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  • Why So Many Questions Remain In Princes Death

    Apr 19, 2018

    Joe Tamburino, who is not affiliated with the Prince case, says that until someone talks, it won’t be known how Prince came into possession of drugs laced with fentanyl (2:41). WCCO 4 News At Noon – April 19, 2018

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  • Prince death investigation criminal charging decision to be announced

    Apr 19, 2018

    CHASKA, Minn. (KMSP) - Prosecutors in Minnesota will make an announcement Thursday on whether or not anyone will be criminally charged in the April 21, 2016 death of music icon Prince at his Paisley Park estate. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz has called an 11:30 a.m. CT news conference for Thursday, April 19.

    Prince was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. A 911 call placed at 9:43 a.m. that day informed the dispatcher, "Yes, it's Prince." Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

    Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. A toxicology report recently obtained by the Associated Press revealed the 57-year-old had an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died.

    Last month, a Carver County judge ordered the partial release of documents in Prince’s death investigation to his siblings, specifically the documents related to his drug overdose in Moline, Illinois days before his fatal overdose at Paisley Park. The statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit in Illinois expires two years after a death, giving his heirs a deadline of April 21.

    In October 2016, a court order extended the seal on the search warrants and accompanying documents involved in the Prince death investigation until April 17, 2017. On that date, those documents were unsealed and made public.

    The search warrants and affidavits show which drugs were recovered from Paisley Park, which drugs Prince may have been using, where he got them from, and who he got them from. But the documents don’t reveal the big missing piece in the criminal investigation: Where did Prince get the fentanyl that killed him?

    According to the search warrants, Carver County Sheriff’s investigators and the DEA searched Paisley Park and the mobile phone records of Prince’s associates, as well as email accounts used by Prince and his associates in an effort to find the source of the fentanyl.

    PRINCE DIDN’T HAVE ANY PRESCRIPTIONS: According to the court documents, Prince didn’t have a prescription for any of the drugs found at Paisley Park. Investigators learned his longtime friend and business associate, Kirk Johnson, was known to have contacted Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg to help Prince with treating his hip pain. Dr. Schulenberg met with Prince and prescribed him clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam, which were filled on April 20 at Walgreen’s on County Road 101 in Minnetonka.

    DRUGS FOUND AT PAISLEY PARK: According to the search warrants, investigators recovered a wide range of drugs from Paisley Park – but most were mislabeled and none were prescribed to Prince. The following drugs were itemized in the court documents:

    15 white capsules numbered 853 found in the second floor dressing room on the east side.

    CVS Pharmacy bottle in the name of Kirk Johnson, labeled Vitamin D2, containing 7 green capsules with 194 imprint, 8 orange oval pills located in a “mirror room” inside a suitcase. Pill imprint 194 is associated with Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) .

    Bayer bottle with 64 1/4 white pills with Watson 853. Watson 853 is an imprint on generic pills that contain acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate.

    CVS Pharmacy bottle in the name of Kirk Johnson containing ondasentron HCl, an anti-nausea medication typically prescribed to chemotherapy patients. The bottle contained 10 white pills with the inscription A-349 and one orange pill with the inscription No. 8. Pills with A-349 are associated with acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride, and orange pills with No. 8 are ondasentron.

    Aleve bottle with 20 1/2 white pills labeled Watson 853, an imprint on generic pills that contain acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate.

    Investigators also recovered a “Recovery Without Walls” pamphlet recovered the Purple Rain room. Recovery Without Walls is a California-based prescription drug and alcohol addiction program run by Dr. Howard Kornfeld.

    TREATMENT PROGRAM: According to the court documents, Andrew Kornfeld was at Paisley Park when police arrived at the death scene. He had arrived in Minneapolis that morning to meet with Prince. His father, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, arranged for him to come in his place to meet with Prince “to discuss concerns, determine if Prince was a candidate for their program and determine if he was willing to participate in their program.”

    Kornfeld told detectives that he had drugs in his backpack to help Prince, but would not have administered them without a doctor present. He said his father was unaware that he had brought the drugs.

    KIRK JOHNSON'S PRESCRIPTION PICK-UPS: According to court documents, Kirk Johnson went to Walgreen’s and picked up Prince’s prescription medication, prescribed in his name. He told investigators this was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince. During a search warrant executed at Paisley Park on April 21, the day Prince was found dead, a suitcase was found in Prince’s bedroom next to his bed. The suitcase contained prescription pill bottles in the name of Kirk Johnson, and a closer examination of those pill bottles revealed that not all the pills inside the containers were the pills listed on the prescription. The medications were prescribed by Dr. Schulenberg.

    Johnson, however, denies any role in Prince's overdose death, with his attorney releasing a statement to Fox 9 saying, "After reviewing the search warrants and affidavits released today, we believe that it is clear that Kirk Johnson did not secure nor supply the drugs which caused Prince's death."

