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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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