Expungement lawyer Lynne Torgerson obtains expungement of aggravated robbery conviction

Heartwarming story

Ms. Torgerson represented G.S. in an expungement.  At the time, G.S. was approximately 80 years old.  Early in life, he had been convicted of an aggravated robbery.  After, he led a law abiding, and exemplary, life.  He married and remained married for decades.  He had been employed for decades with a car dealership, and did all sorts of jobs for it.  He performed janitorial work.  He transported customers in a van.  He did whatever was asked of him, and was grateful for his job.  He paid off the mortgage on his home.  Indeed, how many people have you ever known who have actually paid off their mortgage.  All of his life he wanted to get this conviction off of his record.  He wanted to be free of the shame of it.  Then, came the hearing day.  A long time judge of Ramsey County District Court presided.  Ms. Torgerson made argument on behalf of Mr. G.S., and told the wonderful story of Mr. G.S.'s life.  Then, the judge announced that she was going to grant Mr. G.S.'s expungement.  With all due respect, at that time, the law really did not permit the court to grant Mr. G.S. an expungement.  However, mercy won out.  Mr. G.S. quietly shed tears of joy and relief after he heard the judge's decision.  Mr. G.S. was extremely grateful and finally felt free of his earlier conviction.  The Second Chance Law of expungements really worked in this case.  This is how justice is supposed to be administered; when necessary, not according to the letter of law.  Courts do need to grant extraordinary mercy, in equity, when the facts call for it.  Thank goodness the judge had the backbone to do the right thing.  Not long after however, Mr. G.S. discovered he had cancer, and sadly, passed.  At least however, he went free of his very old case.  God bless G.S.  May he rest in peace.

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