Jack Willis Nissalke v. State of Minnesota

Minnesota case law summary by Attorney Richard Clem: criminal law.

Jack Willis Nissalke v. State of Minnesota. MN criminal law

In 2009, Jack Willis Nissalke was convicted in Winona County of murder for the 1985 murder of Ada Senenfelder, and his conviction was affirmed on direct appeal. State v. Nissalke, 801 N.W.2d 82 (Minn. 2011). He filed a petition for postconviction relief, which was also denied, and he again appealed. The Minnesota Supreme Court again affirmed, holding:

The postconviction court properly determined that the petition and the files and records of the proceeding conclusively showed that appellant was not entitled to relief because his claims are either meritless on their face or procedurally barred by State v. Knaffla, 309 Minn. 246, 243 N.W.2d 737 (1976).

No. A14-0458 (Minn. Mar. 18, 2015)

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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