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Gov. Tim Walz and the state Board of Pardons
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. Other members of the board are Attorney General Keith Ellison, left, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, right. (File photo: Kevin Featherly)

Court opinion expands on pardon board ruling

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently explained why pardons can be issued only when the Board of Pardons is unanimous and cannot be conferred unilaterally by the state’s governor.

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