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Two finalists named for Northwest judge vacancy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:42:05 CST

Benjamen J. Johnson of Tioga and Deanna F. Longtin of Williston have been named by the Judicial Nominating Committee as finalists to fill the Northwest Judicial District vacancy created by the resignation of District Judge David Nelson.

Joint Procedure Committee Jan. 26-27 agenda

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:13:48 CST

The agenda for the Jan. 26-27 meeting of the Joint Procedure Committee and the committee's Sept. 29-30, 2016, minutes have been posted. The committee continues to seek comment on proposed amendments to N.D.R.Civ.P. 26 related to expert disclosures and reports.
- Request for comment on proposed discovery rule change

N.D. may end life without parole sentences for juveniles

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:25:55 CST

Bismarck Tribune: "A bill heard Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee would cap the maximum sentence for anyone under 18 at life in prison with the chance to go before a parole board."

U.S.: Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:36:47 CST

ABC News/AP: "In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups."

Appeals court upholds provisional release of man from Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:18:35 CST

MPR News/AP: "The state Court of Appeals upheld a judicial panel's decision to provisionally release a man from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, saying Tuesday that the evidence supports the panel's findings, despite conflicting expert opinions on the matter."
- Opinion Text: Matter of Lee

New Order Jan. 18

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:06:39 CST

The Supreme Court posted a new order on Jan. 18.

Jerome J. Mack 1926-2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:17:06 CST

Longtime Grand Forks attorney Jerome "Jerry" J. Mack, 90, died Jan. 13. He graduated from the U.N.D. School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1957. Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.18, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks.
- Jerome J. Mack Attorney Record
- Funeral Home

Three felons with North Dakota ties receive clemency from President Obama

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:35:00 CST

G.F. Herald: "Three drug offenders with North Dakota ties had their sentences commuted or pardoned by President Barack Obama on Tuesday in his latest round of such measures that have largely been taken for nonviolent drug offenders."

U.S. Supreme Court opinion: Jan. 18

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:10:46 CST

The United States Supreme Court has released an opinion in a case on federal court jurisdiction to sue the Federal National Mortgage Association.
- Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp.

Minn.: Court upholds order for fingerprint to unlock cellphone

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:29:31 CST

Rochester Post Bulletin/AP: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals says that a man's right against self-incrimination was not violated when a judge ordered him to provide his fingerprint to unlock a cellphone."
- Opinion Text: State v. Diamond

S.D.: Ruling could fast track case to U.S. Supreme Court

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:26:13 CST

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that a lawsuit requiring out-of-state Internet companies to remit sales taxes to the South Dakota Department of Revenue should be heard in state court."

Report: Criminal justice reform could save Montana $70M

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:31:36 CST

KTVH News: "A new report from a national nonprofit organization says reforms to Montana's criminal justice system could save the state nearly $70 million by 2023."

Investiture of Judge Troy LeFevre - The January 13, 2017, photos

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:23 CST

Judge Troy LeFevre was formally installed as a judge of the Southeast Judicial District in an investiture ceremony on Jan. 13 at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. He won election to replace Judge Thomas Merrick, who retired Dec. 31, 2016. Here are the photos.
- Judge LeFevre Biography

Thomas F. Murtha 1934-2017

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:23:45 CST

Longtime attorney Thomas F. Murtha, 82, of Dickinson, died Jan. 15. He was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1966 after law office study and was still a licensed attorney at the time of his death. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Dickinson.
- Thomas F. Murtha Attorney Record
- Funeral Home

U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 18 arguments

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:52:54 CST

Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether disparaging trademarks can be registered and a case involving civil rights claims made by non-citizens who were detained after the Sept. 11 attacks.
- Lee v. Tam
- Ziglar v. Abbasi