Minnesota Appeals Court
The Minnesota Appeals Court says a state law that makes it illegal to defame someone is unconstitutional because it’s too broad.
Tuesday’s ruling comes in the case of a man who was convicted of criminal defamation. Timoth Turner admitted posting sexually explicit Internet ads in 2013 that appeared to be from his ex-girlfriend and her underage daughter. The postings led multiple men to contact both females for sex.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a sexual misconduct conviction and ordered a new trial for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice. The 22-page ruling said the lower court made several errors during Christopher Wenthe’s trial. Wenthe was convicted in 2011 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman reported the sexual conduct.
A northern Minnesota bait dealer is off the hook after the state Court of Appeals ruled that a minnow is not a fish.