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  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Mpls attorney Josh Newville leading fight for marriage equality in South Dakota

    Just two years removed from graduating from the University of Minnesota law school, Josh Newville is making international headlines.Yesterday, Newville filed suit in Sioux Falls district court on behalf of six same-sex couples challenging a South Dakota constitutional amendment banning gay marriage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    "Download martyr" Jammie Thomas-Rasset out of legal options; $220,000 judgment stands

    After eight years of twists and turns, it appears Jammie Thomas-Rasset's legal drama is at an end. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case, meaning a $220,000 judgement against the Brainerd woman stands.SEE ALSO: Recording Industry Association of America responds to City Pages ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Tom Petters, convicted Ponzi schemer, teaches fellow inmates business classes

    In 2009, Tom Petters was found guilty of masterminding a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Now, according to an interview Petters gave to Twin Cities Business magazine, he teaches his fellow inmates at the prison in Leavenworth, Kansas how to make business plans.Out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Shana Buchanan, extremely lazy Twin Cities lawyer, could be disbarred

    ​If the allegations made by the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board are true, Shana Gail Buchanan had a pretty nice racket going for herself.Over the past three years, Buchanan repeatedly agreed to take on a client's appeal, got paid -- then did absolutely no legal work and ignored her clien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    St. Paul RNC mass-arrests: Police acted reasonably, court affirms

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    DEA will launch federal crackdown on synthetic marijuana tomorrow morning, according to leaked documents

    The feds are finally coming after fake pot.​The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been taking aim at the chemical compounds in synthetic marijuana products for months, and tomorrow the agency is pulling the trigger. According to an advance copy of the agency's regulation obtained by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Fake pot lawsuit thrown out of court, but head shops appeal

    Fake pot, real lawsuit.​Minnesota's foray into the fake-marijuana wars is escalating. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by four Minnesota head shops against the Drug Enforcement Agency, but they have already appealed their case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The head shops-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Zombies scare Minneapolis into cash settlement

    Some of the zombies who made a deal with the City of Minneapolis​Seven zombies accused of carrying weapons of mass destruction will be staggering to the bank shortly with a bundle of cash, courtesy of a legal settlement with the City of Minneapolis. The seven were arrested in 2006 during Aqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Supreme Court green lights Jeff Anderson's sex abuse lawsuit against the Vatican

    Photo: romana klee​St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson can sue the Vatican on behalf of sex-abuse victims after a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a challenge by the Catholic Church that said it was immune from U.S. lawsuits. "Today's action by the Justices is an answer to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Michele Bachmann and Barack Obama are prayer buddies

    Pete Souza/White HouseObama signs the National Day of Prayer proclamation​Last week, U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled that the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. And now we have President Barack Obama and Rep. Michele Bachmann -- gasp -- joining si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tom Petters appeals as pauper and seeks public defence

    Ken AvidorPetters hears the judge sentence him to a life behind bars​Tearing 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 >>

  • News

    March 3, 2010
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    January 25, 2010

    D&D banned at Wis. prison because it promotes gang activity

    Ah yes, should have known those D&D kids were up to something bigger than monster figurines and not having real friends.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Not-Sen. Coleman, real Minn. elected officials respond to Obama's court pick

    Now that we've heard what self-described "Sen.-elect" Al Franken has to say about President Obama's pick of Sonia Sotomayor, let's see what the real elected officials have to say about the nomination.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Hemp Jive

    Hemp.gifTwo North Dakota farmers are asking the Eigth Cicuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Paul to strike down the federal government's ban on commercial hemp farming, which is illegal for some reason.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008
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    October 17, 2008
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    May 16, 2008

    Are home tapers ripping off musicians?

