Do you know it's a crime in Minnesota to merely refuse to submit to a sobriety test?It's a lesson a man named William Bernard learned the hard way two years ago when he was approached by police at a public boat ramp and asked to undergo field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer exam. Bernard refused, ... More >>
Late last week, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill written by Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) that makes it slightly harder for law enforcement agencies to track cell phones and the court process more transparent.Though he initially testified against it, James Franklin, executive director of the Minne ... More >>
Yesterday, the ACLU-MN sent letters to Perham Public Schools Superintendent Mitch Anderson and Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby demanding they reconsider a plan to administer breathalyzer tests to all students attending this week's prom (Read the letters here and here, respectively).The ACLU arg ... More >>
Last winter, news broke that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension owned "cellular exploitation devices" called KingFish or StingRay. They basically function like cell phone towers, allowing officers to gather data from nearby phones.Law enforcement agencies can us ... More >>
When I was in my early teens, being punk and loving trash went hand in hand. Dumpsters cut out the middle man, providing my friends and me with all the snacks and random trinkets we desired -- without us ever having to enter a store. At punk shows and potlucks, we came equipped with crates of Odwall ... More >>
Two years ago, Riley Stratton, then a 6th grader at a school in the Minnewaska School District in western Minnesota, was punished by administrators for posting after school on her Facebook page that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. In a separate incident, administrators forced Stra ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has made a cottage industry out of taking shots at President Obama, but the lame-duck congresswoman has emerged as one of the House's most outspoken supporters of the Obama administration's controversial NSA surveillance policies.SEE ALSO: Barack Obama zings Michele Bachmann during ... More >>
Late last fall, Craig Keefe, a student at Brainerd's Central Lakes College, published a Facebook post using the term "stupid bitch" and another about there "not being enough whiskey for anger management."SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison on freedom of speech: "It's a good and bad thing" [INTERVIEW] A few week ... More >>
From supporters to protesters to strippers, Miami will be ready
A group of St. Charles High School seniors were having some drinks at a bonfire last Thursday, the night before their last day of class.Sounds like fairly normal behavior, doesn't it? But a controversy is raging over how school administrators handled the situation when some seniors showed up for the ... More >>
The city of Minneapolis is defending itself in court against a lawsuit alleging that a cop choked out a middle-aged woman, according to a recent filing in federal court. Schaaron L. Martin was outside her north Minneapolis home last July 9 when police arrived at the neighborhood to investigate a sh ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Minnewaska Area Schools for alleged violations of a 12-year-old female student's constitutional rights.In one string of incidents, the girl was repeatedly disciplined after posting on Facebook that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. She ... More >>
The city of St. Paul has agreed to pay $90,000 to two men who say they were victims of excessive police force. Last July, two officers restrained and handcuffed Craig Spelbrink and Robert Geistfield in a St. Paul parking garage. The two men sued the officers, alleging there was no cause for the arr ... More >>
The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that police acted reasonably when arresting 400 people en masse on September 1, 2008 during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.Today's ruling affirms U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson's 2010 decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought ... More >>
Jesse Ventura probably considers this ruling part of a larger plan.Jesse Ventura pretty much lives his life like an action hero. So, when Ventura's lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration got thrown out yesterday, it was the real-life moment when the hero realizes no one believ ... More >>
Recardo Meeks' fourth amendment rights were violated by the strip seach, a judge says.Photo courtesy Andrew muller.Two Minneapolis police officers conducted an illegal strip search on a man during a traffic stop in March 2009, according to a Minnesota Supreme Court opinion issued this week. The ... More >>
Ventura seesm to be starring in a movie that happens to be his real life. Jesse Ventura's lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration over airport pat-downs, which he refers to as "sexual assault," got underway Friday, but Ventura saved the drama for just after the first hearing en ... More >>
Jesse Ventura: Don't touch him there.Touch Jesse Ventura's junk and he's going to sue your ass for unreasonable search and seizure. Our former governor filed the lawsuit today against the TSA, claiming its agents violated his rights during a November pat-down and full body scan search at Minneap ... More >>
The 4th Amendment, coming to skivvies near you.Here's the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one who travels a lot through the Minneapolis St. Paul airport, or any airport: Underwear sporting the 4th Amendment, with metallic ink designed to show up on the computer screen of your friendly TS ... More >>
Minnesota State University-Mankato professor serves as expert witness in police shootings
Dizzy dispatches from the Great Minnesota Get-Together
Madison-based District 4 Court of Appeals ruled that police can attach GPS devices to cars to track movement even if the driver isn't the suspect as long as its done in public.
The Woodbury City Council banned targeted residential picketing, which provoked an outcry over the squelching of First Amendment rights. But as it turns out, the state banned targeted residential picketing 16 years ago.
Qwest defends its customers; Kennedy defends Bush.
State Senator Steve Kelley is known for being an education expert of sorts at the Capitol, but this legislative session, he's doffed a new cap: Marijuana advocate.
THESE DAYS Representatives of Hollywood's top movie studios say they have agreed on technical specifications that will make it easier to distribute and display movies digitally. Digital Cinema Initiatives, the industry consortium created in 2002 to unite studios, theater owners and tech manufacture ... More >>