Teresa R. Warner is the Ramsey County District Probate Judge who on June 18, 2008, signed the order for involuntary electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) and neuroleptic drugging of Ray Sandford.

Teresa R. Warner is the judge who ordered Ray Sandford's foced electroshockName: Teresa R. Warner, Ramsey County District Probate Judge

City/State:  St. Paul, Minnesota

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray’s human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.


Please note that according to the judge’s assistant, because of rotation by the 29 judges there Judge Warner is not  involved in mental health cases during the near future. Judge Warner may or may not be involved in mental health cases in the more distant future.

Please write and/or leave a phone message for Ms. Warner pointing out the lack of adequate legal representation for people like Ray.

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

Phone: (651) 266-8223

More information about Teresa R. Warner:

While Ms. Warner signed the initial order for Ray’s forced electroshock on 18 June 2008, Marybeth Dorn was the Ramsey County District Probate Judge who in December 2008 ordered to continue this forced electroshock.

For information on Ms. Dorn see this page:


Both judges make a salary of $118,141/ year

Teresa Warner is donor to Allina, which forcibly electroshocks Ray Sandford

Ms. Warner gave over $100 to Allina, c/o Allina’s United Hospital Foundation, in 2002. Allina is the owner of Mercy hospital that forcibly shocks Ray and employs Ray’s psychiatrists. Ms. Warner has been a member of Allina’s “1855 club,” who are donors who have given between $100 and $249 annually.

Ms. Warner is involved with other controversies.

According to the Minnesota Court Reform Organization, Warner also participated in another controversial case of state intrusion in Minnesota. Critics say that Warner unnecessarily ordered children to be permanently separated from their mother after the mother objected to an order requiring them to visit their dangerous father and the father then assaulted her child. The mother was even jailed so she would comply. Critics said the case had overtones of racism, sexism, and acts of official corruption against the mother.

Warner is also now the presiding over the controversial trial of the RNC8, arrested for protesting during the Republican National Convention in 2008.

Teresa Warner’s background:

Appointed by Governor Arne Carlson in 1998. Elected in 2000 and 2006. Current term expires in 2013, when she would face re-election if she chooses to run.


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1986
  • B.A., cum laude, St. Mary’s University (Winona), 1981


  1. Assistant County Attorney- Washington County, 1988-1998
  2. Associate Attorney- Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, 1986-1988

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Community Activities:

  • St. Mary’s University Alumni Association
  • Northeast YMCA
  • Girl Scouts

source: http://www.mncourts.gov/?page=JudgeBio_v2&ID=30308

Shorter profile info from other source:

Teresa R. Warner, White Bear Lake. St. Mary’s University (B.A., cum laude, 1981); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1986); private practice (1985–88); assistant Washington County attorney (1988–98). Appointed January 26, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Articles apparently not available on Internet:

  • “Interview with Judge Warner” by Lodin, Lisa D.; 10 THE BARRISTER [Ramsey County Bar Association] 3 (No. 6, June 1998)
  • “Short Guide to Practice Before the Hennepin County Referees [Cochrane; Daly; Dorn; Dunham; Eagon; Edblom; Falk; Fridgen; Gallant; Gilles; Haeg; Henschel; Iijima; Kruger; Laventman; Ledray; Little; Mack; Meade; Moehn; Nordstrom; Schumacher; Wolfson]” by Shoemaker, Paul F.; 64 HENNEPIN LAWYER 8 (No. 5, May-June 1995)
  • “Profiles of the Bench: Newest Ramsey County District Court Judges [Cleary; Dorn; Higgs; Leary]” by Frederickson, Roger; 14 THE BARRISTER [Ramsey County Bar Association] 1 (No. 11, December 2002)


Judge Profile at:


Allina United Hospital Foundation Report, 2002:


Minnesota Court Reform: Minnesota Injustice True Horror Cases:

Spin cycle: Attorneys trade barbs in RNC Eight cases, By Paul Demko, 2/25/09:

“Terrorizing Dissent” Video about the RNC8,

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.