September 16

Clemency Project 2014 – Excessive Prison Sentences

Attorney Ryan Garry and particularly the efforts of attorney Elizabeth Duel, have voluntarily taken on two cases representing incarcerated individuals whose prison sentences were exceeding long given the drug nature of the crime they were convicted for. These two pro-bono clients are serving decades in prison for drug offenses despite the nationwide effort to reduce…

December 14

Former Willmar teacher sentenced to prison in student sex case

WILLMAR MN— With his victim saying in a statement that “I did not ask to be broken,” a former high school teacher apologized for having sexual contact with her when she was 15 and his student. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, of Willmar, was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court….

December 14

Attorneys: Men charged in Minneapolis protester attack not racist

Attorneys for three men accused in a shooting that wounded five black men during a protest outside of a Minneapolis police precinct denied Tuesday that their clients are racist and downplayed evidence. A fourth man accused of firing the shots during the Nov. 23 attack didn’t speak at the court appearance. The bail hearing for…

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…

November 2

Former Browerville H.S. athlete pleads to sex assault ‘horseplay’

Former Browerville H.S. athlete pleads to sex assault ‘horseplay’

Star Tribune – 2012-11-02 Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE, Star Tribune One of three male Browerville High School athletes accused of sexually assaulting teammates pleaded Friday to an agreement that will dismiss the charges against him if he has no similar offenses in up to five years of probation. Connor S. Burns, 18, of Clarissa, entered…

September 30

Woodbury massage parlor sex case dropped

Woodbury massage parlor sex case dropped

Pioneer Press – 2011-09-30 Charges against a woman accused of offering sexual services at a Woodbury massage parlor have been dropped, but the prosecutor says it has nothing to do with her accusations of police misconduct. Chulalak Ratsbouth, 29, of Plymouth was charged in June with one count of gross misdemeanor prostitution. In late August,…

September 30

Charges against suspect’s mom are dropped

Charges against suspect’s mom are dropped

Pioneer Press – 2011-09-30 Prosecutors have dropped the sole charge that remained against a Roseville mother accused of helping her son sell the car he allegedly used to kill a man. Diane Bakdash, 66, faced a misdemeanor charge of “obstructing legal process” in the case, but the Hennepin County attorney’s office said “new information” left…