Saturday, April 1, 2006

Ethics Complaints Fly in Minnesota Over Whether State Senator Discussed Marriage Laws with Members of Supreme Court

Two Minnesota attorneys filed separate ethics complaints Friday against members of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former Chief Justice regarding comments a state Senator made about them. The complaints, filed with the Board on Judicial Standards and the Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility, question whether the justices violated a Supreme Court canon by allegedly talking to the state senator about the 1997 marriage law. The state senator said in January that he received assurances from justices that they would not "touch" the 1997 law, which defines marriage as one man and one woman. Later he said that he had conversations about the law with justices but received no guarantee about its fate. Source. Pioneer Press, Twincities.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 1, 2006, reo).  A copy of the ethics complaint to the Board of Judicial Standards and the Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility may be downloaded here in PDF format.pdf  A copy of the second complaint to the Board of Judicial Standards may be downloaded here in PDF fomat.pdf

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