    DOCTOR TRIED TO PROTECT PRINCE'S PRIVACY: Carver County investigators and the DEA learned that Prince had no prescriptions issued to him and that Kirk Johnson had only one, oxycodone, which was prescribed on April 14 by Dr. Schulenberg, the same doctor who was at the scene of Paisley Park the day Prince died. Dr. Schulenberg admitted in a statement to a detective that he had given Prince a prescription for oxycodone the same day as an emergency plane landing in Moline, Illinois, but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson’s name for Prince’s privacy.

    He pushed back against those police reports Monday, with his attorney releasing the following statement:

    There are no restrictions on Dr. Schulenberg’s medical license, and contrary to headlines and media reports published in the wake of today’s unsealing of search warrants relating to the investigation, Dr. Schulenberg never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince.

    EMERGENCY LANDING: Investigators learned Prince had “passed out” during a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis on Thursday April 15, 2016 into Friday, April 16, 2016 after a concert in Atlanta. Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing at the airport in Moline, Illinois. According to one of the witnesses interviewed, Prince admitted to taking one to two “pain pills”.

    PRINCE DIDN’T OWN A CELL PHONE: One of Prince’s bodyguards told investigators that Prince had once owned a cell phone, but that after his cell phone was hacked into and a lot of his personal information was stolen, “Prince became leery of storing his information on the phone and stopped carrying a cell phone and began sending emails.”

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  • Controversial DNA testing technique used in Feldman murder case

    Apr 11, 2018

    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The recent arrest in the brutal 2015 murder of a Minnesota native in Arizona centers around a controversial DNA technology.

    When Scottsdale, Arizona police kept running into dead ends in the murder case of Excelsior native, Allison Feldman, her family pushed them to use a new DNA technique, called familial DNA testing, to find her killer.

    Tuesday, police arrested 42-year-old Ian Mitcham as the suspect in Feldman's death. They linked his DNA found at the crime scene to his brother who was already in prison for a different crime.

    “The Y chromosome shows that it’s a male, so they knew that whoever the sample came from it came from a male,” said University of Minnesota human genetics Professor William Oetting.

    Prof. Oetting says DNA testing is nothing new, but it's being used more in law enforcement and that's become controversial.

    “Once you have a partial match and you think that it’s a member of the family, now every member of that family becomes a suspect and every member of that family needs to be tested,” said Oetting.

    In Minnesota, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension used familial DNA testing several years ago solve a cold case in Duluth. BCA Superintendent Drew Evans says police departments do not use the method frequently.

    “This is a technology that is very time intensive it wouldn’t be efficient to utilize this technology in every single case," said Evans.

    The technology also raises questions about data privacy. In Allison Feldman's case, the suspect had been arrested a month before her murder for a DUI, so police had his blood sample on file.

    Criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino says there could be concerns from a legal standpoint.

    “His brother might come in with his attorney and say ‘Hey wait a minute, that’s my privacy—I have privacy in my own genetic make-up,’" said Tamburino.

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  • Attorney Joe Tamburino Joins The Paul & Jordana Show

    Jan 3, 2018 Attorney Joe Tamburino joins the Paul & Jordana show to discuss some of the legal cases this week, including the class action lawsuit filed against Apple, and criminal charges for a dogs behavior.
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  • Attorney Joe Tamburino Talks Title IX and Downtown Crime.

    Oct 3, 2017 Attorney Joe Tamburino joins Esme Murphy to discuss some of the legal cases this week, including Title IX, and downtown crime cases. View Source [+]
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  • Joe Tamburino, Caplan and Tamburino

    Sep 19, 2017

    Attorney Joe Tamburino joins Esme Murphy to discuss some of the biggest legal cases this week, including a woman who was put on probation for her actions on a Delta flight, the conviction of Michelle Carter for her role in her boyfriend’s suicide, and a woman who was arrested for killing officer William Mathers with her car.

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  • Attorney Joe Caplan Talks Danny Hecker Being Released Early

    Jul 17, 2017 Jordana Green speaks with Attorney Joe Caplan about Danny Hecker being released early from Federal Prison. View Source [+]
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  • Yanez Trial: Not Guilty

    Jun 30, 2017 Yanez Trial: Not Guilty
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  • Attorney Criticizes Handling of Weapons Arsenal Arrest Case

    Jun 10, 2017 Attorney Criticizes Handling of Weapons Arsenal Arrest Case
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  • Jury Selection To Begin Tuesday In Trial Of Officer Charged In Castile Shooting

    May 29, 2017 Jury Selection To Begin Tuesday In Trial Of Officer Charged In Castile Shooting
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  • Jury Selection to Begin Tuesday in Yanez Trial

    May 29, 2017 Jury Selection to Begin Tuesday in Yanez Trial
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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Criminal Sexual Conduct Case on Fox9 News

    May 23, 2017 Joe Tamburino Discusses Criminal Sexual Conduct Case on Fox9 News
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  • Joe Tamburino Leads Panel Discussion on Crime in Downtown Minneapolis

