North Dakota

44 ABA Journal North Dakota articles.

Lawyer once charged with murder conspiracy sues for use of ‘habitual liar’ informant
A North Dakota lawyer who was once charged with murder conspiracy filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that claims that the prosecutor and law enforcement agents relied on an unreliable confidential informant who was a “habitual liar.”
District attorney says testing rape kits is ‘our moral imperative’

In less than four years, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s national rape kit testing program has led to 186 new arrests and 64 new convictions, including 47 felony sexual assault…

Challenge to mandatory bar returns to 8th Circuit after Supreme Court orders reconsideration

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider a First Amendment challenge to mandatory bar membership by a North Dakota lawyer.

The Supreme Court vacated…

Voting litigation heats up with 6th Circuit decision for purged Ohio voters

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Ohio must accept provisional ballots in the midterm elections from some voters because they received vague notices informing them they could be purged…

I Did It Norway: Some American prisons are singing a European tune

In August, when the solar eclipse passed over South Boise Women’s Correctional Center in Idaho, the officers held lunch early, handed out protective sunglasses, and invited the women outside to…

Jeff’s Law

A special preview from the October issue: The attorney general sees his role as pushing present-day law enforcement toward a rose-colored past.

When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Early last year, two suicidal patients showed up at a hospital emergency room in Pierre, South Dakota, seeking help. Although the incidents happened weeks apart, both patients ended up in…

North Dakota judge laments decline in civility, cites ‘Seinfeld’

A North Dakota judge has denied a prosecution request for a new judge in a murder conspiracy trial in an opinion that took the lawyers to task for their heated…

Supreme Court makes venue shopping harder for patent trolls

Could this be the end of out-of-town patent lawyers flocking to Marshall, Texas? They’ve become known for showing up in luxury cars, ordering catered gourmet meals for their trial war rooms and running up expensive hotel tabs. That’s the future some observers predict for the top destination for patent infringement lawsuits after a U.S. Supreme Court decision limited the venues where such suits may be filed.

Silver Gavel Awards have honored outstanding depictions of law in media for 60 years

In 2017, the ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts will celebrate their 60th anniversary. To Kill a Mockingbird, Law & Order, NPR’s All Things Considered, SCOTUSblog and Netflix’s Making a Murderer—these were different forms of media, but all increased public awareness and understanding of the American judicial system and all have earned Silver Gavels over the years.

Federal judge denies injunction, permitting Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward

A Washington, D.C. federal court ruling Tuesday paves the way for completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, over strong objections from neighboring tribal communities, Reuters has reported.

The ruling…

8 strategies for constructing your new law firm

It’s 2017, and we are all cyborgs. Don’t believe me? What’s the capital of Kyrgyzstan? You just thought about reaching for your smartphone—your auxiliary brain—to look it up, didn’t you?…

Judge blocks riot charge over journalist’s protest report; prosecutor sees her as a protester

A judge in North Dakota on Monday refused to sign a document charging a radio journalist with engaging in a riot for her reporting on protests at an oil pipeline…

Judge is back on bench after sports injury damaged vision in both eyes

A North Dakota judge returned to the bench this week, after a two-month leave of absence when a sports injury eliminated much of his vision in both of his eyes.

North Dakota legalizes weaponized drones for police use

A new law allows North Dakota police officers to use drones outfitted with “less than lethal” weapons.

That means police can use drones equipped with everything from Tasers to tear…

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