It’s in your court

By Judge Greg Galler One of the most important parts of a court proceeding involves someone who almost never says a word: the court reporter. Court reporters are professional employees of the court system who preserve a verbatim record of court proceedings.  The word “verbatim” means, “word for word, letter for letter, line for line, [...]

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by Judge Greg Galler How do you come to conclusions and make decisions in your life? Do you typically tend to wait and carefully weigh all of the information before reaching a conclusion? Or do you more often jump to a conclusion based on how you emotionally respond to the information you first hear? The [...]

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by Judge Steve Halsey You may be wondering what these three things have to do with the court.  If you are of a certain vintage, you recall the frequent bar fights on 1960s classic TV programs, such as “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”  A “cocktail” of alcohol, testosterone, and romance frequently still results in bar fights.  Just [...]

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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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