Judgments: Appeal and Error. When
dispositive issues on appeal present questions of law, an
appellate court has an obligation to reach an independent
conclusion irrespective of the decision made by the court
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whether a party had, at the commencement of the litigation, a
personal stake in the outcome of the litigation that would
warrant a court's or tribunal's exercising its
jurisdiction and remedial powers on the party's behalf.
Standing: Claims: Parties. To have standing,
a litigant must assert the litigant's own rights and
interests, and cannot rest a claim on the legal rights or
interests of third parties.
Sentences: Final Orders: Appeal and Error. A
criminal sentence is not considered a final judgment until
the entry of a final mandate from an appellate court, if an
appeal has been taken.
from the District Court for Gage County: Ricky A. Schreiner,
K. Barber, of Barber & Barber, P.C., L.L.O., for
Abigail M. Stark, Beatrice City Attorney, for appellee.
Pirtle, Arterburn, and Welch, Judges.
A. Meints, Sr., appeals an order of the Gage County District
Court relating to 21 writs of execution issued by the [27
Neb.App. 326] district court involving a parcel of real
property he owns. Meints claims that the judgments on which
the City of Beatrice. Nebraska, requested execution were
dormant, that he was entitled to exemptions from execution,
and that Lynette Reinke should have been allowed to intervene
in the proceedings. For the reasons stated below, we affirm.
separate dates in May and June 2011, police officers cited
Meints for parking several junked or unlicensed motor
vehicles on his property in violation of Beatrice Mun. Code,
ch. 16, art. XVII, § 16-623 (2002). Meints was charged
with 12 counts in each of 25 cases brought against him and
was convicted on all 300 counts in a consolidated trial. In
April 2012, the Gage County Court entered judgments against
Meints in each case; each of the 25 judgments included court
costs and 12 fines equal to $1, 299 per judgment, or a total
of $32, 475.
appealed to the Gage County District Court, which, in each
case, affirmed 10 of the 12 convictions and sentences and
reversed 2 of the convictions. Meints then appealed to the
Nebraska Court of Appeals, which affirmed the judgment of the
district court. See City of Beatrice v. Meints, 21
Neb.App. 805, 844 N.W.2d 85 (2014). On petition for further
review, the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the decision of
the Court of Appeals. See City of Beatrice v.
Meints, 289 Neb. 558, 856 N.W.2d 410 (2014). In March
2015, the county court issued orders of judgment on 10 of the
12 fines in each of the 25 cases in accordance with the
mandate from the district court.
December 2017, the City of Beatrice filed 21 praecipes
requesting that the clerk of the district court issue
execution on 21 of the 25 judgments against Meints. Each
praecipe requested that the sheriff levy on the same parcel
of real property owned by Meints located on South 9th Street