Criminal Law

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    MNGOP stands by Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald in ultra-bizarre email

    The Michelle MacDonald story just keeps getting weirder and weirder.MacDonald, a Twin Cities family law attorney, recently won the MNGOP's endorsement for a Minnesota Supreme Court seat even though she faces a criminal trial this fall stemming from an April 5, 2013 DUI arrest.See also:Michelle MacDo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Blacks in Minnesota 8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites, study says

    Whatever the reason, Minnesota cops are far more likely to arrest blacks for pot possession than whites, according to a new study by the ACLU.SEE ALSO: Mark Hamburger's MLB career derailed by pot; he now lives in parents' Shoreview basementAccording to the study, blacks were nearly eight times as li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    LeAnn Sargent, Maple Grove councilwoman, charged with stealing from dying dad

    LeAnn Sargent, a Maple Grove councilwoman since 1991, will continue to serve on the council despite being charged with stealing thousands and thousands of dollars from her dying dad and lying about it under oath.SEE ALSO: Maple Grove High School hockey scandal: Rumored player sex tape called "The Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Keith Ellison: "Let's say that the war on drugs is over" [INTERVIEW PART 2]

    This summer, Keith Ellison came under Republican fire on at least two fronts.At home, his GOP challenger Chris Fields made North Minneapolis' poverty and crime a campaign issue by saying Ellison hasn't done enough for black people, and abroad, Michele Bachmann tried to connect Keith with Islamic ext ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Derrick Catchings charged as adult in shooting of north Minneapolis teen

    Derrick Deangelo Catchings, a 16-year-old from Brooklyn Park, will be tried as an adult in the murder of a teenager slain on his bike last summer in north Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Catchings has been in jail since last September on a separate case, and made hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Lakeville locker-room photo scandal: 14-year-old allegedly given soda for nude pic

    Last month, we told you about a locker-room photo scandal at Lakeville's Century Middle School, where dozens of students were suspended after an inappropriate cell phone photo of a student was widely shared. Today, Dakota County prosecutors filed charges. Three students -- two boys and a girl -- wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Emily's Law redux aims to punish 13-year-olds as adults

    Bill author Rep. Torrey Westrom will have to push the bill through the committee process today, or it will be couched until next session.​On a June morning in 2006, Lynn Johnson dropped off her two-year-old daughter, Emily, at her daycare provider's house before heading to work. About eight h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Daryn McBeth, agribiz lobbyist: People who photograph farms should be felons

    dobakMaybe photos like this should be illegal?​It was just a week ago that lawmakers unveiled a new bill aimed at making it harder for the public to know what goes on in farms, slaughterhouses and puppy mills. But in that week, the bill has come in for a torrent of abuse. It's not hard to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Mahdi Hassan Ali, Seward triple-homicide suspect, presses age dispute

    Mahdi Hassan Ali claims he was a juvenile at the time of the Seward Market murders.​Thanks to some chilling security video, Mahdi Hassan Ali stands accused of being the triggerman at the Seward Market in January 2010 when three people were gunned down in a gruesome robbery gone wrong. But Ali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Michael Swanson claims insanity in Iowa double homicide

    Swanson claims he was insane.​Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, famous for smiling and laughing after being charged in November with murdering two Iowa gas station workers in two separate shootings, plans to claim insanity as a defense when his trials start this summer.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Michael Swanson, accused in Iowa double homicide, will be tried as an adult

    A second request to escape adult court is still pending.​Michael Swanson -- the kid who couldn't stop laughing after being accused of killing two people -- will be tried as an adult for at least one murder count. Last month, the 17-year-old requested to move his case to juvenile court where h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Michael Swanson wants murder trials in juvenile court

    Swanson isn't smiling now.​Michael Richard Swanson, the St. Louis Park 17-year-old charged with killing two Iowa convenience store employees for little more than cash and cigarettes, says he's too young to face the music as an adult. Maybe he's rethinking that happy perp routine outside the K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Powderhorn Park sex assault suspect severs ankle monitor but later surrenders (UPDATE)

    fibonaccibluePowderhorn Park neighbors gathered for a vigil after the attacks.​Four teenage boys were arrested after Thanksgiving Eve sex assaults in and near Powderhorn Park. Then came news that one of the boys, 15 years old, was on the lose. He'd cut off his ankle bracelet monitor and disa ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2010

    Letter from prison

    Readers respond to "Cop Killer"

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Mahdi Hassan Ali to be tried as an adult in Seward triple homicide

    Mahdi Hassan Ali will be tried as an adult.‚ÄčThere case against Mahdi Hassan Ali looks pretty tight: He's on videotape pointing a gun at the men who were killed in a robbery gone wrong at Seward Market on January 6th, and his accomplice is ready to testify against him. But Ali's fate has also been ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2010

    Operation Streamline: An immigration boondoggle

    Project Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    No charges filed in sexual assault at Chi Psi

    The first of three U sexual assault cases is closed for lack of evidence.​No charges are being filed in one of of three reported sexual assaults at University of Minnesota fraternities in recent weeks. "A thorough investigation" took place, which included interviewing both the man and woman i ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2010

    Do DWI laws work?

