"The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards properly authorized, adequately supported and accurately recorded its payroll and other administrative expenditures in the states
accounting records. In addition, for the items tested, the board complied with material finance-related legal provisions and applicable judiciary personnel plan provisions."
"The Board on Judicial Standards is an independent state agency that receives and acts upon complaints about Minnesota judges for judicial misconduct or wrongdoing. The board also handles judicial disability matters."
"The Supreme Court's remand requires us to consider two issues in light of White: the constitutional viability of the partisan-activities and solicitation clauses
of Canon 5.1 [of the Minnesota Supreme Court's canons of judicial conduct]. ... "In White, the Supreme Court invalidated the announce clause and remanded[.] Upon further consideration of the partisan-activities and solicitation clauses in light of White, ... they likewise do not survive strict scrutiny and thus violate the First Amendment."
"Since our ruling today essentially moots any viable Fourteenth Amendment claims, we leave them for consideration on another day, if necessary."
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