Prosecutor Sues Judge in Bizarre DUI Case Before North Dakota Supreme Court

A guard stands by as inmates at the North Dakota State Penitentiary walk between cell units in Bismarck in this 2015 file photo. (Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune)

MINOT, N.D. — Why would a state prosecutor sue a district court judge?

Well, it’s complicated but in a nutshell, the prosecutor thinks North Dakota’s prisons are being too easy on repeat DUI offenders, and he’s undertaken a unique strategy to keep those offenders in county jails where they serve more time.

In State of North Dakota vs. The Honorable Stacy J. Louser, the Ward County State’s Attorney argues that Judge Stacy Louser is guilty of violating the separation of powers in refusing to sign off on a plea deal with a DUI defendant that, if allowed, would have ignored one of the defendant’s DUI convictions.

Why would a prosecutor want to do that?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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