State v. Nickel

20120395 State of North Dakota, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
William Joseph Nickel, Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, South Central Judicial District, Morton County
Judge David E. Reich
Nature of Action: Misc. Statutory Offense (Felony)
Counsel:
Appellant: Garrett David Ludwig
Appellee: Julie Ann Lawyer , Att. General Office
Appellee: Paul Raymond Emerson , Att. General Office
Term: 05/2013   Argument: 05/29/2013  1:30pm
ND cite: 2013 ND 155
NW cite: 836 N.W.2d 405

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether the district court erred in denying Nickel's Motion to Suppress Evidence.
2.Whether the State committed prosecutorial misconduct through improper statements during final rebuttal.
3. Whether there is sufficient evidence in the record to support a conviction against Nickel for Conspiracy to delivery synthetic cannabinoids.

Appellant's Brief-Zuger Issues
1. Whether an illegal search occurred where the police conducted a warrantless inventory search of the package and where exigent circumstances did not exist because the police had complete control and dominion over the package?
2. Whether the State committed prosecutorial misconduct with improper statements during rebuttal by intentionally sandbagging the defendant?
3. Whether sufficient evidence existed for the conspiracy to deliver synthetic cannabinoids conviction because there was no agreement between the two defendants?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I.Whether the District Court properly denied the Defendants' Motions to Suppress Evidence.
II.Whether the State's closing argument was appropriate.
III.Whether there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions.

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Docket entries:
111/02/2012 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 11/02/2012
211/02/2012 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 11/02/2012
311/07/2012 Acknowledgment of OTR from Sharon Fox
411/30/2012 TRANSCRIPT DATED MARCH 27, 2012, & C.O.S.
511/30/2012 DISK-tra (3/27/12) e-mailed
612/05/2012 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED December 4, 2012(ENTRY NOS. 1-86)
712/12/2012 TRANSCRIPTS DATED August 23, 2012 & August 24, 2012 & C.O.S.
812/12/2012 DISK-tra (8/23/12 & 8/24/12) e-mailed
912/18/2012 AMENDED ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED December 17, 2012 (ENTRY NOS.1-41 & 44-86)
1012/24/2012 TRANSCRIPTS DATED May 14, 2012, July 31, 2012, & October 30, 2012 & C.O.S.
1112/24/2012 DISK-tra (5/14/12, 7/31/12, & 10/31/12) e-mailed
1201/10/2013 1ST SUPPLEMENT ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JANUARY 9, 2013 (ENTRY NOS. 87-100)
1301/17/2013 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
1401/17/2013 E-FILED MOTION
1501/17/2013 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 02/11/2013
1602/11/2013 DISK-(ATB)(e-mailed)
1702/12/2013 APPELLANT BRIEF (NICKEL)
1802/12/2013 APPELLANT APPENDIX (NICKEL)
1902/19/2013 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
2002/19/2013 E-FILED MOTION
2102/19/2013 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 03/12/2013
2203/08/2013 MOTION FOR Consolidation with 20120418
2303/12/2013 Due date of Appellee's brief is stayed pending action on Motion for Consolidation
2403/13/2013 Response to Motion for Consolidation by Garrett Ludwig---no objection
2503/13/2013 APPELLANT BRIEF (ZUEGER) (PDF)
2603/13/2013 APPELLANT APPENDIX (ZUEGER)
2703/13/2013 DISK-ATB (CD-ROM) (PDF)
2803/14/2013 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (CONSOLIDATION W/20120418). Granted
2903/14/2013 THIS CASE IS CONSOLIDATED W/20120418. MAKE ALL ENTRIES IN THIS CASE EXCEPT ROA, DIS & MAN
3003/14/2013 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF (sua sponte)
3103/14/2013 ACTION BY CLERK (30 days after service of ATB in 20120418). Granted
3203/28/2013 2ND ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED march 28, 2013 (ENTRY NOS.101-105)
3304/15/2013 APPELLEE BRIEF
3404/15/2013 DISK-AEB (E-MAILED)
3504/19/2013 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
3604/29/2013 REPLY BRIEF (PDF)
3704/29/2013 E-FILED BRIEF
3805/02/2013 Rec'd 7 copies of the RYB from Central Duplicating
3905/06/2013 MOTION in 20120418 to join in reply brief of 20120395
4005/06/2013 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted
4105/21/2013 Request for Radio/TV Coverage (KXMB-TV and Bismarck Tribune)
4205/29/2013 APPEARANCES: Garrett Ludwig/Richard Edinger/Julie Lawyer
4305/29/2013 ARGUED: Ludwig/Edinger/Lawyer
4405/29/2013 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
4508/29/2013 DISPOSITION: REVERSED
4608/29/2013 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
4708/30/2013 Judgment Sent to Parties
4809/24/2013 MANDATE
4909/27/2013 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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