Confederate flag-flying official acquitted; attorney calls charges "stack of bullshit"

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Ed Hansen
Flying a Confederate flag is one thing. Being a criminal is another.
Yesterday, a Dakota County jury acquitted former West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen of the "misconduct of a public officer or employee" and disorderly conduct.

THE BACKSTORY: Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble

But according to his attorney, Nathan Hansen (the two aren't related), Ed's acquittal isn't the real story. Instead, the interesting thing is that such ridiculous charges were brought against him in the first place.

Almost two years ago, we told you about Ed, the conservative City Council member who, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, fellow councilors, and African-Americans everywhere, flew the stars and bars outside his house (check out the link above for the backstory).

Hansen owns the Rocco's Pizza in Little Canada, and after news of his Confederate flag-flying ways broke, Rocco's president contacted us to express his displeasure about Hansen's antics. Things went from bad to worse for Hansen when, later in 2012, Dakota County officials brought the aforementioned charges against him.

The disorderly charge stemmed from a November 23, 2011 incident, Hansen, upset about a redevelopment project occurring at a residential property adjacent to his home, berated a contractor working on the site.

"Hansen approached and said 'what the f*** are you doing?'" the complaint says. "Hansen began yelling at the contractor that he did not want this house to be built, and that Hansen was not going to allow the house to be built."

"The contractor reported that Hansen was ranting and raving, and most of Hansen's statements began with some variation of the word 'f***,'" it continues.

The misconduct charge pertains to a similar incident that took place months later. On June 8, 2012, a real estate agent showing the house reported that Hansen entered the home and falsely told a potential buyer "anyone buying the property would have to trespass on [my] property to get to this property."

Told by the potential buyer that they planned to turn the property into residential rentals, Hansen allegedly "told the buyer in an irate, raised voice that he was a 'City Councilman for West Saint Paul' and that he would 'make sure he would never get a rental permit,'" the complaint continues. "The potential buyer reported that the confrontation with Hansen inside the house made the potential buyer feel physically threatened."

The listing agent elected to temporarily pull the property from the market after being told of Hansen's alleged antics, the complaint says.

Asked about those charges following Hansen's acquittal, his attorney, Nathan Hansen, characterized them as "a whole stack of bullshit."

(Click to page two for more.)

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