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RECENT OPINION: STATE V. VANG, September 8, 2010

Consider the improbability — evidence of deliberate, unfeeling killing; a nine-year-old conviction; a postconviction limitations period long since lapsed; an often contentious Minnesota Supreme Court — and a decision, by a vote of six-to-zero, to void Jerry Vang’s conviction and sentence for first degree murder.  The rest of the story?  … 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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