Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.Those charges sound stiff. R ... More >>
On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance ha ... More >>
It wasn't as cunning as The Great Escape, but who can say it wasn't bold?A Stillwater Prison inmate is accused of causing a weeklong lockdown after officials were tipped off to his plan to bust out
Powerful voices argue for policy changes in Sundance prize-winning documentary
It's not a record anybody wants to have, but it's Danny Bettcher's claim to fame. The 59-year-old resident of New York Mills has the most DWIs in Minnesota history -- 27.SEE ALSO:-- Kevin Tegtmeier arrested for 14th DUI, called "menace to society"-- Justin Clark had roughly 35 drinks in four hours b ... More >>
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 >>
For more on the Native Mob, read our November 9 cover story, "The Banishing."All Minnesota prisons were shut down from 4 a.m Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday morning as part of a federally orchestrated, multi-jurisdictional takedown on members of the Native Mob gang. In total, 24 suspected Nativ ... More >>
Prairie Correctional Facility closed in early 2010.The Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton won't be re-opening anytime soon, at least not according to Rep. Andrew Falk. Prairie Correctional Facility has been closed since February 2010. A report by the Minnesota Independent on the growth o ... More >>
Shane Bauer, left, Josh Fattal: Back home, and speaking out.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have returned to the United States, and begun describing their two-plus-year ordeal in Iran as accused, convicted, and imprisoned "spies." The two Americans had to go on hunger strikes just to receive letters ... More >>
There's a good chance he'll be back.Minnesota has the worst criminal recidivism rate in the country? That's a national ranking we're not too proud of. A Pew Center on the States report finds that 61.2 percent of prisoners released here were back behind bars after three years, either because ... More >>
rian_beanPrison inmates are doing battle with old man river.After record-breaking snowfalls all winter, warmer weather has riverside communities scrambling to prepare for some very serious flooding. St. Paul officials are predicting as many as 2,200 people could be forced to evacuate downtow ... More >>
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Denny Hecker is back behind bars.Bankrupt auto dealer Denny Hecker has been booked into the Sherburne County jail, and treated to a new mug shot. That's not what he expected out of a routine federal court hearing yesterday, and today he got more bad news: He may stay behind bars until his se ... More >>
Hecker's dim future just got a little dimmer.One would think that if you were already neck deep in a legal shitstorm -- say, facing more than enough fraud charges to keep you in federal prison for the rest of your life -- you'd cool your heels for a while. At least chill until the trial is ... More >>
Photo: st33voNot what the doctor orderedOops. For about two months there, inmates at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, including some sex offenders, were getting racy after-hours HBO and Showtime shows on their televisions.Corrections officers had reported the "pornographic" programming c ... More >>
Ken AvidorPetters hears the judge sentence him to a life behind barsTearing a page from the Denny Hecker instructional manual on getting the public to cover the costs of private enterprise deceit, convicted Ponzi schemer Tom Petters filed notice on Tuesday in the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of ... More >>
The relationship started last August when Harvieux began writing her letters in prison, saying he thought she was unfairly targeted because she was an illegal immigrant.
Group showers, a 6 x 6 cell, supervised visits-- the Atlanta rapper can have whatever he likes.
Interesting things happen when the economy plummets. Wisconsin already has a running start.
Motivational speaker Russell Simon made a career out of imploring teens to steer clear of drugs and alcohol. So why did he go on a drunken, meth-fueled rampage?
A Minneapolis author helps raise new questions about the King assassination
A 24-year-old veteran seeks redemption for atrocities committed during the Iraq war
Michael Winterbottom puts a face—and a hood—on the suffering at Guantanamo
'Coyote on a Fence': Live from death row
Local physician and author Steve Miles examines the forensic record of U.S. abuses in Iraqi prisons
A new bill in Congressional committee would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses
The drug war: back with a vengeance A new bill in Congress would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses If you think the Congressional Republicans' war on the judiciary can't get any more shrill or irrational, you obviously haven't read up on House Resolution 1528, Defe ... More >>
How an unlikely date led to the writing of 'The Exonerated'
State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons
What's wrong with Pawlenty's execution song
A Minnesota judge is targeted for speaking out against federal drug-sentencing guidelines
Michelle Hensley takes a bit of Broadway to the workhouse
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.
A felon, his father, and U.S. immigration law
One jury sent Dameion Robinson to prison for life. The other said he was not guilty. Confusing? Not to the state Supreme Court.
In Mr. Death, documentarian Errol Morris trains his beloved Interrotron on execution technologist-turned-Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter
A new exhibition moves public art out of the town square and into a conceptual realm
For the last year, Minneapolis's CODEFOR strategy has been packing the jails. Now state taxpayers are being asked to pay the price.
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.
Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends
During the 1970s the Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment on the grounds that it was applied in an "arbitrary" and "capricious" manner. Now it's back with a vengeance, but as a group of Minnesota attorneys is learning, nothing has really changed.