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Court of Appeals Opinions


Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday. When a Monday is a holiday, opinions are issued on Tuesday.   

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (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.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on other business days.  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 and previously released Special Term Orders.
 

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential 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 of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, June 10, 2024


A23-1524   Joel Armen Underwood, III., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                   Anoka County District Court, Hon. Todd R. Schoffelman.
          When a district court’s order accurately informs a defendant of their legal obligations under the then-existing version of Minn. Stat. § 624.713, and the legislature later modifies those obligations by amending section 624.713, the state does not violate a defendant’s due-process rights by charging the defendant for a violation of the amended statute.
          Affirmed. Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.

A23-1037   State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Terrell McNeal, Jr., Appellant.
                    Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Andrea J. Lieser.
          Because appellant’s apartment door handle and lock were within the home’s curtilage for purposes of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and article I, section 10, of the Minnesota Constitution, law-enforcement officers were required to obtain a search warrant supported by probable cause to swab those areas for the purpose of detecting trace amounts of controlled substances.
          Reversed. Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.

A23-1511   Carlos Heard, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                    Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.
          Assuming the Teague standard applies to state statutory and substantive law, neither State v. Coleman, 957 N.W.2d 72 (Minn. 2021), nor State v. Noor, 964 N.W.2d 424 (Minn. 2021), announced new rules of law concerning the mental state element of third degree depraved mind murder under Minn. Stat. § 609.195(a) (2020) and thus do not apply retroactively to convictions that were final when Coleman and Noor were announced.
          Affirmed. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.

A23-0902   State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Samuel Alejondro Torrez, Appellant.
                    Polk County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Scott Remick.
          At a trial for refusal to submit to chemical testing pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 169A.20, subd. 2(2) (2018), the state does not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that law enforcement had probable cause to believe the defendant was driving while impaired if there was a valid search warrant for a blood or urine test supported by probable cause.
          Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Sarah Wheelock.

A23-1806   In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: R. V. M. and J. R. M., Parents.
A23-1807   Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Andrea J. Lieser.
          1. The pendency of an appeal from a district court order involuntarily terminating a parent’s parental rights to one or more children does not preclude that order from giving rise to a presumption of palpable unfitness under Minnesota Statutes section 260C.301, subdivision 1(b)(4) (2022).
          2. To meet the burden of production necessary to rebut the presumption of palpable unfitness arising from an involuntary termination of parental rights under Minnesota Statute section 260C.301, subdivision (1)(b)(4) (2022), a parent must produce evidence related to the statutory reasons identified by the district court as a basis for the involuntary termination to support a finding that the parent is suitable to be entrusted with the care of the children.
          Affirmed. Judge JaPaul J Harris.
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, June 10, 2024

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)


1.   A23-1528
      David Bissen, et al., Appellants, vs. City of Crystal, Respondent, JUFH Enterprises LLC, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Thomas J. Conley.

2.   A23-1085
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Carl Douglas Smith, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Aitkin County District Court, Hon. David F. Hermerding.

3.   A23-1043
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Dran Thomas, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller .

4.   A23-0953
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Evan James Fasthorse, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Renee L. Worke.
      Stearns County District Court, Hon. Heidi E. Schultz.

5.   A23-1375
      Michael B. Scott, Relator, vs. Jerry's Enterprises, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Kevin G. Ross.
      Department of Employment and Economic Development

6.   A23-1566
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Amanda Lee Jensrud, Appellant.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. Thomas R. Lehmann.

7.   A23-1458
      Robert Bryant Salley, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina Kilbo Stevens.

8.   A23-0927
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jennifer Lynn Nagle, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Dissenting, Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Swift County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.

9.   A23-0872
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ronnie Price, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

10. A23-0809, A23-1099
      Rashad Ramon Ivy, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
      Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy D. Bartscher.

11. A23-0882
      Jhonathan J. Robinson, Appellant, vs. Robert R. Amos, et al., Respondents.
      Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Patrick D. Robben.

12. A23-1445
      Doris A. Seward, Respondent, vs. Taylor Florin-Clemants, Appellant, John Doe, et al.,Defendants.
      Affirmed. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette .

13. A23-1256
      Tonya M. Keim, Respondent, vs. Jeremy R. Keim, Appellant, County of Fillmore, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
      Fillmore County District Court, Sangeeta Jain, Child Support Magistrate.

14. A23-1525
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jill Marie Zetterwall, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

15. A23-1217
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damarcus Deontay Holloway, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Jennifer Frisch.
      Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.

16. A23-1695
      State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Samantha Dana Schroeder, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Elise Larson.
      Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Keala C. Ede.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

17. A22-1745
      State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ethan Joseph Metzer, Appellant.
      Affirmed. Judge Elise Larson.
      Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Patrick M. Biren.

18. A24-0067
      In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Leah Christina Graeber.
      Affirmed. Judge Jonathan P. Schmidt.
      Dakota County District Court, Hon. Vicki Taylor.
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
June 10, 2024


1.   A23-1908
      Dale Channing Casebolt, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
      Clearwater County District Court, Hon. Eric P. Schieferdecker.

2.   A23-0978
      Alexis Hancock, Relator, vs. Aldrich Boarding Care, LLC, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge Randall J. Slieter.
      Department of Employment and Economic Development.

3.   A23-1159
      Johnny Earl Edwards, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
      Reversed and remanded. Judge Sarah Wheelock.
      Anoka County District Court, Hon. Dyanna L. Street.

4.   A23-1683
      Lannon Lavar Burdunice, Appellant, vs. Guy Bosch, Respondent.
      Affirmed. Judge JaPaul J Harris.
      Washington County District Court, Hon. Siv Mjanger.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsAs of June 1, 2023, the Court of Appeals no longer provides opinion sets in Word Document format and Rich Text Format. Opinions are available in PDF format under the Opinions tabs on this site.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, June 10, 2024

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