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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

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

 

A14-1692       Eugene Erick Fort, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                     Hennepin County.
           The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied appellant’s second postconviction petition.
           Affirmed.  Justice Alan C. Page.


A13-0961       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Muniz Bustos, Appellant.
                     McLeod County.
           1.   The district court committed plain error when it precluded defense counsel from arguing that the State had failed to prove any alleged incident of prior domestic abuse beyond a reasonable doubt.
           2.   The district court also committed plain error when it gave the jury an incorrect definition of domestic abuse.
           3.   The cumulative effect of the district court’s errors affected appellant’s substantial rights.  A new trial on the charge of first-degree domestic-abuse murder is required because the errors, taken together, seriously affected the fairness, integrity, and public reputation of judicial proceedings.
           4.   There is no reasonable possibility that the exclusion of the preliminary breath test results contributed to the jury’s finding of guilt on the second-degree intentional murder charge.  Therefore, even if the exclusion was erroneous, any potential error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.
           Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for a new trial.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
           Dissenting, Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.

  


(Added to website 3/27/15)
ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW
Filed - March 25, 2015

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

 

1.        State of Minnesota vs. Carl Antonio Wilks – A13-2261 – Denied
2.        Terry Boyd vs. BNSF Railway Company – A14-0277 – Granted
3.        Loren J. Zutz, et al. vs. John Nelson, et al. – A14-0573 – Denied      
4.        State of Minnesota vs. Rickford Rehmann Munger – A13-1215 – Denied
5.        State of Minnesota vs. Justin Christopher Mitchell – A14-0125 – Denied
6.        State of Minnesota vs. Thomas Jerard Swenson – A13-2367 – Denied
7.        State of Minnesota vs. Eric Jerome Johnson – A13-1678 – Denied
8.        Gary Michael Lusso vs. Muriel Elaine Lusso Quiggle – A14-0393 – Denied
9.        Phillip Anthony Roberts vs. State of Minnesota – A14-0598 – Denied
10.      State of Minnesota vs. Paris Treall Haines – A14-0034 – Denied
11.      State of Minnesota vs. Chris William Savage – A14-0357 – Denied
12.      State of Minnesota vs. Clinton Robert Zenzius – A13-2257 – Denied
13.      Daniel Justin Olson vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1001 – Denied
14.      State of Minnesota vs. Tyshawn Lanier Darden – A14-0390 – Denied
15.      State of Minnesota vs. Javonate James McNeal – A14-0127 – Denied
16.      Shawn Michael O’Connell vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1296 – Granted/Stayed
17.      Timothy E. Lewis vs. Paul J. Borchert, et al. – A14-0379, A14-0564 – Denied
18.      In re the Marriage of:  Sandra Sue Grazzini-Rucki, Michelle L. MacDonald, et al.    
           vs. David Victor Rucki, County of Dakota, Intervenor, Linda Olup, Esq., Elizabeth          
           Henry, Esq., Respondent, Jennifer Evans, Esq. – A14-0524 – Denied
19.      Jerryl William Bobo vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1481 – Denied
20.      LaVonne Pfeil, Individually and as Trustee for Heirs of Henry Pfeil, deceased vs. St.
           Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession
           of Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, et al. – A14-0605 – Granted
21.      State of Minnesota vs. Abe Joseph Boushee – A14-0038 – Denied
22.      State of Minnesota vs. Ernest Henry Chouinard – A13-1910 – Denied
23.      Steven Daniel Waldor vs. State of Minnesota – A14-0332 – Denied
24.      Oji Konata Markham vs. State of Minnesota – A14-1093 – Denied

  


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