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Monday, April 21, 2008

It's the wild west in Shakopee; Lawyers on the Prairie

There is a very interesting piece on Shakopee attorney Sam McCloud worth checking out in today's Strib. McCloud is a bit of character to say the least. With his cowboy look -- replete with hat and boots -- one is left with the distinct impression that he identifies a little too closely with the old horse-ridding "rustic sheriff" who is his namesake played by Dennis Weaver in the '7os TV show, "McCloud."

McCloud (the real-life attorney, not the fictional TV lawman) is an entertaining presenter. For example, I recall him using a number of of colorful colloquialisms when I listened to his lecture on bail laws last year at the Minnesota CLE criminal law institute. His recent legal troubles -- which came to a successful conclusion for him in February -- have only added to his mystique.

In addition to bail laws, McCloud has made a bit of a name for himself in the DWI field. Coincidentally, Minnesota Lawyer has a story this week on the DWI source code controversy triggered by an unpublished Court of Appeals case that was handled by McCloud and his partner, attorney Carson J. Heefner. Lest you think McCloud's partner is less colorful, Heefner had this to say about the AG's Office's decision last month to file a federal lawsuit against the maker of the Intoxilyzer for refusing to provide the source code: “The AG’s Office finally got off its ass after 18 months and filed a lawsuit. It’s a little too little a little too late.”

Sheesh. They don't mince words over at McCloud and Heefner, do they? It doesn't take Columbo to figure out that the watercooler talk over there must be pretty interesting ...

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