Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:21:14 CST
Do not ignore correspondence from the Supreme Court Clerk's Office requesting case information or directing specific action.Parties who file documents
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Court system, McKenzie County work together to improve court security
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:44:39 CST
Carolyn Probst, the court administrator for Unit 4, along with Northwest Judicial District Judges Robin Schmidt and Daniel El Dweek recently led the newly constituted McKenzie County Security Committee through a discussion and review of the draft Courthouse Security Handbook.
Myers to serve as U.S. attorney in North Dakota
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:18:58 CST
G.F. Herald: "Christopher Myers is set to be the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. Myers, whose appointment was approved Saturday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ralph Erickson, will serve as U.S. attorney until President Barack Obama nominates a replacement and the U.S. Senate confirms the nominee."
- Christopher Myers Lawyer Record
S.D.: Supreme Court says blood draw in Fischer case was constitutional
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:22:47 CST
Mitchell Daily Republic: "The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a blood draw aiding in the conviction of a man who killed two U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers was constitutional. Ronald Fischer Jr., who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for two counts of vehicular homicide, appealed a circuit court decision."
- Opinion Text: State v. Fischer
Minn.: State completes transition to centralized court payment center
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:24:20 CST
Brainerd Dispatch: "The Minnesota Judicial Branch has completed a multi-year project to centralize the processing of citations and traffic tickets, from case initiation through case disposition, for all 87 counties in Minnesota."
Minn.: Bad lawyer defense doesn't hold
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:27:11 CST
Mankato Free Press: "The assault conviction of a Mankato man who punched a man who asked him to quiet down has been upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Daniel Luis Ruiz-Oliva argued his attorney in the 2012 case failed to present his self-defense claim, didn't instruct the jury about it and misstated the legal standard for the crime he was charged with."
- Opinion Text: State v. Ruiz-Oliva
Ostby, first female federal judge in Montana, announces resignation
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:42:02 CST
KTVQ News: "Carolyn Ostby, the state's first female federal judge and the longest serving magistrate in the state, has announced her resignation. According to a press release issued Tuesday by the United States District Court District of Montana, Ostby informed Chief U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen of her resignation by letter on Tuesday."
U.S.: Chief Justice John Roberts seeks to limit role of courts
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:11:29 CST
USA Today: "By siding with the Supreme Court's liberal wing on two major cases last week, Chief Justice John Roberts lent credence to conservatives' concerns that they can't count on his vote. But as he moves into his second decade as the nation's 17th chief justice, Roberts is proving to be strikingly consistent in one area that conservatives applaud. He wants to close the courthouse doors to challengers with tenuous legal grounds or claims."
Mont. judicial committee: State needs 21 more district court judges
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:13:09 CST
Montana Public Radio: "Montana needs more district court judges, according to members of an interim judicial committee that met [Feb. 2]. A study by the District Court Council reported an additional 21 judges are needed to meet case workload demands in the state."
Alcohol a 'very alarming' problem for nation's lawyers, Hazelden and ABA find
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:17:52 CST
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Lawyers in the Twin Cities and across the United States cope with depression and anxiety at troubling levels and turn to alcohol far more often than the population as a whole. Those are among the results of a study released Wednesday that found 21 percent of practicing attorneys qualify as problem drinkers."
U.S.: Supreme Court ruling has Florida scrambling to fix death penalty law
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:13:14 CST
New York Times: "In the wake of a United States Supreme Court decision that struck down part of Florida's capital punishment law, the State Legislature and courts are grappling with proposals that could significantly change sentencing in a state with one of the nation's most crowded death rows."
Registration open for 8th Circuit judicial conference
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:23:03 CST
The 8th Circuit judicial conference will be held May 3-5 in Rogers, Ark. The conference is open to all judges and members of the bar and will present a CLE program featuring speakers and panelists examining a broad range of civil, criminal, and bankruptcy topics.
