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73 ABA Journal South Dakota articles.

Inmate Seeking Execution Says He Wants to Kill Again; Judge Mulls Aggravation Arguments

Updated: Accused of beating a 63-year-old South Dakota prison guard to death in a failed escape attempt in April, Eric Robert pleaded guilty and said he wants to be executed.

Give Rural South Dakota a Chance, State Bar Urges Lawyers

Sixty-five percent of South Dakota’s lawyers are headquartered in four cities in the state, a statistic that concerns the state bar.

Under a new initiative called Project Rural Practice, the…

Friendlier State Legislatures Lead to a Rise in Anti-Abortion Legislation

Defendant Loses Appeal Based on Judge’s ‘Go Native’ Remark

Corrected: A Native American has lost his bid for a new sentence because of the judge’s “go native” remark.

The South Dakota Supreme Court said the judge’s comment, used to…

Disciplined for Rudeness, Judge Says He Can’t Afford Probation, Will Retire and Return to Practice

Disciplined for repeated rudeness to lawyers, court staff and others, a South Dakota judge says he can’t afford the nearly $175,000 that a six-month suspension and subsequent probation could cost…

Judge Who Acted with ‘Unconscionable Arrogance’ Must Retire or Face Suspension

A 68-year-old judge who flipped the bird, used vulgar language and made insensitive racial and sexist jokes must retire or face a six-month unpaid suspension, the South Dakota Supreme Court…

Shamed Judge Pleads to Keep His Job, Tells Top SD Court ‘I’m Not Perfect But I Have Changed’

In a voice choked with emotion, a South Dakota judge today pleaded with the state’s top court to let him stay on the bench until he reaches the mandatory retirement…

Top SD Court Raps Ex-Prosecutor, Says He Shouldn’t Have Put Grand Jury Transcripts on Web

A former prosecutor should be publicly censured for putting grand jury transcripts on the Internet, the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled, even though he obtained a court order authorizing…

SD Judge Faces Potential Removal Over Alleged Rude and Racist Remarks and Use of the ‘Bird’

For the first time in its 121-year history, the top court of South Dakota is to hold a hearing later this month to decide whether to remove a sitting judge…

Women Seeking Abortions in South Dakota Will Have to Visit ‘Pregnancy Help Centers’

A first-of-its-kind law signed Tuesday by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard requires women seeking abortions to get counseling first.

Women will have to go to “pregnancy help centers” where they…

South Dakota Defers Bill Allowing Homicide in Defense of Fetus

South Dakota lawmakers have postponed indefinitely a vote on a bill that some had criticized as a license to kill abortion providers.

South Dakota House Speaker Val Rausch said a…

South Dakota Lawmaker Denies His Bill Is a License to Kill Abortion Providers

A South Dakota lawmaker is defending his bill that says killings to protect unborn children are justifiable homicide.

Critics have said the bill is a “license to kill” abortion providers,…

Lawyer Who Claimed Child Porn Was Legal Research Is Acquitted

A 62-year-old Sioux Falls lawyer has been acquitted of child pornography charges after claiming he viewed the images at work as part of his legal research.

Leo…

Defendant Lawyer Tells Jury He Viewed Child Porn for Purpose of Providing Legal Advice

A 62-year-old Sioux Falls lawyer being tried on child pornography charges is telling a federal district court jury in South Dakota that he viewed the illicit images in order to…

Jail is ‘Like Freedom,’ Ex-Lawyer Says, Now That She’s Facing Her Addiction and Depression Issues

Now serving six months after making headlines in her South Dakota community for allegedly leading police on a high-speed, booze-fueled chase and taking at least $20,000 from a client trust…

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