January 31

SLP man acquitted in domestic violence case

SLP man acquitted in domestic violence case

St. Louis Park Patch – 2013-01-31 A St. Louis Park man was acquitted on Jan. 25 of felony domestic violence charges. As Patch reported in April 2012 when prosecutors filed the criminal complaint, John Edgar Bayiha faced a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine, plus an additional misdemeanor domestic assault…
January 7

Expungements

In October of this year, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a new opinion regarding expungements. In this case, State v. R.H.B., No. A11-0660, was charged with first and third degree assault. The case went to trial and R.H.B. was found not guilty and the trial court entered a judgment of acquittal. R.H.B. then petitioned for…
January 7

EPROM Motions

The Source Code case has finished, but there is another issue in the same family that must be decided. When Judge Abrams heard the Source Code case, he stated that the EPROM issue was not before him. This opened the door for it to be argued later. And it is being argued now. Defense attorneys…
January 7

The Changing Drug Law

Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and D.C. (https://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881) With this past election, Colorado and Washington have now legalized recreational marijuana. The federal government has some things to say about that—marijuana is still a Schedule I illegal drug. Minnesota, however, has run in the other direction, making synthetic marijuana illegal. In Minnesota, most drug…
January 7

Right to Vote

As the election is just days behind us, you may have received calls from former clients about their voting rights or you may have wondered about your own voting rights. To be eligible to vote, you must be at least 18 years old, be a U.S. citizen, and have a residence in Minnesota for at…
January 7

Questions from the Jury

If you watch the CBS show The Good Wife, you may have noticed the recent episode where the jurors were allowed to ask questions during the trial. They wrote questions on scraps of paper and the judge relayed them to the witness. Though this is not allowed in Minnesota (“Jurors shall not be permitted to…
January 7

McNeely to the Supreme Court

A flurry of new motions is about to hit Minnesota courts. The United States Supreme Court has granted cert to hear a case arising out of Missouri: State of Missouri v. Tyler G. McNeely, 358 S.W.3d 65 (Mo. 2012). McNeely follows a line of cases dealing with the issue of warrantless, nonconsensual blood draws. In…