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Plain Talk: Cass County prosecutor candidate talks conflict of interest and campaign, ACLU talks abortion

"My vision for the office is not centered around the courtroom," Kim Hegvik, the assistant Cass County prosecutor running to replace current State's Attorney Birch Burdick, said on this episode of Plain Talk. Also, Cody Schuler from the ACLU of North Dakota joined to discuss what our debate over the abortion question may look like going forward.

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Minot, N.D. — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned its precedents finding a right to an abortion in the U.S. Constitution, the nature of the debate over abortion has changed.

On this episode of Plain Talk, Cody Schuler, the advocacy manager for the ACLU of North Dakota, talks about how that debate has changed, and how pro-life and pro-choice Americans are going to have to work together to figure out what our policies on abortion will be going forward.

Also on this episode Kim Hegvik, an assistant state's attorney in Cass County who is running to be elected to replace current state's attorney Birch Burdick, talks about her campaign.

"My vision for the office is not centered around the courtroom," she said, which is an odd thing to hear from a lawyer running to be the top prosecutor in our state's most populous county. But she says she sees her job as beginning before matters reach the courtroom.

Hegvik talked about criminal justice reform, the perception of rising crime in Cass County, as well as some controversy over one of her fellow Cass County prosecutors beginning a romantic relationship with a member of the Fargo Police Department.

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