State v. Beciraj

20030035 State of North Dakota, Plaintiff and Appellee
Hajrija Beciraj, Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge Norman J. Backes
Nature of Action: Arson
Appellant: Steven D. Mottinger
Appellee: Lisa K Fair McEvers , Asst. State's Attorney
Appellant: Douglas W. Nesheim
Appellant: David J. Chapman
Term: 10/2003   Argument: 10/07/2003
ND cite: 2003 ND 173
NW cite: 671 N.W.2d 250

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether there was insufficient evidence to support the jury verdict finding Hajrija Beciraj guilty of conspiracy to commit arson.
II. Whether the judgment on the verdict should be reversed because hearsay statements attributed to Defendant's husband and which were not made in furtherance of the alleged conspiracy were used in order to convict her.
III. Whether it was reversible error for the trial court to admit, over the objection of counsel under rules 403 and 404(b) of the North Dakota Rules of Evidence, evidence of a prior home fire.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether evidence showing an agreement and an overt act was sufficient to support the jury verdict finding Hajrija guilty of conspiracy to commit arson.
II. Whether the trial court properly admitted statements of co-conspirator Sadik Beciraj.
III. Whether the trial court properly admitted evidence of a previous fire and proceeds therefrom that the defendants had received.

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Docket entries:
102/05/2003 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 02/03/2003
202/05/2003 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 02/03/2003
302/24/2003 DISK of transcripts (electronically filed)
402/25/2003 TRANSCRIPTS DATED 6-25-02; 7-25-02; 9-18-02; 10-16-02 (Filed in 20030030)
502/26/2003 Copy of letter from Richard Edinger to Cass Co. Clerk's Office dated 2-24-03 RE:new ct appt counsel
603/04/2003 RECORD ON APPEAL & Transcript dated 7-25-02 (Not rec'd: #6&16--SA Scheduling Orders; 17&24--Tapes;
703/04/2003 29--SA Notice of Hearing; & 49--Steno Notes) (NOTE: THE EXHIBITS FOR THIS CASE WERE FILED IN
803/04/2003 SUPREME COURT NO. 20030030; Cass Co. # 02-K-01930)
903/25/2003 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Steven W. Randall)
1003/25/2003 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT (MTR). Granted: 05/04/2003
1104/15/2003 DISK - Transcript commencing January 21, 2003 (3 Vols) (electronically transmitted)
1204/17/2003 TRANSCRIPTS commencing January 21, 2003 (3 Vols.) (FILED IN 20030030)
1304/25/2003 Transcript of Sentencing Dated 1-24-03 (Filed in 20030030)
1404/25/2003 DISK (e-mailed) - TRA of Sentencing dated 1-24-03 (marked TR1)
1505/30/2003 APPELLANT BRIEF
1706/02/2003 DISK - ATB
1806/27/2003 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF & Affidavit in Support
1906/27/2003 E-FILED MOTION (MAE, faxed)
2006/27/2003 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 08/04/2003
2106/30/2003 Original of Faxed Motion for Ext/time appellee brief and Aff. of Service
2208/04/2003 APPELLEE BRIEF
2308/06/2003 DISK - AEB
2410/07/2003 APPEARANCES: Douglas W. Nesheim; Lisa K. Fair McEvers
2510/07/2003 ARGUED: Nesheim; McEvers (Vol. Y; Page 155)
2811/13/2003 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
2911/17/2003 Order/Judgment Mailed to Parties
3011/25/2003 Mot. Ext/Time Petition for Rehearing
3111/25/2003 ACTION BY CLERK (MPR). Granted: 12/03/2003
3211/25/2003 E-FILED MOTION (MPR)
3312/03/2003 PETITION FOR REHEARING (e-filed)
3412/03/2003 E-FILED Petition for Rehearing
3512/19/2003 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Petition for Rehearing). Denied
3612/31/2003 MANDATE
3811/18/2009 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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