Michael LaCoursiere, prosecutor, Red Lake County, has been named as defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in United States District Court.
LaCoursiere was served with a copy of the formal complaint by the U.S. Marshals Office on September 30, 2014.
According to the Complaint, in 2012, when LaCoursiere was employed by the Minnesota Public Defender’s Office, he conspired with East Grand Forks (EGF) City Attorney Ronald Galstad, EGFPD detective Rodney Hajicek, and several others, to violate the constitutional rights of Timothy Charles Holmseth, journalist/author, East Grand Forks.
According to Holmseth, LaCoursiere told him if continued to demand a jury trial, Galstad was going to call EGFPD officer Chris Olson, and Polk County Sheriff’s deputy Jesse Haugen to lie on the witness stand to obtain a wrongful conviction. “[Galstad and the cops] want you in St. Cloud (state prison)”, LaCoursiere repeatedly told Holmseth.
Holmseth became a target after he conducted interviews with key figures in the national profile cases regarding the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping and Caylee Anthony child murder. He was contacted by the Minneapolis FBI and asked for copies of some of his interviews. During his interviews he also learned the key figures in the child kidnapping and murder cases were business partners with Scott W. Rothstein, who is now serving a 50 year federal prison sentence for operating the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of state of Florida – $1.4 Billion.
According to the Complaint, the Rothstein associates first made contact with EGF officials in 2009 and began seeking special favors, which they received.
Holmseth, an award-winning news reporter, was charged with violating a ‘domestic violence protection order’ issued against him in a Broward County, Florida Divorce Court by a person he had never met. The Florida court order required Holmseth retroactively remove content from the Web he had lawfully published after conducting recorded interviews with law enforcement’s suspects in the kidnapping of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings.
The Complaint asserts the City of EGF, EGFPD officers, and Ronald Galstad conspired with Rothstein’s business partners to fraudulently obtain the domestic violence protection order from a Florida court, to shut down Holmseth’s publication.
The Complaint alleges the City of EGF, EDHA Director James Richter, Ronald Galstad, and others are in violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for their involvement with Rothstein’s group; while simultaneously operating a continuing criminal enterprise in East Grand Forks called Boardwalk Enterprises LLP.