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New Opinion: Jan. 31
The Supreme Court posted a new opinion on Jan. 31.
Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed
U.S. News/AP: "A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise."
U.S.: Sotomayor on conservative colleague Gorsuch - 'He's such a lovely person'
Justice Sonia Sotomayor Washington Times: "Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday the high court is a prime example of how people who disagree can actually get along with one another and even have some fun together, saying she has particular respect for her colleague Justice Neil M. Gorsuch."
Minn.: Veterans Court provides support, but not a free pass
Minnesota Great Seal Mankato Free Press: "Veterans fist-bumped their case manager and mentors as they approached the bench [Feb. 8]. And at times, Judge Mark Betters sounded more like he was talking to a friend than a criminal defendant."
Job Announcement
A job announcement for a Term Law Clerk with the United States Magistrate Judge in Bismarck has been posted.
Job Announcement
A job announcement for a Contract Administrative Law Judge with the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings in Bismarck has been posted.

North Dakota
February Term of Court
North Dakota Supreme Court
The February Term of Court has been posted, including issues and briefs.
Justice Jensen visits Woodrow Wilson High School
Justice Jensen at Woodrow Wilson H.S. On Jan. 23, Justice Jon J. Jensen visited Woodrow Wilson High School in Fargo at the invitation of social studies teachers Elizabeth Hazeldine and Breanne Blomquist. Justice Jensen spoke about the North Dakota judicial system to classes of new Americans and high school students.
Court adopts amendments to procedural rules
The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Evidence, Court, and the Administrative Rules. The amendments take effect March 1, 2019.
Court adopts additional amendment to N.D.R.App.P. 25
The Supreme Court has adopted an additional amendment to N.D.R.App.P. 25 on filing and service, which it amended previously as part of its annual procedural rule amendments. The amendments take effect March 1, 2019.
Hochhalter appointed U.S. magistrate judge
Clare Hochhalter News Release: "Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota announced the appointment of Mr. Clare R. Hochhalter to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for a term of eight years effective February 8, 2019."
Trump re-nominates Wrigley to serve as U.S. attorney for North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald: "President Donald Trump has renewed his nomination of Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. attorney for North Dakota."
Peter Welte takes questions from Senate Judiciary Committee
Peter Welte G.F. Herald: "Former Grand Forks County State's Attorney and federal judgeship nominee Peter Welte testified Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Welte, who was nominated for the post last month by President Donald Trump, was introduced to the committee by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D."
Dakota Datebook: Lincoln's North Dakota Legacy
Prairie Public: "One of President Buchanan's last acts was to sign the Organic Act, which created Dakota territory. Consequently, the territory was just two days old when President Lincoln took office in 1861."

Federal
U.S.: Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associated Press: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she's not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors."

Minnesota
MN Supreme Court overturns firing of cop who slapped Somali teen
Minnesota Great Seal MPR News: "The Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday ordered the reinstatement of a Richfield police officer, who was fired by the city after slapping a Somali teen during a 2015 incident."
  • Opinion Link: City of Richfield v. Law Enforcement Labor Services

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    Neb.: 24/7 sobriety program credited with turning lives around
    Omaha World Herald: "Instead of enjoying a cup of coffee, Paige Ott began each morning by blowing into a Breathalyzer machine in downtown Omaha. And the Fremont woman repeated the chore each evening after she got off of work."

    Job Announcements
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Temporary Law Clerk with the Burleigh County State's Attorney in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for a Legal Assistant I with the Burleigh County State's Attorney in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney with the Williams County State's Attorney's Office in Williston has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Stutsman County in Jamestown has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Barnes County in Valley City has been posted.
    Job Announcement
    A job announcement for a Senior Assistant State's Attorney for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal and Regulatory Division of the Attorney General's Office in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Attorney II (Public Defender) with the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents in Fargo has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Electronic Court Recorder with the District Court in Watford City has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney II (with underfill) for Burleigh County in Bismarck has been posted.
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    A job announcement for an Assistant State's Attorney for Ward County in Minot has been posted.

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