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.
A 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.
People 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.
A 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.
President 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.
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.
A 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.
In 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.
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 federal judge has refused to halt a drive to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators.
A federal judge has dismissed three counts from former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb’s lawsuit over his firing — but two discrimination counts remain as the case goes forward.
A federal judge says Minnesota can enforce the key parts of a challenged state law requiring political groups to disclose campaign fundraising and spending.
A federal judge has refused to block enforcement of a new Moorhead ordinance outlawing drug paraphernalia.