MN Supreme Court Denies Expedited Review

Minnesota Courts are slow-walking resolution of an important lawsuit challenging the Governor Walz’s unprecedented, and unending seizure of unilateral legislative power.

Free Minnesota, joined by the New House Republican caucus and other legislators challenged the governor’s emergency power declarations and orders in a lawsuit filed in May. After frequently overturned left-wing judge Thomas Gilligan dismissed the case, the coalition filed immediately for appeal and asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to examine the case on an expedited basis, since it is a constitutional question that will likely end up before the high court, anyhow.

Disappointingly, the Supreme Court denied expedited review, requiring a hearing in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This move will undoubtedly allow the governor to continue bypassing the legislature and exercising dictatorial powers even longer while the case is slow-walked through the legal process.

Defacto laws are being enacted without action by the legislature, which is the constitutional branch of government with lawmaking authority. Since the legislature is comprised of representatives of the People, the voice of the People is being squelched, eschewing the entire notion of consent of the governed.

“No decision the governor made has turned on crucial timing that would preclude legislative action,” said coalition spokesman, Dan McGrath. “The governor is clinging to self-proclaimed emergency powers for political reasons, because he doesn’t believe the legislature will do as he wishes, not because of an urgency requiring split-second decisions. Throughout history, those who’ve assumed dictatorial powers are loathe to relinquish them. They have to be forced.”

Attorney Erick Kaardal of Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, PA is representing the plaintiffs in this case.

Governor Walz has wielded supreme dictatorial power in Minnesota for a record-setting 9 months, to date.

The First Liberties Defense Fund is being prioritized to help fund the appeal.

Read the (denied) Petition for Accelerated Review by the Minnesota Supreme Court.