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.

 

 

 

Tue
02
Jan

In Your Court: write Santa, but not the judge


Judge Steve Halsey

During the holiday season, little citizens write to Santa with a list of the presents they would like. Adult citizens sometimes write the judge about a pending case and the result they would like.

Fri
22
Dec

In Your Court: It’s in Your Court: Don’t be a grinch!


Judge Steve Halsey

Now that we are in the holiday season, that is, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, it’s probably time to, once again, make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily s

Mon
11
Dec

In Your Court: Court decorum and civil disobedience


Judge Steve Halsey

This fall a controversy has arisen over the free speech rights of athletes to kneel during the national anthem. This is not a new phenomenon.

Fri
03
Nov

It’s In Your Court: Grand juries and indictments


Judge Steve Halsey

Grand juries and their issuance of indictments have been in the news lately. So what is a grand jury?

Fri
20
Oct

It’s in Your Court: What is ‘reverse parenting?’


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

Recently I read a social worker’s report indicating that a psychologist believed a parent and child were in a “reverse parenting” relationship. I have observed that situation occasionally in contested custody and child protection cases.

Mon
18
Sep

In Your Court: What is an HRO?


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

An “HRO” is a harassment restraining order.

Sun
20
Aug

In Your Court: jurors behaving badly


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

For over five years I have been writing a blog called “Jurors Behaving Badly” about misbehavior by jurors, particularly as it relates to violating a judge’s instructions about use of Facebook or conducting Google research during trial. 

Tue
08
Aug

It’s In Your Court: technology and your basic rights


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

Our basic constitutional rights as citizens are frequently being challenged by ever-expanding technology capable of monitoring and recording our daily activities on cameras, audio recording devices and computers.  Several years ago, the Minneapoli

Wed
19
Jul

It’s In Your Court: DWI and prescribed medications


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

You may have seen in the news that golfer Tiger Woods was charged with DWI in Florida. He explained that he was not under the influence of alcohol (which tests confirmed), but had unforeseen side effects from prescribed medications.

Sun
09
Jul

It’s In Your Court: taking the fifth


Judge Steve Halsey, Wright County District Court

You have probably seen many TV “cop” shows such as Dragnet, Miami Vice, Law and Order, and CSI, where the suspense and dramatic music rise to a crescendo, the suspect is arrest and the officer announces to the suspect,

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