Minnesota Supreme Court
The Minnesota Supreme Court says a person shouldn’t expect the contents of a garbage container to remain private once it’s put outside, so police don’t need a warrant to search the trash. Wednesday’s ruling comes in the case of a Hutchinson man who argued he had a greater right to privacy under the Minnesota Constitution than he does under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guards against unlawful searches.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a state law making it illegal for suspected drunk drivers to refuse a breath test.
Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken said Friday they will recommend that Wright be named a federal judge.
Justice Alan Page has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court eight years longer than he played in the NFL. He’s in the football Hall of Fame, and now he’s added another title to his name – children’s book author.
Justices David Lillehaug and Wilhelmina Wright will stay on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Lillehaug, a former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, faced voters for the first time since Gov. Mark Dayton appointed him to the high court last year. Lillehaug defeated Michelle MacDonald, a West St. Paul attorney who won the GOP endorsement for the officially nonpartisan office but fell out with party leaders after it emerged that she faced criminal charges over a traffic stop.
A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves is headed to jail.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has vacated the mandatory sentence of life without release for a man convicted of killing three people in a Minneapolis market in 2010 when he was 17. Mahdi Hassan Ali’s case is being sent back to Hennepin County for a hearing to determine whether factors relating to his youth make a life sentence with parole more appropriate.
The Minnesota Supreme Court is traveling to the southwest part of the state this week to hear a real case in front of high school students. The court will convene Wednesday morning in the gym at Worthington Senior High School.
In a decision that civil rights groups said would protect property owners’ rights, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained during illegal searches cannot be used to take someone’s property through civil forfeitures.
Minnesota’s Supreme Court has dismissed a voter’s call to have Rep. Bob Barrett removed from the November ballot over his residency. Valerie Mondor had petitioned the court to toss Barrett from the election.
A voter has withdrawn her challenge of a Republican lawmaker’s residency, one day after a judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to toss the lawmaker from November’s ballot.
A residency dispute involving a Minnesota legislator has landed in court and could put a Republican-held seat in contention at a time when the party is fighting to wrest chamber control from Democrats.
A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling has removed a legal barrier that threatened to block or delay a new government office building for state senators. The decision Thursday effectively ends a court fight that could have delayed an early July groundbreaking.
The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at Champlin Park High School as part of its outreach program to build the public trust in the judicial system.
The Minnesota House has passed a bill allowing the state to keep newborn blood samples indefinitely unless a parent refuses. The legislation approved 69-58 on Thursday returns to the Senate because the House version differs due to an amendment banning sale of the samples and related test results and data.
Innocent people who are wrongfully convicted could get as much as $100,000 for each year of imprisonment under a bill passed by the Minnesota House.
The Supreme Court will decide what a home buyer must do to rescind a mortgage that violates the federal Truth in Lending Act. The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from a Minnesota couple who refinanced their home in 2007 with Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of reversing the commitment of a man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sent the case back to a lower court for further proceedings. The high court reaffirmed Wednesday that courts must find sex offenders “highly likely” to reoffend before civilly committing them to the secure treatment program, which is the subject of a constitutional challenge in federal court and debate at the Legislature.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release for a man who was two months shy of his 18th birthday when prosecutors say he raped and killed a teenage girl, stabbing her 29 times with a screwdriver.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves. The court ruled that the language in the state’s assisted-suicide law that pertains to “encouraging” suicide is unconstitutional.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has suspended Golden Valley attorney Randall Tigue for 30 days for trust account violations. A referee found that Tigue failed to maintain trust account books and recommended a reprimand and three years of supervised probation.
Minnesota’s willingness to forgive people with criminal pasts is emerging as a hot topic for state legislators, who are mulling revisions to laws designed to give low-level offenders a clean slate.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has affirmed all but one of the guilty verdicts against the man who admitted to shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dewey. Dewey died in 2010, about 18 months after he was shot by Thomas Lee Fairbanks.
The state expects to begin selling bonds for the new $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium on Monday after a two-week delay. The sale was held up by a last-minute legal challenge filed Jan. 10 before the Minnesota Supreme Court by three Minneapolis residents who claimed the funding mechanism for the stadium was unconstitutional.
Minnesota’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project.