ST PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision allowing the government to lawfully order someone to unlock their cellphone. While touching on the question of how the law strives to keep up with technology, the case of the State v. Matthew Diamond largely revolved around constitutional protections against self-incrimination, or — as the Fifth Amendment puts it — being compelled to bear witness against oneself.
LAKE ELMO, Minn.—When former Washington County sheriff detective Jesse Kurtz read about a recent state effort to get family members of the missing to come forward, his mind drifted three decades back. "This thing has haunted me," Kurtz says. "I think of her almost every day." The 'thing' Kurtz is talking about is the 1988 disappearance of 19-year-old Susan Swedell from a Lake Elmo gas station, which remains unsolved to this day. Thousands of other Minnesotans have gone missing, before and since. But the case was a first for state officials in a big way.