice of direct appeal, which the Supreme Court stayed pending postconvicti...

Anderson v. Christopherson  
Date: July 11, 2012
Docket Number: A11-191

Justia Opinion Summary: This case required the Supreme Court to interpret the Minnesota dog owner's liability statute. Respondent Gordon Anderson was injured during an attack on his dog by another dog named Bruno, owned by Respondent Neil Chris...

State v. Brown  
Date: July 3, 2012
Docket Number: A10-992

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerrell Brown was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree murder for the benefit of a gang in connection with a shooting death. On appeal, Brown (1) challenged his conviction, claiming that the trial court violated...

Campos v. State  
Date: June 20, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1395

Justia Opinion Summary: In a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, Respondent Reyes Campos argued the the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, which held that the Sixth Amendment right to counsel included the right to be informed...

Tatro v. Univ. of Minn.  
Date: June 20, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1440

Justia Opinion Summary: When Appellant Amanda Tatro was a junior in the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota, she posted statements on Facebook which she described as "satirical commentary and violent fantasy about her school...

State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs Mitchell Ray Gerold, Appellant.
Date: June 13, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1545
Quade v. Secura Ins.  
Date: June 13, 2012
Docket Number: A10-714

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the scope of an appraisal clause in a fire and wind insurance policy, which provided that either party could demand an appraisal if the parties failed to agree on "the amount of loss." Insureds...

State v. Smith  
Date: June 6, 2012
Docket Number: A10-916

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Brandon Smith with gross misdemeanor possession of a pistol without a permit and misdemeanor illegal transportation of a firearm. The charges resulted from Smith's possession of a pistol retrieved from...

Hansen v. Robert Half Int'l, Inc.  
Date: May 30, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1558

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Robert Half International (RHI) terminated Appellant Kim Hansen's employment shortly after she returned from maternity leave and failed to reinstate her to the same or similar position. Hansen filed an action...

Pepper v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.  
Date: May 30, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2090

Justia Opinion Summary: Tammy Pepper suffered injuries in a single-vehicle accident when she was struck by a pickup truck owned by her sister and driven by her stepfather. Pepper subsequently sought insurance benefits under three policies. Firs...

Curtis v. Altria Group, Inc.  
Date: May 30, 2012
Docket Number: A10-215

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents brought this action on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated against Philip Morris, alleging that Philip Morris's marketing of its cigarettes violated Minnesota's consumer protection statutes. Re...

State v. Pratt  
Date: May 23, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2323

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Appellant Marlon Pratt was convicted of seventeen counts of theft by swindle and two counts of racketeering. On appeal, the court of appeals affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for re...

State v. Beecroft  
Date: May 23, 2012
Docket Number: A09-390

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicole Beecroft was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder for the stabbing death of her newborn baby. The key factual issue at trial was whether Beecroft's baby was alive or dead when stabbed by Beecroft. Each...

State v. Rhoads  
Date: May 23, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1568

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Denon Rhoads was initially charged with a single count of second-degree burglary. At a pretrial hearing, Rhoads asserted his right to self-representation and signed a written waiver of counsel. The State later...

LaMont v. Independent School District #728  
Date: May 16, 2012
Docket Number: A10-543

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Carol LaMont filed suit against her employer, a school district, for violations of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). Appellant claimed that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment based on her...

78th St. OwnerCo, LLC v. County of Hennepin  
Date: May 16, 2012
Docket Number: A11-128

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator 78th Street OwnerCo, LLC, the owner and landlord of a hotel, filed petitions contesting Hennepin County's assessments of its property for property taxes payable in 2008 and 2009, along with the taxes due in 2008...

State v. Carridine  
Date: May 9, 2012
Docket Number: A09-1412

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Chaun Carridine was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err by rejecting Carridine's chall...

State v. Campbell  
Date: May 9, 2012
Docket Number: A10-0512

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was how to calculate an offender's criminal history score when the court permissively imposes a felony sentence consecutive to a gross misdemeanor sentence. Respondent Tito Campbell was convicted o...

