Mille Lacs Co Attorney: "I had no knowledge of any minors consuming alcohol on my property"

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Jude says she told her daughter "no alcohol would be tolerated."
Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude maintains she didn't know minors were drinking on her property at her daughter's May 26 graduation party, contradicting accounts featured in a story published by the Mille Lacs Messenger over the weekend.

The Messenger article includes interviews with teenagers who were in attendance that night, saying Jude knew about the party. Ally Mrozik, 17, tells the paper she heard Jude's daughter Megan say adults at the house -- including Jude and her husband, a police investigator -- "were fine as long as no one drinks and drives."

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After attending the party, 17-year-old Bailey Hamilton was hospitalized with a .21 BAC, according to his mother, Kim Hamilton. Bailey was unresponsive in the hospital for six to seven hours before he finally woke up. Kim says she was "in shock" after being told her son had been drinking on the county attorney's property.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

Asked for comment last week, Jude sent us a statement saying she didn't know anything about minors drinking on her property until it was reported. "It is my hope that this investigation will reveal all of the facts about what actually occurred and, perhaps more importantly, who provided alcohol to any minors who consumed alcohol on that date," wrote Jude.

We called Jude this morning for response to the Messenger story, and she's sticking to her original comments.

"While I would very much like to address the latest interviews, I would simply state that my previous statement is all I will respond with," says Jude in an email. "I had no knowledge of any minors consuming alcohol on my property and would not have tolerated it."

Asked if she knew her daughter was having a party, Jude replied, "I knew of a small bonfire with my daughter's closest friends, and they were told that no alcohol would be tolerated."

With the investigation pending, she couldn't offer further comment.

Here are some excerpts from the Messenger story:

Mrozik said several other kids were present when Jude's daughter Megan, 18, told them that the adults at the house -- including the Judes and off-duty officers -- "were fine as long as no one drinks and drives."

This occurred toward the beginning of the party, before she became intoxicated, Mrozik said.

"I will put my hand on a Bible," she said. "I remember specifically hearing this."

And:

According to the boy, trucks and ATVs were driving back and forth from the bonfire down a trail through the woods, and cars were coming and going from the property -- some driven by kids who had been drinking.

"I don't see how she could not know," the boy said. This was the second party with underage drinking the boy had attended on the property, and he had heard of other parties there as well.

The Messenger ran another story over the weekend about Charles Skogman, the young fellow who had the good sense to drive an unresponsive Bailey home and wake up his parents, possibly saving the kid's life. Skogman says he saw Bailey take down the majority of a half-full bottle of vodka while others cheered him on:

At one point other kids were encouraging him to drink. "I don't know who it was, but somebody was like 'Chug! Chug! Chug!' Then Bailey took a couple big swigs."

As Bluestem Prairie points out (via the Messenger archives), Jude has been on the other side of similar allegations. In 2010, Jude's office prosecuted a woman named Cheryl Miller, the manager of a local liquor store, after minors were found drinking at Miller's daughter's graduation party. Witnesses testified that Miller didn't know about the underage drinking, and since Mille Lacs County doesn't have a social host ordinance, a jury found Miller not guilty.

After the case, Jude released a statement warning parents to look out for underage drinking at grad parties.

"Whether there was an acquittal or a conviction," wrote Jude, "the case presents a good reminder during this graduation season that we all have to be mindful of underage drinking and take whatever precautions we can."

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tommiegunners
tommiegunners

Never mind the drinking, are you trying to say that Mrs. Jude has an 18 year old daughter?  Wow, most American women by that age are fat, angry, and very unattractive.  Good for you Jan for not letting yourself go.

relux
relux

Wow, the Mille Lacs Messenger has run SEVENTEEN separate stories on a single underage drinking party. Including drawings and maps of the property. Holy shit. How creepy and stalkerish is that. 

I can't even imagine what would happen if there was like a robbery or something in that town.  


Nickolas Firchau
Nickolas Firchau

thank god, cause im throwing a huge party for my cheerleader daughter and i want them to get super drunk - ill pretend i had no idea.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This is ironic indeed.  Prosecutors love these "Social Host" laws, which provide black-and-white shortcuts for prosecutors looking to notch a victory.  As a parent (and former wild kid), I strongly believe parents need to be responsible and take responsibility, and make sure they know what their kids are up to.  Alcohol is dangerous stuff; particularly for kids.  Kids don't have much sense to begin with, nor experience with alcohol.  As the saying goes, "Judgment comes from Experience.  Experience comes from Bad Judgment."  I don't like the way Prosecutors have pushed to criminalize all bad things that happen, and all Bad Judgment.  There are stupid things kids do that should not leave them with criminal records.  I strongly disapprove of charging kids as adults, which Prosecutors seem to love to do.  And I hate the way judges allow Prosecutors to use the media to taint the jury pool.

This mom should have been paying much closer attention to what her kids were doing.  This doesn't sound like it was a little over the line; it was way over the line.  And that this mom is a Prosecutor is too much.  She needs to be judged by the standards by which she judges others.

Nyssa Shawstad
Nyssa Shawstad

A lot of cities/counties have tightened up the definition, not state wide as far as I've heard

Deborah Fiscus
Deborah Fiscus

Ahhh, I thought there had been a change or a broader interpretation. Thanks!

Nyssa Shawstad
Nyssa Shawstad

State law is pretty limited (Minn. Stat. section 340A.90), not really applicable unless an adult "knowingly and recklessly permits the consumption" by a minor who then injures or kills another person.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

One of the dumbest laws to ever change! If you can die for your country at the age of 18 serving in the military, you should be able to enjoy an ice cold beer or 2 or 3!

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

While Jan may not be directly for the young man's predictament, she still needed to have done a better job at supervising the kids since the party took place at her home.

Sande Miller
Sande Miller

ya right.She say's that now after she got BUSTED,.

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

Jan's mistake was not keeping a better eye on the kids. They're going to drink given the opportunity. There's no way she would jeopardize the kids safety or her career for such a thing. The blame game begins. I sure hope the kid is recovering well.

Deborah Fiscus
Deborah Fiscus

yet according to State law whe should still be held responsible.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@Kathy Drews  "Blame game?" I think what people want is responsibility.  News reports indicate that Jude never checked on the children at the party. That's what  you're excusing, while attributing parently skills and values to her that she apparently didn't possess that night.  Did you defend the mother she prosecuted, or you ultimately only see these traits as dwelling among people you call by first name?

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