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Traditional district court clerk practice falls to technological advances
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:34:27 CDT
Beginning July 1, 2015, the iconic file stamp on district court documents will go the way of raised court seals and sealing wax. The advancement of technology has reached the point where it is no longer necessary to hand stamp a document to show when it was received or processed by a clerk of court.

Personnel Policy Board July 2 agenda
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:39:19 CDT
The agenda for the July 2 meeting of the Personnel Policy Board has been posted.

Judge rules N.D. gay marriage ban 'unconstitutional and invalid' after Supreme Court decision
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:30:33 CDT
Dickinson Press: "A federal judge declared Monday that North Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage is "unconstitutional and invalid," following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Friday striking down similar bans in other states."

8th Circuit issues opinions in two N.D. cases
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:20:15 CDT
The United States Court of Appeals has affirmed the sentence in a North Dakota drug case and affirmed a summary judgment of dismissal in a North Dakota employment case.
- United States v. Anderson
- Little v. Rummel

U.S.: Could Supreme Court decision lead to death of the gerrymander?
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:44:46 CDT
MPR News: "The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to uphold the constitutionality of Arizona's independent redistricting commission has some hoping their model could now pave the way for other states to adopt a less partisan way of drawing congressional lines."

Minn.: Dayton ponders state high court diversity in upcoming picks
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:06:56 CDT
CBS Minnesota News: "Ethnic and gender diversity will among Gov. Mark Dayton's considerations as he prepares to fill two upcoming openings on the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Democrat said Monday. The application period closes Tuesday for the seat now held by Justice Alan Page, who reaches the mandatory retirement age in August."

Minn.: District court's decision on Level 3 offender affirmed by state
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:32:38 CDT
Brainerd Dispatch: "A Level 3 predatory offender living near the vicinity of Wise Road and Gregory Way in rural Brainerd lost an appeal regarding the conditional release portion of his sentence. Christopher Eugene Wheeler, 41, challenged in the Minnesota State Court of Appeals to correct his district court sentence."
- Opinion Text: Wheeler v. State

Mont.: High court allows dark money case to move forward in Helena
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:53:56 CDT
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: "A Montana Supreme Court ruling will end the legal challenges made by several 2010 candidates being taken to court for accusations they broke the law by coordinating with and accepting unreported donations from a Colorado corporation."
- Opinion Text: Wagman v. Motl

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:45:05 CDT
ABC News/AP: "A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday."
- Opinion Text: Prescott v. Okla. Capitol Preservation Comm.

Job Announcement
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:23 CDT
A job announcement for five law clerks with the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.

Meet the South Central judge applicants
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:35:29 CDT
Seven lawyers have applied to become the South Central Judicial District's newest judge. The Supreme Court created the new SCJD Judgeship No. 9 to be chambered in Mandan after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. The applicants were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers.

Meet the Northwest judge applicants
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:50:06 CDT
Four lawyers have applied to become the Northwest Judicial District's newest judges. The Supreme Court created new NWJD Judgeship No. 5 to be chambered in Watford City and Judgeship No. 6 to be chambered in Williston after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. The applicants were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers.

Meet the Southwest judge applicants
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:23:20 CDT
Five lawyers have applied to become the Southwest Judicial District's newest judge. The Supreme Court created the new SWJD Judgeship No. 4 to be chambered in Dickinson after the legislature approved four new judgeships for North Dakota in its 2015 session. They were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers.

Appellate practice tip of the week
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:44:31 CDT
Be respectful, but also be self-respectful.
- Other appellate practice tips

Update: U.S. Supreme Court declines N.D. case
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:35:25 CDT
The U.S Supreme Court has declined to hear a N.D. Supreme Court case, , which involved a drug-dog sniffing in an apartment building hallway. The court last agreed to review a North Dakota case in 1991.

