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Cass administrator wants evidence suppressed in assault case

Keith Berndt

Cass County Administrator Keith Berndt’s lawyer also notified the court this week that he would offer a motion to suppress evidence obtained by the prosecution that points to “incidents that may be viewed as ‘other bad acts’ ” involving Berndt.

Berndt faces two fifth-degree misdemeanor domestic assault charges stemming from an incident at his Moorhead home about 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 involving a minor, according to Moorhead police and court records.

Other alleged incidents have been discovered by prosecutor Pamela Harris and are referred to vaguely in court records.

One involved an incident in 2013 after a dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and another took place on New Year’s Eve.

Berndt’s attorney, Jade Rosenfeldt of the Vogel Law Firm, notified the court Monday that he would move to exclude that evidence from a trial.

“Any other incidents that may be viewed as ‘other bad acts’ ” should also be suppressed, Rosenfeldt wrote.

Berndt was a Cass County engineer for almost two decades before he was named administrator in 2011.

Just a few months after that promotion, he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Otter Tail County, Minn. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a suspended jail sentence.

A settlement conference is planned for Aug. 28 and a jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Adrian Glass-Moore at (701) 241-5599

Adrian Glass-Moore

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