When Minnesota same-sex couples start getting married on August 1, they'll have the same status on the federal level as all other couples. As reported by SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage as the union of one man ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Rep. Ryan Winkler says he thought "Uncle Tom" meant "turncoat"Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, got himself in hot water for a racially insensitive tweet about today's U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional.SEE ALSO: DFL ... More >>
Some defense attorneys think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday could affect thousands of pending DWI cases here in Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive Segways The 8-1 ruling held that in most situations, law enforcement officers cannot force a dru ... More >>
Yesterday, a bill was introduced to use an as-of-yet-undetermined amount of taxpayer funds on a Capitol bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.SEE ALSO: Women can't get non-surgical abortions in Wisconsin Blackmun was boyhood buddies with fellow St. Paul native and future Supreme C ... More >>
This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's so-called individual mandate is constitutional. Perhaps the big surprise was that Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly sided with the court's liberals.You probably already know that, but the information may co ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could cost Obama votes
Amanda Tatro is still upset the University of Minnesota disciplined her for tongue-perhaps-in-cheek Facebook posts threatening violence against an ex-boyfriend. So upset, in fact, that she may end up appealing her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.The Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments ... More >>
Photo: Pride Fest/Facebook200,000 folks are expected at the festival this weekendAbout 200,000 people are expected to show up for the Twin Cities Pride Festival centered on Loring Park this weekend, and one of them is bible-totin' anti-gay activist Brian Johnson, of Hayward, Wis. Should he ... More >>
Minnesota's controversial Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and 19 others like it around the country, will remain unaffected by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which allows the federal government to keep people locked up indefinitely if they are considered sexually dangerous, even afte ... More >>
Image Courtesy of State of MinnesotaLorie Gildea, the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice who offered a full-throated dissent when the high court slapped down Tim Pawlenty's unilateral budget balancing gambit two weeks ago, is going to be the court's new Chief Justice. Pawlenty announced her as his ... More >>
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voiced strong support this morning for President Barack Obama's nomination this morning of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Both senators sit on the judiciary committee, wh ... More >>
Today a federal judge struck down a state law banning corporations from spending on political advertising, endorsements, and other campaign activities, on the grounds that the law violated the First Amendment rights... of corporations.The decision, by Judge Paul Magnuson, relies on the U.S. Supre ... More >>
Bah. We had enough rugrats around here anyway.
The U.S. Senate today confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our very own Sen. Al Franken presided over the vote.
If there's one way to truly date yourself as a white male bigot, Pat Buchanan nailed that viewpoint straight on the head last night on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show.
We have to admit Franken's first day questioning Sotomayor was "pretty cool".
Watch/listen to both of their press conferences here.
We're hoping for a Minnesota Supreme Court decision this week in Norm Coleman's appeal to try and win the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. But that doesn't mean this is all over any time soon.
Republicans have now made it clear they will do whatever it takes to support Norm Coleman's continued fight until he has exhausted all of his options.
Coleman has insured that they will file their appeal quickly, but his attorney said they will likely need until next week to get through the opinion and file a thorough appeal to the court.
Since when is Pawlenty smarter than Supreme Court justices?
Pawlenty's main points on his MSNBC appearance: The race won't be over for "a few more months" when the appeals process is over and don't count Norm Coleman out just yet. He deserves a chance too.
As the Senate race still goes unresolved, there is mounting pressure from both sides of the aisle to get Pawlenty to adhere to their requests.
His team is prepping for an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court if they lose the first round. And don't take a federal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court out of the picture.
A federal judge released Michael Catain from custody because he wasn't a flight risk. His neighbors must be thrilled
Larry Reynolds pleased guilty in federal court for money laundering associated with the alleged $3 bill ... More >>
Millionaire and former CEO Tom Petters won't be getting a taste of freedom anytime soon. The judge today ruled that Petters is too muc ... More >>
The small Minneapolis start-up has become a certified nationwide blockbuster. Can it survive success?
The current term of the Supreme Court ends today, which probably means that cancer-stricken Chief Justice William Rehnquist will announce his retirement shortly; there has been speculation that 85-year-old John Paul Stevens or 75-year-old Sandra Day O'Connor might step down as well. The NYT and Wash ... More >>
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia
Local attorney Sandra Babcock recently won a major international court decision
The justice department fights to deport a Somali refugee
A Minnesota judge is targeted for speaking out against federal drug-sentencing guidelines
The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties
One man's fight for a jury trial could result in a spate of appeals
A 30-year-old lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis finally grinds to a halt
Recent embarrassments notwithstanding, Minneapolis isn't softening its stance on high-speed chases
The courts may rule on same-sex marriage, but voters will likely have the last word
If Greg Wersal has his way, Minnesota judges will soon campaign for election just like any other politicians
Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersal says state rules barring judicial hopefuls from raising funds are disingenuous. "You think judges don't know who's buttering their bread?"
Monday's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Confinement of Sex Offenders Leaves Questions Unanswered, Including the Fate of Minnesota's Sexual Psychopath Laws.
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.