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Articles written by Judge Dale Harris

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Child custody

One of the most difficult decisions a judge has to make is primary custody of a child. The consequences of those decisions are extremely serious, and the emotions are often running very high. To complicate matters, often the parties are representing...

 

The five primary theories of punishment

Recently, I attended a lecture by a doctor of philosophy, who had some strong criticisms of the criminal justice system and how it handles punishment. It was certainly thought provoking. For many judges, we are so caught up in the day-to-day...

 

Continuing education

I graduated from law school in 1993, completing three years of formal legal education, in addition to my college degree. But for lawyers and judges, learning is always an ongoing process. The law evolves and changes over time, and it’s extremely...

 

Obstruction of justice

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s testimony before two Congressional committees generated a lot of discussion about a crime known as obstruction of justice. We all know the common meaning of “obstruction” and “justice,” but exactly what...

 

Ethical censorship for judges

Recently, a judge in Utah was suspended without pay for six months. The reason: he made a series of statements critical of President Trump, both in and out of court. As the story circulated on social media, a lot of people were outraged that a judge...

 

The role of U.S. Attorney General

The role of the U.S. Attorney General has been a hot topic of conversation recently with Attorney General Barr’s testimony before a Senate committee. This debate highlights the unique role of attorneys in the public sector. In the public sector,...

 

Judge's View

Since my colleague, Judge Mark Munger, retired in January, we have been short-handed at the Duluth courthouse. Case assignments and calendars that used to be divided eight ways are now being split seven ways, and we are starting to feel the strain. W...

 

Judge's View

Recently, my law clerk accepted a new job with a local government agency. I’m very happy for her, but very sad for me. She did great work, and made my life a lot easier for the two years she was with me. I have gone through this sort of transition...

 

Judge's View

The recent Polar Vortex resulted in quite a few calls inquiring whether the courthouse was open for business. We were, and I am very thankful that heated seats were included in my last vehicle purchase. But the decision process for closing a...

 

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