The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion by Judge Jed S. Rakoff (sitting by designation), last week reversed the trial conviction of two individuals and a corporation for environmental crimes involving asbestos removal, and ordered a new trial. United States v. Certified Environmental Services, Inc., et al. The reversal was based on the denial […]
Minnesota Supreme Court rejects DWI defense of Necessity for Implied Consent Cases On May 21, 2014, in a 4-3 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a woman’s argument that she should not have lost her driver’s license after driving while drunk to flee her abusive husband. In a 4-3 decision accompanied by strongly worded dissents, the court […]
Minnesota Governor Signs Second Chance Expungement Law On May 14, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Second Chance Expungement Bill into law. The new law will provide a second chance to individuals with past misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and felony convictions. Formerly, those individuals’ access to employment, education and housing have been limited due to convictions. In addition […]
An officer may stop a car for a traffic violation and then have a drug sniffing dog sniff the outside of the car for drugs. The officer does not need probable cause or even a reasonable suspicion that the car is engaged in dealing in illegal drugs (drug trafficking). For example, if the officer stops […]
A federal judge in Missouri ruled this week held that drivers have a First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn other motorists of nearby police and speed traps. The order by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis on Monday stems from a lawsuit filed by Ellisville resident Michael Elli. In […]
February 4, 2014: FIRM ANNOUNCEMENT – Senior Counsel Kassius Benson achieved a Not Guilty jury verdict in Hennepin County, Minnesota for his client charged with Domestic Assault. The jury was out half an hour before returning the favorable verdict. Congratulations to Kassius Benson and his client Matthew.
On December 3, Attorney Kassius Benson convinced the prosecution to dismiss a felony methamphetamine charge in Pine County. Next task is to get client’s vehicle back in upcoming forfeiture trial based on same facts. Congratulation and good luck to Mr. Benson and his client.