MSBA Legal News Digest

Minnesota Legal News | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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  • Mandatory sentences not always the case for Minnesota gun crimes. To separate fact from fiction, KARE 11 Investigators analyzed every sentence for every felony gun crime during the past three years. Go to KARE 11 Header

  • Backlash grows against sex offender program. The state of Minnesota confines many sex offenders far longer than necessary and may be confining some who pose minimal risk to the public, according to a scathing review that casts new doubts on the program's future. Go to Star Tribune Header

  • Breaking down Minnesota's judiciary. MinnPost reviewed the backgrounds of every sitting judge and incoming judge who has a biography available at the Minnesota Judicial Branch (excluding semi-retired senior judges at the state level). Go to MinnPost Header

  • New winter walleye rules for Upper Red Lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural resources is imposing stricter fishing regulations on walleye in Upper Red Lake this winter. Go to LaCrosse Tribune Header

  • District courtrooms across Minnesota seeing unprecedented influx of new judges. Minnesota's district courts have seen an unprecedented turnover in judges since Gov. Mark Dayton took office in 2011. Because of a large number of vacancies from mandatory retirement at 70, or judges' desire to leave the bench earlier, the DFL governor has been able to appoint 76 judges. Go to Star Tribune Header

  • Byron Smith Must Pay $21K To Teens' Families. A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims' families. Go to CBS Minnesota Header

  • Newport mayor sued over alleged meeting violations. A former Newport City Council member has filed a civil lawsuit against the town's mayor, alleging violations of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Go to Pierce County Herald Header

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