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Breaking the Ice: From a nickname to a Senate seat

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 7:02am
Sen. Rich Draheim earned the nickname “the senator” long before the Madison Lake Republican won his first term.

Panel approves preliminary judiciary package

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:01pm
Plan is expected to help launch talks with governor

Housing bias suits get mixed ruling

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:56am
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed decision on the reach of the main federal housing-discrimination law, telling a lower court to reconsider whether Miami can sue banks for lending practices the city said contributed to urban blight. The ruling is a partial victory for Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., which ...

Chief justice calls budget proposal ‘deeply troubling’

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:53am
In response to the conference committee agreement, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea issued the following statement: “The Legislature’s failure to prioritize public safety and the justice system in this critical budget-setting process is deeply troubling. “The conference committee proposal, if passed into law, would have significant consequences for Minnesota’s justice system. This proposed ...

Capitol Retort: Compromise; prison price tag; hard job

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:27am
Our review of issues in state and national news, with a rotating cast of political people in the know.

High court mulls claims of ineffective assistance, structural error

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:25am
BOSTON — To mount a successful appeal on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel, a criminal defendant needs to show that substandard service prejudiced the outcome of his trial in some way. But when there has been a “structural error” in the trial, a defendant will generally be granted a new trial, demonstrated prejudice ...

Slow pace of justice was harmful to Texas

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:24am
What if the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark abortion rights ruling and nothing changed?

Jury wants criminal charges in inmate’s death

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:21am
MILWAUKEE — A jury recommended criminal charges against seven Milwaukee County jail staffers in the dehydration death of an inmate who went without water for seven days. The jury’s recommendation Monday came after a six-day inquest that included testimony from jail staff and evidence from county prosecutors. The jury found probable cause for “abuse of ...

Legal Writing Notebook: Why I’m over the Oxford comma

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 7:02am
"Show me a sentence that needs a serial comma for clarification, and I will show you a badly written sentence."

Family feud fuels flurry of lawsuits

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 7:00am
What do you get when you combine a highly successful family-owned business with a patriarch’s long-running extra-marital affair, an extremely contentious divorce, and an internecine fight for control of the company?

North Carolina civil rights center faces conservative ire

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:44am
RALEIGH, N.C. — A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state’s higher education system. African-American attorney Julius Chambers, who endured firebomb attacks in ...

Judges named to McLeod County bench

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:15am
Jessica J.W. Maher and Jody L. Winters have been named District Court judges

Lawmakers mull reopening of Appleton prison

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:01am
Accord on reopening a former private prison as a state-run facility hangs on a single phrase in the massive public safety/judiciary omnibus bill, according to a GOP legislator pushing to reopen the Appleton facility.

Group home not immune from negligence claim

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:00am
An adult foster care home is not immune from liability for negligence where a resident was severely burned when another resident poured boiling water on him. Good-faith immunity is available under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act, Minn. Stat. 253B.23, but only for causes of action that arise under that law, the Court of Appeals ...

Paul Anderson receives public service award

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:15am
Larry Wertheim of Kennedy and Graven presented the award along with Bar President Robin Wolpert.

8th Circuit rejects appeal from dealer who claimed religious mission

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:02am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A St. Louis man ordered to spend more than a quarter century in prison on drug charges has failed to have his prosecution overturned, despite his argument that he has a religious duty to sell heroin. In an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Timothy ...

Loaded owner of unloaded pistol loses on appeal

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:02am
Intoxicated people are prohibited from carrying unloaded firearms in public

In the Hopper: No Real ID progress; geopolitics; veto threat

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:00am
The Minnesota Senate passed a bill to bar state government from contracting with vendors that discriminate against Israel.

Fact check: Trump errs on the court system

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 1:12pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump misstated how the federal court system works in a trio of tweets Wednesday about a judge who blocked his order to penalize cities that don’t cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. It was the third time in two months that a federal judge has knocked down a Trump order dealing with ...

Kendall honored for innovative domestic violence court

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15pm
Kendall started the Stearns County Domestic Violence Court in 2008