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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Project Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Some of the zombies who made a deal with the City of MinneapolisSeven 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 >>
Photo: romana kleeSt. 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 >>
Pete Souza/White HouseObama signs the National Day of Prayer proclamationLast 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 >>
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 >>
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Ah yes, should have known those D&D kids were up to something bigger than monster figurines and not having real friends.
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.
Two 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.
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
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
Why did lawmakers punt a plan to regulate judicial fundraising?
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia
Two Minnesota judges return fire at the justice department
The justice department fights to deport a Somali refugee
Wounded egos, labor actions, and Powerpoint presentations at the Pioneer Press
The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties
One man's fight for a jury trial could result in a spate of appeals
Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?
Tim Kornwolf ran afoul of the feds for selling Indian artifacts. Now he wants to take his case to the Supreme Court.
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.
A felon, his father, and U.S. immigration law
The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?
Local politicos find themselves tangled in the Web
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.
Recent embarrassments notwithstanding, Minneapolis isn't softening its stance on high-speed chases
Hennepin County Housing Court was set up to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. So why do the landlords keep winning?
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.
If Greg Wersal has his way, Minnesota judges will soon campaign for election just like any other politicians
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.
NORWEST FINDS THE BRIGHT SIDE OF POVERTY