St. Paul, MN ( --- 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