Former 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.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the “fundamental rights” of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences.
Minnesota senators who met Monday at the Capitol say they must act quickly to modify the state’s sex offender treatment program before a federal judge does it for them. The judge has said lawmakers must alter the state’s system of keeping sex offenders in indefinite custody after they finish prison terms, or risk a ruling that it’s unconstitutional. Former Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson heads a task force that’s working to revise Minnesota’s sex offender treatment rules. “The way you are operating, it does not work because nobody gets treated, and nobody gets out,” Magnuson said. “And it is, in effect, a life sentence.”
A state task force head says a federal court considering lawsuit challenging the Minnesota Sex Offender Program expects the state to address continuing concerns about its constitutionality.
Minnesota’s major political parties took their struggle over redistricting before a special court panel Wednesday, each arguing for a method of redrawing political maps that could help them in future elections.
A forum at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute on Thursday will look at the state of judicial elections in Minnesota.
Republican Tom Emmer pushed aside questions Tuesday about whether he’s willing to go to court over the Minnesota governor’s race, saying they were premature ahead of a forthcoming recount.