Appeals Court: Criminal Defamation Law Is UnconstitutionalThe 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.
Appeals Court Orders New Trial For St. Paul PriestThe 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.
Minn. Appeals Court: Minnows Are Not FishA northern Minnesota bait dealer is off the hook after the state Court of Appeals ruled that a minnow is not a fish.