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Man accused of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia

A former radio host was recently arrested in Minneapolis. He was taken into police custody following a traffic stop. The Minnesota authorities allegedly discovered suspected methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia, and the 47-year-old now faces charges relating to his accusations.

3 accused of being associated with theft, arson and murder case

After the tragic deaths of a married couple, three individuals have been arrested and accused of being associated with their deaths. The couple died in a fire that consumed their home, and the three Minnesota individuals have been accused of theft as well as arson. Two of the three also face murder accusations.

Professor accused of federal crimes for black market smuggling

A professor at St. Cloud University was recently arrested. The philosophy professor is accused of smuggling ivory elephant tusks as well as rhinoceros horns out of Minnesota and into China through the black market. He is accused of committing federal crimes and has already appeared before a U.S. Magistrate in St. Paul.

Couple sentenced for theft by swindle of public assistance

A man and his wife were both recently sentenced in their white-collar criminal cases. The Minnesota couple was accused of serious theft crimes for allegedly bilking the state out of over $160,000 in public assistance. Both of them pleaded guilty to different charges, and they were each sentenced to prison.

Mother charged after giving son medical marijuana for his injury

When a child is seriously injured, it seems only natural that the child's parents will try to alleviate that pain in anyway possible. However, one Minnesota mother faces child endangerment charges for allegedly attempting to help her child by giving him marijuana for medicinal purposes. The mother's criminal defense is currently attempting to have the charges dropped.

Minnesota man cleared on charges of setting girlfriend on fire

The law states that people accused of crimes are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. As one Minnesota man has recently discovered, this doesn’t provide much solace to those who are jailed while the court system moves forward in an effort to determine guilt or innocence.

Questions raised over Minnesota teen's school expulsion

It seems every week there is a news story somewhere in the U.S. about a child or teen that was suspended or expelled for either brining a banned item to school or threatening an act of violence. Since violence in schools first erupted during the late 1990s and early 2000s, school districts around the country have adopted zero tolerance policies aimed to protect students and rid districts of problematic students.

The curious case of 'status offenses' and how they hurt juveniles

Last week we talked about how the police are getting creative to hit people with criminal charges. Dubbed "outside the box" charges, they are part of a strategy that allows the police to cater the charges they want to give to people -- and though it may sound illegal, it is all within the guise of the law. Now there's a report aboutt he way juveniles are being charged in a creative way as well, though it benefits no one and will leave many people questioning why such criminal charges exist.

'Creative' charges are leading people into added punishment

An interesting story has come out about how St. Paul works around certain criminal charges to invoke tougher, more punishing charges on people who steal from retail stores. These so-called "outside the box" charges allow police departments and prosecutors to hit people with extensive penalties that, though they may technically be within the confines of the law, they go above and beyond how a person should be punished.

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