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Judge Orders Review Of Committed Sex OffendersA federal judge ordered a risk assessment Thursday of all sex offenders in Minnesota's restrictive civil confinement program to determine which can be put on a pathway for release. Judge Donovan Frank laid out what he says must be done to fix problems with indefinite detentions that he earlier ruled unconstitutional.
Judge To Hear Challenge To Alberta Clipper Oil PipelineA federal judge hears oral arguments in Minneapolis on Thursday in a challenge by tribal and environmental groups to expanding the capacity of the Alberta Clipper oil pipeline.
Federal Judge Rules Sex Offender Program UnconstitutionalA 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.
Judge Criticizes Archdiocese For Relying On Legal NoticesA federal judge has criticized the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for relying on legal notices to inform sex-abuse victims about an impending deadline for filing claims.
Federal Judge Rules Church Abuse Victims Have Until August To File ClaimsPeople who were abused by priests and haven't come forward may now have less time to do so. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled victims will have until Aug. 3 to file claims.
Suit Against Minn. Sex Offender Program Enters 2nd WeekA federal judge has rejected a motion to strike testimony from four court-appointed experts who've said at least some of the more than 700 people civilly committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program should be released.
Minnesota Will Have Open Federal Judgeship To FillPresident Barack Obama will get the chance to appoint a new federal judge for Minnesota. The chief U.S. district judge for Minnesota, Michael Davis, informed the president Monday he plans to take senior status in August. He'll remain a federal judge, but won't have to carry a full caseload.
Judge Recuses Himself In NFL Collusion Case A federal judge in Minneapolis who has been the arbiter of NFL labor matters for more than two decades has recused himself from ruling on the latest dispute between NFL owners and the players' union.
Judge Won't Halt Home-Care Workers' Union VoteA federal judge has denied a request to stop an election that could unionize thousands of individuals who provide in-home health care to the elderly and disabled. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said Wednesday he won't interfere in an ongoing election, based on fear of its potential outcome.
Mpls. Federal Judge Believes Oswald Was Sole ShooterIn 1993, Minneapolis Federal Judge Jack Tunheim was appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to head the assassination records review board with the sole purpose of finding all the secret records. Five million pages were made public. Most of the records that were still secret were at the CIA.
Constitutionality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program QuestionedMinnesota 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."
Court Refuses To Halt Minn. Day Care Union DriveA federal judge has refused to halt a drive to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators.
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