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Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:42:40 CST
"Judges are not ferrets."
- Linrud v. Linrud, 552 N.W.2d 342 (N.D. 1996).
- Other appellate practice tips

8th Circuit issues opinion in N.D. case
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:10:03 CST
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a district court's denial of a motion seeking a psychological examination and competency hearing in a North Dakota drug case.
- United States v. Dahl

Still a need for forensic artwork in law enforcement
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:51:11 CST
Dickinson Press: "When a 'person of interest' was recently named in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago, a smudgy, black and white sketch from that time was pushed back into our collective consciousness. The artist's rendering, first made public in late 1989, depicted a man who had abducted and sexually assaulted a boy in Cold Spring, Minn., almost 10 months before 11-year-old Jacob disappeared."

U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1 arguments
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:50:05 CST
Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the Securities Exchange Act gives federal courts exclusive jurisdiction over state law claims based on violations of the act and a case on whether the statute of limitations is subject to equitable tolling under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act."
- Merrill Lynch v. Manning
- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States

U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 2 arguments
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:51:40 CST
Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 preempts Vermont data reporting laws, which require companies that process insurance claims to report certain medical claims data to the state.
- Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Minn.: Black lawyer in Bemidji made his mark a century ago
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:25:30 CST
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Charles Scrutchin walked into a barber shop in the rough-and-tumble northern Minnesota lumber town of Blackduck on a cold January day in 1901, asking for a shave. The barber, Eugene Smith, said that would cost $5 -- more than 30 times what he usually charged for a 15-cent shave."

Sidney Edgerton an almost forgotten man in Idaho-Montana history
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:31:59 CST
Coeur d'Alene Press: "Abraham Lincoln appointed Sidney Edgerton to be chief justice for Idaho Territory. He was a teacher, lawyer, politician, a Union colonel in the Civil War, and a congressman from Ohio who was an outspoken opponent of slavery -- not a popular stance in a territory swarming with Confederate sympathizers."

Job Announcement
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:40:01 CST
A job announcement for a temporary law clerk with the Burleigh County State's Attorney Office in Bismarck has been posted.

Job Announcement
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:45:07 CST
A job announcement for a Court Reporter with the District Court in Fargo has been posted.

U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 30 arguments
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:48:15 CST
Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether the government must prove elements of a crime not contained in the relevant criminal statute but included in an erroneous jury instruction and a case on when the filing period for a constructive discharge claim begins to run under federal anti-discrimination law.
- Musacchio v. United States
- Green v. Brennan

Trial court tip
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:05:39 CST
Sidebar discussions must be recorded.

U.S.: DoJ asks SCOTUS to rule on tribal court convictions and domestic violence
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:41:52 CST
Indian Country Today: "The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to take up a case dealing with tribal court convictions in domestic violence cases in Indian country."

Minn.: Youth basketball coach granted new sentencing in sex abuse case
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:20:33 CST
Duluth News Tribune: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a Duluth youth basketball coach after overturning one of his several child sexual abuse convictions."
- Opinion Text: State v. Greene

Nation: Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:16:40 CST
ABA Journal: "'Slow and painful has been man's progress from magic to law.' So began the report and recommendation of a federal magistrate judge last year in the case of Han Tak Lee, a New York man then serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for the 1989 arson murder of his 20-year-old mentally ill daughter, Ji Yun Lee."

Job Announcement
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:11:39 CST
A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.

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Grand Forks Herald

Plan for North Dakota emissions may strengthen court case
Grand Forks Herald
In October, North Dakota filed a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA over its new rule requiring cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, accuses ...

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Yahoo News

Federal judge in North Dakota sentences man in Jamaican lottery scam
Crookston Daily Times
A federal judge in North Dakota sentenced a Jamaican man to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for a lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars. A jury in May convicted 26-year-old Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, ...
Federal judge sentences man in Jamaican lottery scamYahoo News
Federal judge sentences man to 20 years in Jamaican lottery scam that cost ...Minneapolis Star Tribune

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North Dakota appeals to US Supreme Court for heartbeat bill
The Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state over the law, and in April 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland declared the law unconstitutional and permanently blocked it. The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Hovland's block ...

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Grand Forks Herald

UPDATE: North Dakota asks U.S. Supreme Court to take up fetal heartbeat ...
Grand Forks Herald
BISMARCK – The fate of a North Dakota law that would establish the strictest abortion ban in the nation is now in the hands of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has petitioned the high court to take up the 2013 law that ...
North Dakota petitions Supreme Court to take up fetal heartbeat abortion banINFORUM
North Dakota Tells Roberts Court: The Time Is Now to End Legal AbortionRH Reality Check
North Dakota asks Supreme Court to review abortion rulingKFGO

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Grand Forks Herald

UND students plead mock trial in front of North Dakota Supreme Court
Grand Forks Herald
The annual mock trial, known as moot court, is important for law school students because the frontrunners are vying to compete nationally. UND Moot Court Board President Ariana Meyers said about 100 judges saw 14 teams compete this year, whittling the ...

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The 4 Reproductive Rights Stories You Missed This Week
But North Dakota, perhaps feeling left out, thinks its onerous abortion ban should go before the Supreme Court, too. The North Dakota attorney general petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to consider the constitutionality of the state's six-week ...
Supreme Court to wade back into abortion debateHoward University The District Chronicles
Supreme Court to rule on the biggest abortion case of the decadeLifesite

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North Dakota Supreme Court hearing cases at UND law school
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court is spending time this week at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Justices will hear oral arguments in four actual cases and also final arguments in the UND law school's Moot Court ...
North Dakota Supreme Court hearing 4 cases at University of North Dakota law ...The Republic

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North Dakota man charged in federal court with dealing methamphetamine
Crookston Daily Times
A North Dakota man is accused of running a large methamphetamine operation based mainly in Burleigh County. Clayton Sawyer is charged in federal court with two counts, including conspiracy to distribute and possess meth. He has pleaded not guilty.

North Dakota Man Charged in Federal Court with Dealing Meth
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man is accused of running a large methamphetamine operation based mainly in Burleigh County. Clayton Sawyer is charged in federal court with two counts, including conspiracy to distribute and possess meth. He has ...

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WATER POLICY: Obscure ND judge takes lead role in fight over Obama rule
Environment & Energy Publishing
And yesterday, Erickson's court agreed to move forward with the case quickly. While any opinion is likely to be appealed, Erickson's moves could set the stage for what is likely to be years of legal battles. It's a high-stakes role for a North Dakota ...