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Clay County judge reprimanded

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Brainerd Dispatch
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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

MOORHEAD – A Clay County judge has been reprimanded by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards after its investigation revealed a string of failures to follow the law, chronic lateness to court hearings and other problems with the judge’s conduct.

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In its findings, which go back over five years’ worth of Clay County District Court Judge Steven Cahill’s cases, the court found 19 examples of violations of judicial conduct.

They included one case in December 2009 in which Cahill helped a defendant avoid a firearms conviction so he could keep his employment with the Minnesota National Guard; reducing a sentence to help a defendant avoid deportation; spontaneously granting an inmate a 24-hour furlough on Thanksgiving Day; and granting a three-hour furlough to a teen who had been convicted in a fatal crash to allow the boy to attend prom.

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