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The new administration’s assault on immigration goes well beyond the travel ban. On January 25, 2017, executive order 13768 entered our lives. Titled: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, the order prioritizes removal of aliens: who are convicted of any criminal offense; who are charged with any criminal offense; and those…

Many people ask the question, or at least think of it: should I get a public defender for my case? The best thing to do before getting too engulfed in the thought is figure out if you are deemed financially eligible for a public defender. Every county court in Minnesota has application forms to apply…

We recently blogged ad nauseam about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bernard v. Minnesota and its impact on DWI laws, especially in Minnesota. But the most important Fourth Amendment decision from the Court’s 2016 term is Utah v. Strieff. As a result, a police officer may illegally stop someone, see if they have an…

Recently, the House introduced two bills that would drastically increase the use of ignition interlock[1] devices across Minnesota. HF 1112 aims to require ignition interlock for all DWI offenses; and, HF 2690 would do so for all repeat DWI offenders. The latter seems more realistic, while the former is overly optimistic. Currently, Minnesota only requires drivers…

Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O’Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O’Brien: You do not exist.[1] In today’s world, where can you go where there is not a camera? Whether seen, or unseen, you have a pretty good idea you are under constant surveillance the moment…

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