Tag Archives: Minnesota Supreme Court

What is an attorney: Part 1

This series of posts will discuss the important question – what is an attorney?

Attorney: In the most general sense this term denotes an agent or substitute, or one who is appointed and authorized to act in the place or stead of another.  An agent, one acting on behalf of another.  [Citation omitted.] In its most common usage, however, unless a contrary meaning is clearly intended, this term means “attorney at law,” “lawyer” or “counselor at law.”

Definition from Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Ed. (West Publishing Co. 1990).

April 22 letter mailed to individual Justices of the MN Supreme Court

On April 22, 2013, I wrote to the following Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court and put it myself into the US mails:

  • G. Barry Anderson
  • Paul Anderson
  • Christopher Dietzen
  • David Stras and
  • Alan Page

The letter stated at the top:

I am asking that Lorie S. Gildea and any staff who report to her not handle this document.

The back of the envelopes were sealed with a sticker I placed there myself, which read:

NOT TO BE OPENED BY STAFF

The letters indicated that but for a positive response mailed to my address, from each Justice, stating that each Justice had received the writ I filed January 2012 (and paid $550 for processing – not to go into some unknown coffers) and demanding a long-hand signed copy of any ruling thereon, that I would proceed accordingly.

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April 22 letter mailed to individual Justices of the MN Supreme Court

Authored by Jill Clark, May 3, 2013, all intellectual property rights reserved.

 

Conroy removed – was a bench warrant issued AFTER removal?

Below is a copy of the notice of removing Lois Conroy, signed by Trisha Farkarlun and provided to the Court 4/25/13.  It was never explained why Judge Alexander, who apparently stated from the bench that it was her case, would have been removed by Administration, and Conroy put on the file.  Why it is that members of the public are told they only have one removal (even if 20 judges are assigned – by virtue of Hennepin County ‘policy’) but Court Administration, which is not even a party, removes judges all the time – apparently any time they want.  This is not ok.

Notice the handwritten note,

“Hennepin [County court] does not have jurisdiction, I am filing this because I have great fear of appearing in front of her.”

Even if Hennepin County Court had jurisdiction after Farkarlun’s conviction was REVERSED in 2010, Conroy surely did not have jurisdiction after the notice of removal was filed.

What is going on?

Your Public demands answers to the following:

1.  Why was Alexander removed?  Who made the decision?

2.  Why was Conroy put on?  And why such late notice?  I am specifically asking whether the switcheroo was because of the removal papers.

3.  Did someone testify under oath in favor of a bench warrant?  What facts supported probable cause that a crime had been committed?  I cannot imagine that there are any.  Was the warrant just a MnCIS entry?  And if so, who made the computer entry Why can’t I look at MnCIS and tell what human being will stand by this warrant?

Minn. Const. Art. 1, sec. 10

Sec. 10. UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES PROHIBITED. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the person or things to be seized.

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Public data is supposed to be public

Updated 9 pm on April 5, 2013:

I am concerned about recent events.

I received an email that indicated it was from Carla Heyl.  She has indicated in the past to me that she is a lawyer who works in Minnesota Court Administration.

The Heyl email stated that another contract to ‘digitize’ and destroy public court data was ‘recently’ signed.  I am not sure the date of the signing, but I’m concerned it could have been after I raised the alarm about the destruction of public documents, and the resulting lack of integrity of court data.

Here’s the email referenced above; you can read the words (more on the sentiments…later):

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That data belongs to the public.  We do not want to risk loss of integrity.

Stop.

Now.

P.S.  That means preserve the data. 

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Good news – I think

Well,

Supposedly things are working again on Jill Clark Speaks.  You can visit the site at jillclarkspeaks.wordpress.com

If you have trouble with that, please let me know.  I am receiving emails addressed as coming from WordPress and would like to continue to make reports of any issues with WordPress, and to others.

Check out the post on jillclarkcontinues.  The link below might have to be pasted into your browser.

http://jillclarkcontinues.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/lorie-gildea-the-buck-stops-with-you/

If people tell me they can’t access the post through that link – I will post the whole thing here!

Thanks for hanging in there with me during these technical issues…

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How much money was really SAVED?

There has been so much propaganda in the MN State Court System about how it needs to save money.  All government entities (and all private entities – don’t forget) have had to tighten their belt.  As always, the issue for the Public is what are the government decision-makers choosing to pay for, and not.

Lorie Gildea is a big proponent of “efficiency.”  But what does that really mean?

I was shocked to learn about the “digitization” projects in the MN State Courts.  From what I have seen (and I have not yet received even one single public document that I have requested), I do not believe this was handled well.  I’ll discuss this “project” in more depth.

But one bit of news can’t wait.

Last night when I was searching the MN Judicial Branch website (not an easy task; the search function is archaic, and the data is inconsistent), I located this First Judicial District newsletter.  Portions of it are reprinted below.

What you will notice is that MILLIONS of dollars have been added to the Court 2014-15 “budget” for salaries for tech people.

So how much money was really saved?

Could it be that the “administrator” justice has destroyed the integrity of 100 years of court records, all in the name of “efficiency,” but no money was really saved?

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What is Jeff Shorba’s current role, and will he answer questions from the public?

The email that I received (see “A public question for Sue Dosal from a member of the public” posts, Part 2), said to ask Jeff Shorba or Kristina Ford.  I then sent the following email:

email Shorba 1

And then followed up with this email, which had my original questions:

email Shorba 2

I did not see any response.

Is someone going to answer these important questions?  I asked Shorba not to refer me to someone else.

(For out of state readers, these names are all part of the Minnesota Judicial Branch community.)