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County Attorney News Release

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Monica Jensen
651-438-4440

Former West St. Paul Council Member Acquitted - Hansen
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Edward Everett Hansen, age 43 of West St. Paul, was acquitted today by a Dakota County Jury of one count of Misconduct of a Public Official (a gross misdemeanor) and one count of Disorderly Conduct (a misdemeanor) in connection with allegations he was interfering with prospective buyers by claiming he would use his position at the time on the City Council to block permits the buyer would want in order to rent the property after purchasing it for an investment.  The additional count of Disorderly Conduct (a misdemeanor) alleged that Hansen verbally attacked the general contractor working on a city redevelopment project next to Hansen’s home. 

Backstrom commented: “As with any criminal case, the available evidence is presented to a jury who must conclude whether proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the elements of the crime exists.  In this matter, the jury concluded we had not met this high burden of proof.”

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.