Defense attorney Terry Watkins scored a huge victory on Wednesday, as the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction of his most notorious client: William Melchert-Dinkel, the former Faribault nurse who was convicted of advising and encouraging two people to kill themselves via online communi ... More >>
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a group of Minnesota conservatives regarding a state election law barring voters from wearing political attire to polling places on election day.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on voter ID failure: "Voter fraud li ... More >>
In recent days, Michael Brodkorb, harkening back to his days blogging for Minnesota Democrats exposed, has been on a one-man mission to publicize at least two pretty dramatic exaggerations in Julianne Ortman's resume.On her website, Ortman, an MNGOP Senator from the southwest suburbs who is seeking ... More >>
In early December of 1983, Randy Sawatzke was lonely. He decided to take out a personal ad, his first one ever, in the City Pages. "I'm looking for a gay white male... [who] wants to go places and do things together," he wrote. "Someone who normally doesn't answer ads." See Also: - How same-sex co ... More >>
After the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act earlier today, Michele Bachmann released a statement reiterating the same ol' anti-gay marriage talking points."Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted," Bachm ... 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 >>
A bill signed into law today by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple is the strictest anti-abortion measure on the books in any state.SEE ALSO: North Dakota tries to market itself as hookup haven, failsThe law bans abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks i ... More >>
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 >>
North Dakota is establishing itself as the most anti-abortion state in the nation with "personhood" bills that are working their way through the GOP-dominated Legislature.SEE ALSO: North Dakota Capitol reporters repeatedly warned about wearing revealing clothing If either of the measures are ultimat ... 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 >>
If legal remedies are exhausted, it's time to take to the streets
New laws in dozens of states could cost Obama votes
Cops will have to ask brown people for their papers
Freedom under fire: A Village Voice Media Special Report
Screen shot via The Milwaukee DrumIeshuh Griffin's campaign literature Ieshuh Griffin -- whose campaign slogan is "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch'" -- lost two attempts last week in her ongoing crusade to put that oh-so-catchy tagline on the Nov. 2 ballot. Now, the Wisconsin Assembly candidate says ... More >>
Franken is going to bat for KaganThe U.S. Supreme Court has become a safe haven for the rich and powerful as part of a careful conservative campaign, and a dead end for regular folks with grievances, Sen. Al Franken said on the Senate floor yesterday (video after the jump). He invoked the ca ... More >>
BY CP STAFFThe goat of the week is umpire Jim Joyce, who cost pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game with a blown call at first base. While this will surely go down in history as one of sport's all-time great fuck-ups, Joyce is far from the first person to screw up at a crucial moment.
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 >>
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 >>
Image Courtesy of State of MinnesotaThere's a fight over how we decide who can be a judge in Minnesota, and it's being fought out this week in front of the Supreme Court and on the floor of the legislature.The state constitution says judges are supposed to be elected every six years, but in r ... More >>
She was wrong about parliamentary rules surrounding the health care debate. But is she right on the Constitution?
This is not news: Both sides of the abortion debate are dug in tighter than a stubborn mule. Here's a perfect example.
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".
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.
Take a couple deep breaths of fresh air this weekend and enjoy the outdoors before our lives get painful again.
In another example of Al Franken's fun game of pretend senator, the wanna-be sent out a statement this morning responding to President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since when is Pawlenty smarter than Supreme Court justices?
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 little-noticed movement led to a law that bans abortion in South Dakota. How it will play out nationally?
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia
McCain-Feingold was supposed to stop the flow of soft money. So what's with all the attack ads?
The Bush administration & the end of civil liberties
Minnesota's new Republican establishment goes after abortion rights
There is no cure and no way out. So why does the state spend more than $20 million a year to treat 179 former sex offenders?
Child protection hearings are now open to the public, but it's members of the press who will be scrutinized
If Greg Wersal has his way, Minnesota judges will soon campaign for election just like any other politicians
If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with commercial bankers that credit unions enjoy an unfair advantage, millions of people will pay a lot more for financial services.
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.
At the Minnesota sexual psychopathic personality treatment center, they lock up men who are dangerous--or unlucky--enough to be tabbed menaces to society even after they've done their prison time
Operation Safe Streets
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.