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Author Archives: BARBARA L JONES

Smoothing ups, downs of litigation

The see-saw of negotiations and, even worse, imagining the up and down of jury deliberations can frighten the most experienced trial lawyer or insurance adjuster. The more vulnerable the client, the greater the fear.

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Minn. restitution ruling raises questions

It was a highly unusual move when a Minnesota judge, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Schiltz, recently issued a written order chiding federal prosecutors for failing to request restitution in a child-pornography possession case. A federal law, 18 U.S.C. sec. 2259, requires a court to order restitution in the full amount of a victim’s losses in cases involving sex crimes ...

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Minn. high court decision is a blow to Intoxilyzer

Minneapolis — In a decision that will have far-reaching effect on criminal prosecutions, the Minnesota Supreme Court has decided that drivers charged with DWI are entitled to the Intoxilyzer source code so long as they make a threshold showing the code relates to their guilt or innocence. Having to produce the source code presents a practical problem for the state, ...

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Federal judge allows DWI suspects to intervene

Minneapolis — A federal judge has allowed four DWI defendants to intervene in a lawsuit between the state and the maker of the Intoxilyzer over the device’s source code. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank, rejecting a magistrate judge’s recommendation, said that the state of Minnesota cannot adequately represented the interests of the intervenors and others similarly situated who are ...

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