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U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will be among the speakers at a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on behalf of Syrian refugees at the Minneapolis…
A man identified last week as a “person of interest” in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.
Want to look up a federal-court case, read the indictment or lawsuit, evaluate what the prosecutor and the defense attorney had to say, or review…
A brainstorming session in the summer of 2014 led investigators to arrest a ‘‘person of interest’’ in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted while riding on his bike near St. Joseph, Minn., 26 years ago. Danny James Heinrich, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is a person of interest in the case.
Joe Balzer says he is a very different man from the one I covered 25 years ago. Back then Balzer was one of three Northwest…
Ventura says he is prepared to fight the case again if retrial is ordered.
Top news corporations have enlisted prominent First Amendment attorneys in an attempt to overturn the $1.8 million verdict.
Legal expert calls state Appeals Court ruling an “important constitutional decision.”
ICE frees Nelson Kargbo, who had been detained for more than 2 years, after magistrate judge’s ruling.
Fifty federal prisoners will be released in the state on Oct. 30 and another 25 will be released in November, said Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.
Novelist, poet and essayist Alvin Greenberg charmed generations of readers with his wit and cerebral musings and ability to manipulate the English language. “He was…
In the remote Alaskan arctic, Stephanie Jenkins felt cornered. The 29-year-old woman and her academic mentor, Ted Swem, had rappelled down a cliff to a…
Robert Cattanach is used to mixing with the big boys. So he didn’t hesitate to sue BNSF, one of the nation’s largest railroad companies, over a bike accident — his own — after the company refused to pay a few thousand dollars in medical bills.
U.S. judge ruled that law firm’s filing was frivolous.
You open up your credit report and it says you have a bad debt but you know it isn’t true. How common is that? “It’s…
But it’s unclear when the Minnesota high court justice will be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.
As outsiders stir up the race for the White House, Minnesota's former governor is contemplating whether to take another shot at political office.
My father worked for Eliot Ness. Ness was the crime-busting government agent who organized a team called the Untouchables that brought down Al Capone and…
Attorneys applauded the ruling, which allowed them to continue to pursue their claims in federal district court in Minneapolis.
From public schools to private enterprise, transgender men and women — and youth — are challenging old restrictions and forcing changes.
Nelson Kargbo, a refugee from Sierra Leone, has a rap sheet, but would face torture if deported, judge ruled.
Even though Congress remains hobbled by partisan paralysis, judicial observers are optimistic that the state Supreme Court justice will eventually be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Minnesota.
Student says suspension forced him to change schools.
The phone call that came to the police dispatcher in Marshall, Minn., last January described a horrific situation. A man said he had taken a…
The defendants are active members of two street gangs known as the 10z and the 20z, which operated in south Minneapolis. They were charged in a shootout outside HCMC last year.
Jurisdiction was expanded illegally, plaintiffs say.
Attorneys and witnesses for Koua Fong Lee, driver of a 1996 Toyota Camry, contended that the car continued to accelerate even as he applied the brakes, and rear-ended a stopped car. The crash killed three.
The robbery occurred while Hoffman was on the run after fatally shooting his former domestic partner at an Arden Hills gas station.
Creditors’ attorney tracked down jewelry hidden by bankrupt store owner in a four-year investigation that crossed state lines.
Call it historic, call it odd, call it a bit silly. But the ascension of a new chief judge for the U.S. District Court in…
The judge called his claims in a land rights lawsuit "frivolous."
Judge Ann Montgomery said a federal jury had sufficient evidence to show Toyota was at fault in fatal 2006 crash.
Guard members shared $2,000 bonuses with uniformed recruiters in a kickback scheme involving military enlistments.
Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge combines the serenity of pine-paneled cabins on a large, gorgeous lake with proximity to Bemidji, for easy runs to that city if rustic is not your thing.
Facing a torrent of negative publicity over the handling of a pay equity dispute in Minnesota, the Norwegian government has settled its long-running battle with a former consular employee by agreeing to pay $1.96 million.
Michael Griffin, the target of lawsuits, now faces nine criminal counts over bar fights.
