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ST. PAUL -- It was a serious Minnesota Supreme Court hearing that some say could lead to justices interfering with power the state Constitution gives only to the Legislature.

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Justice Paul Anderson grilled the Legislature's attorney about whether a valid voter photo ID could come from private Macalester College, where he graduated.

Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea quickly interjected:

"I think we can say for the record that an ID issued by the University of Minnesota Morris is more valid," proclaimed Gildea, a Morris graduate and former attorney for the university.

The comment drew rare laugher from the high court audience.

Later, one of the attorneys said that he was forced to show a photo ID when appearing in a Kansas City court.

"If the Legislature would give us more money, we could require photo ID with a law license," Gildea deadpanned.

Throughout the hearing, justices stopped attorneys from answering questions so they could fit in more questions.

Justice Barry Anderson: "I don't mean to interrupt you, he said as he interrupted you."

No one offered a theory about why the justices were in an abnormally light mood.

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