    The Minnesota woman ordered to pay $220,000 for sharing two-dozen songs online may get a second tri ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 27, 2008
  • News

    December 5, 2007

    Unfriendly Fire

    Duy Ngo will receive $4.5 million for getting shot by a fellow officer in the line of duty, but that won't restore his reputation

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 11/28

    Besides the stories from our print issue and related web-exclusive content, we bring you an update of Boy, Interrupted, our ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2006

    Grudge Match

    Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and former St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney both have long and proud histories in St. Paul policing circles—and reputations for political heavy-handedness. Observers say they're alike in many ways. Is that why the

  • News

    April 5, 2006

    Campaign Finance Reform: DOA

    Why did lawmakers punt a plan to regulate judicial fundraising?

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2005

    8/26: Morning Communique

    Punk legends John Lydon and Jimmy Pursey got into a fist fight outside the U.S. embassy in London as they waited in line for visas with The Proclaimers.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2005

    7/19 Morning Communique

    CITY PAGES BLOGS Check out Pizzaman's demolished Pizzacar at Streets of Pizza. Pizzaman stared death in the face, and death blinked! THESE DAYS The National Rifle Association said it is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus, Ohio, because of the city's outlawing of the sale or poss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2005

    God's Law, 1: Constitution, 0

    That pesky court system standing between us and a theocracy? No biggie--we'll just starve it! You thought the fillbuster-buster was a cynical gambit? Today's Los Angeles Times carries a chilling account of evangelical leaders' plans to use their congressional allies to harrass judges off the bench b ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Hope You Enjoyed Your Stay

    A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia

  • News

    November 12, 2003

    Ashcroft the Avenger

    Two Minnesota judges return fire at the justice department

  • News

    November 5, 2003

    Return to Sender

    The justice department fights to deport a Somali refugee

  • News

    August 13, 2003

    Dispatches from the Next Newspaper War

    Wounded egos, labor actions, and Powerpoint presentations at the Pioneer Press

  • News

    April 23, 2003

    The Other War

    The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties

  • News

    March 12, 2003
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    January 29, 2003

    Sex Offender Commitment Challenged

    One man's fight for a jury trial could result in a spate of appeals

  • News

    January 8, 2003

    Whistle Stop

    Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?

  • Books

    December 6, 2000

    Bad Deal

    Tim Kornwolf ran afoul of the feds for selling Indian artifacts. Now he wants to take his case to the Supreme Court.

  • News

    November 15, 2000
  • News

    August 2, 2000

    No Place Like Home

    Thousands of Somalis fled when their country committed suicide a decade ago. Now the local INS office has found a way to send them back.

  • Books

    April 5, 2000


    A felon, his father, and U.S. immigration law

  • News

    October 6, 1999

    Buy the Word

    The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?

  • News

    September 1, 1999

    What's in a Domain?

    Local politicos find themselves tangled in the Web

  • News

    August 18, 1999
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    August 11, 1999

    Fall Out

    The military turned Ron Falcon into an officer, a gentleman, and a doctor. When the brass discovered he was gay, they kicked him out and sent him the bill.

  • Books

    February 24, 1999

    Hard and Fast

    Recent embarrassments notwithstanding, Minneapolis isn't softening its stance on high-speed chases

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    The Path of Lease Resistance

    Hennepin County Housing Court was set up to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. So why do the landlords keep winning?

  • News

    August 5, 1998

    The Last Block Party

    Pig's Eye Parrant bootlegged here 150 years ago. Then came the robber barons, the great wars, the spaghetti junctions, and the exodus to the suburbs. Its glory days gone, St. Paul's Brewery District tries upscaling--and evicting renters who don't belong.

  • Books

    June 17, 1998

    Judging for Himself

    If Greg Wersal has his way, Minnesota judges will soon campaign for election just like any other politicians

  • News

    November 26, 1997

    Speed Freaks

    Minneapolis police are involved in too many dangerous high-speed chases, according to a local civil-rights attorney. He says the city needs to take steps to protect bystanders and do something about its "cowboy" officers.

  • News

    April 23, 1997
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    October 2, 1996



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    March 6, 1996
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