Post-trial wrangling in the Toyota case is heating up, with a lawyer’s claim that Toyota Motor Co. played “the race card” by suggesting that an…
Michael Griffin, a patrol officer, has been the subject of 22 internal affairs investigations since 2007.
Multimillion-dollar scheme used homeless people to buy smartphones using stolen IDs, charges say.
Federal judge rules that a change in Washington County’s wedding policy meant the suit was unnecessary.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a district-court decision Monday, rejecting a suit by a Minneapolis police officer who accused the department…
Toyota’s appeal of the $10.9 million judgment in the Koua Fong Lee case returns attention to a clever strategy by his attorney Bob Hilliard. In…
Widow of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle reviews the case in her 334-page memoir.
Lawyer writes that author knowingly made up story.
Groups question outcome of Jesse Ventura’s federal defamation trial.
Patricia Winstead stole $292,000 from 24 veterans, but judge reduced sentence because she disclosed the crime.
Minneapolis man, 19, is charged with tweeting threats against informant, federal officers.
Mohamed Farah waives hearing and will be flown from San Diego to Minnesota to face charges of conspiracy to go to Syria to fight.
Lawyers say $11M verdict based on ‘‘sleight of hand” in closing arguments.
Abshir Abtidon Barrow had the legal right to withdraw his guilty plea, the court said, reversing both the district court ruling that prohibited him from changing his plea and the state Court of Appeals.
Judgment in consulate pay dispute may be state record.
An AIM founder, the Ojibwe woman took part in pivotal protests of modern times.
The feds and Met Council squared off in court against a group opposing a light-rail route through the Kenilworth corridor.
Ron Meshbesher was known for decades as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota, the go-to lawyer if you were charged with high…
The high court’s refusal to hear the case appears to have resolved a lawsuit brought in 2008 by Joel Brude and Ron Stoffel as well as campaign committees with which they were involved, working to defeat school bond levies.
Two days into spring, the Twin Cities is in line for 3 to 5 inches of snow starting on Sunday.
The former U.S. attorney for Minnesota won’t say if he is taking a position with the NFL.
A judge ruled this week that the man has built a “plausible” case that he was a victim of discrimination and mistreatment by a Fairview Southdale emergency room doctor on the basis of gender identity.
Just as the face of Minnesota is changing, so is its legal community. Chances are you were unaware there are 62 licensed Hmong attorneys in…
Company disputes award to Koua Fong Lee in fatal car wreck.
Attorney for Taya Kyle challenged the verdict for Jesse Ventura on constitutional and other grounds.
Consumer advocates and debt collectors are in a dogfight over a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow robocalls to cellphones. The proposal…
The legal profession has undergone a transformation in the past 65 years, and the advances of female lawyers will be celebrated in the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
The carmaker wants driver Koua Fong Lee to pay $4 million of its $10.9 million settlement.
In a decision that will reverberate through the BWCA, U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled Friday that a proposed snowmobile route near the Canadian border will not violate the federal Wilderness Act.
Toyota’s $10.9 million loss in a federal trial last week could grow by millions — or not. Bob Hilliard, an attorney for a St. Paul…
Charges unwarranted for netting fish at Leech Lake.
At the University of Minnesota, Arnold Ismach championed the right of student journalists to make mistakes. Many of his students went on to work for…
The jury in the Toyota liability trial found the automaker 60 percent responsible for a 2006 crash that caused the deaths of three people and sent a St. Paul man to prison for more than two years. Toyota is ordered to pay about $11 million in damages to crash victims.
The jury in the liability trial of the Toyota Motor Co. sent a note to U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery on Monday that they could not decide on a verdict.
The federal jury in the Toyota liability trial in Minneapolis completed its second full day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict.The six-woman, six-man jury…
Jurors resumed deliberations in case involving 2006 crash that led to three deaths and a prison term.
In an 11th-hour bombshell, the attorney for the driver unveiled his theory for what caused a Camry to speed up in 2006: Each time the gas pedal was pressed, the car kept on accelerating.
The talk around the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis has been that more criminal cases are showing up in federal courtrooms since Andy Luger was sworn…
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