Month: March 2012

Crazy Minnesota laws you may be breaking

Every state has its fair share of crazy laws, and our beautiful state of Minnesota is not exempt from that fact. Here are a few of the most bizarre ones we’ve found:

State Laws:

  • The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
  • It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
  • A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
  • It is illegal to sleep naked.
  • All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
  • Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
  • All bathtubs must have feet.
  • Oral sex is prohibited.

In Cottage Grove:

  • Airplanes may not be landed in city parks.
In Hibbing:
  • It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat.
In Minneapolis:
  • Red cars may not drive down Lake Street.
In Minnetonka:
  • Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance.
  • Placing tacks on a sidewalk is considered a public nuisance.
  • Any person who persuades another to enter a massage therapist business after 11:00 PM is guilty of a misdemeanor.
In St. Cloud:
  • Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
If you are cited or arrested for any of these “situations” you can always contact the Flanagan Law Office, in Hugo, Minnesota, to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation and to learn more information about your rights.
Office: (651) 200-3484.

Judges say U.S. budget cuts could halt some trials

Some federal civil trials in the United States could be suspended because of big budget cuts scheduled by Congress to take effect in January 2013. The announcement was made by the federal judiciary’s policy-making body this week.

The 27-member group, which is made up of judges from around the country and meets twice a year, said it was concerned about what it described as a looming financial crisis.

The group of judges warned of significant reductions in staffing and court services if Congress doesn’t agree on a new plan to reduce the budget deficit or if it fails to amend the looming cuts.

David Sentelle, chief judge of the U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C., told reporters after the meeting that contingency plans included furloughs for non-essential court personnel and putting some civil trials on hold.

The cuts also could mean there will not be enough money to pay attorneys who represent poor defendants through the end of the fiscal year.

Funding for the federal judiciary has essentially been at the same level for the past three years.

(Information provided by Reuters)