Court of Appeals Opinions



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Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, October 14, 2019



A19-0586        State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Jesse Alan Sexter, Respondent.
                         Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.
            A law-enforcement officer may seize an item pursuant to a search warrant if the item is described in the search warrant, if there is a strong relationship between the seized item and the things described in the search warrant, or if the seized item clearly and definitely relates to the suspected criminal conduct that gave rise to the issuance of the search warrant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, October 14, 2019

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A19-0373
            Marcus Kendrick Jones, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.
 
2.         A18-2150
            Aaron Di Luong, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Julie Ho, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Concurring in part, dissenting, Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas Fraser.

3.         A18-2128
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: James Allen Sleen.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.

4.         A19-0780
            In re Welfare of Child of: J. D. & B. D., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Laura Nelson.

5.         A19-0313
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terrance Trevelle Hill, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.

6.         A19-0523
            SRRT Properties, LP, Respondent, IDC Properties, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. Nova Consulting
            Group, Inc., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Concurring, Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.

7.         A19-0207, A19-0209
            In the Matter of the Denial of a Contested Case Hearing Request and Modification of a
            Notice of Coverage Under Individual National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
            Feedlot Permit No. MN0067652, for the Proposed Expansion of Daley Farms of
            Lewiston LLP, Daley Farms of Lewiston LLP 1, and Daley Farms of Lewiston LLP 7
            Section 16, Utica Township (A19-0207), and In the Matter of the Decision on the Need
            for an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Daley Farms of Lewiston, LLP
            –  2018 Dairy Expansion Utica Township, Winona County, Minnesota (A19-0209).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

8.         A18-1673
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Lee Nelson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Pugh.

9.         A19-0121
            Elijah Ahmad Milsap, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.

10.       A18-1645
            Bob Springer, Respondent, vs. Amy M. Lopez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

11.       A19-0904
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: L. M. D. and J. D. C., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Gretchen Thilmony.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
October 14, 2019



1.         A19-0312
            William Antonio McClendon, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, October 14, 2019

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