Last September, the appeals court overturned the firearms and drug
convictions of suspected drug dealer Cortney John Edstrom, saying if a court ruled a drug sniffing dog outside an apartment isn’t an invasion of privacy, the Fourth Amendment would be of little use to apartment dwellers.
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Terrance Sargent didn’t pay his income taxes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and in 2016 the state put a lien on him. Read more →
It is unlikely that the Minnesota Legislature envisioned a case of a son suing his father when it passed a bill years ago to encourage landowners to open their land to the public for hunting. Can your son be “the public”? Read more →
When Tyler Johnson was told by a police officer in North Branch in November 2015 that he could be charged with a more serious felony if he did not agree to urine or blood testing because of a suspicion that he was driving under the influence, he was getting bad information. Read more →
The Court’s description of the case reads like a cheap novel you can’t put down. It — and the dealer’s Yelp reviews — will also make you never want to buy a used vehicle again.
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A divided Minnesota Supreme Court today further defined the areas of people’s property where police can’t search without a warrant.
It’s a fascinating case which goes to great lengths to define what area of someone’s property is protected by the Fourth Amendment and what area is fair game for a search by police without a warrant. Read more →
In Minnesota, it is illegal to carry a gun while under the influence of alcohol. The literal translation of that word — carry — led to charges being dropped against a man who was stopped by a Maple Grove police officer because he wasn’t carrying the gun; it was in his car’s console. Read more →
The court ruled in the case of Tracy Thompson, who had sought an order for protection in September 2015 against her ex-husband, John Schrimsher, based largely on allegations of domestic abuse several years earlier, including being kicked, choked, knocked over, and slapped, some of which occurred while she was pregnant. Schrimsher denied the allegations.
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Burglar Lionel Lopez, who stole a man’s cellphone and wallet from a motel room in Willmar in November 2015, has struck out again in his claim that he’s not a burglar because he was in the motel legitimately and a motel room isn’t a separate building under the state’s burglary law. Read more →
By most accounts Thomas Sonnenberg was a Good Samaritan; that’s how Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman characterized him at a press conference, and that’s how most media in the Twin Cities characterized him.
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MN Supreme Court throws out law against disorderly conduct at meetings
The Court ruled in the case of Robin Hensel, of Little Falls, who was cited for disorderly conduct after she moved her chairs closer to city councilors at a meeting, days after the Council rescheduled a meeting when Hensel displayed signs that depicted dead and deformed children, blocking the view of others in the audience. Read more →
Can you steal a car if it never moves? Yes, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today, reversing two lower courts which had said Somsalao Thonesavanh, of Nobles County, couldn’t be convicted of car theft because he didn’t take the car anywhere. Read more →
It’s a curious reality of the Minnesota Supreme Court that you don’t often see the ‘Pawlenty wing’ and the ‘Dayton wing’ of the court lined up against each other, but two cases today highlighted a sharp division over sentences handed to drug offenders since a change in the state’s sentencing guidelines. Read more →
Drunken tweetstorm deserves felony sentence, MN court rules
When Harrison Rund was stopped by a Minnesota state trooper in 2014 who searched his trunk and found marijuana, he made a big mistake.
He went home, started drinking, and then went on Twitter. Read more →
MN Supreme Court upholds juvenile’s sentence in Seward killings
Over the objections of one justice, the Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the life sentences given to the killer of three people at the Seward Market and Halal Meat on East Franklin Ave., in Minneapolis in 2010. Read more →