Legal Rights Center

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    CeCe McDonald released from prison Monday morning [VIDEO]

    In a shaky video shot on Monday morning, there's CeCe McDonald: wearing a blue hoodie, riding a friend's back, and walking out of prison."Welcome back!" the friend holding the camera tells McDonald. "Thank you!" McDonald exclaims, grinning, as she approaches the parking lot. See Also: - COVER: Behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to serve out sentence in male prison

    Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, the transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will remain in a male prison for the duration of her sentence, despite safety concerns from her attorneys and supporters. Minnesota prisons do follow transgender placement guidelines that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    CeCe McDonald supporters throw Molotov cocktail at Portland Wells Fargo

    A group claiming solidarity with Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who recently pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Hennepin County, is taking credit for an unlit Molotov cocktail found inside a Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon last week. The bank manager found the homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to be incarcerated in male prison -- at least for now [VIDEO]

    Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will be incarcerated in a male prison, at least for now. McDonald was arrested last summer for fatally stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis. The Hennep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Legal Rights Center: Beyond CeCe McDonald

    This past week's feature, "The Edge of Doubt," brought readers inside the walls of the Legal Rights Center, where attorneys for CeCe McDonald prepared her defense against charges of second-degree murder. A nonprofit that predates Hennepin County's modern public defense system, the Legal Rights Cent ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 2012

    CeCe McDonald murder trial

    Behind the scenes of the transgender woman's case

  • News

    August 30, 2006

    Running Man

    Keith Ellison, the DFL's endorsee for Congress in the Fifth District, has spent the summer countering attacks from Republicans—and Democrats. What made him everyone's favorite target?

  • News

    May 10, 2006

    5th District: The Battleground That Wasn't

    In the crowded race to replace Sabo, Keith Ellison wins endorsement easily

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    Watching the Watchmen

    Can Michael Friedman save the civilian review authority?

  • News

    September 10, 2003

    Cars Behind Bars

    If your vehicle is impounded as "evidence," look out

  • News

    February 16, 2000

    Bury My Heart

    For years it has been whispered that the 1976 slaying of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash was an inside job. Now a new rash of accusations aims squarely at local heroes Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt.

  • Books

    May 12, 1999

    Raising Kale

    True confessions of a vegetable offender

  • News

    March 18, 1998

    Tag Team

    Defense attorneys say Minneapolis's crackdown on graffiti artists is a waste of time and money for a court system that's already stretched thin.

  • News

    December 10, 1997

    Gang Bang

    A growing list of "gang-related" exemptions to due process is evidence of courts' willingness to buy into anti-gang hysteria, says attorney Keith Ellison.

  • News

    March 19, 1997
  • News

    February 26, 1997

    Mr. FixIt

    Minneapolis Police Chief Bob Olson came to town with a reputation for pleasing pols and infuriating cops. And he's surpassed himself on both counts.

  • News

    January 22, 1997

    Get Out of Jail Free

    In drug- or gang-related cases, one of the favorite weapons of prosecutors is confidential informants like Johnny Edwards. Trouble is, a lot of them will say anything to get themselves out of the hot seat--and continue committing crimes while they're turn

  • Feature

    December 4, 1996

    Race Cards

    The battle over the public defender's office has a familiar scent.

  • News

    November 27, 1996

    Public Defender Battle Gets Hotter Yet.

    Kennedy and McGee forces keep swapping charges, and the Star Tribune comes under fire.

  • News

    November 20, 1996

    Last Man Standing

    In the 25 years that he's served as Hennepin County's first and only chief public defender, Bill Kennedy has earned a tough-as-nails reputation for the way he defends his clients, his staff, and himself. This year he's pitted against Hennepin County prose

  • News

    June 26, 1996


    Operation Safe Streets