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These opinions were released by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Digest: Nov. 8, 2017



Property Valuation

Relators initiated this action, which challenged the property taxes that county assessed against their property. The Tax Court denied relief to relators and they appealed. The Supreme Court held that the Tax Court did not make any errors of law and the record supported the court’s findings and conclusions. Affirmed.

A17-0419 Johnson v. County of Hennepin (Tax Court)



Postconviction Relief

Evidentiary Hearing

In this case involving first-degree murder, appellant appealed from the denial of his second petition for postconviction relief. At issue was whether the postconviction court abused its discretion when it denied the petition without holding an evidentiary hearing. The Supreme Court held that the postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it summarily denied appellant’s petition because, even if appellant proved the facts alleged in the petition at an evidentiary hearing, the petition, files, and records of the proceedings conclusively showed that appellant was entitled to no relief. Affirmed.

A17-0404 Zornes v. State (Clay County)



Attorney Discipline


The suspension of Theresa A. Freeman was extended, and she cannot petition for reinstatement for 18 months.

A17-0712 In re Freeman


Attorney Discipline


Shawn Patrick Siders was suspended from the practice of law, with no right to petition for reinstatement for 2 years.

A17-0514 In re Siders

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