South Dakota

63 ABA Journal South Dakota articles.

Oregon voters legalize psychedelic mushrooms, decriminalize drugs; 4 other states OK recreational marijuana
Voters in several states loosened drug laws Tuesday, going so far in Oregon as to legalize psychedelic mushrooms and to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other drugs.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge blocks postal changes; bedroom backdrop for SCOTUS justice’s Constitution Day remarks

Federal judge blocks US Postal Service changes

Ruling from the bench Thursday, U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian of Yakima, Washington, blocked U.S. Postal Service changes that slowed mail delivery. Ruling…

State attorney general said he thought he hit deer when he struck and killed pedestrian, authorities say
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg told authorities that he thought he hit a deer after striking and killing a pedestrian Saturday night, according to the state highway patrol.
Afternoon Briefs: 10th Circuit strikes down voter ID law; social distancing could mean long elevator lines

10th Circuit strikes down Kansas voter ID law

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Denver has struck down a Kansas law that required a birth certificate or…

No Country for Rural Lawyers: Small-town attorneys still find it hard to thrive

Solving the rural attorney shortage won’t be easy, given that few law graduates appear willing to set up shop in rural America. The situation is only expected to worsen in the near future, given that many lawyers in less-populated counties are approaching retirement age and no younger attorneys have moved in to replace them.

Judge blocks ‘extensive and burdensome’ state law on ballot initiatives
A federal judge in South Dakota ruled Thursday that a new law requiring people who circulate ballot petitions to provide the state with their personal information is unconstitutional.
15 years of inaction on inmate’s habeas petition is ‘shockingly dysfunctional malfeasance,’ judge says

A South Dakota judge said Tuesday that 15 years of inaction on an inmate’s habeas petition was breaking his heart.

Judge Doug Hoffman of the Second Judicial Circuit spoke at…

Execution transcript shows inmate asked, ‘Is it supposed to feel like that?’ after drug flowed

The Death Penalty Information Center is calling for the release of more information on the drug used to execute a South Dakota inmate whose last words were, “Is it supposed…

1881 Initiative aims to increase the number of female AGs

The Democratic Attorneys General Association has launched an initiative to elect more women to an underestimated position: state attorney general. DAGA’s 1881 Initiative is named for the first year two women ran for—and lost—state AG seats. The goal is to ensure that by 2022 at least half the Democratic attorneys general will be women.

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…

Delaware loses long-held No. 1 ranking for business-friendly legal climate to South Dakota

A periodic survey of corporations by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal-reform arm found that Delaware has lost its No. 1 ranking for being business-friendly in legal matters, dropping to…

Inmates’ escape par for the course in private prison transport industry

The private prisoner transport company whose van was stolen by two inmates last week in Oklahoma — precipitating a national manhunt that remains underway — may be feeling a sense…

Police officer pleads guilty to federal charge in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Updated: A former police officer in South Carolina pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal civil rights charge for fatally shooting an unarmed man who ran away during a traffic stop…

Judge refuses to dismiss food-libel case against ABC News over its ‘pink slime’ coverage

A South Dakota judge has refused to dismiss a suit against ABC News brought under a state food-libel law that provides for triple the damages.

The suit by Beef Products…

May 8, 1973: American Indian Movement surrenders at Wounded Knee after 71-day standoff
By February 1973, unrest among Lakota residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was coming to a boil. Though in office barely a year, the tribe's elected chief,…

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