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North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

Bail, as I’m sure you all know, is money or valuable property put into a bond so that someone charged with a crime can be released from jail pending resolution of the charges. On paper, it’s not a terrible system. It frees up jail space. It allows the accused to better participate in defending themselves

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Guest Post: The ACLU’s Blueprint for Prison Reform

This post was written by Dane DeKrey, advocacy director for the ACLU of North Dakota. Imagine you own a business. Nobody is buying your product and you’re losing money. Despite this, you decide to double down and scale up production. This goes on year after year, and you’re digging an ever-deeper hole. Your stubborn commitment

Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

The state Legislature requires some drug defendants to be drug tested while out on bail and awaiting trial, but this requirement has become a real problem. Defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm spoke about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Some defendants can’t afford the testing, Friese said, and end up

James Patrick Whalen, right, leaves the Grand Forks County Courthouse with his attorney, Robert Hoy, after pleading guilty to sexual assault and corruption of a minor. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

We Can’t Have Justice if We Don’t Scrutinize Accusers

Yesterday I wrote a post responding to outrage over comments made by Robert Hoy, defense attorney for James Patrick Whalen, a Grand Forks teacher who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a sexual relationship he had with a 16 year old female student. Many in the media were outraged that Hoy brought up the

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North Dakota's Second Lady To Head Up "Marsy's Law" Ballot Initiative Effort

According to a press release which just dropped in my inbox this morning Kathleen Wrigley, wife to North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, will be heading up a ballot initiative effort to pass Marsy’s Law. You can read about the history of that law on Wikipedia. Essentially it would put in state law a series