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3 apply for North Central District Judge
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:48 CDT
Three lawyers have applied to fill the North Central District Judge vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William McLees. They are: Kelly A. Dillon, Stacy J. Louser, and Robert W. Martin, all of Minot.

The Supreme Court at Trenton Public School -- The April 14, 2014 photos
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:17:02 CDT
On April 14, the Supreme Court traveled to Trenton Public School in Williams County, near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, to meet with students and to hear arguments in a case, State v. Juntunen. Here are the photos.
- Taking the Court to the Schools

N.D. 125: Election Proclamation
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:28:20 CDT
Priairie Public: "On this date in 1889, as stipulated in the Omnibus Bill, Governor A. C Mellette issued a proclamation that an election shall take place on May 14th for the selection of delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The convention was to convene in Bismarck on July 4th."

U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:45:36 CDT
Reuters: "In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year."
- Opinion Text: White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA

U.S.: Banana Lady's lawsuit slips up in appeals court
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:43:56 CDT
Chicago Tribune: "It's not every day that the sober justices of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals include photos in their written opinions--let alone one of a woman in a banana suit. But a decision handed down Monday shows Catherine Conrad in a giant banana costume festooned with a bright blue bow, arms outstretched and smiling."
- Opinion Text: Conrad v. AM Community Credit Union

S.D.: State embraces new approach to crime, punishment
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:20:58 CDT
Mitchell Daily Republic: "When sweeping reforms to South Dakota's criminal justice system were passed last year, Denny Kaemingk knew the task ahead was a daunting one. Kaemingk, secretary of the state Department of Corrections, has helped oversee the implementation of the vast reforms contained in Senate Bill 70, which became law last year."

Reform on sex offenders stalls in Minnesota Legislature
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:27:10 CDT
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "The pressure to overhaul a state sex offender treatment program that has been called 'clearly broken' by a federal judge is mounting daily, but the Legislature may not act in time to prevent court intervention. With just weeks to go in the session, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators are blaming one another for failing to address the problems identified by Judge Donovan Frank."
- MPR News: Sex offender bill deadlocked despite judge's pressure

Job Announcement
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:09:11 CDT
A job announcement for a District Court Law Clerk with the District Court in Grafton has been posted.

Job Announcement
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:10:28 CDT
A job announcement for a Juvenile Court Officer I with the Juvenile Court in Devils Lake has been posted.

New Opinion: April 14
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:10:48 CDT
The Supreme Court posted one new opinion on April 14.

Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:47:06 CDT
Make sure you are appealing something appealable. Not every order or ruling that may be reviewed on appeal is itself appealable.
- Other appellate practice tips

Trying to combat growing drug trade in oil patch
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:30:11 CDT
Bismarck Tribune/AP: "The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town."

U.S.: Legal minds eye quality control for convictions
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:52:14 CDT
Associated Press: "Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for probing its most feared failures: wrongful convictions."

U.S.: Gun rights may return to Supreme Court's agenda
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:53:39 CDT
USA Today: "The push and pull over the Second Amendment right to bear arms is heating up again, thanks in part to a former Supreme Court justice's new book. Friday, the high court will consider whether to hear a challenge to a New Jersey law restricting the right to carry guns in public."

Mont.: Justices hear doughnut case
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:30:45 CDT
Daily Inter Lake: "Montana Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Friday during a special hearing on the Whitefish 'doughnut' jurisdiction battle as they considered key issues in the long-running conflict. The high court heard oral arguments in a public venue Friday morning on the University of Montana campus."

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One of North Dakota's abortion law challenged in federal court
One of North Dakota's abortion laws is challenged in federal court. The law outlaws ... A representative for North Dakota's sole abortion clinic says that no fetus would meet the definition of viability for months after conception. Should this law pass ...
North Dakota Abortion Law Faces Legal ChallengeHuffington Post
Federal judge hears arguments on North Dakota law that bans abortions after ...Daily Journal

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Fed Lawsuit Filed Over Hepatitis C Outbreak in North Dakota
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Seventy-eight-year-old John Fenner and 84-year-old Lilas Guttormson are seeking unspecified damages from ManorCare Health Services. The plaintiffs' attorneys also are seeking to make the lawsuit class action. If a judge approves, it would cover all 44 ...
ND Patients Sue ManorCare Over Hepatitis C OutbreakValley News Live
1st lawsuit filed over hepatitis C outbreak at North Dakota nursing homeThe Tribune
HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents ...McKnight's Long Term Care News

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North Dakota agencies short on space; state Supreme Court tops list of square ...
North Dakota agencies short on space; state Supreme Court tops list of square footage needs. BISMARCK -– State agencies could use up to 55,500 square feet of additional space in the Bismarck area, with the judicial branch accounting for nearly half of ...
Administrators with North Dakota state court system say they need more space ...Daily Journal
ND agencies short on space; state Supreme Court tops list of square footage ...In-Forum

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Kalispell father files lawsuit over death in North Dakota
The Western News
The father of a Kalispell man who was crushed to death in a North Dakota oilfield accident in January 2013 has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the drilling rig and the well site. ... The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and court ...

North Dakota Law Upholds Insureds Step-Down Clauses
The Supreme Court of North Dakota in Nodak Mutual Ins. Co. v. Bahr-Renner, 2014 WL 656868 (N.D., Feb. 20, 2014), recently considered whether a step-down provision in an automobile liability policy violated North Dakota's financial responsibility law.

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Montana man files lawsuit over son's death in North Dakota oil fields
The Republic
MISSOULA, Montana — The father of a Montana man who was crushed to death in a North Dakota oil-field accident in January 2013 has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the drilling rig and the well site, alleging the companies failed to provide for ...
Father files lawsuit over son's oil field deathBismarck Tribune

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North Dakota may fine truck company more than $2M
Billings Gazette
WILLISTON, N.D. — A Wyoming-based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said ...
Driver accused of illegally dumping drilling

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North Dakota bishops welcome abortion clinic's move to drop lawsuit
National Catholic Reporter
The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo withdrew the ...

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North Dakota state law limiting conservation easements to 99 years prevents ...
AFW is a qualified organization that receives federal funds to purchase conservation easements. The federal government's involvement in purchasing the easement was significant because the Supreme Court had previously held that North Dakota's ...


North Dakota mom accused of starving 13-year-old son to death
The Missoulian
His mother told investigators that Aidan had a hormonal growth problem and that his pituitary gland did not function properly, according to court documents. Jensen, 35, of Kenmare in northern North Dakota near the Canadian border, said her son would ...
North Dakota mom charged with murder after son, 13, dies of starvation; teen ...Daily Journal
ND 13-year-old weighed 21 pounds; mom accused in his starvation deathPioneer Press

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