Minnesota Supreme Court Rules on Randolph Case

The Minnesota Supreme  Court this week issued its decision in the case of Walter Jamille Randolph, a case which arose in Rice County.  John L. Fossum co-authored an Amicus Curiae brief in the case along with two other former chairs of the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota...
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Fossum Provides Training in Morocco

John L. Fossum recently returned from a visit to Marrakesh, Morocco at the invitation of the Moroccan Institute of Legal Initiatives and the Rabat Bar Association. The training was conducted July 1 and 2, 2011 at the Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. Fossum lead a two...
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Prosecutors Get Bonuses for Winning Convictions

In what almost seems like news of the weird, a prosecutor’s office in Colorado has said that the lawyers who try cases and win convictions earn bonuses.  Most public employees do not get bonuses of any kind, but this raises issues beyond the proper spending of public funds....
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Courts Argue for No Cuts in Budget

Although the Minnesota Courts say they need 20 more judges and 270 more staffers, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea is asking only that the courts be “held harmless” in the upcoming budget cycle.  Speaker of the Minnesota House Kurt Zellers has said that the judiciary will be held harmless....
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Criminal Justice Under Threat

This week the Minnesota Supreme Court extended a $75 tax on lawyers for two more years in an effort to bolster the public defense budget.  The court essentially seemed to be holding its nose, saying: we caution the Legislature and the Governor, our coordinate branches of government that...
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France Allows NGOs a Right to Sue

In an interesting story from France, the Cour de Cassation, the highest court in France, equivalent to our Supreme Court, has ruled that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can bring cases alleging human rights violations in French Courts.  The decision, covered here by the IntLawGrrls Blog, was won by Transparency...
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Mental Illness Defense in Minnesota

A recent case in Minnesota raised interesting questions about the mental illness defense in Minnesota. In a lengthy examination, former Third Judicial District Chief Public Defender, Carol Weissenborn evaluated the case of State v. Anderson in her Minnesota Supreme Court blog. This is an awkward and confusing case,...
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