Appeals Court in DL
A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a half-dozen cases Thursday in the Becker County Courts wing. A local case of interest involved Virginia Briard, charged with six felonies for allegedly refusing to obey subpoenas to testify against her husband, Robert. The defense argues that the subpoenas were not properly served, the state argues that they were. The judges asked a number of questions to attorneys representing both sides -- Earl Gray for the defense and Gretchen Thilmony for the prosecution. Both had 15 minutes to make their case, with the defense getting an extra five minutes to rebut. The panel has 90 days to make a ruling. From left are Chief Judge Edward Toussaint Jr., Judge Terri J. Stoneburner and Judge Francis J. Connolly. Behind them are bailiff Hank Carpenter, district court employee Terri Fillmore, and bailiff Rod Felt.