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The Supreme Court Chamber in the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)

Supreme Court Digest: March 16, 2022



Election Law

Absentee Ballot Boards

In July 2020, appellants filed petitions for writs of mandamus, alleging that respondents Ramsey County and Olmsted County, among other entities, violated their statutory obligations for appointing members to absentee ballot boards during the 2020 general election. At its heart, appellants argued that the statutory requirements for election judges—that they be “appointed as provided in sections 204B.19 to 204B.22”—also apply to deputy county auditors.

The Supreme Court held that (1) deputy county auditors serving on absentee ballot boards are not bound by the statutory restrictions governing the appointment of election judges; and (2) Minn. Stat. § 203B.121 does not clearly establish a limited category of “bona fide” deputy county auditors. Affirmed.

A20-1294, A20-1295, A20-1296 Minn. Voters Alliance v. County of Ramsey (Court of Appeals)




Attorney Discipline

Public Reprimand

Amy J. Goetz was publicly reprimanded.

A21-1740 In re Goetz


Attorney Discipline


Dennis James Smith was conditionally reinstated to the practice of law and placed on probation for 2 years.

A21-1529 In re Smith


Attorney Discipline


John Michael Huberty was indefinitely suspended from the practice of law until such time as he was successfully discharged from criminal probation.

A21-0312 In re Huberty


Attorney Discipline


Samuel A. McCloud’s conditional reinstatement was revoked, and he was indefinitely suspended.

A20-0089 In re McCloud

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