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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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



A16-1883        Andrew Joseph Dikken, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                         Yellow Medicine County.
            The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it denied the appellant’s request to withdraw his guilty plea.
            Affirmed.  Justice David R. Stras.


A15-0689        In re Petition for Reinstatement of Louis Andrew Stockman, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0241210.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.  The panel’s finding that petitioner has not proven a moral change was clearly erroneous.  Based on our independent review of the record, we conclude that petitioner has proven by clear and convincing evidence that he has undergone a moral change.
            2.  Because petitioner has shown by clear and convincing evidence that he has satisfied the requirements for reinstatement to the practice of law in Minnesota, we reinstate petitioner, subject to a 2-year period of supervised probation.
            Petition granted.  Per Curiam.


A16-1308        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Geoffrey R. Saltzstein, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0390484.
                         Supreme Court.
            Disbarment is the appropriate discipline for an attorney who misappropriated client funds, made false statements to clients, failed to diligently handle client matters, failed to communicate with clients, failed to enter into proper fee agreements and communicate the basis of rates and fees, and failed to cooperate with the Director’s investigations.
            Per Curiam.
 
 
 

ORDERS

 
A07-1650        In re Petition for Reinstatement to the Practice of Law of Stanley J. Leino, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 272292.
                         Supreme Court.
            Motion to modify terms of probation granted.  Justice David R. Stras.


A16-0227        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Ignatius Chukwuemeka Udeani, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0300615.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.

A17-0097        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against William H. Cowell, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0019409.
                         Supreme Court.
            Indefinitely suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.

 
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ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, June 20, 2017


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)


1.      Esmeralda Sorchaga vs. Ride Auto, LLC, et al. – A16-0855 – Granted in part
2.      Ronnie Jerome Jackson, III vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0751 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Douglas Frederick Gratz – A16-1097 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Walter Jerry Prince, III – A16-1140 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Jennifer Marie Johnson – A16-1426 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Tyrell Deon Wilson – A16-0447 –Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Michael Dax – A16-0797 – Granted/Stayed
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Michael Timothy Reiten – A16-0572 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Robert Arthur Litzau – A16-0907 – Denied
10.    In Re:  Court Ordered MSA 103E.715 Subd 6 – Repair Matter – A16-1431 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Andre Verlin Anderson – A16-0565; A16-0880 – Denied
12.    Bryant Avenue Baptist Church vs. City of Minneapolis – A16-1328 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Lionel Lopez – A16-0947 – Granted
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Michael Alan Kalberg – A16-0566 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Joel Alejo-Rubio – A16-0689 – Denied
16.    Jeffrey Paul Hofmann vs. Enterprise Leasing Company of Minnesota, LLC, et al., ABRA Minnesota, Inc., et al. – A16-0869 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Patrick McShane – A16-0552 – Denied
18.    Richard S. Little vs. Kenneth R. Streeter, et al. – A16-1235 – Denied
19.    J. K., a minor, by and through K. Kimball, as parent and natural guardian vs. New Horizon Kids Quest, Inc. – A16-0704 – Denied
20.    ARU Properties, LLC vs. Letron Clark, Defendant, Lasonderia Rogers – A16-1126 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Ryan – A16-0473 – Denied
22.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Eugene Phillip Kropp – A16-1944 – Denied
23.    Michael Nicolai Ohnstad vs. Leilani Lynn Ohnstad, County of Rice – A16-1779 – Denied
24.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Bryce Vincent Haugen – A16-1844 – Denied
25.    Khairul Bashar vs. Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners – A17-0562 – Denied