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STATE OF MN VS. JC - NOT GUILTY

You know, it just does not get old. After 18 months of court appearances, thorough investigation, pouring over discovery and trial prep, being part getting a client back to a normal life is an amazing privilege. You get to know your client. You believe in him. You realize that your efforts can be the difference between prison and an in tact family.

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TRF MAN CLEARED OF MURDER

TRF MAN CLEARED OF MURDERThief River Falls, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Not guilty.

It took a Pennington County jury about an hour to clear an accused murderer, determining he was acting in self-defense.

"Intense, yeah, scary, I mean my life was on the line, you know," said Shaun Brandt, Found not guilty of murder.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA V. MM,III - ACQUITTED OF MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE

STATE OF MINNESOTA V. MM,III - ACQUITTED OF MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREEMM,III was charged with Second Degree Felony Murder. The State then added a charge of Second degree intentional murder. MM,III was at his home when he observed a suspicious person. He went outside to investigate when this person began acting strangely. A scuffle ensued. This person was a 23 year old male celebrating his birthday and admitted to smoking methamphetamine and drinking.

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STATE VS. JC - PROBATION ON VERY SERIOUS DRUG OFFENSE

STATE VS. JC - PROBATION ON VERY SERIOUS DRUG OFFENSEJC was charged with First Degree Conspiracy to distribute 9 ounces of cocaine. A government informant set up a deal to buy 5 pounds of marijuana from JC. This deal, if completed the way originally intended would have resulted in a charge of 5th degree sale/possession which is a low level felony with a probationary sentence. The government in their infinite wisdom through DEA agents decided to up the ante and change the deal for nine ounces of cocaine.

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STATE V. NELSON, ASSAULT CASE DISMISSED - JULY 2014 (SAVED BY FACEBOOK)

STATE V. NELSON, ASSAULT CASE DISMISSED - JULY 2014 (SAVED BY FACEBOOK)Mr. Nelson was originally charged with harassment / stalking. He was at the home of his ex visiting his children when her brother called the police saying that she did not want him there. He has served prison time for a prior domestic, but insisted that this time he was in the right. He had preserved hundreds of letters sent to him by the complaining witness.

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BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED (BWI) - ACQUITTAL MAY 2014

BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED (BWI) - ACQUITTAL MAY 2014State v. M.B. May 2014 BWI - MB was on a moonlight cruise on Lake Minnetonka. He had three beers between 6p.m. and midnight. He left Lord Fletchers at 10:40 and was stopped near Echo Bay by water patrol at 12:01 a.m.. He was stopped for violating quiet waters. After performing two field sobriety tests without error he was arrested for BWI. The Defense challenged the three charges, Boating while intoxicated, Boating with an alcohol concentration over .08, and violating the quiet waters area.

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BRUCE RIVERS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY GETS ACQUITTAL CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT CASE APRIL 2014

BRUCE RIVERS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY GETS ACQUITTAL CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT CASE APRIL 2014Mr. Sanchez was wrongfully accused of molesting the 10 year old sister of his 29 year old girlfriend. He was charged with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. Innocent and playful touches turned to suspicion of criminal sexual conduct when the two broke up. An innocent piggyback ride home from the park in raw daylight with girlfriend at his side turned into an allegation of inappropriate touch. A zealous cornerhouse interview, police investigation and prosecution all but had Mr. Sanchez hung out to dry before he ever went to court.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA V. C.L. (ACQUITTAL) DECEMBER 2013

STATE OF MINNESOTA V. C.L. (ACQUITTAL) DECEMBER 2013C.L. went to a wrestling tournament in Rochester Minnesota. He and other parents went to the bar and the kids went to one room. At bar close C.L. went to the room to collect his 10 year old son. In doing so he stumbled around in a dark room. There were eight other people in the room. C.L. sees what he believes to be his son lying on a bed in the living room of the suite under a blanket. He felt around and, to his surprise, it was a 14-year-old girl who yelled at him. He then left. The girl made a claim of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA V. ANDERSON DWI ACQUITTAL

STATE OF MINNESOTA V. ANDERSON DWI ACQUITTALState of Minnesota v. Anderson Mr. Anderson hired Bruce Rivers to defend him against the charge of DWI in the Third Degree which is a gross misdemeanor. Mr. Anderson's car was found upside down in the ditch while a state trooper made contact with Mr. Anderson approximately a mile down the road. Mr. Anderson insisted he was not driving but the Trooper and the Minnetonka City Attorney thought otherwise.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. BACK

STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. BACKThe case involved a love triangle involving Back, Super, and the murder victim, Holliday. Super was the gunman who murdered Holliday at his home early New Year's Day, 2007. Back, who at one time had dated both Super and Holliday, was present at the time of the murder.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. JOHNSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. JOHNSONJohnson was charged with Second Degree Murder on June 11, 2009 after him and another male struggled over a handgun near the intersection of 52nd Av. N. and N. 6th St. in Minneapolis.

The State tried to convince the jury that this was a drug deal gone bad; However, Attorney Bruce Rivers argued that the decedent was the one who pulled out the gun first and that is when the struggle took place.

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STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. ANDERSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA VS. ANDERSONAnderson was charged with Second Degree Murder on February 20, 2004 after he was accused of giving his intoxicated cousin a gun and telling him to go into Arnellia's bar in St. Paul and air the place out.

The State argued that the defendant Anderson got upset when his cousin and friend were knocked down to the floor during a brief fight and were then kicked out of the bar. Coleman testified that Anderson went to his humvee and pulled a gun out, instructing Coleman to Air the place out which resulted in Coleman killing a bystander inside the bar.

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EXECUTIVE GRANT OF CLEMENCY

After four long years, Rivers Law Firm, P.A. received notice that On March 24, 2008, George W. Bush GRANTED a Full and Unconditional Pardon for one of their clients. This was just one of seventeen pardons handed out in the eight years of the Bush Administration. The FBI background check and the work required to perfect the pardon was daunting. This success is attributable to the tireless efforts of everyone in the firm.

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