In Your Court

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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by Judge Greg Galler After 25 days of trial, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty.  Was justice done?  That question has dominated political conversation in America.  Some want to interject a discussion about race relations into the trial analysis.  While those concerns are appropriate on a wider scale, they are misplaced when talking [...]

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by Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court A Twin Cities talk radio host jokes that Minnesota is “the state where nothing is allowed.”  By that he means that we have far too many laws.  I make no comment on that opinion.  When you read this article you may wonder, ”Why do we need a [...]

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