State v. Campbell  
Date: May 9, 2012
Docket Number: A10-512

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was how to calculate an offender's criminal history score when the court permissively imposes a felony sentence consecutive to a gross misdemeanor sentence. Respondent Tito Campbell was convicted...

Nguyen v. Audio Commc'ns  
Date: May 9, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator Minh Nguyen was injured after falling from a ladder while employed by Audio Communications. Nguyen filed an amended petition to seek benefits for permanent total disability, but his petition did not seek to estab...

Eclipse Architectural Group, Inc. v. Lam  
Date: May 2, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1607

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved two mechanic's liens foreclosed against a hotel property. An agent of the lien claimants personally served mechanic's liens statements on the property owner. Appellant, a community bank, challenged the...

In re S.M.  
Date: May 2, 2012
Docket Number: A10-2127

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of dispute between two counties over which county was the "county of financial responsibility" for the out-of-home placement costs incurred after October 1, 2008, for a minor child named S.M. The Minn...

Daly v. McFarland  
Date: April 25, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1184

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Daly sued Zachary McFarland for injuries sustained from an accident. The jury returned a special verdict form finding that both Daly and McFarland were negligent, but that Daly's negligence was not a direct c...

State v. Patterson  
Date: April 25, 2012
Docket Number: A10-563

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Adrian Patterson and his codefendant Leroy Paul were indicted for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Patterson was scheduled to be tried in a joint trial with Paul. For his defense, Patterso...

State v. Sahr  
Date: April 25, 2012
Docket Number: A10-74

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Michael Sahr with first-degree criminal sexual contact. Defense counsel moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the facts, as alleged in the complaint, were insufficient to support the charged offe...

Hughes v. State  
Date: April 25, 2012
Docket Number: A11-472

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Robert Hughes was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder for the shooting death of his wife. The trial court sentenced Hughes to life imprisonment and ordered him to pay restitution to the Crime Victims...

Frazier v. Burlington N. Santa Fe Corp.  
Date: April 19, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2212

Justia Opinion Summary: A collision at a railroad crossing between a vehicle and a freight train owned and operated by the BNSF Railway Company resulted in the deaths of all four occupants of the car. The representatives of the decedents' estat...

Staab v. Diocese of St. Cloud  
Date: April 18, 2012
Docket Number: A09-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Alice Ann Staab brought suit against Defendant Diocese of St. Cloud for injuries she sustained on premises Defendant owned and operated. A special jury verdict attributed fifty percent of the negligence to the...

State v. Boldman  
Date: April 18, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1235

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jabaris Curt Boldman was found guilty by a jury of first-degree felony murder and second-degree intentional murder. The district court entered judgment of conviction for first-degree felony murder and imposed a...

State v. Ortega  
Date: April 18, 2012
Docket Number: A10-765

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Appellant Danny Ortega was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree premeditated murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Ortega's conviction, holding (1) the district court did not err in denying...

In re Lonergan  
Date: April 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: Peter Lonergan and Robert Kunshier were both indeterminately civilly committed to the Minnesota sex offender program. Lonergan and Kunshier each sought relief from his commitment by filing a pro se motion under Minn. R....

Schatz v. Interfaith Care Ctr.  
Date: April 11, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1171

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee was injured in a work-related accident in Minnesota and then moved to Wyoming where she received medical treatment. The Wyoming medical providers submitted their charges to Employer's workers' compensation insur...

Frazier v. Burlington N. Santa Fe Corp.  
Date: March 28, 2012
Docket Number: A09-2212

Justia Opinion Summary: A collision between an automobile and a freight train owned and operated by the BNSF Railway Company resulted in the deaths of all four occupants of the car. Plaintiffs, the representatives of the decedents' estates, bro...

DeCook v. Rochester Int'l Airport Joint Zoning Bd.  
Date: March 28, 2012
Docket Number: A09-969

Justia Opinion Summary: The Rochester International Joint Zoning Board enacted a zoning ordinance that increased the size of a runway safety zone and changed the restrictions within the safety zone to allow fewer types of uses of land within th...

