Judge Steve Halsey

It’s In Your Court

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

— Wright County District Court Judge Stephen Halsey authored this article, with quotes from Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Paul Rasmussen, chambered in Clearwater County.

 

 

 

Mon
19
Jun

It’s in Your Court: Thank you, jurors!


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

In May we celebrated Juror Appreciation Week in conjunction with Law Day on May 1st. In these difficult economic times, judges and court administrators are keenly aware of the additional financial stresses that may accompany jury duty.

Mon
22
May

It’s in Your Court: What is a Hate Crime?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

It has been reported by the Anti-Defamation League that nationwide anti-Semitic incidents are up 86% in 2017 from the same period in 2016. These include assaults, harassment, and vandalism, often directed at synagogues and cemeteries. 

Mon
08
May

It’s in Your Court: Distracted driving continues unabated

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital. 

Tue
02
May

It’s in Your Court: Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital. 

Sun
26
Feb

Rules not made to be broken

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital. 

Wed
08
Feb

What are “Executive Orders”?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

One of the issues in the 2016 Presidential campaign was the use of executive orders by then President Obama. An executive order is loosely defined in the dictionary as an order from the President or a federal government agency which has the force of law. In the first 10 days in office, President Trump has issued a number of executive orders. 

Wed
18
Jan

Finding the Truth

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

The New Year brings the start of one of the best extracurricular activities for high school students in Minnesota, the Mock Trial program sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association. A dedicated MSBA committee of judges, lawyers, and other citizens formulate a set of facts and a problem that is studied and rehearsed by high school students and their coaches for many months for pretend trials with competing teams. It could be a criminal case, like the infamous Congdon murder in Duluth, or a traffic accident in which someone was killed, or the discipline of a student for a “spoofing” video mocking the principal. 

Tue
13
Dec

The Constitution protects a free press

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

One of the most frightening images of the recent Presidential election was a man at a political rally in Minneapolis wearing a t-shirt that read “Rope- Tree- Journalist- Some Assembly Required.” It is obvious he either has no knowledge of history or doesn’t care about it. History teaches us that the first targets of a military coup, whether in Africa or South America, are the radio and television stations, and the newspapers. Those seeking to overthrow a government seek to control the dissemination of the truth to the masses. 

Sun
09
Oct

Why Do We Have Statutes of Limitation?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Over the past few months there has been much discussion in the media about Danny Heinrich who has admitted to the murder of Jacob Wetterling. He cannot be prosecuted for other sex crimes he is believed to have committed during the late 1980’s because of Minnesota’s statutes of limitation on prosecution for such crimes after a certain period of time. So why do we have statutes of limitation?

Sun
02
Oct

Why was that criminal out on bail?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

It happens frequently: a celebrity or their family member is accused of a very serious crime and is not in jail. You wonder, “What is wrong with the police (or the judge) that this criminal is not in jail?” You may have heard TV reporters ask the same question. It was a question on a Twin Cities TV website: do prominent people get special treatment in the courts?

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