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Minn. Prosecutor To Appeal Assisted Suicide Ruling

A Minnesota law banning the offering of advice or encouragement about how to commit suicide is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, the state appeals court ruled Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals was hailed as a “grand slam” victory by Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Final Exit Network. Two members of the national right-to-die group are charged in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had suffered from chronic pain for more than a decade. Prosecutors “don’t have one scintilla of evidence from the scene” to support the charges that the two Final Exit Network members assisted in Dunn’s suicide, Rivas said.

09/30/2013

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Good Question: How Often Do Appeals Work?

For almost every criminal convicted in the state of Minnesota, the Court of Appeals is their last and only shot.

04/30/2013

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Amy Senser’s Appeal Will Be Heard April 24

Amy Senser’s appeal of the felony conviction in the hit-and-run death of a Minneapolis man will be heard in April.

02/26/2013

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Minn. Case Probes Public Data In Outsourced Work

A civil case testing the limits of Minnesota’s open records law when it comes to outsourced work is approaching a hearing at the state Court of Appeals.

07/10/2012

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New Minn. Appeals Court Judge Has Long Worn Robe

Minnesota’s newest member of the Court of Appeals has a long history on the bench. Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday elevated Judge Michael Kirk to an opening on the appellate court. Kirk has been a district court judge since 1989 when then-Gov. Rudy Perpich appointed him.

06/27/2012

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Minn. Supreme Court: BNSF Not Entitled To Retrial

The Minnesota Supreme Court says the BNSF Railway Co. is not entitled to a new trial in a lawsuit over a 2003 car-train crash in Anoka that killed four young people.

03/28/2012

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Supreme Court Denies Review In Weaver Conviction

The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a review of Gordon Weaver’s murder conviction in the 1999 death of his wife.

07/21/2011

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Minnesota Judges, Staff Serve Lunch At Dorothy Day

Judges from the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals — along with law clerks and court staff — are serving lunch Friday at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.

05/27/2011