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Strict domestic violence no-contact orders in limbo until new ruling from state Appeals

Forum Communications reports some judges in Clay County and elsewhere have ceased issuing "DANCOs," which impose stiffer penalties on violators than ordinary no-contact orders. Prosecutors say they're an important tool to protect abuse victims, but judges are questioning whether they're constitutional. A Beltrami County judge who ruled the order was unconstitutional wrote that "the question is so important and doubtful" that he would like the state appeals court to weigh in on whether he made the right decision.
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Forum Communications reports some judges in Clay County and elsewhere have ceased issuing "DANCOs," which impose stiffer penalties on violators than ordinary no-contact orders. Prosecutors say they're an important tool to protect abuse victims, but judges are questioning whether they're constitutional. A Beltrami County judge who ruled the order was unconstitutional wrote that "the question is so important and doubtful" that he would like the state appeals court to weigh in on whether he made the right decision.

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