Judge Weighing Sex Offender Program Fate To Order Fixes SoonA federal judge who declared Minnesota's sex offender treatment program unconstitutional intends to rule in October on how the state must fix it after signaling in court Wednesday that he wouldn't move to shut it down entirely. Judge Donovan Frank and attorneys in a 4-year-old class-action lawsuit debated how far the court can go in shaping regulations for an indefinite confinement program housing more than 700 offenders deemed a continuing risk to society.
Dayton Rearranges Trade Mission To Accommodate Court SessionMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is shaving some time off his upcoming trade trip to Mexico to be at a court conference on the state's sex offender confinement program. Dayton's office said Thursday he would be at the Aug. 10 conference on possible changes to the civil commitment program that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional.
Ex-Supreme Court Chief Tapped To Oversee Sex Offender CaseFormer Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson has been given a prominent role in a federal court case determining potential changes to the state's sex offender treatment program.
Judge Denies Bid For Quick Appeal Of Sex Offenders RulingA federal judge has denied an attempt by the state to get a quick appeal of his ruling that Minnesota's program for civilly committed sex offenders is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled Wednesday that court rules don't allow for an appeal at this stage of the case.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment ProgramMinnesota's sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.
WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor's $1M Bill To Minn. TaxpayersFederal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program.
Lawmakers Pressured To Alter Sex Offender Commitment LawMinnesota lawmakers who have long put off large-scale changes to the state's treatment program for sex offenders are under even more pressure to act this session, as a federal judge could soon rule on whether the program is constitutional.
Lawsuit On Sex Offender Program To Be Bench Trial A federal judge has denied the state's request for a jury trial in a challenge to Minnesota's sex offender treatment program. Instead, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled Tuesday that he'll decide the first phase of the case, which will determine whether the state's law on civil commitments of sex offenders is constitutional. The bench trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 9.
February Trial Set For Sex Offenders LawsuitA Feb. 9 trial date has been set for a constitutional challenge to Minnesota's sex offenders treatment program. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank set the date Thursday during a hearing in St. Paul on the case.
St. Paul Federal Judge To Rule On MN Sex Offender CaseA case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.
State: Experts' Look At Sex Offenders Is SkewedAn attorney for officials who run Minnesota's sex offender treatment program says the way experts are evaluating the program makes it impossible for them to issue a report favorable to the state.
Fixes Soon To Minn. Sex-Offender Program UnlikelyMinnesota legislative leaders sniped at each other Friday for a lack of progress in fixing the state's sex offender treatment program despite a federal judge's urging for fast action to correct it. Lawmakers acknowledged that no talks on the subject have occurred in about a month.