Steve Schleicher, attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, was interviewed for a February 20, 2017, segment titled, "Judge, Attorneys who Convinced Heinrich to Confess in Wetterling Case Reveal Strategy," on KSTP-TV's 5 Eyewitness News at 10. The segment discusses the legal strategy behind solving "one of the biggest mysteries in Minnesota"—the Jacob Wetterling case.
Steve served as attorney on the Special Prosecution Team "formed three years ago to handle the most complex crimes for the U.S. Attorney's Office." The team ultimately negotiated a confession from Danny Heinrich to the kidnapping, assault, and murder of Jacob Wetterling—a secret Heinrich had kept for 27 years. "It was a very emotional experience, from being there where the remains were located to sitting across from him in court, to asking him those questions and interviewing him in jail," Steve said during the interview.
To watch the full segment, go to: KSTP-TV—"Judge, Attorneys who Convinced Heinrich to Confess in Wetterling Case Reveal Strategy."
Steve is a member of Maslon's Litigation Group and an experienced trial lawyer. He concentrates his work on high stakes civil litigation and products liability cases as well as investigative and white-collar criminal matters. Steve has 21 years' experience as a trial lawyer, having spent his career as a prosecuting attorney before joining Maslon. A former federal prosecutor, he worked for 13 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office, serving as the Deputy Criminal Chief of the Special Prosecution Section (2014-2016) and as the St. Paul Branch Chief. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Steve worked at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and Winona County Attorney's Office. In 2016, he served as a prosecutor on the Jacob Wetterling case and was recognized as an "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer for his dedicated work.