District Judge sends attorney misconduct allegations to state investigator for review

District Judge sends attorney misconduct allegations to state investigator for review

HaLeigh Cummings book author warned police would be called to lie on the stand if he went to trial

Did East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad, and a public defender employed by the State of Minnesota, Michael Lacoursiere, get caught breaking the law? 

The two attorneys have been formally accused of serious misconduct in a formal detailed complaint submitted to a 9th Minnesota District Judge.

The complaint was filed by Timothy Charles Holmseth, author, East Grand Forks.

Holmseth filed the first Complaint directly to the Minnesota Bar Association (Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility) in March, 2013 and received a dismissal, which read:

Rule 8(b), Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, states,

The Director’s dismissal shall inform the complainant that the complaint may be sent to the chief district judge or trial court judge involved in the pending matter. The Judge may, at any time, refer the matter to the Director for investigation.

Holmseth re-submitted the Complaint in June after the police ruined his hard-drive.

In a letter dated July 9, 2013 to all Parties, Honorable Tamara Yon stated she forwarded the allegations to OLPR.

Galstad and Lacoursiere, who are long time friends, have been accused by Holmseth of conspiring to coerce him into surrendering his Constitutional rights. Holmseth says he was coerced into pleading no-contest, or else face un-lawful conviction via perjured testimony by police officers.

According to Holmseth, Lacoursiere joined him in a conference room at the Polk County Justice Center in Crookston, five minutes before the Jury was to seat, and told him Galstad would solicit perjured testimony from local law enforcement officers if Holmseth refused to plead no-contest.

Holmseth and his daughter, Marina Holmseth, who was also present at the meeting, assert that Lacoursiere told him Galstad knew he could not win the case at trial.

Lacoursiere told Timothy Holmseth that Galstad was going to call Detective Chris Olson, EGF PD, and Polk County Deputy Jesse Haugen, to lie on the witness stand if Holmseth persisted on having a jury trial.

Holmseth resisted the coercion and expressed he still wanted a trial. Lacoursiere continued to badger Holmseth, and told him there was plan to have him put in state prison. He told Holmseth an Alford plea would protect him.

According to the detailed complaint, the coerced plea deal set the stage for a series of failed attempts by Galstad, Lacoursiere, Lt. Rod Hajicek, and Detective Chris Olson to frame Holmseth.

On December 14, 2012 the EGF PD had become desperate to intimidate Holmseth, who had begun requesting public records and was preparing to expose the officials for misconduct.

The EGF PD obtained a Search Warrant for Holmseth’s home-office and seized his hard-drive. The hard-drive contained nothing illegal, and was taken to be used as leverage against Holmseth, so he would agree to drop his complaint against the two lawyers and police.

During the search and seizure, Detective Chris Olson rummaged through powerful legal research containing case law he found sitting out, and asked Holmseth who gave it to him.

Detective Olson asked Marina Holmseth where she worked and she provided the name of a Grand Forks restaurant. The next morning, Olson showed up at her workplace, for the first time ever, and she had to serve him.

When Timothy Holmseth retrieved his seized property, Detective Aessio Schrage boasted he had read all of Marina Holmseth’s text messages to her boyfriend.

Timothy Holmseth’s lawyer (at the time) Bruce Ringstrom Sr., advised Holmseth to obtain a lawyer to sue the police because they illegally took his daughter’s telephone and damaged his property.

Timothy Holmseth and his daughter have both offered to take polygraphs regarding the threats made by Galstad and Lacoursiere to call police officers to lie.

Updates on this matter are forthcoming.

Note: This is a press release written by Timothy Charles Holmseth in the first person.

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