Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The Minnesota Child Victims Act goes before the House Judiciary Committee today. It faces opposition from the Minnesota Religious Council, a lobbying group that represents many of the largest religious organizations in the state. (03/20/2013)
A Dakota County judge has ruled that evidence from the troubled St. Paul police crime lab can be reliably retested by another lab. (03/18/2013)
The proposed legislation was prompted by concerns about faulty work at the unaccredited St. Paul police crime lab, which suspended drug testing last year after defense attorneys in Dakota County exposed the lab's failure to follow basic scientific procedures. (03/13/2013)
Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel, speaking publicly for the first time, said he is not guilty of sexually abusing students at the Faribault boarding school. In a jail interview with MPR News on Saturday, Seibel said he prays he will be acquitted and can return to his life as an actor in California. (03/13/2013)
A former state psychiatrist has filed a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Human Services and two officials of defaming his reputation and violating the state's data privacy law. (03/07/2013)
The following is a timeline of the events that led to Lynn Seibel being charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct related to his alleged actions while teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a private boarding school in Faribault, Minn. (03/05/2013)
A former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher appears in court this week in Faribault to face charges of sexual abuse. Lynn Seibel is accused of abusing six male students at the Faribault boarding school from 1999 to 2003. The school claims it knew nothing of the alleged crimes. An MPR News investigation shows several teachers did know about some of Seibel's behavior but failed to tell police. The insular nature of the private boarding school is one reason the former teacher gained access to children, and school officials took few steps to prevent the alleged abuse. (03/05/2013)
Hundreds of people in Minnesota with mental illness remain stuck in state-run psychiatric facilities for months or years after they are ready to leave, according to a report released today by the state Office of the Legislative Auditor. (02/27/2013)
A judge has granted a defense request to reopen the hearing that exposed shoddy work by the St. Paul police crime lab. (02/22/2013)
Ramsey and Dakota County prosecutors, prompted by independent reports that found serious flaws in the St. Paul police crime lab, will reconsider certain drug convictions in the past two years. (02/21/2013)
Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July. The failures include sloppy documentation, dirty equipment, faulty techniques and ignorance of basic scientific procedures, according to reports released Thursday. Lab employees even used Wikipedia as a "technical reference" in at least one drug case. (02/15/2013)
Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work. The reports they filed following their reviews were made public Thursday. (02/14/2013)
Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July. (02/14/2013)
The St. Paul City Council released more than a million dollars in funding to fix the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. The lab will not resume drug testing, work which will be outsourced, but instead will focus on fingerprints, crime scene processing, video analysis and reconstructing crash scenes. (02/07/2013)
The troubled St. Paul police crime lab has decided to permanently close its drug testing unit. (02/06/2013)