    Mar 21, 2017 Joe Tamburino Leads Panel Discussion on Crime in Downtown Minneapolis
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  • Attorney Tamburino Weighs in on Edina Google Searches

    Mar 17, 2017

    Search warrant on Edina Google searches could have big implications

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  • Attorney Tamburino Speaks on Castile's Former Girlfriend's Court Appearance

    Mar 6, 2017 Castile’s Former Girlfriend Makes 1st Court Appearance In Hammer Assault
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  • Esme Murphy Discusses Joe Caplan's Counsel

    Sep 24, 2016 Joe Caplan was on the radio with Esme Murphy on September 24, 2016. Listen to the kind words she has to say about Joe's counsel! View Source [+]
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  • Attorney Joe Tamburino Discusses Jesse Ventura Civil Verdict

    Jun 14, 2016 John speaks with local attorney Joe Tamburino about the Jesse Ventura civil verdict being reversed. View Source [+]
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  • Attorney Joe Tamburino Joins WCCO's Jordana Green to Take a Look at the Bill Cosby Sexual Misconduct Case

    May 24, 2016 Radio host Jordana Green interviews Lawyer Joe Tamburino about the recent Bill Cosby sexual misconduct case, they discuss the possible punishment the comedian could be facing. View Source [+]
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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Jacob Wetterling Case

    Feb 22, 2016

    In a recent newstory on Fox 9 (KMSP), Joe Tamburino of Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. was interviewed regarding the case of Jacob Wetterling.

    According to Tamburino, it is not out-of-ordinary that the case has taken so long to go to trial.

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  • Joe Tamburino Talks About the Italian Film Festival

    Feb 10, 2016

    Joe Tamburino talks with radio host John Williams about the Italian Film Festival coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 18th at St. Anthony's on Main St. Joe is on the Board of the Italian Cultural Center, and is heavily involved in the film festival every year.

    Joe also discusses a new city ordinance that prohibitst 3 or more people from standing together on any sidewalk or street.

    (Interview starts at 9:45)

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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses "Vodka Swigging Speeder"

    Feb 7, 2016

    Radio host Roshini Rajkumar interviews Joe Tamburino about Marie J. Hall, now know as the "Vodka Swigging Speeder", and why she was charged with 3rd degree murder.

    Joe also discusses how to prevent a DWI arrest for yourself and your family and friends.

    (Interview starts at 9:00)

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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Bill Cosby Case

    Feb 1, 2016 Moose talks with attorney Joe Tamburnino in regards to the email Bill Cosby received stating he would not be prosecuted for the deposition he gave back in 2005.
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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Statute of Limitations Case

    Nov 3, 2015 Attorney Joe Tamburino appeared on WCCO Channel 4 News to discuss statute of limitations in a high profile kidnapping case.
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  • Joe Tamburino Comments on Use of Public Funds Case

    Sep 16, 2015 CBS Minnesota features Joe Tamburino commenting on a Mpls. Officer and father accused of using public tax dollars for personal gain.
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  • Attorney Tamburino Provides Insight into Case of Peeping Tom

    Sep 15, 2015 Joe Tamburino appeared on WCCO-TV 4 News to discuss the case of a peeping tom with a lengthy criminal record of similar charges. Tamburino shares his insight on the case and invasion of privacy charges.
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  • Attorney Tamburino Discusses Neighbor Murder Case on WCCO TV News

    Aug 11, 2015 Joe Tamburino appeared on WCCO TV News to discuss a high profile case involving a New Brighton man charged with killing his neighbor. Tamburino speaks about the case and the element of self-defense.
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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Sandra Bland Case on WCCO Radio

    Jul 23, 2015 Attorney Joe Tamburino appeared on WCCO Radio on July 22, 2015 discussing the Sandra Bland case with radio host John Williams. Tune in at 1:48 to begin listening to the segment!
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  • Joe Tamburino Discusses Online Sting Case & Sentence

    Jul 15, 2015 Attorney Joe Tamburino appears on Fox 9 to share his insight on criminal sentencing in a case involving a sex offender who was arrested in an online sting.
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  • Attorney Tamburino Discusses Terror Suspect's Weapons Violation

    Jul 9, 2015 Attorney Joe Tamburino appears on CBS Minnesota to discuss a high profile case involving a local terror suspect accused of hiding a a box cutter at a halfway house.
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  • CBS Podcast Features Attorney Tamburino

    Jul 9, 2015 Attorney Tamburino appeared on a CBS Minnesota podcast to discuss the legal elements of a fatal stabbing case involving self-defense in Wisconsin. The case involved two fishermen who were involved in an altercation that ended with one man getting fatally stabbed.
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  • New DWI Laws to Take Effect August 1, 2015

    Jun 29, 2015 Attorney Joe Tamburino makes an appearance on WCCO Radio to discuss the impending reform to DWI law, which will take effect on August 1, 2015. The new law will lower the legal limit from .20 to .16 blood-alcohol content. Anyone found driving with a blood-alcohol content of .16 after August 1 can be charged with a gross misdemeanor.
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