The city of St. Paul has taken a step towards cracking down on high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26 children and adults.
Minnesota law enforcement officials reported that there were 6,338 cases of vehicle, cash, or property forfeiture in 2011. State Auditor Rebecca Otto said the total increased from 2010, when there were 4,604 forfeitures. She said the spike in forfeiture was likely related to mandated changes in the forfeiture process. The change in forfeiture procedures resulted […]
The holiday months may be the time for love and families, but there are certain crimes that also seem to prosper during the season of giving. Last year, Nazir Azfal, a prosecutor in the UK compiled a list of crimes which spike measurably in December around the holidays. Harassment and Stalking: According to Azfal, he sees many […]
A recent examination of Minnesota records revealed that 85 felons did not submit a required DNA sample in 2010. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi asked Richard Dusterhoft to re-examine case files after it was brought to his attention that some DNA samples weren’t collected. Dusterhoft, who works in the criminal division, said he was alarmed by what […]
Laurence Steinberg, who teaches psychology at Temple University, recently gave a lecture at the University of Minnesota on brain development and its impact on adolescent behavior. His lecture, titled “Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?” focused on the factors that influence adolescents in their decision making. Steinberg compared an adolescent brain […]