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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Judicial candidate keeps interesting company

I recently came across a disturbing website connected to the Stanbury Law Firm, P.A., run by Minneapolis lawyer Alfred Stanbury. The site asks visitors if they’ve been injured when removing a Pampered Chef knife from its sharpening case – but that’s not what’s alarming.

Stanbury's site features such things as a mock traffic sign stating “Warning: Muslims nearby” in which there is a silhouette of a person with a knife in one hand and a severed head dripping blood in the other.

Interestingly, Stanbury was co-counsel a while ago in a case with attorney John Dehen, who is running for a judicial seat against incumbent Judge Robert Varco in the 10th Judicial District. Dehen and Stanbury were involved in a nuisance suit against Dehen’s elderly neighbors, according to Anoka attorney Joan Quady, who represented the neighbors. The case has since settled. Dehen has also been involved in Pampered Chef knives cases, one of which led to a public reprimand for violating a court order regarding the use of information obtained in discovery. Dehen hasn’t returned several phone calls seeking comment

Obviously Stanbury has the right to put anything up on the Web. But voters in the 10th District should remember, as our mothers used to say, that you are known by the company you keep, or kept.


Anonymous said...

Wow. that website is appalling. I hope the voters of the 10th district take notice.

Anonymous said...

Of course the website is appalling, but that's not who's running for the bench in the 10th Judicial District.

How far does the "company one keeps" argument go?