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County attorney's actions questioned

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A complaint has been filed against Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom for a chain of e-mails that played a role in a defense witness' decision to not testify at a murder trial.

Backstrom denies any wrongdoing in the case.

The case was at trial in November 2008 and involved Nicole Beecroft, who was accused of stabbing her newborn daughter more than 100 times.

Backstrom did not prosecute the case, which was contested in Washington County.

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