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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Indigent defense gets a new look from Attorney General Eric Holder
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said if more Americans knew how poorly the public defender system worked in many cases, "they would be shocked and angered." Legal representation of the poor in Minnesota, according to the legislative auditor, is hampered by caseloads that are too high. Two public defenders talk about what they see as a long overdue look at the system from the feds.9:06 a.m.
    William Ward: Chief public defender of the 4th Judicial District which includes Hennepin county.
    Norman Lefstein: Professor at Indiana University School of Law. He's a former public defender and has studied and written about the issue for many years. He's the author with Robert Spangenberg of the 2009 report Justice Denied.
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  • The genealogy craze
    The Internet and DNA testing are enabling amateur and professional genealogists to trace family lines back hundreds of years. These tools, combined with a growing interest in our roots, are leading many people to investigate their family history.10:06 a.m.
    Megan Smolenyak: genealogist and chief family historian for Ancestry.com. Her new book is "who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History."
    Bennett Greenspan: founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA, a company that performs DNA testing for genealogists.

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