In Your Court

by Judge Steve Halsey If I was to ask you to name a woman judge, I expect most of you would say “Judge Judy.” But Judith Sheindlin is an entertainer, not a real judge. If I were to ask you to name another woman judge, who could you name? I would hope some of you would [...]

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by Judge Stephen Halsey The explosion of social networking and the ability of each of us to access billions of pieces of information and connect with literally millions of individuals over the Internet can be viewed as beneficial to society as a whole. But technology advances much faster than our system of laws, and the rules [...]

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by Judge Greg Galler Suppose Bob and Steve enter into a contract. Bob buys two TV sets from Steve for $100 each.  Bob pays Steve the $200 and receives the first TV set but soon discovers that it doesn’t work as well as he had hoped. Steve refuses to return the purchase money. Bob starts [...]

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by Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court With all of the media focus on the government shutdown, the 40th anniversary of a heroic moment in American history passed recently with little recognition. Anyone under the age of 55 probably has no recollection or understanding of the “Saturday Night Massacre,” but that makes it even [...]

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by Judge Stephen Halsey As a judge I really enjoy public outreach: speaking to citizens’ groups and school children; hosting a cable television show; and recording commentary on a local AM radio station.  Recently, I submitted article No. 100 (since November 2006) to newspapers in the 8 counties of the Tenth Judicial District.   But [...]

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by Judge Greg Galler A reader has again asked a great question:  Why are there so many different types of juries?   Juries vary by their size, purpose, and the types of cases that they hear. The most misunderstood jury is the Grand Jury.  Its name refers only to the number of people serving as [...]

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