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Judge Steven Cahill of Moorhead, MN; ethical gremlin


The state of Minnesota presented Steven J. Cahill with a law license in 1976 after he graduated from William Mitchell Law School


Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty was duped into appointing Stevie as a Clay County District Court Judge in 2006. Stevie didn’t get the appointment because he was the most qualified candidate in the greater Clay county area, he received it because he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards found Judge Cahill guilty of the following misconduct.

  • Repeatedly failed to follow the law
  • Chronically late in appearing for court hearings

In one matter, Stevie helped a defendant avoid a firearms conviction after the defendant pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order. Stevie did so because he knew a firearms conviction would likely have cost the defendant his job with the Minnesota National Guard. Stevie did so even though his conduct violated well settled


Minnesota law and it was done over the prosecutor’s strenuous objections.


In several cases, Stevie didn’t follow proper procedures for handling presentence investigations, holding court and awarding furloughs to inmates.


On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, Steven spontaneously decided to grant an inmate a 24-hour furlough. Stevie went to the courthouse, personally typed up the furlough and delivered it to the jail himself, without the required notice to the prosecutor or jail officials. The prisoner, who had not requested the furlough, assumed it was mistake and turned it down.


Stevie found it acceptable to repeatedly fail to appear in court for hearings. He was late for court 18 or more times in a single five-week period in fall 2012. Electronic key card records prove Stevie was late 20 or more times during December 2013, which was almost every single court day that month.


As a consequence of his misconduct, the apologists for Judicial Misfits sitting on the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards punished Stevie by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand.




As we speak (ca. May 2014), Stevie continues to sit as a Clay County District Court Judge in


Moorhead, Minnesota.


Hopefully, the voters in

Clay County will tell Stevie to take a hike if he chooses to run for reelection in November 2014.



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