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North Dakota leaders on Supreme Court ruling: 'The EPA already won'
BISMARCK, N.D. — When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the EPA had overstepped when it failed to consider the costs of regulations related to mercury emissions, many heralded it as a victory against bureaucratic excess. But North Dakota leaders say the ...
The Supreme Court Blocks Mercury Emission RegulationWDAZ
Michigan AG: Supreme Court ruling a victory for 'family budgets and job creation'Midwest Energy News
Which Power Plants Emitted the Most Mercury?National Geographic

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Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota takes lead in lawsuit against EPA on Waters of the US
Grand Forks Herald
“We're taking the lead,” North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said of the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Bismarck. “We're the most agricultural state in the country, so it just seemed like a logical place.” The lawsuit asks the court ...
Idaho joins federal water rule lawsuitKTVB
Sixteen states sue EPA over clean water ruleReuters

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Judge rules ND gay marriage ban 'invalid'
U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson granted the request for summary judgment in favor of Fargo couple Janet Jorgensen and Cynthia Phillips, who were married in Minnesota in 2013 and were one of seven couples who sued North Dakota for not ...
Judge Rules on Two North Dakota Lawsuits for Same Sex MarriageKVRR
North Dakota judge sides with gay marriage lawsuit plaintiffs in wake of ...Daily Journal
Extending North Dakota's anti-discrimination protections to gays unlikely ...The Republic

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The New Yorker

North Dakota gay marriage ban void following Supreme Court ruling
Bismarck Tribune
In January, a federal judge placed a stay on lawsuits filed to legalize same-sex marriage in North Dakota pending the Supreme Court's ruling. Stenehjem said he expects the court to proceed on the matter in the near future with Friday's ruling as a guide.
High court ruling paves way for gay marriage in North DakotaWashington Times
In Some States, Defiance Over Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage RulingNPR
North Dakota governor says state will abide by Supreme Court's same-sex ...Dickinson Press Press -Worthington Daily Globe
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Supreme Court health ruling helps 14000 in North Dakota
Myrtle Beach Sun News
More than 14,000 low- and moderate-income North Dakota residents will retain health insurance premium subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday allowing the payments. North Dakota is one of 34 ...
ND health insurers relieved by high court's Obamacare decisionINFORUM

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North Dakota counties take different approaches to issuing same-sex marriage ...
Other counties decided to wait until a decision from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo on a pending court case. A lawsuit filed last year in North Dakota by several same-sex couples against a state ban on same-sex marriage was put ...
Marriage law overrides ban in ND, elsewhereDickinson Press
North Dakota Same-Sex Couples: "We're Not Done Yet"KVRR

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North Dakota County Issues Same-Sex Marriage License in Wake of Supreme ...
ABC News
North Dakota County Issues Same-Sex Marriage License in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling. BISMARCK, N.D. — Jun 26, 2015, 3:20 PM ET. Share. 0. Associated Press. North Dakota county issues same-sex marriage license in wake of Supreme Court ruling.

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Common Core opponents sue North Dakota officials
Jack Dalrymple, state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and other officials are named in a lawsuit stating North Dakota entered into an illegal agreement with other states and violated other federal laws. Four plaintiffs, including Rep. Robert Skarphol, R ...
Lawsuit by the Thomas More Law Center Challenges the Constitutionality of ...PR Newswire (press release)
New Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Common CoreBreitbart News
Common Core critics sue N.D. over membership in testing organizationBismarck Tribune

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Supreme Court won't hear Fargo drug dog case
Dickinson Press
Defense attorneys had been seeking the high court's opinion on North Dakota v. Nguyen, a case involving Fargo resident Matthew Nguyen. In May 2013, Cass County District Court Judge Wickham Corwin ruled that the evidence gathered by Fargo police was ...
Supreme Court declines review of Fargo drug dog case appealKFGO

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North Dakota Supreme Court hears third Kirkpatrick appeal
Bismarck Tribune
FARGO--The North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a third appeal filed by Gene Kirkpatrick, a 68-year-old Oklahoma man convicted in 2011 of hiring a hitman to kill his son-in-law. Kirkpatrick's public defender, Monty Mertz, told the ...
Kirkpatrick case third appeal heard by N.D. Supreme CourtJamestown Sun

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