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FILED Wednesday, May 18, 2016


A15-0267       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maureen Ndidiamaka Onyelobi, Appellant.
                        Hennepin County.
            1.         Because appellant’s arrest was supported by probable cause, the district court did not err in denying appellant’s motion to suppress evidence found as a result of the arrest.
            2.         Because appellant failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination as to one juror and failed to establish that the State’s race-neutral reasons were pretextual regarding two additional jurors, the district court did not clearly err in rejecting appellant’s claim that the State’s exercise of peremptory challenges violated Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). 
            3.         Because the jury instructions on accomplice liability accurately reflected Minnesota law, the district court did not abuse its discretion in instructing the jury.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A14-1464       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Heather Leann Horst, Appellant.
                        Ramsey County.
            1.    The appellant’s statements were admissible at trial because police investigators obtained them during a non-custodial interview.
            2.   Exigent circumstances justified the warrantless seizure of the appellant’s cellphone.
            3.   Even if the district court erred when it approved the search warrants for the appellant’s medical records, any error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.
            4.   Even if the district court erred when it failed to give an accomplice-corroboration jury instruction sua sponte, any error did not affect the appellant’s substantial rights.
            5.   The evidence was sufficient to support the appellant’s conviction of first-degree premeditated murder.
            6.   The district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied the appellant’s request to remove a juror for cause.
            Affirmed.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Took no part, Justices Natalie E. Hudson and Margaret H. Chutich.

A14-0584       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Julian Sanchez-Sanchez, Appellant.
                        Court of Appeals.
            1.   The Minnesota Rules of Evidence apply to Blakely court trials. 
            2.   The district court erred when it failed to apply the rules of evidence to appellant’s Blakely court trial, but the unobjected-to error was not plain. 
            Affirmed as modified.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Justices G. Barry Anderson and Christopher J. Dietzen.
            Took no part, Justice Margaret H. Chutich.



A15-1888       In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Jill Alane Poppe Mackenzie, a
                        Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0212568.
                        Supreme Court.
            Indefinitely suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.
            Took no part, Justice David L. Lillehaug.



ADM10-8008             Rules for Admission to the Bar
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar to be effective July 1, 2016.



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FILED Tuesday, May 17, 2016

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.       State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Freeman – A15-1451 – Denied
2.       Kenneth H. Zimmerman, et al., Gary C. Berndt, et al. vs. Sauk River Watershed District – A15-0782 – Denied
3.       State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Lamonthe White – A15-0608 – Denied
4.       Eugene Lee Rushton vs. State of Minnesota – A15-0584 – Granted
5.       Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. vs. Kenneth M. Njema – A16-0386 – Dismissed
6.       Lovell Nahmor Oates vs. State of Minnesota – A15-0788 – Granted/Stayed
7.       State of Minnesota vs. Gonsalo Cosme-Garcia – A15-0470 – Denied
8.       State of Minnesota vs. Timothy Andrew Swan – A15-0832 – Denied
9.       Founders Insurance Company vs. James Yates – A15-1174 – Granted
10.     State of Minnesota vs. Michael Marshall Johnson, a/k/a Michael Tate – A15-0391 – Denied
11.     State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Robert Dornsbach – A15-0590 – Denied
12.     State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Earl Westergaard – A15-0582 – Denied
13.     State of Minnesota vs. Braelyn Janay Heldt – A15-0877 – Denied
14.     State of Minnesota vs. Faith Annette Jenson – A15-0416 – Denied
15.     Danielle Ann Schanze vs. Daniel Frederick Schanze – A15-0231 – Denied
16.     State of Minnesota vs. Jeremia Joseph Loper – A15-0509 – Denied
17.     State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Harvey Bellanger – A15-0150 – Denied
18.     State of Minnesota vs. Emery Scott Whitt – A15-0465 – Denied
19.     Karl Arthur Keene vs. State of Minnesota – A15-0796 – Denied
20.     Troy K. Scheffler vs. City of Anoka, et al. & City of Coon Rapids – A16-0252 – Denied
21.     State of Minnesota vs. Max Dylan Loosen-Scholer – A15-1095 – Denied
22.     Anita J. Howard vs. Shelly R. Svoboda, M.D., et al. – A15-0896 – Granted
23.     State of Minnesota vs. Sherman Peak  – A15-0355 – Denied
24.     State of Minnesota vs. Derrick Lee Riddle – A15-0522 – Denied
25.     State of Minnesota vs. Casimir Robert Krithers – A16-0201 – Denied
26.     Craig L. Anderson on behalf of the Estate of Leslie R. Anderson vs. Hans Carlson, et al. – A15-1443 – Denied
27.     State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Alan Pourrier – A14-0568 – Stay vacated, denied