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?