Minnesota Litigator was appalled to hear the recent news that the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has issued a notice of vagrancy for a U.S. Magistrate Judge.
It is particularly disturbing because (1) they issue this notice but they do not say which U.S. Magistrate Judge is the vagrant and (2) I happen to know that these folks pull down about (roughly) $181,322.00/year — surely a living wage and enough to find a place to stay off the street.
And just what kind of vagrant are we dealing with here?
(1) a person, with ability to work, who is without lawful means of support, does not seek employment, and is not under 18 years of age; or
(2) a person found in or loitering near any structure, vehicle, or private grounds who is there without the consent of the owner and is unable to account for being there; or
(3) a prostitute who loiters on the streets or in a public place or in a place open to the public with intent to solicit for immoral purposes; or
(4) a person who derives support in whole or in part from begging or as a fortune teller or similar impostor?
[Homage to Emily Latella, played by Gilda Radner] [The referenced vagrancy statute’s been repealed, by the way.][My favorite part is subsection (2) “and is unable to account for being there…” I wonder if you could defend by “accounting for being there…”]