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Judge Haskell will not seek re-election in SCJD

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:55 CST

Judge Bruce Haskell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the South Central Judicial District. Haskell has served as a district judge since 1995.
- Judge Haskell's Announcement Letter

Court seeks comment on SCJD judicial vacancy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:50:42 CST

The Supreme Court has issued a Notice of Consultation regarding the judicial vacancy in the South Central Judicial District that will be created by Judge Bruce Haskell not seeking re-election. Comments are due by Feb. 5.

Law grads in N.D., S.D. and Minn. see good opportunities, comparatively low debt

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:22:28 CST

G.F. Herald: "Between 2008 and 2011, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms 'vanished,' the New York Times reported. Unemployment among lawyers in some markets rose, applications to many law schools dropped."

Mont.: Great Falls rapist to serve remainder of 30-year prison sentence after Supreme Court decision

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:31:24 CST

Great Fall Tribune: "The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday said a district judge was right to send a Great Falls rapist back to prison after he violated probation by having sex with juveniles and contacting youths on social media."
- Opinion Link: Eva v. State

Minn.: Stras moves toward confirmation to federal court judgeship

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:47:12 CST

MPR News: "Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras is on the verge of being confirmed to a federal appeals court post after winning committee backing Thursday."

Job Announcement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:43:56 CST

A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Dickinson has been posted.

Dakota Datebook: Dakota Judges

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:13:27 CST

Prairie Public: "Dakota Territory boomed in the 1880s. In ten years, the population more than quadrupled to 600,000 people. This brought a need for more services, like the courts."

Minn. court: Order to unlock phone with fingerprint constitutional

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:30:38 CST

U.S. News/AP: "The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a judge's order requiring a man to provide his fingerprint to unlock his cellphone was constitutional and didn't violate his right against self-incrimination."
- Opinion Link: State v. Diamond

S Dakota judge sends 'alienation of affection' case to trial

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:20:58 CST

Courthouse News Service: "If Russell Flaum of Illinois had any inkling of illicit romance when he met Traci Hylland of South Dakota at a tennis club in Indian Wells, California, he would've been better off legally making certain they were unfaithful in California. Or Illinois. Or almost anywhere but South Dakota."

Montana State Prison opens 30-bed inpatient treatment center

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:35:48 CST

Flathead Beacon: "The Montana State Prison has opened a 30-bed chemical dependency treatment program for inmates approaching their release dates."

Job Announcement

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:14:15 CST

A job announcement for a Staff Attorney with Legal Services of North Dakota in Bismarck has been posted.

Legal Services of North Dakota receives grant from Bush Foundation

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:41:12 CST

Fargo Forum: "Legal Services of North Dakota is pleased to announce it has received a $200,000 grant from the Bush Foundation. These funds, which were awarded under Bush's Community Innovation Grant Program, are for the support and development of a cross borders Medical Legal Partnership."

U.S.: High court to consider whether lawyer can proclaim guilt over client's objection

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:51:12 CST

USA Today: "Robert McCoy said he didn't kill his estranged wife's mother, stepfather and son. His lawyer, hoping to save his life, told the jury he did. Now the Supreme Court must decide if McCoy was railroaded and deserves a new trial."

U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 17 arguments

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:55:33 CST

Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether service advisors at car dealerships are exempt from overtime pay requirements and a case on whether a defendant's lawyer may concede the defendant's guilt after the defendant explicitly instructs the lawyer to plead not guilty.
- Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro
- McCoy v. Louisiana

S.D.: Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:35:41 CST

DRG News: "The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site. The Supreme Court collection is comprised of reports of cases decided in the Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota."