It’s in your court

I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness.  Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock [...]

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by Judge Greg Galler Going to court can be a stressful, time consuming, and expensive way to resolve a dispute.  Many attorneys charge over $250 per hour, and civil cases can take over a year to be resolved in court. Even after a court decision, people often spend as much time and money on an [...]

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by Judge Steve Halsey  Wright County  District Court Frequently during the movie “Forrest Gump” the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”  When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on YouTube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true.  For example, we see burglars stuck in an airshaft [...]

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by Judge Greg Galler I am always thankful when readers suggest topics to me.  Ken, a reader in Hugo, asked that I write about Minnesota’s “special registration plates” which are sometimes referred to by the more colorful moniker of “whiskey plates.” Have you ever seen these?  They are a plainer-looking license plate that starts with [...]

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by Wright County District Court Judge Steve Halsey If you are reading this, you probably live in a small town or rural area of the Tenth Judicial District, i.e., the counties of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright.  In Minnesota each year nearly 30,000 (yes, that is thirty thousand) drivers are arrested [...]

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