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Minnesota high court will hear domestic abuse law challenge

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to a state law designed to protect domestic abuse victims.

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The law allows judges to impose no contact orders for those suspected of domestic abuse. Bryan Ness says the law is unconstitutional because a judge issued the order without giving him a chance to respond.

Ness was accused of striking his wife during an argument at their Moorhead apartment last year. A Clay County judge ordered him to have no contact with his wife. He was later arrested for violating the order and was charged with a felony.

Defense attorney Mark Nyvold says Ness never had a chance to challenge the prosecutors' request for a no-contact order. Minnesota Public Radio News says the high court is expected to consider the case early next year.

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