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Minnesota Sex Offenders' Lawyers Pressure State For SolutionLawyers representing Minnesota sex offenders in a confinement program deemed unconstitutional are urging a federal judge to keep the pressure on the state to make changes.
Minnesota On Hook For $100K In Legal Fees In Campaign LawsuitA settlement involving Minnesota campaign regulators requires the state to pay more than $100,000 in costs and attorney fees for a group that sued over contribution limits.
Minnesota Sex Offenders Hopeful For Release After Program Ruled UnconstitutionalSex offenders in Minnesota's high security treatment centers say they are frustrated but hopeful they can someday be released. That's after a federal judge found the program unconstitutional, and ordered the state to find ways to release sex offenders.
Judge Weighing Sex Offender Program Fate To Order Fixes SoonA federal judge who declared Minnesota's sex offender treatment program unconstitutional intends to rule in October on how the state must fix it after signaling in court Wednesday that he wouldn't move to shut it down entirely. Judge Donovan Frank and attorneys in a 4-year-old class-action lawsuit debated how far the court can go in shaping regulations for an indefinite confinement program housing more than 700 offenders deemed a continuing risk to society.
Attorneys For Sex Offenders Propose List Of Program ChangesAttorneys for more than 700 sex offenders committed to Minnesota's secure treatment program have proposed a long list of remedies to the judge who declared the program unconstitutional.
Attorney Says State Won't Propose Sex Offender Program FixesAn attorney for the state of Minnesota says state officials won't propose any specific remedies ahead of a Sept. 30 hearing in a lawsuit over the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
Talking Points: Closed-Door Meeting On Sex Offender ProgramIn June, a federal judge declared the state program that locks up civilly committed sex offenders unconstitutional.
Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's FateMinnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.
Dayton Rearranges Trade Mission To Accommodate Court SessionMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is shaving some time off his upcoming trade trip to Mexico to be at a court conference on the state's sex offender confinement program. Dayton's office said Thursday he would be at the Aug. 10 conference on possible changes to the civil commitment program that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional.
Ex-Supreme Court Chief Tapped To Oversee Sex Offender CaseFormer Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson has been given a prominent role in a federal court case determining potential changes to the state's sex offender treatment program.
Judge Denies Bid For Quick Appeal Of Sex Offenders RulingA federal judge has denied an attempt by the state to get a quick appeal of his ruling that Minnesota's program for civilly committed sex offenders is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled Wednesday that court rules don't allow for an appeal at this stage of the case.
Dayton Vows To Attend Hearing For Sex Offender ProgramMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday the state will appeal a federal court ruling declaring the state's sex offender program unconstitutional.
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