Lawrence W Pry

Lawrence W Pry

Practice areas:

Appeals

Contact info

Office of the Commissioner
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN, 55155

Legal cases

  • State v. Smith, 2004 WL 193208 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 3, 2004)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Feb 03, 2004
    Outcome:
    Conviction affirmed; sentence reversed and remanded
    Description:
    On appeal from conviction and sentence for fourth-degree assault and third-degree riot, Michael Wayne Smith argues that the state presented insufficient evidence to prove that he was not using reasonable force to defend his property against a trespass by the undercover law enforcement officers. Appellant also argues that the assault and riot offenses were part of the same behavioral incident and therefore should not have been separately sentenced. We affirm the convictions but because appellant was charged with two offenses that arose out of the same behavioral incident, we reverse the sentences and remand for resentencing.
  • State v. Winter, 668 N.W.2d 222 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 02, 2003
    Outcome:
    Reversed and remanded
    Description:
    Defendant was convicted, after a jury trial, of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Defendant appealed. The Court of Appeals held that admission into evidence of defendant’s taped police interview, without redacting repeated references to polygraph testing, was plain error.
  • State v. Harris, 667 N.W.2d 911 (Minn. 2003)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Aug 21, 2003
    Outcome:
    Reversed and remanded
    Description:
    Defendant was convicted by St. Louis County jury of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, with Gerald E. Maher, Judicial Officer, presiding. Defendant appealed. The Supreme Court held that: (1) legislative grant of authority to the chief judge of a judicial district to assign any district court matter to a judicial officer violates the State Constitution, and (2) this unconstitutional delegation of authority was not subject to plain-error review, but entitled defendant to a new trial.
  • State v. Taylor, 2003 WL 21793945 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 5, 2003)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Aug 05, 2003
    Outcome:
    Affirmed in part, reversed in part
    Description:
    Appellant Richard Wayne Taylor challenges the district court’s resentencing order vacating jail credit awarded and increasing the conditional-release term from five to ten years. Taylor argues that the district court lacked jurisdiction to vacate the jail credit award on the grounds that it was a “clerical mistake.” Taylor also argues that because his 2001 conviction was not a “previous sex offense,” the court erred in imposing a ten-year conditional-release term. We affirm in part, and reverse in part.
  • State v. Klindt, 2003 WL 1807131 (Minn. Ct. App.April 08, 2003)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Apr 08, 2003
    Outcome:
    Affirmed in part, reversed in part
    Description:
    Appellant Melvin Charles Klindt appealed his convictions of theft by swindle and theft by false representations. Klindt claimed that he was improperly convicted and sentenced for two crimes that arose from one behavioral incident, that there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions, and that the district court incorrectly calculated the restitution award. Conviction affirmed in part and reversed in part vacating the theft by false representation sentence.
  • Anthony v. State, 2003 WL 282417 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2003)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Feb 11, 2003
    Outcome:
    Reversed and remanded
    Description:
    Appellant challenged his conviction and sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, arguing that the district court erred in joining for trial a separate second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Because the court agreed that the charges did not arise out of the same behavioral incident, and the erroneous joinder was unfairly prejudicial to appellant’s trial, it reversed and remanded.
  • State v. Roberts, 651 N.W.2d 198 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Sep 24, 2002
    Outcome:
    Conviction reversed; remanded.
    Description:
    Defendant was convicted in Chisago County District Court of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting first-degree assault, and he appealed. The Court of Appeals held that: (1) in felony prosecution, it was not plain error for trial court to allow thirteen jurors to deliberate when defense counsel stipulated to this number and the defendant personally agreed, and (2) it was plain error affecting substantial rights to dismiss one of the jurors after deliberations had begun without the personal consent of the defendant.
  • State v. Stewart, 643 N.W.2d 281 (Minn. 2002)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    May 09, 2002
    Outcome:
    Affirmed.
    Description:
    Defendant was convicted in the Ramsey County District Court, of two counts of first-degree murder and the lesser-included offense of second-degree murder, in the shooting of bicyclist from moving vehicle. Defendant appealed. The Supreme Court held that: (1) trial court erred in admitting entire computer animation of shooting, but such error was harmless, and (2) trial court erred in admitting other crimes evidence, but such error was harmless.
  • State v. Carroll, 639 N.W.2d 623 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Feb 26, 2002
    Outcome:
    Conviction reversed; remanded.
    Description:
    Defendant was convicted in the District Court, Clay County, of first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and he appealed. The Court of Appeals held that: (1) district court correctly refused to delete any part of victim’s second videotaped statement in which she admitted inconsistencies with prior statement and then tried to explain why she changed her story, but (2) it was clear and substantial error to deny defendant the right to cross-examine victim, right to produce witnesses as to veracity of statements, and opportunity to refer to inconsistencies in closing argument.
  • State v. Alexander, 2001 WL 710454 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001)

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Date:
    Jun 26, 2001
    Outcome:
    Conviction reversed; remanded.
    Description:
    Appellant challenges his conviction of fifth-degree controlled-substance possession. He argues that the trial court erred when it found that he voluntarily consented to a search of his car without making findings on whether the stop was lawful. We agree and reverse and remand for findings on that issue and determination of whether, if the stop was unlawful, it tainted appellant’s consent.
License
State Status Acquired Updated
MN Authorized to practice 1982 11/26/2016
OR Resigned 1988 12/17/2016
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Assistant Attorney General Office Of The Minnesota Attorney General 2003 – 2011
Adjunct Professor of Law William Mitchell College Of Law 1990 – 2003
Assistant State Public Defender State Of Minnesota Board Of Public Defense 1989 – 2003
Staff Attorney Multnomah County Legal Aid Service 1987 – 1989
Staff Attorney Legal Aid Society Of Minneapolis 1982 – 1987
Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
University of Minnesota Law School Law JD (Juris Doctor) cum laude 1982
Macalester College History BA summa cum laude 1978

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