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Monkey see, Monkey sue? Legal Strategy

When animals start bringing lawsuits, one begins to wonder about the legal system. This one (pictured above) sued in Federal Court in California. Some of us question the legal strategy behind it. Isn’t there a better way? How it Began “A monkey, an animal rights organization, and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue[.] [..]

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Cheese it, the Cops! Police Contact

We are often asked what to do when contacted by police. This question turns on the specific situation. This post is the first in a series about common ways people come into contact with law enforcement. People usually meet police through traffic stops. You can look at some statistics here. About half of all traffic [..]

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Locked up for What!? BB Guns and Prison

Last year, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided that air-powered BB Guns are not firearms under Minnesota’s prohibition on felons possessing weapons. You can read the decision here. You can review the current version of the statute here. What does this mean for this group of Minnesota prisoners? Well, a lot, really. Those convicted under the statute [..]

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Give That Back! Civil Forfeiture in Minnesota

Recently, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions advocated for expanding federal civil forfeiture. (Read more about it here.) Civil forfeiture occurs when the government seizes your property. The government owns the property upon seizure. Most often, it sells the seized property and divides proceeds. In Minnesota, law enforcement receives 70% and the prosecution 30%. In Minnesota, [..]

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Reasonable Doubt in Mankato

We require proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a person of a crime. The logic is simple: “It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.” Voltaire’s line sums a wonderful difference between our legal system here in the United States and the vast majority of legal systems [..]

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