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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tomorrow at the Court
9:30am State v. Catch the Bear
10:45am Interest of Carter
1:30pm Hamilton v. State
Waived Shelton v. Shelton
New Order Jan. 18
The Supreme Court posted a new order on Jan. 18.
Jerome J. Mack 1926-2017
Jerome J. Mack Longtime Grand Forks attorney Jerome "Jerry" J. Mack, 90, died Jan. 13. He graduated from the U.N.D. School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1957. Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.18, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks.
  • Jerome J. Mack Attorney Record
  • Funeral Home
  • Investiture of Judge Troy LeFevre - The January 13, 2017, photos
    Judge LeFevre and his wife Wenda Judge Troy LeFevre was formally installed as a judge of the Southeast Judicial District in an investiture ceremony on Jan. 13 at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. He won election to replace Judge Thomas Merrick, who retired Dec. 31, 2016. Here are the photos.
  • Judge LeFevre Biography
  • Three felons with North Dakota ties receive clemency from President Obama
    G.F. Herald: "Three drug offenders with North Dakota ties had their sentences commuted or pardoned by President Barack Obama on Tuesday in his latest round of such measures that have largely been taken for nonviolent drug offenders."
    U.S. Supreme Court opinion: Jan. 18
    United States Supreme Court building The United States Supreme Court has released an opinion in a case on federal court jurisdiction to sue the Federal National Mortgage Association.
  • Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 18 arguments
    Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether disparaging trademarks can be registered and a case involving civil rights claims made by non-citizens who were detained after the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • Lee v. Tam
  • Ziglar v. Abbasi
  • S.D.: Ruling could fast track case to U.S. Supreme Court
    Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that a lawsuit requiring out-of-state Internet companies to remit sales taxes to the South Dakota Department of Revenue should be heard in state court."
    Minn.: Court upholds order for fingerprint to unlock cellphone
    Minnesota Great Seal Rochester Post Bulletin/AP: "The Minnesota Court of Appeals says that a man's right against self-incrimination was not violated when a judge ordered him to provide his fingerprint to unlock a cellphone."
  • Opinion Text: State v. Diamond
  • Report: Criminal justice reform could save Montana $70M
    KTVH News: "A new report from a national nonprofit organization says reforms to Montana's criminal justice system could save the state nearly $70 million by 2023."

    North Dakota
    Appellate practice tip of the week
    Avoid repetitious arguments.
  • Other appellate practice tips
  • Investiture of Judge Lonnie Olson - The Jan. 9, 2017, photos
    Justice Olson is sworn in Judge Lonnie Olson was formally installed on the Northeast Judicial District bench in an investiture ceremony on Jan. 9 at the Ramsey County Courthouse in Devil's Lake. He won election to replace Judge Lee Christofferson, who retired Dec. 31. Here are the photos.
  • Judge Lonnie Olson Biography
  • Thomas F. Murtha 1934-2017
    Longtime attorney Thomas F. Murtha, 82, of Dickinson, died Jan. 15. He was admitted to the N.D. bar in 1966 after law office study and was still a licensed attorney at the time of his death. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Dickinson.
  • Thomas F. Murtha Attorney Record
  • Funeral Home
  • Joint Procedure Committee seeks comment on proposed discovery rule change
    The Joint Procedure Committee is seeking comment on proposed amendments to N.D.R.Civ.P. 26 related to expert disclosures and reports and the protection of communications between attorneys and experts. Comments are due Jan. 25.
  • Proposed Amendments to N.D.R.Civ.P. 26
  • The Third Branch: This Week on the Hill
    North Dakota Capitol For Jan.16-20, the weekly listing of legislative committee hearings which may be of interest to judges and lawyers has been posted.
  • 65th Legislative Assembly
  • Court amends rules of procedure effective March 1
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the N.D. Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Procedure, Appellate Rules, Rules of Court and Administrative Rules effective March 1.
  • Synopsis of Amendments as Adopted
  • Court adopts amendments to lawyer discipline rules
    The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Discipline. The amendments take effect March 1.

    Federal
    U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 17 arguments
    United States Supreme Court building Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether a civil deportation statute is unconstitutionally vague and a case on whether a creditor may file an accurate proof of claim for a time-barred debt in a bankruptcy.
  • Lynch v. Dimaya
  • Midland Funding v. Johnson
  • U.S.: Justice Department announces department-wide procedures for eyewitness identification
    U.S. Dept. of Justice seal News Release: "Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates announced [Jan. 6] that the Justice Department is issuing, for the first time, department-wide procedures on eyewitness identification."
    U.S.: Congress tries to put cameras in the courtroom - again
    SCOTUSblog: "For the fourth time in as many Congresses, a bill has been introduced to compel the Supreme Court to televise its proceedings. Earlier versions of the bill, which was sponsored in the House of Representatives by members from both sides of the aisle, have failed to become law."

    Minnesota

    South Dakota
    From South Dakota to the Supreme Court
    Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "[F]ew - if any - South Dakotans have as much insight on the Court as Jim Ligtenberg. He's only 33, but Ligtenberg is on track to be among the greatest legal minds ever produced by the state."

    Montana

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