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
23
Apr

It’s in Your Court: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Judge Steve Halsey

There has been a dramatic increase in cases which involve allegations of abuse and neglect of children in Minnesota in the past few years.

Mon
09
Apr

In Your Court: Stupid is as stupid does


Judge Steve Halsey

Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on YouTube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true.

Mon
19
Mar

In Your Court: Beware of phone and text scams


Judge Steve Halsey

You are probably like me in being upset with the daily barrage of robo-calls and text messages from telemarketing companies. One recent scam is the “neighbor spoofing” scam.

Mon
12
Mar

In Your Court: What is the power behind a subpoena?


Judge Steve Halsey

Frequently we hear in the news that a public official, a private citizen or a journalist has been served with a subpoena by a government agency or prosecutor. What is a subpoena and why is it seemingly so powerful?

Mon
26
Feb

In Your Court: “Why is that criminal out on bail?”


Judge Steve Halsey

You are watching the evening news on TV, or more likely getting the news on Twitter or a news feed, and you see that someone charged with a serious crime has been released by the judge on bail. It may make you feel unsafe. It may make you angry.

Mon
12
Feb

In Your Court: It’s In Your Court: What is gerrymandering?


Judge Steve Halsey

Within the past few weeks, two courts have declared certain congressional districts as so unfairly drawn by their state legislatures as to be unconstitutional “gerrymandering.” So what is gerrymandering?

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?

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