How Do Courts Determine Felony Sentences?Mohamed Noor will be back in court Friday morning when a judge will give him his sentence for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017. So, how do courts determine these felony sentences? Good Question.
Judge Orders Man's Mouth Taped Shut During His SentencingAn Ohio judge had enough of being repeatedly interrupted by a chatty defendant and had the man's mouth taped shut during a sentencing hearing.
Judge Who Gave Light Sentence In Brock Turner Case Removed By VotersVoters recalled a California judge over a sexual assault sentence that garnered national attention.
Judge: Township That Denied Islamic Cemetery Must Issue PermitA judge in Minnesota is forcing a Minneapolis suburban township to issue a permit for an Islamic cemetery.
Judge Scolds Minn. Lawmaker For Trying To Stop Legal Judgement On DonorA Minnesota legislator tried unsuccessfully last month to personally intervene with a judge who ordered a business owner in his district to pay a legal judgment of more than $240,000. State Rep. Jim Newberger's effort to win his constituent and one-time campaign donor a do-over drew a curt response from Stearns County District Court Judge William Cashman.
Atty's Office Gets More Time To Charge Protest Shooting SuspectsThe Hennepin County Attorney's Office says they have been granted more time to make a charging decision involving four men arrested in connection with the shooting of Minneapolis protesters Monday night. County Attorney Mike Freeman says a Hennepin County District Court judge has given his office until Monday to formally charge ...
Judge Reprimanded For Facebook Posts About CasesThe Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has reprimanded a senior judge for his postings on Facebook about cases over which he was presiding, including one which resulted in a vacated verdict.
Anoka Co. Judge Suspended, Accused Of Residency ViolationThe Minnesota Supreme Court has temporarily suspended an Anoka County judge. Judge Alan Pendleton is accused of violating residency rules.
Judge In Sex Offender Case Warns Of 'Forceful Solution'A federal judge who ruled Minnesota's sex offender program unconstitutional is warning state leaders he may resort to a "more forceful solution" if they don't prove willing to fix the program on their own.
Peterson Judge Won't Recuse Himself Over 'Media Whores' CommentThe judge hearing the Adrian Peterson child abuse case in Texas has declined to recuse himself after a motion was filed by prosecutors. Judge Kelly Case had called attorneys on both sides of the case "media whores," but later recanted on the comment.
Lawyer: Adrian Peterson Should Plead 'Not Guilty'Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected in court Wednesday to face child abuse charges stemming from an incident in May. Peterson's lawyer said Tuesday, if a judge asks him for a plea, it will be not guilty.
Judge Halts Minnesota Online Voter Signup System Minnesota's new online voter registration system must be shut down because it was improperly established, a judge ordered Monday. But the Legislature could quickly turn it back on. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said in his ruling that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was wrong to set it up without legislative permission. He ruled that Ritchie must close the system down by midnight Tuesday. Any registrations previously made through the site will be valid.
State Board Reprimands Wabasha Co. Judge WaltersThe Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has publicly reprimanded Wabasha County Judge Terrence M. Walters for rules violations. The board says in one case, Walters was discourteous to a deaf psychologist who was being retained to see if a deaf defendant was competent. The psychologist withdrew.
Federal Judge Lets Minn. Sex Offender Suit ProceedA federal judge is refusing to throw out a lawsuit challenging Minnesota's treatment system for sex offenders and again suggesting he might scrap the whole program. A judge writes in a ruling that the lawsuit from residents of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program "easily survives dismissal" despite the state's attempt to get it thrown out.
Ramsey Co. Judge Orders Deposition Of Archbishop, Fmr. Vicar GeneralThe head of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities will soon answer questions from lawyers about alleged church abuse.