November 28, 2003 - Gary Eichten's studio guest is Hennepin County Chief Judge Kevin Burke, the 2003 winner of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. He was honored in Washington last week.
November 15, 2001 - A collection of reports from the MPR special series "The Color of Justice." This Midday program investigates the racial disparity in Minnesota’s criminal justice system. Reports by MPR’s Dan Olson, Brandt Williams, and Elizabeth Stawicki include various interviews and commentary of officials, academics, and community members.
December 14, 1993 - MPR’s Euan Kerr reports on efforts to improve livability in Seward neighborhood. Kerr interviews Curt Milburn, local community organizer; Sgt. Clay Pecore, 5th Precinct Minneapolis police officer; Keith Ellison, executive director of Legal Rights Center; Robin McGhee, Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University; and Kevin Burke, Chief Justice at Hennepin Court. They comment on the struggles in fighting crime while a problematic race relationship with local police, public complicity, and an overwhelmed court system is in place.
June 15, 1992 - MPR’s Stephen Smith reports on a mediation program focused specifically for Native Americans in Minnesota. The mediation panel consists of twelve 11 Elders trained to assist with courtroom alternative. Several local Indian organizations banded together to create the council.