Judge denies motion for new trial in federal case against Jim Carlson

By KBJR News 1

Judge denies motion for new trial in federal case against Jim Carlson

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A judge has denied a motion for a new trial in the federal case against Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth in Duluth.

Back in October, attorneys had filed for a new trial arguing that Carlson and Lava Haugen, an employee at Last Place on Earth, were entitled to a new trial because of alleged errors made by Judge David S. Doty during the three-week trial.

Judge Doty today signed the order to deny the motion for a new trial as well as denying a motion for acquittal for Carlson saying evidence presented during the trial was "more than sufficient" to support the convictions.

On October 7th, a jury convicted Carlson of 51 of 55 federal charges related to synthetic drug sales. Charges against Carlson included Conspiracy to Commit Offense against the United States, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Money Laundering.

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Carlson.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com