Vol. 66, No. 2 February 2009

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Public Defenders: A Weakened But Indispensable Link
Minnesota’s indefatigable public defenders, worn down by staggering caseloads and forced to cut back provision of nonmandated services, are caught in the middle as budgetary pressures, demands for equal justice, calls for efficiency, and the need to preserve public safety bear down on the state’s criminal justice system.
By Scott Russell

Lincoln’s Minnesota Legacy
On February 12 the nation celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the first president to take office following Minnesota’s becoming a state.  His presidency was marked by events arising in Minnesota, and our state’s legal and cultural history bears his stamp and commemorates his contributions.
By Marshall H. Tanick and Phillip J. Trobaugh

Citizens, Nationals, or Not?
Recent decisions by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals have heightened the risk that aspiring immigrants charged with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship may be found inadmissible and precluded from adjusting their immigration status. Even those who innocently (but falsely) claimed U. S. citizenship or nationality are at risk and no waiver is available to those found inadmissible under the statute.
By Michael H. Davis




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