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“No horseplay around the campfire!” Your momma told you. “Someone will get hurt!” In a series of unfortunate events at a Minnesota bonfire, someone did get hurt after falling into the fire, which triggered a first-degree assault[1] conviction in State v. Dorn. Dorn was partaking in a popular Minnesota pastime – attending a large outdoor…

Human trafficking is a pandemic causing inhumane conditions across the globe.[1] The words “human trafficking” conjure up images of a foreign land where young women are bought and sold as sex slaves. The reality hits far closer to home. The Twin Cities is one of the top human trafficking locations in the United States.[2] In…

Cops do not always need a warrant to search you, your vehicle, or your home. Searches conducted without a warrant are unreasonable, unless one of the many exceptions to the warrant requirement exist. Some of these exceptions include: consent, exigent circumstances, search incident to arrest, the plain view doctrine, inventory searches, Terry stop and frisk,…

Recently, the Minnesota legislature[1] proposed reforms that could affect a large number of individuals facing prosecution for crimes with outdated sentences in state court.[2] Minnesota sentencing reform proposals like these are a positive sign that indiscriminately incarcerating individuals is being seen less and less as a viable option. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission[3] voted in favor…

In “all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the assistance of counsel.”[1] Any traffic stop can be unnerving for most people. When pulled over on the side of the road, you may sense your pulse increasing. What is going to happen? If you believe the cop is going…

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