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Continued: Court ruling hobbles prosecution for unpaid child support

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 12, 2014 - 9:57 PM

Nelson’s interpretation that a parent must be found negligent of both support and care is “the more natural interpretation” of the law.

Latz said such ambiguity can slip through the cracks.

“Ultimately the Legislature is responsible and we do the best we can to be clear on our statutes, but sometimes experience or a legal test in court shows that we have to be a little more clear,” he said.

Justices Stras, Wilhelmina Wright, Alan Page and G. Barry Anderson voted in the majority. Justices Lillehaug, Christopher Dietzen and Chief Justice Lorie Gildea dissented.

 

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