MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A racketeering and drug case got heated in a Blue Earth County courtroom, causing the judge to order the defense attorney to leave.

District Court Judge Kurt Johnson became irritated Thursday when defense attorney Thomas Dunnwald said he wasn’t ready to argue a motion because the prosecutor hadn’t turned over all necessary material. It didn’t help when Dunnwald forgot to silence his cell phone and it rang in the courtroom.

Prosecutor Chris Rovney said he would provide an audio copy of an interview defendant Cedric Berry had with investigators once the sound was enhanced.

That caused an outburst from Dunnwald. Johnson then ordered him to leave the courtroom. Berry is facing racketeering and drug charges. The Mankato Free Press says Berry is accused of using his gang connections to sell cocaine.

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Comments (8)
  1. Zed says:

    Another thug bully judge and crooked prosecutor…Typical…

    1. Paul says:

      Wow. You figured all that out from a short four-paragraph news story. Sometimes I long for the days before WCCO allowed comments, because the ignorance displayed her on a daily basis is staggering.

      1. jlynn says:

        Agreed and AMEN Paul!

  2. Hmm says:

    Hmm, the defense attorney has a right to all the materials. It would seem the Judge was being a baby.

  3. Mike Hunt says:

    Well put Zed. Funny how only some have to follow the rules.

  4. Ed says:

    Seen this before and it happens every day, the defense attorney was getting in the way of the Judge and prosecutor by asking them to play by the rules.
    My defense attorney in Ramsey County brought up that they never read me my rights, the judge said it was a minor detail.

  5. Dennis says:

    Just maybe…if EVERYONE played by the rules you wouldn’t need a defense attorney???? What a novel concept…OBEYING THE LAW!!!

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