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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Moose Lake prison


July 17, 2020

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A lawsuit meant to protect inmates from Covid-19 was thrown out by a judge this month.

A lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Corrections of not fulfilling its obligations to protect prisoners in Moose Lake from the Covid-19 pandemic was dismissed Monday.

Sixth District judge Leslie Beiers dismissed the case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota against the Department of Corrections on April 15.

Initially filed on behalf of three inmates - later only two - the petition asked for the release of the three prisoners and others in a similar situation to a safe location during the Covid-19 pandemic because the state had failed to take reasonable measure...

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