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Dayton Ponders State High Court Diversity In Upcoming Picks

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s “conscious of the diversity factor” as he considers who will fill two upcoming openings on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

06/29/2015

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Supreme Court Reinstates Priest’s Sex Misconduct Conviction

The Minnesota Supreme Court has reinstated a sexual misconduct conviction for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman who was seeking his spiritual advice.

06/24/2015

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Former Treasurer: ‘It’s Wrong’ To Cut Auditor’s Office Duties

A former Minnesota State Treasurer said he supports efforts by State Auditor Rebecca Otto to push back against a new law that cuts some of the duties of her office.

06/10/2015

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MN Supreme Court Hears Arguments At Edison H.S.

Minnesota’s seven Supreme Court justices held court inside Edison High School in Minneapolis Monday, where the judges heard arguments from attorneys about an appeal in a real murder case.

05/11/2015

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Former Viking Alan Page Honored For Service In Supreme Court

Justice Alan Page got special recognition from the state Senate Thursday morning. A resolution honored him for more than two decades of service on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

04/30/2015

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Health Care Debate Wades Into Abortion Restrictions

House Republicans are moving to license Minnesota abortion providers and ban taxpayer dollars for paying for the procedure. The Republican-controlled House added both provisions to a health care budget bill on the floor Tuesday night. A handful of Democrats joined Republicans to approve the changes.

04/28/2015

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Minn. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Sex Offender

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a convicted St. Paul sex offender who argued that a jury, and not a judge, must decide his risk-level status. The decision could affect the statuses of several Level-III sex offenders in the state.

04/22/2015

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Page Education Foundation To Celebrate Its All-Stars

A charity founded by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Page honors its own all-stars this weekend.

04/10/2015

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Alan Page To Host Final Foundation Fundraiser As Sitting Justice

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page is marking a milestone this coming week. This coming Saturday will be the last time he hosts a fundraiser for his Education Foundation as a sitting Minnesota Supreme Court justice.

04/05/2015

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Minnesota Supreme Court Suspends Ex-Prosecutor’s License

The Minnesota Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the license of a former northern Minnesota prosecutor convicted of sexual misconduct involving a teenage girl.

04/02/2015

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Supreme Court: Police Don’t Need Warrant For Garbage Search

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.

03/11/2015

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Supreme Court Upholds Law On Refusing Breath Test

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a state law making it illegal for suspected drunk drivers to refuse a breath test.

02/11/2015

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Minnesota Justice Wright Recommended For Federal Bench

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken said Friday they will recommend that Wright be named a federal judge.

02/06/2015

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Interview: Alan Page Talks Children’s Book, Race In America

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.

12/21/2014

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Wright, Lillehaug Retain Supreme Court Seats

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.

11/05/2014

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Ex-Nurse Guilty Of Assisting Suicide Gets Jail

A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves is headed to jail.

10/15/2014

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High Court Vacates Sentence In ’10 Market Killings

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.

10/08/2014

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Minnesota Supreme Court To Visit Worthington

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.

09/30/2014

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Justice Groups: Ruling Protects Property Rights

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.

08/20/2014

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High Court Tosses GOP Lawmaker Residency Dispute

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.

08/18/2014

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Voter Drops Challenge Of GOP Lawmaker’s Residency

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.

08/15/2014

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Residency Case Targets GOP Legislator

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.

07/28/2014

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Senate Office Building Gets Legal Green Light

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.

06/05/2014

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Supreme Court Holds Hearing At Champlin Park High

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.

05/11/2014

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Minn. House Passes Newborn-Blood Sample Bill

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.

05/01/2014

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