Marybeth Dorn was the Ramsey County District Probate Judge who in December 2008, signed the order to continue the involuntary electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) and neuroleptic drugging of Ray.

Marybeth Dorn is judge who continued forced electroshock of Ray SandfordName: Marybeth Dorn, Ramsey County District Probate Judge

City/State:  St. Paul, Minnesota

Marybeth Dorn was the Ramsey County District Probate Judge who, in
December 2008, ordered to continue forced electroshock (also called ECT or electroconvulsive therapy) and neuroleptic drugging of Ray.

The December hearing in Region’s Hospital basement, according to eye witnesses, was inherently unfair. The court-appointed attorney did not call any expert witness who would support Ray’s position to end forced electroshock. Individuals present who were willing to testify in support of Ray were not called.

Public position on Ray Sandford’s forced outpatient electroshock: Signed order for Ray’s forced electroshock.

Public position in general on outpatient involuntary electroshock over expressed wishes of subject: Signed order for forced electroshock.

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Please write a letter to, or leave a phone message for, Marybeth Dorn, explaining how powerless and poorly represented Ray was.

Ramsey County Courthouse
15 West Kellogg Boulevard, 17th Floor
St Paul, MN 55102 USA

Phone: (651) 266-8266

More information about Marybeth Dorn:

Teresa R. Warner is the Ramsey County District probate Judge who on June 18, 2008, signed the initial order for forced ECT and neuroleptic drugging of Ray. Because of MindFreedom’s campaign on behalf of Ray, he was granted a new hearing in December 2008, and Marybeth Dorn was the judge that time. She ruled against him.

Both judge’s positions are elected.

However, Ms. Dorn was appointed in July 2002 by Governor Jesse Ventura. Her current term expires 2010, when she would face re-election if she chooses to run.

Salary: $118,141/ year


  • Judge- Ramsey County District Court, 2002-present
  • Referee (Family Court Division)- Hennepin County District Court, 1987-2002
  • Partner- Pepin, Dayton, Herman, Graham and Getts, 1982-1987
  • Partner- Sutcliffe and Swanson, 1978-1982
  • Law Clerk- Hennepin County District Court, 1977-1978

Community Activities:

  • Board Member- Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Trainer- Hennepin County DASC Volunteer Program
  • Former Hennepin County Family Court Guardian ad Litem
  • Former volunteer- Chrysalis
  • Former volunteer- Hennepin County Bar (Association Family Court Settlement Program)

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

Dorn has taught several courses on family law and courtroom procedures and processes.


Shorter profile info from other source:

Shoreview. Bethel College, St. Paul (B.A., 1968); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976)

private practice (1978–87); referee, Hennepin County District Court (1987–2002). Appointed July 1, 2002; elected 2004.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.