Criminal charges in priest sex cases ‘unlikely’

Not surprising. Chao Xiong of the Strib reports, “Criminal charges are not likely to be filed in 10 cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests because the incidents are so old, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. The statute of limitations in each case ‘is going to be a barrier,’ he said, unless loopholes can be found to circumvent time constraints. ‘But,’ Choi added, ‘I’m pessimistic about that.’”

This should not have taken this long. Mara Gottfried of the PiPress says, “St. Paul Police plan to release skyway surveillance videos Wednesday related to the controversial arrest of 28-year-old Chris Lollie earlier this year. … The skyway surveillance videos are expected to show some of what happened in the First National Bank Building before police were called and Lollie’s encounter with officers, during which he was shocked with a Taser.”

Good piece by MPR’s Tim Nelson on the problem’s St. Paul’s Dorothy Day Center is having keeping up with the swelling homeless population. “No one needs to tell Tim Marx how bad it’s become at the Dorothy Day Center, St. Paul’s downtown homeless shelter. He runs the place. ‘People will tell you, ‘I don’t want to go into Dorothy Day. It stinks too much now. It’s overcrowded.’ That’s why you’re seeing people camped outside,’ said Marx, executive director of Catholic Charities, which owns the center.”   

Apple geeks were aware of this, but Blake McCoy at KARE-TV says, “On Tuesday, the tech giant introduced the new iPhone 6, which will come in two sizes that are both bigger than the current iPhone 5. The much anticipated Apple Watch was also introduced with a starting price of $349. With the announcement, we learned the Mayo Clinic has been working for two years to help develop software called HealthKit for the new devices. It will allow for remote monitoring of things like heart rate and body movement and could revolutionize healthcare.” And completely un-hackable, right?

 The AP’s story about the state’s preparations to, you know, get out ahead of the propane problem that spiked prices last winter says, “With another cold winter approaching, Gov. Mark Dayton said he’s confident the state has taken steps to ensure Minnesota residents have access to propane. Several propane storage facilities in the region have increased capacity, and more farmers and homeowners have filled up their fuel supplies early. ‘We’re in as good of shape as we could be today,’ Dayton said after meeting with industry officials Tuesday.” Let’s hope that doesn’t come back to haunt him.

It wouldn’t be my move: Britain’s Daily Mail obviously likes the story of the Minnesota Lotto winner going back to her waitress job. Says Chris Spargo, “A waitress who won an $11.7 million jackpot is doing the last thing anyone would expect, and returning to work after her big lottery payday. Rhonda Meath, 51, of Bethel, Minnesota, says nothing is different now that she, and retired husband Joe, have a lot more bucks in their bank account. ‘Have to still mow the grass and get mail and put grandkids on the school bus,’ the incredibly sensible and down-to-earth mom of four said after her big win.”

The GleanUntil they come up with a decent marinade for Asian carp: Stribber Kim Ode reports, “Food Genius, a Chicago group that analyzes menu data to predict food-industry trends, tracked how frequently certain foods or terms appear on menus in all 50 states. ‘Walleye’ is on 29 percent of Minnesota menus. Nationwide, only 1 percent of menus include our state fish. … This number-crunching doesn’t mean that walleye is Minnesota’s most popular food, only that it’s our most distinctive menu item.”

Although, properly steamed with butter and the right spices Ode’s colleague Kelly Smith writes, “A small Minnesota lake is on the forefront of the national effort to kill off the zebra mussels that threaten lakes and rivers around the country. Christmas Lake in Shorewood became the first in the nation Monday to use a new technology that utilizes dead bacterial cells to eradicate the razor-shelled creatures that can damage boat motors, slice swimmers’ feet and threaten fish populations.”

Talk about a case that went on forever. Says Steve Karnowski of the AP, “An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.”

Just when it was getting fun. The PiPress’s Doug Belden says, “Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald’s allegations against the Republican Party were dismissed Tuesday. An administrative law judge wrote that MacDonald’s claims wouldn’t represent a violation of law even if they proved true. MacDonald, endorsed by and subsequently estranged from the Minnesota Republican Party, filed a complaint last week alleging party officials broke the law in trying to undermine her campaign.” Has she YouTubed her videos from the Fair?

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/10/2014 - 06:53 am.

    Welcome back, Brian

    Hope you had a nice vacation. But next time make sure someone lets us know you’re gone for vacation and not for some other, less happy reason!

    Re: Apple and the security of their new stuff: Yeah, the watch. And how about that new “Apple Pay” thing. Right – a phone that anyone can grab and wave at a terminal to buy things is SO much more secure than what we have now . . . . . .

    And Re: Michelle McDonald’s case being dismissed: So a person trying to get elected as a judge doesn’t even know when something doesn’t represent a violation of law? Yeah, that really builds confidence in her legal knowledge!

    Good to see you got back just in time for the good weather, Brian!

    • Submitted by Robert Henderson on 09/10/2014 - 01:09 pm.

      It actually is more secure

      Flip comments do little to advance everyone’s collective knowledge.

      Apple pay will be more secure than paying via credit card as none of your information will actually be resident with the merchant where, if you have been paying any attention most of the hacks are being made.

      • Submitted by richard owens on 09/10/2014 - 02:29 pm.

        Flip indeed, but not baseless…

        “Apple Inc. has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of $32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent.”

        [recent news from]

      • Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/10/2014 - 02:48 pm.

        Maybe yes, maybe no . . . . . . . .

        Here’s an article from someone who’s put a little thought into it. He’s not just going along with the glib “Of course it will be more secure!” line pushed by Apple but has actually brought up some interesting things to consider on the subject:,news-19492.html

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/10/2014 - 08:53 am.

    Unless the SPPD has video of Lollie handing that overweight, aggressive copper a doughnut, I fear Coleman’s gonna need a much bigger tin cup for this year’s “we’re broke tour” of the capitol.

  3. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/10/2014 - 09:34 am.

    Why is it always half past midnight?…

    …When these *NEW* alternative “proof” videos come out?

    I see “selfies” all over the place: The world is made up of selfies now.

    Why is there a “yeah, but…” non sequitur tied to every damning police revelation in the Ferguson shooting?

    Why does it take the likes of TMZ to bother to get the elevator footage of the footballer beating up his fiancé & filling in blanks that the NFL didn’t feel were pertinent to their determination?

    And now, ostensibly there is footage of the tasing of a guy sitting in a public area in a skyway? [We don’t yet know in whose favor it breaks].

    All investigation stops once the preferred worldview is reinforced.
    How long before every person has an online camera 24/7?

  4. Submitted by Tim Walker on 09/10/2014 - 10:19 am.

    Okay, Mr. Choi …

    … I get that the statute of limitations in each of these 10 old cases has passed.

    So, when can we expect the indictment of the Archbishop for covering up these abuses?

    Surely, that’s an ongoing thing and not subject to these legal barriers?

  5. Submitted by Sara Fleets on 09/10/2014 - 01:23 pm.

    John Choi

    You will NOT get my vote in November if no charges have been filed against any of the Archdiocesan leadership past or present. Do your job.

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