• December 16, 2013
Photo by Nick DeCianti, via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Nick DeCianti, via Flickr Creative Commons

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?

Minn. Stat. 609.725.

[Homage to Emily Latella, played by Gilda Radner] [The referenced vagrancy statute’s been repealed, by the way.][My favorite part is subsection (2) “and is unable to account for being there…”  I wonder if you could defend by “accounting for being there…”]

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