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Tough judge gives tough sentence to con man (0)

Posted in Criminal Courts July 20th, 2010 @ 11:29 am by Linda 

According to a recent article in the Star Tribune, U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum didn’t give Timothy Beliveau any slack. Beliveau was charged with a mortgage fraud scheme that fleeced unwitting investors and homeowners who were struggling to escape foreclosure.

Beliveau used the proceeds of the money to pay for boats, mansions and diamonds. He admitted to tax evasion and money laundering charges. His lawyer claimed that the scheme was related to Beliveau’s ultimate failed effort to rescue his business.

Judge Rosenbaum didn’t take any of Beliveau’s politeness or excuses because he was a con man stealing from innocent people. In fact ,when Beliveau admitted he was responsible for everything, Jude Rosenbaum told him that he wasn’t responsible he was guilty.

Beliveau’s attorney asked the judge to let him serve his time in a South Dakota federal pen. The judge denied the request. Beliveau’s attorney asked the judge to give him one more month to get his affairs in order. The Judge denied the request. In fact the Judge told Beliveau to grow up and live a better life.

He sentenced Beliveau to seven years in prison starting immediately. Now that’s a great judge looking out for the folks.

Minnesota Judicial Branch Website a success (0)

Posted in Criminal Courts April 7th, 2009 @ 10:54 am by Linda 

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced that more than 1.2 million case searches were conducted during the first year’s district court records accessible over the Internet. This site’s search engine, Minnesota Public Access Remote (MPA) is one of the benefits from the new statewide court records database from the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS). The database took five years to complete and cost $30 million. It combines 10 databases from around the state and includes case records dating back to the 1970s.

You can look-up district court case records online and offers criminal case searches by case number, defendant name or attorney name. Name searches are limited to cases where at least one charge has resulted in a conviction. If you need more information, you can obtain it at the public service computers located in each courthouse.

This service also gives users the ability to search court calendars by party, business name, case number, judicial officer, or attorney name. Even Supreme Court and Court of Appeals court records and opinions are available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Website.

However, court officials say that this database cannot provide information for case look-up service for criminal background checks. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension offers a criminal background check service that links prior criminal history through fingerprints to verify identification of the individual.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is interactive because the court system staff has access in eliminating duplicate records and mistaken entries within the MPA system. If you find an error in a court record, you can notify the district court in the county that created the record so the record can be corrected. You won’t be able to modify the case records, only court administrators can authorize changes. You can view the information at the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.

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