Garry Schumacher, Dad Who'd Rather Go to Jail Than Let Mom See Kid, Has Sentence Stayed

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The custodial piss fight between Garry Schumacher and Shawnette Andreason continues.

Garry Schumacher's ongoing legal battle to prevent Shawnette Andreason, the biological mother of his seven-year-old daughter Madison, from having supervised visits with the child, notched another hiccup Tuesday when Hennepin County Judge Patrick Robben postponed the defiant father's jail sentence, ordering him again to comply with a court order.

Heading into the hearing, the 36-year-old Schumacher had vowed to do jail time rather than facilitate the supervised meetings between Madison and Andreason. He'd been found in contempt of court in March for failing to cooperate, saying, "I can't do something I believe will harm my child and my family. I'd rather go to jail than potentially put her in harm's way."

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Garry Schumacher Choosing Jail Over Allowing the Biological Mom to See Their Daughter

Categories: Family, Law, Tragedy

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Garry Schumacher finds out today if he will be sent to the workhouse.

Shawnette Andreason hasn't seen her daughter Madison since 2011.

Garry Schumacher, the seven-year-old girl's father, is willing to go to jail to keep it that way.

Inside Hennepin County Family Court in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, Schumacher, who raises the girl as well as a younger daughter along with his wife Jenny, will find out if Judge Patrick Robben will make good on his March threat to incarcerate the defiant dad if he didn't allow for supervised visits between Madison and her biological mom, Shawnette Andreason.

He hasn't.

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Richard Davis-El Sues Hunan Garden for Getting Thrown Out for Wearing Shades

Categories: Food, Law, St. Paul

Is being booted from a Chinese buffet worth $50,000?

The wood-paneled walls and red draperies decorating Hunan Garden on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul elicit a chilled vibe, just the kind of place to enjoy a vat of wonton soup during a springtime lunch hour.

But in a lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court, Richard Davis-El says he wasn't feeling the feng shui when he tried to indulge at the Chinese restaurant renowned for its sumptuous buffet.

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City Pages Wins Defamation Suit Brought By Lawyer Larry Klayman

Categories: Law

Larry Klayman gained fame by contesting President Obama's citizenship
Larry Klayman, a lawyer who claimed he'd been defamed by City Pages, lost his case in a recent ruling by a Florida federal judge.

Quoting frequently from Alice in Wonderland, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway concluded in her 34-page decision that Klayman's case failed to meet legal standards and therefore was dismissed. Klayman has filed notice of appeal.

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Prosecuting Revenge Porn: Minnesota's Law May Be Unconstitutional

Categories: Law

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Several attorneys say Minnesota's criminal defamation statute is unconstitutional

Minnesota's criminal defamation law is commonly used to prosecute "revenge porn" cases where jilted ex-lovers post embarrassing sex tapes online to shame their former partners.

A group of lawyers say the law, first enacted in 1963, needs to be updated because it's unconstitutional.

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Al Franken Wants to Outlaw the Deceitful Contracts That Nearly Everyone Signs

Categories: Jobs, Law, Politics

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If you've agreed to arbitration, there's a good chance the odds are rigged against you

No one but lawyers enjoys suing people. So sitting down and talking through a problem sounds like a noble idea. But if you've agreed to arbitration in the contracts you've signed for everything from your job to your cell phone, there's a good chance you signed up to be screwed.

These agreements are usually heavily rigged in favor of the company. So if you've been defrauded by your credit card company or swindled out of overtime pay, you may have given away any recourse.

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A Record 57 Sex Offenders Could Be Released in Minnesota

Categories: Crime, Law, Politics

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A record number of rapists, pedophiles, and other convicted offenders are moving toward supervised release.

Some Minnesota neighborhoods may have unwelcome additions sooner rather than later.

Fifty-seven pedophiles, rapists, and other sexual predators are on the cusp of completing their final phase of incarcerated treatment and moving toward supervised release back into the community, according to Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) Executive Clinical Director Jannine Hebert in news reports.

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John Bonner Convicted of Stealing Nearly $15,000 From His Employees

Categories: Crime, Law

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Should've called Saul
Last Friday John Bonner, a partner at downtown Minneapolis law firm Bonner & Borhart, was convicted of stealing nearly $15,000 from two other lawyers who used to work for him.

At 69, Bonner is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for a scheme where he deducted money from employees' paychecks under the pretense of enriching their retirement accounts, when in reality he was using it to pay the law firm's bills.

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State Will Pay Koua Fong Lee Up to $250,000 for Wrongful Imprisonment

Categories: Law

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Koua Fong Lee

Koua Fong Lee has already been convicted of a crime that wasn't his fault, imprisoned for two and a half years, and exonerated. Now he's about to get paid.

Lee will become the first person to receive compensation from Minnesota under the new Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act that went into effect July 1.

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You Have Right to Leave Work to Vote on November 4

Categories: Law, Politics
Expect bossman to be on your case about dipping out of work to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 4? Refer him or her to Minnesota Statute 204C.04.

That law gives you the right to leave your place of employment for as long as it takes to take part in the democratic process.

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