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  • Morrison Quoted in NY Times on Plea Withdrawal

    September 11, 2007 Dean Fred L. Morrison was quoted in a New York Times article entitled “Craig Asks Court to Let Him Withdraw His Plea of Guilty.” The article states that Senator Larry Craig’s lawyers filed court papers yesterday requesting that he be permitted to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct in a sex sting at the Minneapolis airport. The article provides Dean Morrison’s statement that under Minnesota law, guilty pleas may only be withdrawn in exceptional circumstances. According to Dean Morrison, requests to withdraw guilty pleas are rarely made, and rarely granted. Furthermore, when granted, they cause the original complaint to re-emerge.
  • Simon Quoted on Senator Craig Plea Withdrawal

    September 6, 2007 Professor Steve Simon was recently quoted by a number of news outlets in regards to Senator Larry Craig’s guilty plea withdrawal to a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Simon was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the Idaho Statesman, and in the MPR Online News Service in great depth on the legal and Constitutional landscape in Minnesota regarding the withdrawal of the guilty plea. Professor Simon’s comments were sought because Senator Craig appears to be backing away from his stated intent to step down from the United States Senate. Senator Craig recently stated that he intends to try to withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of Disorderly Conduct stemming from his behavior in a MSP-STP airport bathroom in June. If successful, Senator Craig will then attempt to fight the criminal charges.
  • Orfield in Star Tribune on School Resegregation

    August 31, 2007 Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, Myron Orfield was recently quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the pattern of school resegregation in the state of Minnesota. Orfield’s comments included, “The state’s segregation rules were substantially weakened in the late ’90s. We used to be one of the very best places in the country on this issue (school integration), and now we’re average.”
  • Simon quoted in LA Times and Other News Media

    August 31, 2007 Professor Simon was interviewed on MSNBC on Thursday August 30 and was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The Idaho Statesman, USA Today and several other news media in the past week regarding the arrest of Senator Larry Craig at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport in early June on charges of Invasion of Privacy and Disorderly Conduct. Senator Craig has indicated that he may seek to withdraw his guilty plea to the Disorderly Conduct charge. Professor Simon commented on the legal framework in Minnesota regarding the withdrawal of a guilty plea by a defendant in Minnesota.
  • Carpenter on NPR

    August 31, 2007 Professor Carpenter was on National Public Radio’s “Day to Day” program discussing the recent scandal involving Idaho Senator Larry Craig.

  • Feld Interviewed on Wall Street Journal Law Blog

    August 30, 2007 Prof. Barry Feld was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal Law Blog about the criminal procedure issues raised by the recent arrest and guilty plea of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.
  • August 30, 2007 Professor Daniel Schwarcz was quoted on Minnesota Public Radio in a news report entitled “Floods Leave Victims High and Dry When it Comes to Insurance Coverage.” The piece discussed why insurers do not currently provide coverage for losses stemming from natural disasters such as the flash floods that recently hit areas in Minnesota. It also touched on the prospect of legally requiring insurers to provide such coverage.
  • Cox Noted in The New Republic

    August 27, 2007 Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in an article in The New Republic about bank regulation and consumer protection. The article “The Nefarious Bureaucrat Who’s Helping Banks Rip You Off,” focused on a case litigated by Professor Cox when he was a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota v. Fleet Mortgage Corp. The case involved issues of the competing jurisdiction over bank subsidiaries among state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission on one side, and the Office of Comptroller of the Currency on the other side.
  • Hickman Finds Treasury Noncompliance with APA

    August 20, 2007 Kristin Hickman’s study in the June 2007 Notre Dame Law Review questions the Treasury Department’s compliance with its procedural obligations under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and analyzes the government’s frequent violation of APA rules when issuing Treasury regulations interpreting the Internal Revenue Code. Hickman’s study finds that Treasury did not comply with APA notice and comment requirements in 40.9% of the projects studied. According to Hickman’s jurisprudential analysis, exceptions to the APA requirements generally do not excuse the noncompliance, leaving many Treasury regulations prone to legal challenge. An article published in Tax Notes, Study Finds Treasury Isn’t Complying with Procedure Act,” discusses Hickman’s analysis. The Tax Notes article also surveys reactions from prominent tax practitioners as well as Treasury spokesman Andrew DeSouza’s response that the Treasury and the IRS comply fully with the APA and will continue to follow their practices.
  • Stein Elected At-Large Delegate to ABA

    August 14, 2007 Professor Robert A. Stein, Everett Fraser Professor of Law and former dean of the Law School, was elected Delegate At-Large to the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the American Bar Association, at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Six Delegates At-Large are elected at each annual meeting to serve three-year terms in the House of Delegates. Professor Stein is the immediate past executive director of the ABA, the largest voluntary professional association in the world with more than 400,000 members. The ABA’s mission is to serve the public and represent the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, and respect for the law.

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