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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."

Job Announcement
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.

Harold John Bergquist 1934-2016
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:38:28 CST
Attorney and educator Harold John Bergquist died in Lakota on Jan. 30. After a long career in education in North Dakota and Minnesota, he practiced law in Larimore and Lakota. Services will be held Feb. 9 at Lakota Lutheran Church
- Harold John Bergquist lawyer record


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Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota's Bid To Save Strict Abortion Law
NPR
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 RestrictionsNBCNews.com
Justices Won't Let North Dakota Enforce Tough Abortion LawABC News
US top court declines to revive North Dakota abortion limitsReuters
The Hill
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WDAY

Rejected University of North Dakota presidential applicant considering lawsuit
WDAY
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 ...
Excluded UND presidential applicant considering lawsuitINFORUM

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Bismarck Tribune

Motion to dismiss voter ID lawsuit filed
Bismarck Tribune
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 dismissedDickinson Press

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WOSU Public Media

US Supreme Court Ruling On North Dakota Law Could Kill 'Heartbeat Bill'
WOSU Public Media
Indeed, that's the bottom line of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling blocking North Dakota's new heartbeat law and upholding a lower federal appeals court ruling on the matter. The attorney general in North Dakota has said ruling means the law is ...
Supreme Letdown for North Dakota Pro-lifers as Court Won't Hear State's LawNational Catholic Register
US Supreme Court Strikes Down North Dakota's "Fetal Heartbeat" LawThe New American
U.S. Supreme Court ignores North Dakota's appeal to restrict killing of unborn childrenChristianToday

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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 ...

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INFORUM

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 courtINFORUM

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HomeNewsSouth Dakota Group: Lawsuit by North Dakota Farmer Frivolous
AgWeb
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 ...

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INFORUM

US Supreme Court ruling sets stage for decision on North Dakota's six-week abortion ban
WDAY
BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review Arkansas' ban on abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, setting the stage for a decision as early as next week on North Dakota's petition for review of its six-week abortion ban that ...
US Supreme Court ruling sets stage for decision on ND's six-week abortion banINFORUM
Supreme Court Won't Hear Arkansas Case Challenging 'Roe'RH Reality Check

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$142.5K Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over North Dakota Traffic Stop
Insurance Journal
The North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund will pay $142,500 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Richland County Sheriff's Office. The three men who filed the lawsuit alleged they were injured when two deputies, Dan Wise and Steve ...
Lawsuit against deputies ends in $142000 settlement for excessive forceDickinson Press

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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 ...