Last Place Remains Closed Following Court Hearing

By KBJR News 1

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The attorney who represents the Last Place on Earth was in State District court in Duluth Tuesday arguing against an order that closed the store down on Friday of last week.

Attorney Randall Tigue argued that the restraining order keeping the store closed should be lifted because a Federal Magistrate said this week that the penalty for selling synthetics in Duluth without a license should, at most, be a fine.

Judge Shawn Floerke said he wants to consider that argument and asked for a transcript from yesterday's Federal court hearing.

City Attorneys argued that the synthetics sold at Last Place pose a serious danger to the community.

They asked Judge Floerke to extend the temporary restraining order and keep the shop closed.

"They'll tell any lie, they'll break any rules, they'll break any laws, make any bogus representations to the court they have to get him shut down. They have an end justify the means mentality that I believe is far more dangerous than Jim Carlson could ever be," said Tigue.

The court listened to both sides and took the matter under advisement until Judge Floerke gets a chance to go over the transcripts from yesterday's Federal hearing.

Randal Tigue says Jim Carlson is not going to re-open the store until Judge Floerke makes his ruling.

Tigue said he doesn't want to be in violation of the restraining order which will be in effect until the judge makes his ruling.

Elsa Robins