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Trial court tip
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:05:39 CST
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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

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."

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."

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

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.

Courthouses to be closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:47:45 CST
Most county courthouses across North Dakota will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Supreme Court and courthouses in Barnes, Burleigh, Cass, Morton, Sargent and Walsh counties will be closed Thanksgiving but open Friday, Nov. 27.

Proposed Order on Review of Guardianships
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:49:00 CST
The Supreme Court is seeking comments on a proposed administrative order on the review process for guardianships. Comments are due by Dec. 28.

War crimes trials at Nuremberg: The 70th anniversary
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:23:50 CST
November 20 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the trials of Nazi leaders charged with war crimes, known collectively as the Nuremberg trials. North Dakota has a unique tie to the Nuremberg trials created in 1947 when North Dakota Supreme Court Justice James Morris took a leave of absence to serve as a judge in the trial of twenty-three officials of I.G. Farben Industries.
- UND Nuremberg Trial Transcript Collection
- BBC: Nuremberg's last surviving prosecutor
- BBC: Making Justice at Nuremberg, 1945 - 1946

Online court filing advances in more Minnesota counties
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:48:23 CST
MinnPost: "Electronic filing and serving of court documents is now available in many more district courts in southern Minnesota, as part of the state court system's eFile/eService program. State officials plan to have the paperless process available in all state courts by the end of the year."

Nation: When the legal job market tanked, a law student changed it
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:24:42 CST
ABA Journal: "As a law student facing a tough job market, Shahed Kader figured he had a couple of options: He could leave law school and try a new career or move ahead with his degree. But he ended up choosing a third option-change the job market."

Job Announcement
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:23:25 CST
A job announcement for a Deputy Clerk of District Court I with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.

Court system continues work to help self-represented litigants
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:37:58 CST
The North Dakota Legal Self Help Center is now in its second year and Community Access Coordinator Catherine Palsgraaf was recently joined by paralegal Melissa Hamilton on the center staff. The center exists to help the increasing number of self-represented litigants who are using the court system.
- North Dakota Legal Self Help Center

New Office of Administrative Hearings director appointed
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:32:24 CST
Bismarck Tribune: "The North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings will have its second new director in two years next month following a Tuesday appointment by the governor. Gov. Jack Dalrymple named Timothy Dawson head of the agency effective Dec. 21. Dawson is a Bismarck attorney and also a member of North Dakota Legislative Council's legal division staff."
- Timothy Dawson Attorney Record

Judge won't delay changes to Minnesota sex offender program
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:18:01 CST
MPR News/AP: "A judge has rejected a motion by the state of Minnesota to stay his order requiring changes to the state's program for confining sex offenders after their prison sentences. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank declared the program unconstitutional in June."

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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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RH Reality Check

North Dakota Tells Roberts Court: The Time Is Now to End Legal Abortion
RH Reality Check
A federal district court judge temporarily blocked the ban in July 2013 before permanently doing so in April 2014, citing Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. He noted, “The United States Supreme Court has spoken and has unequivocally said no ...
UPDATE: North Dakota asks U.S. Supreme Court to take up fetal heartbeat ...Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota petitions Supreme Court to take up fetal heartbeat abortion banWDAY
North Dakota asks Supreme Court to review abortion rulingKFGO

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Daily Signal

Why North Dakota Is Taking a Different Path in Lawsuit Against Obama's Clean ...
Daily Signal
Almost immediately after the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan was posted on the federal register, dozens of states filed a lawsuit challenging the regulations. But North Dakota didn't join those other states as co-plaintiffs. Instead Attorney ...


Supreme Court to wade back into abortion debate
Howard University The District Chronicles
Emboldened by the court's most recent action on abortion, in its 2007 ruling that upheld bans on “partial-birth” or late-term abortions, state legislatures have enacted hundreds of restrictions in recent years. They range from 24-hour waiting periods ...
The 4 Reproductive Rights Stories You Missed This WeekBustle
Supreme Court to rule on the biggest abortion case of the decadeLifesite

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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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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
William J. Brotherton: UND should do the right thing on nicknameGrand Forks Herald

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Judge orders North Dakota to pay attorneys' fees in challenge to gay marriage ...
Dickinson Press
BISMARCK – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the state of North Dakota to pay more than $57,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to lawyers who represented a Fargo couple who filed one of two lawsuits in June 2014 challenging the state's gay marriage ...
Federal judge awards legal fees in North Dakota gay marriage lawsuitKFGO
Man accused in North Dakota sex trafficking case wants hearing on releaseCrookston Daily Times
Federal judge awards legal fees in gay marriage lawsuit, but less than half of ...Daily Journal

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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.