Last Place owner Jim Carlson not testifying in federal court

By KBJR News 1

Last Place owner Jim Carlson not testifying in federal court

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Jim Carlson, owner of the controversial Last Place on Earth along Superior Street in Duluth, will not take the stand to testify in the federal case against him.

Lava Haugen and Joe Gellerman who are also facing charges in federal court will not be taking the stand either.

The defense team said they made the decision to preserve the fifth amendment rights of the three defendants.

Today in court, the defense team called two final witnesses to testify in the federal case against Carlson for the sale of synthetics at his head shop.

The charging conference will begin as soon as that testimony has concluded.

Carlson faces 55 counts in relation with the sale of what he and his defense team call "legal incense" and prosecutors refer to as illegal synthetic drugs.

Closing arguments are expected on Wednesday.

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

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