Hamline Law Professor Joseph Olson was interviewed by Sun This Week for an article about two criminal cases tried by Dakota County Assistant Attorney Kevin Golden. Two First District judges have thrown out the cases, finding out that Golden twice created a mistrial so he could retry defendants, according to court orders.
Olson called the cases “astonishing” and said based on the rulings, the findings of prosecutorial misconduct against Golden are “so egregious” that the cases should be reviewed by the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
“It’s certainly worthy of investigating and worthy of some kind of professional sanction,” Olson said. “I’m amazed the county attorney didn’t fire him after the first case because he … deliberately misused the process.”
Sun This Week: Rare mistrials declared due to prosecutor conduct (May 2)