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What constitutes ‘exoneration’?

Gavel, handcuffs, money

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s finding that a woman convicted of manslaughter who later had that conviction overturned — though with a judge later describing her as a “linchpin” in the murder case — is eligible for compensation for the time she was in prison.

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Justices rule on child protection

Minnesota Supreme Court chamber

The state does not have to prove that a child actually is in need of protection or services to convict a defendant of encouraging that need, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in the case of a man with a “delusional fantasy” about marrying a 10-year-old girl.

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