Minnesota

435 ABA Journal Minnesota articles.

Lethal force laws reexamined after police killings; is reasonableness standard too easy?
Lawmakers in several states are considering revisions to police lethal force laws following the deaths of George Floyd and others during encounters with officers.
Journalist blinded in Minneapolis protests sues law enforcement citing First Amendment violation
A freelance journalist who was blinded in one eye while covering recent protests in Minneapolis is suing the city and state and local law enforcement for using excessive force and violating her First Amendment rights.
Amid cries of ‘defund the police,’ Minneapolis city council majority pledges dismantling

As protesters across the nation have chanted “defund the police,” the Minneapolis city council plans to take action. A veto-proof council majority said it would be dismantling the police department and redefine the city’s system of public safety.

Afternoon Briefs: New charges filed in George Floyd case; state chief justice decries court system bias

Officer faces increased charge in George Floyd case; others also charged

Prosecutors have added an upgraded charge against the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd by pressing…

Minnesota launches civil rights probe of state police department in hopes of bringing change
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights hopes to change policing practices of the Minneapolis Police Department through a civil rights investigation and consent decree.
Cops charge people for coughing on grocery store shelves, police officers during pandemic
People accused of intentionally coughing on grocery store shelves and police officers are facing criminal charges, as is one man accused of licking grocery containers.
Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS splits over immigrant’s fight against ID theft conviction; first black justice on top Illinois court dies

SCOTUS splits over undocumented immigrant’s fight against state identify theft conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday against Ramiro Garcia, an unauthorized immigrant in Kansas who was convicted…

Sex offender’s quest for ‘Better Off Dead’ name change bites the dust in appeals court
A man who was civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person can’t change his name to “Better Off Dead,” the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.
2 sets of BigLaw firms confirm merger talks
If merger talks are successful between two sets of BigLaw firms, there will be two new entrants on the American Lawyer’s list of the nation’s 50 top law firms.
Lawyer who pleaded guilty in ‘wrecking ball’ scheme to sue porn downloaders gets prison sentence

A federal judge in Minneapolis scolded a suspended lawyer for his abuse of trust as she sentenced him Friday to 14 years in prison for a scheme to sue porn…

All charges dropped in Flint water case with promise of continuing investigation

Prosecutors in Michigan have dropped all pending criminal charges against officials accused in connection with the leaching of lead into the water supply in Flint.

Prosecutors said they dropped the…

Fight to repeal marital rape exception succeeds in this state because of 1 woman’s efforts
Minnesota has lifted an exception that protected some people accused of raping their spouses, thanks to the lobbying efforts of a woman who learned that her own spouse couldn’t be prosecuted for sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious.
Citing petition by law firm ‘Sue, Grabit, and Run,’ judge enjoins Old Man Winter

A Minnesota judge has not only complained about the weather—he decided to do something about it.

In a March 7 order, Judge Kevin Burke issued an injunction barring any…

Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

Supreme Court upholds Minnesota law that invalidated ex-wife as life insurance beneficiary

A Minnesota law that invalidated beneficiary designations to spouses after a divorce does not violate the contracts clause when applied to a policy purchased before the law’s enactment, the U.S.…

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