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Court closure invalid, conviction overturned

Court of Appeals finds defendant’s rights violated

By holding a juror’s voir dire session in chambers during a DWI trial, a Stevens County District Court judge violated the defendant’s Sixth Amendment constitutional right to a public trial.

About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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