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Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Lorie Gildea
In this June 25, 2019, photo, Gov. Tim Walz (center) addresses an applicant during his first hearing as chair of the state Board of Pardons. Attorney General Keith Ellison, left, also was making his first appearance with the board. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, right, was the board’s veteran member. (File photo: Kevin Featherly)

Pardons system unconstitutional, judge rules

Ruling finds clemency statutes violate state constitution

In a lawsuit that pitted the governor against the state’s attorney general and Supreme Court chief justice, a Ramsey County District Court judge has ruled two state statutes unconstitutional because they require unanimous clemency votes by the Minnesota Board of Pardons.

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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