Monthly Archives: March 2010

Oral Argument: State v. Anderson, March 3, 2010

On March 3rd, the Court heard the case of the man the press has dubbed the “Craigslist killer.” In 2010, one’s fifteen minutes of fame (or infamy) tend to get meted out on Wikipedia; here are Michael John Anderson’s. Most … Continue reading

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In State v. Cox, the Court addressed, for the first time, the “unavailability” element of the forfeiture-by-wrongdoing exception to the confrontation clause.  Where, in Cox, the declarant-witness was not physically unavailable (i.e., she showed up), and where she had not … Continue reading

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Bill Johnson on Lessley: The Value of Frank Exchange in the Trial Court & Other Thoughts

Let me add just a few thoughts to the consideration of Lessley. First, the issue ducked by the court on whether the trial judge should be removed for cause is an interesting one.   We traditionally think of bias or prejudice … Continue reading

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Recent Opinion: State v. Lessley, March 11, 2010

When it finally arrived, the Court’s much-anticipated opinion in the jury trial waiver case, State v. Lessley, was eclipsed by the news about Justice Magnuson’s departure.  This bit of timing seems oddly fitting, considering that Lessley is remarkable not simply … Continue reading

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Oral Argument: State v. Hull, February 2, 2010

As we’re able, we’re going to take a look at cases that were argued prior to our launch but that have not yet been decided by the Court.  The principal issue in State v. Hull was whether the trial court … Continue reading

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Recent Opinion: State v. Lopez, February 11, 2010

In a decision that must have come as a surprise to a district court judge and two separate panels of the Court of Appeals who thought otherwise, a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court held in consolidated cases in State v. Lopez … Continue reading

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Midterm statistics

The Court’s 2009-2010 Term began on September 1, 2009.  Through February 18, 2010, the Court has decided 30 criminal cases.  A link to a roster of the cases appears in the sidebar. In the first half of the term, we’ve … Continue reading

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