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MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man is facing a slew of felony charges saying he tortured his twin daughters with disabilities, repeatedly raped one of them and chained one up for so long she needed surgery to save her legs. Jerry Lee Curry, 51, was charged in Hennepin County District Court this week on multiple counts of assault, child endangerment, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking — eight felonies in all, along with a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment. Additionally, a woman who lived with Curry, Sheila M.
ST. PAUL—Before the most recent mass school shooting in Florida, the gun control group known as Minnesota Moms Demand Action expected about 30 people to show up for their February rally at the state Capitol. That rally took place Tuesday, Feb. 20. An informal headcount easily topped 200, and organizers said the 400 leaflets they brought were quickly snapped up by the sizable crowd.
ST. PAUL—Former state Rep. Tony Cornish was a House institution: As the pistol-packing Republican chairman of the Minnesota House public safety committee, he bristled at many aspects of police reform and gun control, and was somewhere between blunt and brutal with critics. And now he's gone. In November, Cornish announced his resignation after multiple allegations of unwelcome sexual advances and other inappropriate conduct. So what will happen to those public safety issues that allies and critics saw as either untouchable or sacrosanct with Cornish at the helm?
ST PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision allowing the government to lawfully order someone to unlock their cellphone. While touching on the question of how the law strives to keep up with technology, the case of the State v. Matthew Diamond largely revolved around constitutional protections against self-incrimination, or — as the Fifth Amendment puts it — being compelled to bear witness against oneself.
TAYLORS FALLS, Minn.—For weeks now, a Catholic parish in the rural St. Croix River Valley north of the Twin Cities has been praying through turmoil, brought by a trio of startling dismissals. On one hand, even many of the most distressed don't want any of the 400 or so parishioners to leave the Church of St. Joseph in Taylors Falls and the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Shafer. On the other, some see a wounded spirit — a weakening of the backbone of inclusiveness that has kept the parish tight-knit for decades.
ST. PAUL — Jeffrey Gedatus was driving his pickup down a dimming St. Paul street Thursday evening, Oct. 5, when a woman ran frantically in front his vehicle, banged on his passenger window — and soon relayed a tale about gunshots and cocaine. "My husband is trying to kill me!" the stranger screamed as he let her in and drove her to his home a couple of blocks away. On the way, she said her husband shot twice but missed both times, putting two bullets in a wall of their Dayton's Bluff home in the 400 block of Earl Street.
ST. PAUL — A longtime Minnesota litigator has become the new head of the state's American Civil Liberties Union. John Gordon, 69, who since February has been the interim legal director for the agency, was appointed this week to head the nonprofit, nonpartisan group. Gordon was a lawyer with Faegre Baker Daniels, one of the largest law firms in Minneapolis, from 1974 to 2014; he became partner at the firm in 1981. While there he worked on a range of cases, largely in civil commercial litigation — everything from personal injury to trust and estate cases.
ST. PAUL — Recommendations on how to build trust between Minnesota's police and minority communities were approved this week by a council tasked by the governor to do just that. However, several of the council's law enforcement representatives voted against the recommendations or abstained. And a portion didn't show up to vote. The recommendations passed 6-3, with representatives from the sheriffs', county attorneys', and police and peace officers' associations voting against them.
ST. PAUL — The federal office that is reviewing the St. Anthony Police Department in the wake of the Philando Castile fatal police shooting announced Friday, Sept. 15, that it would roll back the very program being used for the review — which community observers now believe will never come. On Friday, the Department of Justice announced that its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS office, would make changes to its "Collaborative Reform Initiative," which had been working with the St. Anthony department for many months.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday, Sept. 12, on a case that's received national attention: whether — or rather, in what way — someone can be ordered by the government to unlock their cellphone. While touching on the question of how the law strives to keep up with technology, the case largely revolves around constitutional protections against self-incrimination, or — as the Fifth Amendment puts it — being compelled to bear witness against oneself.