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Sunday, May 20, 2018
New Opinions: May 14
The Supreme Court posted two new opinions on May 14.
Drug Court: Stiffling Addictions
Fargo Monthly: "Nicole Burkhartsmeier recalls a participant's parent approaching her. 'I run into a mom of a drug court participant who unfortunately did not finish our program from time to time,' she said. 'And every time I see her, she is so grateful for the work that we are doing.'"
U.S.: 5 reasons why Anthony Kennedy might stay
Justice Anthony Kennedy CNN: "When Anthony Kennedy was sworn in at the White House in February 1988, President Ronald Reagan heartily congratulated new 'Justice Kennedy' and quipped, 'Sounds good, doesn't it?' It did and it has."
MT corrections officials make changes to key part of sentence-reform package
KTVH News: "State corrections officials have made some changes to a key part of last year's sweeping sentencing reforms, after prosecutors and judges objected to the process of easing supervision of certain criminal offenders on suspended or deferred sentences."
S.D.: Math continues to support drug court efforts, chief justice says
S.D. Chief Justice David Gibertson Mitchell Daily Republic: "South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson, speaking at the Mitchell Rotary Club's meeting at the Ramada Inn, said the cost savings and reduced recidivism rates among targeted offenders has allowed the the state's system to continue working."
Job Announcement
A job announcement for five Law Clerks with the Supreme Court in Bismarck has been posted.
Job Announcement
A job announcement for a Judicial Referee with the District Court in Bismarck has been posted.

North Dakota
May Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The May Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Deadline extended for Justices Teaching Institute applications
The deadline to apply for the few remaining spots for the 2018 North Dakota Supreme Court Justices Teaching Institute is extended to June 1. The event is scheduled for October 18-19, 2018, in Bismarck.
Bottineau County to honor retiring clerk Langehaug
A retirement celebration for Bottineau County Clerk of Court Rhonda Langehaug will be held May 25 from 2-4 p.m. in the county courthouse community room. Langehaug has served in the clerk's office for more than 35 years.
Court seeks comment on proposed changes to court records rules
The Supreme Court is seeking comment on proposed amendments to N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 19 on court records management and the retention schedule, and adoption of a new N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 41 on access to court records. Comments are due June 1.
N.D. Attorney General open meetings opinions: May 17
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued several new open meetings opinions.
ND's East Central Judicial District celebrates Drug Court anniversary
KVRR News: "North Dakota's East Central Judicial District celebrated the 15th anniversary of its drug court, and one woman celebrated by graduating from the program. Drug court is a court-managed, drug intervention treatment program that's an alternative to jail or prison time."

Federal
Diana Murphy, Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, dies at 84
Judge Diana Murphy Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Diana E. Murphy, the first woman appointed to the bench of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the only woman to serve on that bench for 19 years, died late Wednesday afternoon at her home in Minneapolis. She was 84."
Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference set for Aug. 15-17
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit The judges of the Eighth Circuit courts invite you to join them Aug. 15 -17 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Judicial Conference. This is a full conference for all judges and members of the bar.

Minnesota
Minn.: Austin man loses legal fight over DWI test
KIMT News: "The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for the drunk driving prosecution of an Austin man. Scott Ross Hunn, 35, was pulled over on February 21, 2016 after a Mower County sheriff's deputy said he rolled through a stop sign."
  • Opinion Link: State v. Hunn

  • South Dakota

    Montana
    Mont.: Supreme Court overturns $34.9M judgment against state
    Montana State Seal U.S. News/AP: "The Montana Supreme Court overturned a $34.9 million judgment against the state in a lawsuit filed by liquor store owners. The owners argued that when privatizing state liquor stores in the mid-1990's, the legislature did not fully reimburse the stores."
  • Opinion Link: Kohoutek v. Dept. of Revenue

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    Job Announcements
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    A job announcement for an Associate Deputy Clerk of Municipal Court in Fargo has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney with the Ward County State's Attorney's Office in Minot has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an indigent defense contract attorney in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) for the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for Contract Attorneys with the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in the Southeast Judicial District has been posted.

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