    One in seven Minnesotans has a drunk driving conviction. Are we any safer?

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Brandon Iams kills three in crash and gets six weekends in jail

    Photo: Tomy Webster​Shirley Iverson, 71, her daughter, Debra Buhmann, 34, and her granddaughter, Alexis Iverson-Ferkul, 8, are all dead because of a teenage driver named Brandon Iams. The charge against him? Misdemeanor careless driving. The punishment? Six weekends in juvie, 100 hours of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Brandon Michael Iams charged in deadly December crash

    Brandon Michael Iams, 17, has been charged with careless driving inthe crash that killed three people two weeks before Christmas.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Officer who shot Fong Lee charged with domestic assault

    The Minneapolis cop who shot and killed 19-year-old Fong Lee has been charged with domestic assault. The woman involved, the officer's girlfriend, was also charged with assault.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Bachmann associates pedophiles with gays as protected from hate crimes

    Bachmann lists pedophiles and gays in her examples of who would now be protected under hate crime laws while grandmas and veterans wouldn't have their lives valued by U.S. law.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    Compare and contrast: The Reichstag fire and 9/11

    Strangely, the Anti-Defamation neglected to empirically demonstrate how the Reichstag fire differs from the 9/11 in their statement, so in the name of pu ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2007

    The Human Shield

    John Delmonico defends those who serve and protect. Whether they deserve it or not.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2007
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    November 3, 2006

    3 questions: Tim Dolan

    The recently confirmed chief of the MPD now must get down to the business of running a police force.

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    High Crimes

    Daniel Otto and his girlfriend just wanted to get loaded one summer night. Neither of them imagined that she would wind up dead and he would be charged with murder.

  • News

    May 5, 2004

    Voices and Silence

    It was no secret that Jason Molacek heard voices telling him to murder. Cops, counselors, his parents--they all knew. So why didn't anyone stop him before he shot his mom to death?

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    The Death Trap

    What's wrong with Pawlenty's execution song

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    The Walls of Red Wing

    The remarkable 114-year story of Minnesota's last juvenile detention home

  • News

    November 12, 2003

    Ashcroft the Avenger

    Two Minnesota judges return fire at the justice department

  • Arts

    July 9, 2003

    Class Action

    With 'Justice,' a pair of Twin Cities civil rights lawyers raise the bar for African American filmmaking

  • News

    February 26, 2003

    Play It As It Lies

    Everyone knows political candidates stretch the truth. Should they be prosecuted for it?

  • News

    February 19, 2003


    A new computer database system called CriMNet is supposed to revolutionize crime fighting in Minnesota. Cops, politicians, big business, and the media love it.

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    Blame the Victims

    Laura Goodman-Brown, Minnesota's crime-victims ombudsman, is about to become a victim herself. And she says it's a crime.

  • News

    December 13, 2000

    Trial & Era

    When Sara Jane Olson goes to court in coming weeks, a Los Angeles jury will be asked to pass judgment on the most divisive time in recent American history.

  • News

    March 29, 2000

    The Yo-Yo Files

    Why did it take three investigations, two trials, and one year of legal ups and downs to convict Alfred Flowers of sassing a cop? He may never know: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the FBI have declared the records top-secret.

  • Books

    September 29, 1999

    Wrestling With Immunity

    Minnesota has a code of ethics for its executive branch. It just doesn't apply to the governor.

  • Books

    July 21, 1999

    Law & Disorder

    Noisy party? Misdemeanor? Officer, do you know who you're dealing with?

  • News

    April 21, 1999
  • Feature

    April 1, 1999

    "Love is Bigger than Government"

    A profound insight or an empty Ventura-ism?

  • Feature

    December 1, 1998

    Unnatural Law

    Chances are, what you do in bed is criminal

  • News

    June 24, 1998

    Restricted Access

    Child protection hearings are now open to the public, but it's members of the press who will be scrutinized

  • News

    February 18, 1998

    Stool Pigeon

    Sure, he's got an unfortunate knack for running afoul of the law. But that's nothing compared to his talent for getting himself set free.

  • News

    September 17, 1997

    Friendly Fire

    When 12 COPS arrived at Andre Madison's house for a routine drug bust, they wandered into a ferocious gunfight with themselves.

  • News

    May 28, 1997

    Fall Guy

    Larry Gould was a long-time junkie on the mend in a methadone program until he was lured into a drug sting. Now he's doing five years. But he made a few undercover cops look good in the process, and that was the important thing.

  • News

    March 5, 1997
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    September 4, 1996
  • News

    March 6, 1996

    The Trials of David Lillehaug

    In the wake of Najarian and Shabazz, the U.S. attorney and former DFL prodigy finds his once-bright political future in question.

  • News

    March 6, 1996
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