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Ventura Attorney: $1.8M Award Was Fair

An attorney for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he thinks a jury acted fairly in awarding Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation case against slain military sniper Chris Kyle.

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Minnesota Son Hopes Salmonella Trial Sends Message

The son of a Minnesota woman who died after eating tainted peanut butter hopes a trial in Georgia sends a message to food manufacturers that there can be serious consequences for peddling contaminated food.

07/27/2014

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Closing Arguments For Ventura Trial Set For Tuesday

Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in the Jesse Ventura defamation trial. The former Governor says he was defamed by the book “American Sniper”, which claims he was “punched out” in a California bar for making offensive comments, an incident Ventura says never happened.

07/21/2014

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Wife Found Guilty Of Plotting Sgt. Husband’s Murder

The closing arguments were presented Tuesday in the trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of plotting the murder of her husband, National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst.

05/27/2014

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Key Evidence Could Be Thrown Out In Trial Of Waseca Teen

A potential key piece of evidence in the case of a teen accused of planning an attack on his school could be thrown out. John LaDue, 17, was arrested in April after authorities found explosive-making material. The Mankato Free Press reported that the defense attorney is asking the judge to seal a journal that authorities say includes details of the plot.

05/24/2014

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Evidence From Little Falls Double Murder Trial Released

On Tuesday, a Little Falls, Minn. man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his home. Now that Byron Smith has been convicted of murder, the evidence that was used in his trial is being released. Much of it is too graphic or disturbing to be shown on TV.

04/30/2014

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Closings Set For Little Falls Man Who Killed Teens

A Little Falls, Minn. man accused of shooting and killing two teenagers who broke into his home will not testify in the case.

04/28/2014

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Talking Points: Week 2 Of The Byron Smith Trial

Week two of the Byron Smith trial will begin Monday. The defense is expected to continue to present witnesses who will testify that Smith was living in a state of fear because of a series of break-ins at his home.

04/27/2014

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Little Falls Murder Case To Begin Monday

On Monday, the murder trial begins for a Little Falls man who admitted to killing two teenagers inside his home. Byron Smith told investigators he shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day of 2012. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

04/20/2014

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Appeals Court Orders New Trial For St. Paul Priest

The 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.

04/07/2014

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Mankato Murder Suspect ‘Mentally Incompetent’ To Stand Trial

A veteran has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial for a murder and attempted murder in Mankato last June. According to the Blue Earth County Attorney’s office, 25-year-old Levi Spencer Minissale is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death, as well as stabbing a 26-year-old man on the night of June 6, 2013. A court-ordered psychiatrist determined Minissale to be “mentally ill or mentally deficient,” and should be civilly committed as a mentally ill and dangerous individual.

01/29/2014

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Man To Plead Guilty In Synthetic Drug Death Case

A Texas man accused of leading a conspiracy to import and sell chemicals used to make synthetic hallucinogenic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area says he will plead guilty.

01/28/2014

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Esme’s Blog: The Final Humiliation Of Tom Petters

If there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.

10/26/2013

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Petters Now Admitting Guilt, Begging For A Lesser Sentence

The man found guilty of orchestrating Minnesota’s largest Ponzi scheme finally admitted on Wednesday that he did it. Tom Petters was in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Wednesday trying to get 20 years shaved off his prison sentence.

10/23/2013

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Trevino Found Guilty, Kira’s Father: ‘Justice Has Been Done’

A jury has found Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree murder, but not guilty of second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. The jurors found that Trevino did kill his wife but that it wasn’t his plan. They say her death happened during his attack.

10/02/2013

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