Back in the ’90s, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down the law that allows the state to incarcerate people after they’ve served their prison sentences because they might offend again. The court said it was unconstitutional to place the burden on the men to prove they wouldn’t commit more crimes, shifting the burden to the state.
Ostensibly the men are in the Moose Lake facility for sex offenders for “treatment,” not punishment. But only two have been released over the last 20 years, a fact that more than suggests the court decision of the ’90s really didn’t change anything, and neither has the Legislature, which punted on the recommendations of a task force. Read more →
Henry Walsh didn’t have a video camera going last week when he was rousted by Minneapolis cops. That could make it difficult for his story to get the kind of traction other similar tales have received, but his father, Jim Walsh is writing about the incident involving his son on the Southwest Journal website. Read more →
The Minnesota Supreme Court today faced a question: Should it fix a state law that’s unconstitutional because it mandates that minors be sentenced to life without parole in particular heinous crimes? Read more →
Adrian Peterson and the Star Tribune are waging a fierce battle with each other over Sunday’s blockbuster story, including an allegation of financial impropriety at Peterson’s All Day foundation. Read more →
When two girls went missing overnight on Monday, public safety officials had little choice but to release their photographs and beg people on Facebook to repost. They did. And now we all know their names and faces. Read more →
Today’s Minnesota Supreme Court decision on the appeal of a murder conviction of Minneapolis gang member leads a reader to head-shaking moment.
The legal underpinnings and the decision surrounding the killing during the Juneteenth celebration in 2007 are almost secondary to the narrative of gang members’ disregard for human life. Certainly that doesn’t come as a surprise, but it assaults the senses nonetheless. Read more →