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Synthetic drug defendants want new trial

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for three people convicted in a synthetic drug case in northeastern Minnesota have filed for a new trial.

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Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis say judicial rulings during the defendants' trial unfairly limited defense evidence, so they deserve a new trial.

Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson was found guilty earlier this month on 51 charges, including dealing in misbranded drugs as well as conspiracy. Carlson's girlfriend, Lava Haugen was convicted of four counts and his son, Joseph Gellerman, was found guilty of two charges.

The Duluth News Tribune says the motion also claims Judge David Doty improperly instructed jurors on several points, including the law regarding analogue drugs and labeling violations.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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