Anderson v. State  
Date: March 28, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant Daniel Anderson was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend's nineteen-month-old son. Anderson filed a petition for postconviction relief, arguing that it was error...

Fannie Mae v. Heather Apartments Ltd. P'ship  
Date: March 21, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: The property at issue in this case was the interest of Respondent, the judgment debtor, in a spendthrift trust. The district court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting Respondent from disposing of any money or prope...

United Prairie Bank-Mountain Lake v. Haugen Nutrition & Equip., LLC  
Date: March 14, 2012
Docket Number: A09-607

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, Leland and Ilene Haugen and Haugen Nutrition and Equipment, defaulted on promissory notes held by respondent United Prairie Bank-Mountain Lake (UPB). The various loan agreements between the parties contained...

Rohmiller v. Hart  
Date: February 29, 2012
Docket Number: A10-1348

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelli Rohmiller was the sister of the mother of B.H. After B.H.'s mother died, B.H.'s father, Andrew Hart, was awarded custody of B.H. Rohmiller and her father, Clayton Rohmiller, subsequently petitioned the district cou...

State v. Brist  
Date: February 22, 2012
Docket Number: A10-979

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted on six controlled substance crimes. The court of appeals affirmed Brist's convictions but remanded for the district court to modify Brist's sentence. On appeal, Brist argued that the admission of...

State v. Fleck  
Date: February 15, 2012
Docket Number: A10-681

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Ronald Fleck with second-degree assault after he stabbed his former girlfriend. During the trial, after all the evidence was presented to the jury, the district court submitted two forms of assault to t...

State v. Tanksley  
Date: February 8, 2012
Docket Number: A10-392

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Herman Tanksley, Jr. was convicted of fourth-degree driving while impaired, which is driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. Tanksley appealed, arguing that he was entitled to a Frye-Mack hearing...

Emerson v. Indep. Sch. Dist. 199  
Date: February 2, 2012
Docket Number: A09-1134

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was employed by School District for three school years as the activities director and for one school year as interim middle school principal. Subsequently, School District terminated Appellant's employment. App...

State v. Johnson  
Date: January 25, 2012
Docket Number: A09-247

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Randolph Johnson was charged with felony domestic assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. As part of a negotiated plea, Defendant pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor domestic assault, and t...

In re M.L.M.  
Date: January 25, 2012
Docket Number: A09-875

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a juvenile, was petitioned for a felony and then adjudicated delinquent of a misdemeanor arising out of the same set of circumstances. The court ordered that Appellant provide a biological speciman to determin...

444 Lafayette, LLC v. County of Ramsey  
Date: January 25, 2012
Docket Number: A11-1014

Justia Opinion Summary: Relators, two businesses, sought certiorari review of the Minnesota Tax Court's determination of the fair market value on the 2007, 2008, and 2009 assessment dates for an office building located in Ramsey County. At tria...

Colbert v. State  
Date: January 25, 2012
Docket Number: A11-717

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Darryl Colbert was convicted of premeditated first-degree murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Colbert's conviction on direct appeal. Colbert subsequently filed five petitions for postconviction relief, and the p...

PROMULGATION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE MINNESOTA GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE FOR THE DISTRICT COURTS RELATING TO FAMILY COURT MATTERS AND THE PILOT PROJECT ON AUDIO AND VIDEO COVERAGE IN CERTAIN CIVIL COURT PROCEEDINGS.
Date: January 25, 2012
Docket Numbers: ADM04-8001, ADM09-8006, ADM09-8009, ADM10-8011, ADM10-8050, ADM10-8051, C4-84-2133, C4-85-1848, C4-94-1646, C6-84-2134, CX-89-1863, CX-89-1963
State v. Ferguson  
Date: January 11, 2012
Docket Number: A10-540

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Ferguson was convicted of one count of felony drive-by shooting at an occupied building and eight counts of second-degree assault, arising out of an incident in which multiple shots were fired at a duplex occupie...

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