If the State provides for Direct Appeal, as Minnesota does, does that review have to be meaningful?
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If you mean can the appeals court affirm the lower court by referring to the opinion of the lower court as well reasoned, yes it can.
What do you mean "meaningful?" If the petition is poorly written or lacks substance (as most pro se petitions are) and can be dismissed easily on those grounds it will be dismissed. It won't be"meaningful" and it shouldn't be.
Robert D. Kane, Jr. Esq. Licensed in CALIFORNIA (based in City of Orange, Orange County;) and MINNESOTA (based in Eagan, Dakota County.) State and Federal Courts My answers are for general information only and not legal advice. My answers should not be relied on as specific legal advice. Much more information would most likely be needed for a legal opinion. My answers are based on Minnesota or California law as appropriate. I am only licensed in California and Minnesota. I provide legal advice and counsel during the course of an attorney-client relationship only. This relationship is established by a written agreement and a retainer (unless otherwise agreed upon.)