Minnesota Supreme Court comes down hard on search and seizure

The Supreme Court has come down hard on search and seizure. Rochelle Olson’s Strib story says, “In two unanimous rulings, the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday curbed law enforcers’ ability to search and seize personal possessions. The more significant ruling, written by Justice Christopher Dietzen, extended U.S. constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure to Minnesota civil, not just criminal, matters.”

In Amy Forliti’s AP story she writes, “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office is considering its options, which include arguing before the appeals court or appealing the entire case to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Entirely coincidental: Randy Furst of the Strib reports: “Duluth head shop owner James Carlson and his girlfriend Lava Haugen are going to lose more than freedom after being convicted for their roles in selling highly addictive synthetic drugs. Under a final forfeiture proposal filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, federal authorities would seize $6,532,125 in money and property from the couple, who sold the drugs at the Last Place on Earth in Duluth for more than three years.”

“Interesting” is always a step down from “pretty.” Corey Mitchell of the Strib reports, “The congressional campaigns of Republicans Stewart Mills III and Torrey Westrom are picking up more national attention. An ABC News piece on the five ‘most interesting’ 2014 GOP U.S. House candidates features Mills, labeled the ‘Republican Brad Pitt,’ and Westrom, whom the piece dubbed ‘the sightless [state] senator who’s never lost an election.’”

This guy is a ball of cheery news. Alex Sosnowski at accuWeather looks at his  computers and writes, “A zone of thundery rain with the risk of flooding and travel delays will occur into the weekend from the northern Plains to the central Appalachians and part of the mid-Atlantic. The weather will go well beyond making cloudy skies. … Blinding, torrential downpours and isolated severe thunderstorms can disrupt ground and airline travel at times from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Virginia and North Carolina. Major cities that are likely to have multiple disruptions and the greatest risk of flooding incidents include Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, West Virginia.”

One down and how many to go? Jean Hopfensperger of the Strib writes, “A man who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s became the first to reach a settlement with the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese Monday under a new law that temporarily expands the time period in which such clergy abuse lawsuits can be brought to court. ‘This has been a long battle,’ said [Jon] Jaker, at a news conference in the offices of Minneapolis attorney Patrick Noaker.” Did he get a personal apology with the settlement?

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Emily Gurnon’s PiPress story includes this: “As an adult, [Jaker] hid out in U.S. Navy submarines for six years, feeling safer next to a nuclear warhead in the middle of the Pacific Ocean than he had at church. … [Auxiliary Bishop Andrew] Cozzens also apologized in a written statement ‘for the harm suffered by abuse victim/survivors and their families and friends and asks for forgiveness for the church’s shameful failures of the past.’” Well, thank you for that.

30 years of profits? Guaranteed? Dan Kraker at MPR says, “A proposed massive underground copper mine near Ely would operate for 30 years and employ approximately 850 people, according to a draft ‘pre-feasibility study’ released today by Toronto-based Duluth Metals. … The technical report predicts the mine would produce on average 50,000 tons of ore per day during its planned three decades of operation. Twin Metals officials have said the proposed mine would resemble an ‘undergound city,’ with features like roads, lights, plumbing, electricity, and air circulation supporting a 24-7 operation over 1,500 feet below ground.”

In War on Religion news: Chuck Rupnow of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram writes, “Religious beliefs by Old Order Amish families are not burdened by the Eau Claire County requirement that they obtain building and sanitary permits, according to a judge’s ruling. Judge Michael Schumacher, in a recent 11-page decision, said the Amish families involved were ‘not burdened by the county’s application processes’, and ordered that the families apply for the required permits within 30 days or risk being removed from the residences.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/21/2014 - 07:39 am.

    The past is never dead

    So, an auxiliary archbishop “asks for forgiveness for the church’s shameful failures of the past.”

    The past? Really? How about the church’s ongoing shameful behavior and continued cover-ups going on RIGHT NOW?

    It reminds me of what William Faulkner wrote: The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 08/21/2014 - 10:16 am.

      His focus on “failures of the past” is an implicit…

      …denial that these continue in the very present.

      These Catholic church officials are some of the shiftiest, crafty devils I have ever seen.

  2. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/21/2014 - 11:20 am.

    I was against it before I was for it…

    Of course the new law that enabled these long ago abuse cases to be reopened was fought tooth and nail by church officials before it became law and now, after it has passed, they are so pleased that these long go wrongs can be righted.

  3. Submitted by Chris Bjorklund on 08/21/2014 - 12:25 pm.

    Follow The Money

    Now that Denny Hecker has been sequestered, I predict that the next major local bankruptcy fraud will be perpetrated by none other than the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their brother organization in Milwaukee chose a novel approach in attempting to exempt its sizable fortune from court scrutiny by placing an obscene amount in a “cemetery upkeep” account. This strategy has produced mixed results. I would suppose that the Archbishop of M & StP is rather glad to have such a canary in the coal mine just next door. Let the hapless Wisconsinites run afoul of the bankruptcy courts while we take notes on what might and might not work. Timing is everything.

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