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Text and Subtext

What does the Minnesota Supreme Court really care about?  Consider:  For his analysis of the Fourth Amendment consent issues in Brooks, Justice Stras required only 308 words, a mere two paragraphs.  But he needed 21 opinion pages in February’s State v. … Continue reading

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RECENT OPINION: BRAYTON v. PAWLENTY, May 5, 2010

In the unallotment case, a controversy about power-sharing between the executive and legislative branches becomes the vehicle for the Minnesota Supreme Court to debate its own legitimate role in the constitutional order.  Whatever else you may think about the case’s outcome … Continue reading

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RECENT OPINION: STATE V. WERTHEIMER, APRIL 22, 2010

The Duration for the Doing The anomalously fortuned Mr. Wertheimer picked up his fourth DWI ten years to the day that he was convicted of his first one.  Is May 12, 2007 “within” ten years of May 12, 1997, as … 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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