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September Term of Court
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 16:04:13 CDT
The September term of court (which will actually start Aug. 31) has been posted, including issues and briefs.
- August cases
- September cases

Judge Thelen begins work
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:58:04 CDT
New Northeast Central Judicial District Judge John Thelen started work on Aug. 3. On July 8, Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Thelen to fill the judgeship vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lawrence Jahnke. Thelen had previously served as NECJD judicial referee since 2009.

Paralegal association honors Beehler
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:30:31 CDT
NALA News Release: "The Association of Paralegals (NALA) awarded its Founders Award to Grand Forks attorney Bradley J. Beehler during a ceremony on July 24 at the association's 40th Annual Convention and Expo in Tulsa, Okla. The purpose of NALA's Founders Award Program is to recognize extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the growth and future of the paralegal profession."

U.S.: Probation may sound light, but punishments can land hard
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:21:21 CDT
New York Times: "On Christmas Day in 2013, Donyelle Hall and her husband, Roland Jr., gave a party for friends and family at their apartment. Mrs. Hall, a nurse's aide for the severely disabled, had recently taken a college course in medical terminology to improve her earning potential. Mr. Hall worked as a kitchen manager. The two had married the year before."

U.S.: Thirty-one states fight clean water rule
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:23:46 CDT
Courthouse News Service: "Attorneys general from 31 states asked the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to delay implementation of a Clean Water Act rule for at least 9 nine months for judicial review. The rule defines 'Waters of the United States' under the Clean Water Act."

Minn.: Appeals court upholds damages in case of toddler burned by manhole cover in Duluth
Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:44:24 CDT
Duluth News Tribune: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the findings of a judge and a Duluth jury that limited damages awarded to the family of a Georgia toddler who was burned on a manhole cover in Canal Park. Troy and Megan Brown sought more than $500,000 in damages from the Duluth Steam Cooperative on behalf of their 2-year-old son, Jacob, who suffered burns on the manhole cover in August 2011."
- Opinion Text: Brown v. Duluth Steam Coop.

New law clerks begin work at Supreme Court
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:33:30 CDT
On Aug. 1, the North Dakota Supreme Court welcomed (l-r) Quinn Hochhalter, Bismarck; Nick Henes, Bismarck; Zachary Eiken, Williston; Krista Thompson, Billings, Mont.; and Matthew Kirschenmann, Fargo, as they began their one-year clerkships with the Court.

Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:44:31 CDT
Long quotations usually are not effective.
- Other appellate practice tips

U.S.: Ex-Justice Dept. officials argue against federal prosecutors in Supreme Court brief
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:11:45 CDT
New York Times: " An extraordinary brief filed last week in the Supreme Court has put the Justice Department in an awkward spot.The brief said federal prosecutors had violated the Constitution by failing to turn over evidence about a key witness."

U.S. District Court seeks comment on local rule revisions
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:27:31 CDT
The District of North Dakota has proposed a set of revisions to the Court's Local Rules. The proposed rules are now available for public comment. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed rules. The proposed rules and a summary of the proposed revisions are available at the Court's website, .

With new law, Minnesota starts to tally untested rape kits
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:29:55 CDT
Fox News/AP: " Law enforcement agencies are tallying the state's backlog of untested rape kits in hopes of erasing it -- or at least better understanding what led to it. The effort started Saturday as part of a new law passed by the Legislature this year that requires each law enforcement agency to report its number of untested rape kits."

U.S.: Juvenile justice system failing Native Americans, studies show
Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:28:18 CDT
MPR News: "State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report."

North Dakota News
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North Dakota Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate
The state legislature passed a law in 2013 to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat could be detected, which could happen six weeks into a pregnancy, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law was unconstitutional in July 2015 ...
Specialized North Dakota license plates not just for pro-life

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U.S. News & World Report

Court agrees with tossing strict North Dakota abortion law
U.S. News & World Report
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a decision last year from U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who ruled the law unconstitutional. The law was approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2013, though it was quickly put on hold ...
North Dakota 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Blocked By CourtHuffington Post

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Appealing Pies to Judge at the North Dakota State Fair (blog)
First off, I have to tell you I was blown away by the beautiful drive through northern Idaho, across Montana and into North Dakota. The scenery is magnificent, and I kept wondering what the first settlers thought about seeing the prairie, mountains and ...

Slate Magazine

The Astonishing, Anti-Science, States'-Rights Court Opinion Begging for a Ban ...
Slate Magazine
Most news accounts noted that the federal appeals court permanently struck down the heartbeat law because the three-judge panel arrived at a similar conclusion to the district court: “Because there is no genuine dispute that [North Dakota's law ...
Federal Court Overturns North Dakota Law Banning Abortions at 6
Appeals Court Affirms Ruling Against North Dakota Restrictive Abortion LawThe New American
Federal Court Strikes Down North Dakota's 'Heartbeat' Bill, Which Banned ...Gospel Herald
Ledger Gazette
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North Dakota Supreme Court rules in dispute over ownership of Fargo-Moorhead ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
A district court judge last year awarded ownership of the bridge to the cities, after a 25-year lease agreement between the Bridge Company and the cities expired. The owners appealed, arguing that the bridge was still in debt and had a right to an ...

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North Dakota judge to rule on Common core case
Washington Times
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota should be barred from paying membership fees and opt out of an organization that's writing tests for the federally backed Common Core standards, a St. Louis lawyer argued in Bismarck court Monday. John Sauer, who has ...
Judge hears arguments in lawsuit over Common Core tests in N.D.Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota judge hears Common Core case; opponents want fees to consortium ...The Republic

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Dickinson Press

Three new district court judges appointed in western North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald
All three appointees are graduates of the University of North Dakota School of Law. Four Bismarck lawyers are the finalists to become the South Central Judicial District's newest judge. They are John Grinsteiner, Wade Mann, Mandy Maxon, and Matthew ...
Gov. Dalrymple appoints 3 lawyers to newly created North Dakota district court ...Daily Journal
Western North Dakota receives three new judgesJamestown Sun
Ehlis appointed new Southwest Judicial judgeDickinson Press

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Case against North Dakota businessman alleges offers for five killings
The Spokesman Review
The information was released by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza, over objections from the U.S. attorney's office that the pleading contains “sensitive information.” The 50-page document outlines what prosecutors intend to prove at a trial ...

Appeals Court Affirms Tossing North Dakota Law That Bans Abortion If Fetal ...
ABC News
Appeals Court Affirms Tossing North Dakota Law That Bans Abortion If Fetal Heartbeat Detected. BISMARCK, N.D. — Jul 22, 2015, 11:18 AM ET. Share. 0. Associated Press. Appeals court affirms tossing North Dakota law that bans abortion if fetal heartbeat ...

Kading, Werner, Jacobson Named to NABC Honors Court
NDSU Bison Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Dakota State men's basketball student-athletes Chris Kading , Dexter Werner and A.J. Jacobson were named to the NABC Honors Court announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Thursday, July 30.

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