State v. Sorenson

20080132 State of North Dakota, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Tamara Sorenson, Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, Southeast Judicial District, Wells County
Judge James M. Bekken
Nature of Action: Homicide
Counsel:
Appellant: David Neil Ogren
Appellee: Kathleen Kay Murray , State's Attorney
Appellee: Jonathan R. Byers , Att. General Office
Term: 05/2009   Argument: 05/01/2009  1:30pm
ND cite: 2009 ND 147
NW cite: 770 N.W.2d 701

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I.Whether Ms. Sorenson was denied her constitutional right to Due Process in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and of Section 13 of the North Dakota Constitution when the Court allowed the State's expert to testify at an evidentiary hearing without allowing Ms. Sorenson's expert the same opportunity?
II.Whether the evidence was sufficient as a matter of law to support Ms. Sorenson's conviction of Accomplice to Murder?


Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1. Whether the Trial Court Correctly Denied the Defendant-Appellant Nichols' Motion to Suppress.
2. Whether the Trial Court Correctly Denied Admission of Defendant-Appellant Sorenson's Polygraph Evidence.
3. Whether the Trial Court Correctly Admitted Out-of-Court Statements of Defendant Nichols and Out-of-Court Statements of Defendant Sorenson.
4. Whether The Trial Court Correctly Denied the Defendant-Appellant Nichols' Requested Extreme Emotional Disturbance Jury Instructions, and thus, provided Nichols and Sorenson a fair trial.
5. When the Evidence Is Viewed In The Light Most Favorable To the Verdicts, Whether There Is Substantial Evidence On All Charges To Support The Guilty Verdicts.

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Docket entries:
106/06/2008 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 05/21/2008
206/06/2008 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 05/21/2008
306/13/2008 This matter is consolidated w/20080134; make all entries except DIS and MAN in this case
406/13/2008 Due date for TRA reset because of consolidation
506/13/2008 ACTION BY CLERK (Due date for TRA reset because of consolidation). Granted: 07/16/2008
606/23/2008 RECORD ON APPEAL (4 vols.) & separates, which include exhibits & trans. dated 7-24-07. NOT REC'D:
706/23/2008 Exhibit Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 53, 57, 58, 61, 62, 66, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 78, 84, 86, 87, 89, 91,
806/23/2008 93, 112, 118, 123B, 124, 124A, 126, 127, 128A, 131, 131A, 132, 133, 134, 135, 135B, 137,
906/23/2008 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146A, 146C, 147, 149B, 149E, 149F, 149H, 151, 152, 152G,
1006/23/2008 158, 160, 161, 161A, 162, 163, 164A, 167A, 168A, 169, 169B, 169C, 170, 170A, 175A, 175C, 177,
1106/23/2008 177A, 177B, 178A, 178B, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187I, 188, 188A, 202B, 202M, 202N, 202O, 202R,
1206/23/2008 202S, 202II, & 203D
1306/25/2008 Objection to Consolidation of Appeals by Tamara Sorenson & Affidavit of Service
1406/25/2008 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (Objection to Consolidation). Denied
1506/27/2008 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate dated June 26, 2008 (Entry Nos. 316 - 319)
1607/07/2008 Copy of Transcript dated 8-10-07 (Original is part of ROA in 20080134)
1707/07/2008 DISK - tra (8-10-07) (e-mailed)
1807/21/2008 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (e-filed request from Kimimila Cross)
1907/21/2008 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/Time/Transcript)
2007/21/2008 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MTR). Granted: 09/29/2008
2109/29/2008 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (E-filed correspondence from Tami Beckley)
2209/29/2008 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/TRA)
2309/29/2008 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MTR). Granted: 11/14/2008
2411/12/2008 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT
2511/12/2008 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/TRA)
2611/13/2008 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MTR). Granted: 11/24/2008
2711/21/2008 TRANSCRIPTS DATED 12/3/07; 1/25/08; 2/22/08; 2/29/08; 3/12/08; 3/13/08; 3/14/08; 3/17/08; 3/18/08;
2811/21/2008 3/19/08; 3/20/08; 3/24/08; 3/25/08; 3/26/08; 3/27/08; 3/28/08;3/31/08;4/1/08;
2911/21/2008 4/2/08; 4/3/08; & 5/13/08 (21 vols.)
3011/21/2008 DISK (e-mailed) (Transcripts dated 12/3/07;1/25/08;2/22/08;2/29/08;3/12/08;3/13/08;3/14/08;3/17/08;
3111/21/2008 3/18/08;3/19/08;3/20/08;3/24/08;3/25/08;3/26/08;3/27/08;3/31/08;4/1/08;4/2/08;4/3/08 & 5/13/08 (21)
3211/24/2008 Affidavit of Service of TRA on counsel
3311/25/2008 2nd Supplemental Clerk's Certificate dated 11-24-08 (Entry Nos. 320-324)
3412/31/2008 APPELLANT BRIEF (Ogren-20080132)
3512/31/2008 E-FILED BRIEF (ATB)
3612/31/2008 APPELLANT APPENDIX (e-filed) PDF
3712/31/2008 E-FILED APPENDIX (ATA) PDF
3801/09/2009 Received 7 copies of ATB from Central Duplicating
3901/09/2009 Received 6 copies of ATA from Central Duplicating
4001/14/2009 E-filing surcharge $212.50 for ATB/ATA through interdeparemtnal billing, Jounal ID no. 726655
4101/30/2009 APPELLANT BRIEF - (Martin - 20080134)
4201/30/2009 E-FILED BRIEF - ATB (20080134)
4301/30/2009 APPELLANT APPENDIX - e-filed PDF (20080134)
4401/30/2009 E-FILED APPENDIX - ATA (20080134)
4502/04/2009 Received 7 copies of ATB from Central Duplicating
4602/04/2009 Received 6 copies of ATA from Central Duplicating
4702/18/2009 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF (e-filed)
4802/18/2009 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/AEB)
4902/18/2009 ACTION BY CLERK (Mot/Ext/AEB). Granted: 04/01/2009
5002/26/2009 Payment for $70.50 surcharge through inter-departmental billing; journal entry 738784
5103/25/2009 MOTION FOR Enlargement of Brief
5203/25/2009 E-FILED MOTION
5303/25/2009 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (granted a total of 13,100 for the Appellee's Brief). Granted
5404/01/2009 APPELLEE BRIEF
5504/01/2009 APPELLEE APPENDIX (Volumes A-E) (5 volumes)
5604/01/2009 DISK - aeb (CD-ROM)
5704/08/2009 Received 7 copies of page 34 for the 7 copies of the AEB
5804/28/2009 Request for Radio/TV Coverage --- Prairie Public and KFYR-TV
5905/01/2009 APPEARANCES: David N. Ogren and Robert W. Martin; Kathleen K. Trosen, State's Attorney and Jonathan
6005/01/2009 Byers, Assistant Attorney General
6105/01/2009 ARGUED: Ogren and Martin; Trosen
6205/01/2009 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
6307/21/2009 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
6407/21/2009 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Crothers
6507/22/2009 Judgment e-mailed to Parties
6608/13/2009 MANDATE
6708/18/2009 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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