Minnesota’s new online voter registration system must be shut down because it was improperly established, a judge ordered Monday. But the Legislature could quickly turn it back on. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said in his ruling that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was wrong to set it up without legislative permission. He ruled that Ritchie must close the system down by midnight Tuesday. Any registrations previously made through the site will be valid.
The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has publicly reprimanded Wabasha County Judge Terrence M. Walters for rules violations. The board says in one case, Walters was discourteous to a deaf psychologist who was being retained to see if a deaf defendant was competent. The psychologist withdrew.
A federal judge is refusing to throw out a lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s treatment system for sex offenders and again suggesting he might scrap the whole program. A judge writes in a ruling that the lawsuit from residents of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program “easily survives dismissal” despite the state’s attempt to get it thrown out.
The head of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities will soon answer questions from lawyers about alleged church abuse.
A Cokato man has been ordered to pay more than $37,000 after drunkenly causing a car crash that killed three generations of a family last year in Kandiyohi County.
Judge Edward Cleary is starting his stint as head of the Minnesota Court of Appeals at his former high school. Cleary was to be sworn in as the court’s chief judge Monday at Cretin-Derham Hall High School.
A drive to unionize Minnesota home day care workers will be allowed to continue while opponents appeal. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis refused Tuesday to grant opponents an injunction pending appeal.
The Minnesota Senate has voted unanimously to reject the confirmation of a Minnesota Tax Court judge who is facing suspension and censure. The Senate voted Monday against the continued service of Judge George Perez.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking the state Senate to reject the confirmation of a Minnesota Tax Court judge who is facing suspension and censure. The Senate Taxes Committee voted Sunday to reject the confirmation of Judge George Perez. Dayton wants the full Senate to follow suit.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill funding state courts and corrections including a pay increase for judges.
A federal judge has made a ruling on the so-called morning after pill, saying the government must make it available over the counter — for girls of all ages.
The father accused of killing his three daughters in River Falls, Wis. last summer made another appearance in court on Thursday.
A judge has accepted a father’s plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease and defect, after he was accused of killing his three daughters in their River Falls, Wis. home.
St. Paul police have arrested Dakota County District Judge Michael Vann Sovis on suspicion of drunken driving after smashing into three parked cars on Christmas Eve.
A Wisconsin judge has ordered that a father is not allowed to have any more kids.