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Minn. Houses Passes Bill To Compensate Innocent People

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.

04/28/2014

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Court To Clarify Process For Rescinding Mortgages

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.

04/28/2014

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Supreme Court Reverses Sex Offender’s Commitment

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.

04/23/2014

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No-Parole Sentence Reinstated For Minnesota Man

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.

04/16/2014

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Court Reverses Convictions In Aiding-Suicide Case

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.

03/19/2014

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Minn. Head Shop Attorney Suspended For 30 Days

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.

03/12/2014

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Minn. Officials Debate When To Clear Crime Slates

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.

02/17/2014

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High Court Affirms Most Verdicts In Dewey’s Death

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.

02/05/2014

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Vikings Stadium Bond Sale Expected Monday

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.

01/25/2014

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Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Stadium Funding

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.

01/21/2014

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Minn. High Court Wants More Info On Vikings Case

A state agency that was to sell bonds for the Minnesota Vikings stadium says a lawsuit holding up that $468 million offering is flawed. Department of Minnesota Management and Budget lawyers pressed the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to dismiss the case.

01/14/2014

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Vikings Stadium Authority Hits Back At Lawsuit

The public authority overseeing Vikings stadium construction is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to make plaintiffs who sued to stop the project post a $50 million bond to show they could cover damages if they lose.

01/13/2014

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1-13-14 Vikings Stadium Snag? On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the above link to listen to former Mpls Mayoral Candidate Doug Mann discuss his lawsuit over the stadium.

01/13/2014

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High Court Finalizes Rules For Cameras In Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court says it will continue to allow media to use cameras in certain civil cases, and it is ordering a study to see if cameras should be considered in certain criminal proceedings as well.

12/03/2013

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Minn. Supreme Court Suspends Lawyer For Slurs

The Minnesota Supreme Court has suspended the license of an attorney who made anti-Catholic slurs against judges and others in legal filings. The court’s ruling Wednesday against Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett leaves her indefinitely suspended with the right to petition for reinstatement after nine months.

11/27/2013

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High Court: Firm Subcontracts Not Public Under Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court says a private business working on a construction project for the St. Louis County School District does not have to provide subcontractor data under open records laws. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by the state Court of Appeals.

11/20/2013

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Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds DWI Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the state’s DWI implied consent law, which makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test.

10/23/2013

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Supreme Court Tosses Conviction For Dead Defendant

The Minnesota Supreme Court says if a defendant dies while his conviction is on appeal, that conviction can be vacated and the charges dismissed. Wednesday’s ruling comes in the case of a man who died while appealing a forgery conviction.

10/02/2013

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Minn. Prosecutor To Appeal Assisted Suicide Ruling

A Minnesota law banning the offering of advice or encouragement about how to commit suicide is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, the state appeals court ruled Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals was hailed as a “grand slam” victory by Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Final Exit Network. Two members of the national right-to-die group are charged in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had suffered from chronic pain for more than a decade. Prosecutors “don’t have one scintilla of evidence from the scene” to support the charges that the two Final Exit Network members assisted in Dunn’s suicide, Rivas said.

09/30/2013

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MN Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Senser Appeal

Months after a Minnesota Court of Appeals denied Amy Senser’s appeal on her guilty verdict in the 2011 death of Anousone Panthavong, the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected her appeal as well.

09/18/2013

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Minn. Supreme Court Sides With HIV-Positive Man

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor’s effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man.

08/21/2013

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MN Supreme Court Sides With Servers Over ‘Dine & Dash’

The Minnesota Supreme Court has sided with a group of restaurant servers in a case that deals with people who “dine and dash.” The case goes back to 2010 when a group of people who worked at the now-closed Drink bars in Uptown and downtown Minneapolis claimed the owner use their tips and wages to cover customers who left without paying.

08/15/2013

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Wahl, 1st Woman On Minn. Supreme Court, Dies

Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, died Monday at age 88. Wahl was remembered by many as a remarkable jurist whose accomplishments paved the way for other women and whose deep commitment to justice formed the heart of her work.

07/22/2013

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Girl At Center Of Supreme Court Ruling Dies

The 7-year-old Minnesota girl whose rare cancer led to a precedent-setting malpractice ruling by the state Supreme Court has died, according to the family’s attorney. Jocelyn Dickhoff was 2 weeks old when her parents took her to a doctor.

07/09/2013

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Minn. Supreme Court Returns To Capacity

The Minnesota Supreme Court is getting back to capacity with the installment of new Justice David Lillehaug. He’s the second appointee of Gov. Mark Dayton to the state’s seven-member high court.

06/28/2013

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