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Richard sennott/Pool Photographer Attorney Christopher Madel tells a court Monday that the federal Constitution requires continued funding for public defenders even if key legislators and the governor do not pass one by their Friday deadline.

Judge rules courts will stay open in shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's courts will remain open if much of state government shuts down Friday, a retired judge ruled Tuesday.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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