Mont.: Vet Court graduates three participants
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:19:52 CST
Great Falls Tribune: "Josh Elder was the first participant admitted to the Montana 8th Judicial District Veterans Court when the program began in November 2013. On Tuesday afternoon, Elder received his certificate of completion and was discharged from probation."
Nation: A record number of people convicted of crimes were exonerated last year
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:01:44 CST
Washington Post: "There were 149 people exonerated in the United States last year after being wrongly convicted of crimes, a tally that included dozens convicted of murder and an uptick in people who had pleaded guilty or falsely confessed, according to a new report."
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:04:58 CST
A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.
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Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota's Bid To Save Strict Abortion Law
The "fetal heartbeat" law — a North Dakota ban on many abortions that was the toughest in the nation when it was enacted — has been blocked permanently, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court's ruling that overturned the law ...
Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota Appeal on Abortion Restrictions
Justices Won't Let North Dakota Enforce Tough Abortion Law
US top court declines to revive North Dakota abortion limits
WOSU Public Media
US Supreme Court Strikes Down North Dakota's "Fetal Heartbeat" Law
The New American
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a controversial North Dakota law that banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected, maintaining the "viability standard" set by the high court, which permits abortions to take place until a fetus is ...
US Supreme Court Ruling On North Dakota Law Could Kill 'Heartbeat Bill'
Supreme letdown for North Dakota pro-lifers as Court won't hear pro-life law
U.S. Supreme Court ignores North Dakota's appeal to restrict killing of unborn children
Rejected University of North Dakota presidential applicant considering lawsuit
Cynthia Lindquist, who leads Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., said “she just doesn't know” if she will sue, but she told the Associated Press Monday she was considering several options, including a lawsuit. Lindquist, a UND ...
UND presidential rejected applicant considering lawsuit
Motion to dismiss voter ID lawsuit filed
In the lawsuit filed Jan. 21 in US. District Court for the State of North Dakota against Secretary of State Al Jaeger, tribal members allege that the state's voter ID laws are unconstitutional as they force a disproportionate burden against Native ...
Secretary of state asks that tribal voting ID lawsuit be dismissed
Obama nominates North Dakota prosecutor for appeals court
Minneapolis Star Tribune
FARGO, N.D. — President Barack Obama has nominated an assistant U.S. Attorney for North Dakota to serve as a federal appellate judge. The president announced Thursday that he has selected Jennifer Puhl to serve on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of ...
Puhl nominated to replace Kermit Bye on appeals court
HomeNewsSouth Dakota Group: Lawsuit by North Dakota Farmer Frivolous
A South Dakota farm partnership says a lawsuit by a North Dakota farmer over allegations of stolen soybeans is frivolous and the group is still owed money for the crop. A federal complaint by Glenn Herr, of Wishek, accuses Cornhusker Farms of Bath ...
US Supreme Court ruling sets stage for decision on North Dakota's six-week abortion ban
U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland declared the North Dakota law unconstitutional and permanently blocked it in April 2014. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights and Bismarck attorney Thomas Dickson had challenged the law on behalf ...
US Supreme Court's refusal to review Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban sets stage for decision on ND's six-week ban
Right Wing Watch
Cruz Endorser Connects East Coast Blizzard With North Dakota Abortion Ruling
Right Wing Watch
Mike Bickle, the far-right pastor whose endorsement was recently embraced by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, joined a group of anti-abortion activists today in linking a blizzard that hit the East Coast last month to a Supreme Court decision on ...
LETTER: Support Jerod Tufte for North Dakota Supreme Court
Grand Forks Herald
I have witnessed Tufte's work on a variety of things and can confidently say that he has the keen intellect and calm demeanor to be a great justice of our Supreme Court. He has a spirit of service, and I couldn't be happier that he has stepped up when ...
North Dakota judge stepping down after 30 years on the bench
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota district judge says he is stepping down after 30 years on the bench. Northeast District Judge Lee Christofferson says he is retiring on December 31st. He took over the job in 1986 after Judge Douglas Heen retired.