Eugene Erick Fort v. State of Minnesota

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Eugene Erick Fort v. State of Minnesota. MN criminal law

Eugene Erick Fort was convicted in Hennepin County of first degree murder, and the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed his conviction in 2009. State v. Fort, 768 N.W.2d 335 (Minn. 2009). He later brought this petition for post-conviction relief, in which he argued ineffective assistance of counsel and that the state mishandled evidence. The petition was denied and he appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The high court held that the effective assistance of counsel claim failed as a matter of law, and the other claim was time barred by Minn. Stat. 590.01.

No. A14-1692 (Minn. April 1, 2015)

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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