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Courts Lack Authority to Depart from Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Requirements

In State of Minnesota vs. Sarah DeAnn Rausch, an appellate decision filed May 23, 2011, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a district court order that resulted in a downward departure for a first-time burglary offender. Rausch was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of harassment, and one count of assault. …

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