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Chief justice calls corrections reform 'the right thing to do'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:33:47 CDT

Bismarck Tribune: "The state's top jurist said a package of corrections bills signed by the governor this week was more than fiscally savvy. 'It is not only money, it is the right thing to do,' said Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court."

U.S. Supreme Court April 24 arguments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:56:01 CDT

Monday, the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in a case on whether an indigent defendant has a right to an expert witness independent from the prosecution and a case on procedural bars to ineffective assistance of counsel claims.
- McWilliams v. Dunn
- Davila v. Davis

U.S. Supreme Court April 25 rguments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:55:21 CDT

Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases case on long arm jurisdiction in state court.
- BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California

U.S. Supreme Court April 26 arguments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:59:06 CDT

Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in a case under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and in a case on whether a naturalized American citizen have her citizenship revoked for making an immaterial false statement in her naturalization application.
- Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc.
- Maslenjak v. United States

8th Circuit decides N.D. case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:05:19 CDT

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed the district court's rejection of a sentence reduction request in a North Dakota drug case.
- United States v. Cossette

Mont.: US Supreme Court won't intervene in special election

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:34 CDT

NBC Montana News/AP: "The ballot for Montana's special congressional election is set after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by three minor party and independent candidates who want to run in next month's race."

S.D.: Though supervising fewer offenders, SB 70 leaves court services busier than ever

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:35:29 CDT

Mitchell Daily Republic: "With fewer probationers on average to supervise, local court services officers have found room to breathe. In South Dakota's First Judicial Circuit, which includes Davison County, court services officers last year supervised 20 percent fewer probationers on average."

Job Announcement

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:15:58 CDT

A job announcement for a City Attorney for the City of Dickinson has been posted.

Notice of Judicial Vacancies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:15 CDT

The Judicial Nominating Committee has received letters from Governor Doug Burgum convening the committee to screen applicants and submit a list of nominees to fill two judgeships: one in the Northeast Judicial District and one in the Southeast Judicial District. Applications are due May 1.

Moody M. Farhart 1926-2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:59:22 CDT

Longtime Minot attorney Moody M. Farhart died April 17. He was a UND School of Law graduate and was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1959. The funeral service is at 10:30 on Monday, April 24, at the Oliver Nathan Funeral Chapel in Valley City.
- Moody M. Farhart Attorney Record
- Funeral Home

New ND law makes all juveniles eligible for release from prison

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:15:10 CDT

G.F. Herald: "A new law signed by the governor on Monday will give all convicted juveniles - regardless the crime - an opportunity for release from prison. House Bill 1195 allows long-serving inmates, who were sentenced as kids, to apply for release after 20 years."
- HB 1195 Bill Actions

Justice reform bills pass the Legislature

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:16:18 CDT

Bismarck Tribune: "A set of bills meant to reform the state corrections system has passed the Legislature. The four bills target different aspects of the criminal justice system, including sentencing, supervision and behavioral health services."

Chief Justice makes funding plea for MN courts

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:29:09 CDT

MPR News: "The chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court is urging state lawmakers to provide adequate funding for the state court system. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea testified Thursday during a conference committee hearing."

SD Supreme Court upholds sentence in killing of cab driver

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:18:59 CDT

U.S. News/AP: "The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld concurrent 200-year sentences against a Pierre man who was 14 when he killed a cab driver more than two decades ago."
- Opinion Text: State v. Jensen

Mont.: US Supreme Court asked to intervene in special election

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:21:31 CDT

NBC Montana News: "Three minor party and independent candidates who want to run in Montana's special congressional election are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene."