Face coverings required in court facilities.
The response to COVID-19 has impacted access to courthouses and may change the way cases are handled.
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This case was filed in Hennepin County District Court on June 3, 2020. This page includes all public documents filed in the case, and other information that will be helpful to media covering the case. More information about the case is available by accessing the register of actions in the district court case management system.
 

Documents (with the most recent documents posted on top):

July 13, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 8, 2020

July 7, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020

June 18, 2020

June 16, 2020

June 12, 2020

June 11, 2020

June 10, 2020

June 9, 2020

June 8, 2020

June 5, 2020

June 4, 2020

June 3, 2020

The next hearing in this case is scheduled for Friday, September 11th, 2020.

Media

Information for members of the media interested in attending the next hearing in this case will be posted here when those details are finalized.

General Public

Information for members of the public interested in attending the next hearing in this case will be posted here when those details are finalized.

Cameras in Court Facilities

Recording devices are allowed in Minnesota District Courts under the conditions prescribed in Rule 4 of the General Rules of Practice. Media covering cases by audio/visual means are expected to be fully aware of all details contained in the Rule.

For more information about camera use Hennepin County Court locations, please read the Memorandum of Understanding Governing the Usage of Cameras and Recording Devices in Fourth District Court Facilities (pdf).

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Hennepin County has implemented additional requirements for entry to all county buildings, which include all Hennepin County District Court courthouses. All visitors will be required to:
  • Wear a face covering
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Do not enter the building if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms.

You will be required to follow Minnesota Department of Health social distancing guidelines while in the courthouse. Learn more about safety measures all courthouses are following to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by visiting the Reopening webpage.

Learn more about how courts have responded to COVID-19 by the Emergency webpage.

Rules of Criminal Procedures

The Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure govern the court procedures in prosecutions of felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors in the Minnesota State District Courts.  Questions about the procedures for hearings and other parts of the case process can be addressed by referring to these rules.

Access to Exhibits

Access to case exhibits is governed by Minn. R. Pub. Access 8, subd. 5, which states that except where access is restricted by court order, “documents and physical objects admitted into evidence in a proceeding that is open to the public shall be available for public inspection under such conditions as the court administrator may deem appropriate to protect the security of the evidence.”  Additionally, the rule provides that in general evidentiary exhibits from a hearing or trial shall not be remotely accessible.

In this case, pursuant to Rule 8, the court has ordered that all publicly accessible documents related to this case,that are otherwise not remotely accessible, shall be posted on a public website.  That order does not authorize remote access to any non-documentary exhibits (recordings). Regarding such exhibits, the court has ordered that public, non-documentary exhibits “will be made available for review at the Hennepin County Government Center through the court’s media contact.”

To request to review any non-documentary exhibits in this case, contact Public Affairs.

Exhibits filed in support of the notice of motion and motion filed on July 7, 2020, are available for review.

Exhibit Viewing

Video exhibits filed in this case on July 7, 2020, will be available for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on July 15th, 2020, at the Hennepin County Government Center.
 
Reservations are required for viewing to allow for cleaning of equipment and social distancing. To reserve a time to view the video exhibits, contact Public Affairs.
 
The following 1-hour time slots are available. There will be a 15-minute break between slots to allow for sanitizing of the laptops and other surfaces.
 
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – no more slots available
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – no more slots available
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 6 slots available
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – 11 slots available
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 8 slots available
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – 9 slots available
Attendees will be required to wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of social distance. To allow for appropriate social distancing plan to be through security no more than 10 minutes prior to your timeslot. Eleven laptops will be available to play video exhibits. Attendees will need to provide their own headphones with 3.5 mm connection.
 
Attendees must store their electronic devices while in the room, and no video or audio recording will be allowed.