Prof. Murray Interviewed on MPR Regarding Lawsuit Filed by Family of Police Shooting Victim, Justine Damond-RuszcykJuly 24, 2018
Professor Murray was interviewed by MPR’s Matt Sepic regarding the civil lawsuit filed on July 23, 2018, by the family of Justine Damond-Ruszcyk, shot by Hennepin County police officer, Mohamed Noor, on July 17, 2018. Murray pointed out that the lawsuit could work to Noor’s benefit in two ways. First, the jury could view the civil lawsuit as an alternative mechanism to give redress to the victim’s family, allowing them to treat Noor more leniently in any verdict they deliver. Second, the lawsuit’s focus on police procedures, culture, and training could convince jurors that Noor is not as culpable as prosecutors allege. He has been charged with 3rd degree murder, which requires that the defendant acted with “depraved indifference,” a mental state equivalent to random shooting at a passing train.
Prof. Klass Quoted in Outside Magazine on Sen. Mike Lee’s Bill to Stop National Monument Designations in UtahJuly 22, 2018
Professor Alexandra B. Klass was quoted in an Outside Magazine article about Sen. Mike Lee’s bill to prevent new national monument designations in Utah.
July 19, 2018
John Owen, the father of Mary Anne Locke, a non-violent, low-level client of Professor JaneAnne Murray’s Clemency Project at the Law School, has written an eloquent plea for mercy on her behalf. Highlighting President Lincoln’s liberal use of his clemency power, he describes his family’s anguish at seeing her sentenced to 19.5 years for her subordinate role in a drug conspiracy that would have likely resulted in 1/4 of that sentence in most other districts in the U.S. He notes that Ms. Locke was represented in her two clemency petitions (before President Obama and President Trump, respectively) by the Law School’s Clemency Project, and, while a life-long Republican, expresses his appreciation to President Obama for bringing executive clemency back to its roots (“to address systemic unfairness, while also acknowledging the humanity of each person behind bars”). He notes that he is “also buoyed by [President] Trump’s recent clemency decisions, and his pronouncements that he plans to use it even more expansively.” He concludes: “But nothing beats a legislative solution that grants my daughter—and the thousands of prisoners like her—a “second look” at the severity and fairness of their sentence, in a public proceeding, with a judge and an advocate. I want a chance to say in open court how much I love and believe in her, and her children similarly want a chance to say publicly how much they want her back in their lives.”
Prof. Klass Publishes Op-Ed in Duluth News Tribune on Lawsuits Challenging Interior Department’s Decision to Renew Federal Leases for Controversial Copper-Nickel Mine Project Near the Boundary WatersJuly 17, 2018
Professor Alexandra Klass and Professor Sandi Zellmer at the University of Montana School of Law published an op-ed in the Duluth News Tribune discussing recent lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s renewal of leases for a controversial copper-nickel mine proposed by Twin Metals near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Prof. Turoski Discusses Key Intellectual Property Issues and Factors Driving Change in Food Sector at 2018 AUTM Partnering ForumJuly 15, 2018
Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2018 Partnering Forum at the Food Safety and Food Ingredient Course. He provided a review of key intellectual property issues in the food sector and what factors will drive industry changes over the next 3-5 years.
July 10, 2018
Professor Kitrosser is quoted extensively on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in two local news outlets. A MinnPost column by Eric Black quotes Kitrosser’s thoughts on Kavanaugh’s potential impact on issues ranging from presidential power to affirmative action and abortion rights. A column on the KSTP website quotes Kitrosser to similar effect.
July 9, 2018
Professor Jill Hasday appeared on the KFAI Radio show “Truth to Tell” to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court and some of its most important recent decisions.
July 2, 2018
Professor Kitrosser spoke about Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the future of the Supreme Court on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Politics Friday.” Among other things, she discussed the potential implications of the retirement for abortion rights and presidential power, as well as the politics of the nomination and confirmation processes.
Prof. Turoski Presents on “Patents as a Career Tool” at Institute for Molecular Virology Career Development SymposiumJune 29, 2018
Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented on the topic of “Patents as a Career Tool” at the Second Annual Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) Career Development Symposium at the University of Minnesota. The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) is an Academic Health Center-based institute that is dedicated to uniting University of Minnesota researchers engaged in virus research.
Prof. Wolf Quoted in Scientific American on Consent Issues Surrounding Genetic Testing for Immigrant IdentificationJune 28, 2018
Professor Susan Wolf was quoted in the Scientific American about consent issues connected to the use of genetic testing to reunite separated immigrant families. Wolf emphasized that a choice to get a genetic test isn’t freely made in such circumstances because the parent is under pressure to submit in order to be reunited with his/her child. “What you really want is alternatives. You want the federal government to step up to the plate and say, ‘Yes, we do have [another] way of finding your child,’” said Wolf. Wolf also added concerns that using genetic tests suggests that “family” is defined solely as a close biological relationship, when in fact many families are more complicated. “Genetics may have a limited role to play [in reuniting families],” said Wolf, “but it’s never going to be the be-all and end-all.”