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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • N.D. fence law: Panel says man should have been appointed lawyer

  • An appeals court says a federal judge made a mistake by not appointing counsel for a Blanchard horse farmer who repeatedly demanded and rejected lawyers in a case that centered on North Dakota's fence law.
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  • An appeals court says a federal judge made a mistake by not appointing counsel for a Blanchard horse farmer who repeatedly demanded and rejected lawyers in a case that centered on North Dakota's fence law.
     
    La Verne Koenig was convicted in 2009 for failing to maintain a legal fence and allowing his horses to run at large. He received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $5,400 in restitution.
     
    Koenig appealed and asked for a new lawyer. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson determined that Koenig waived his right to a court-appointed attorney for the appeal because he refused to cooperate with his lawyers during the trial.
     
    A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 vote that Koenig should have been provided representation.
     

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