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Recent Decisions From the South Dakota Supreme Court

In re A.K.A.-C.  
Date: June 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 38
Docket Number: 27514

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s termination of her parental rights to Child. Specifically, the court held (1) the circuit court’s interpretation of S.D. Codified Laws 16-22-6 did not result in the court re...

Parker v. Parker  
Date: June 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 37
Docket Number: 27819

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s issuance of protection orders in favor of Abigail Parker against both her husband Jordan Parker and Jordan’s sister, Jasmyn Bauer. The court (1) the court did not err in gra...

Larson v. Krebs  
Date: June 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 39
Docket Number: 27956

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to the 2016 general election, Theresa Maule Rossow filed a nominating petition to seek election as state’s attorney in Brule County and then Lyman County. Dedrich Koch filed a separate nominating petition seeking e...

Estate of Johnson v. Weber  
Date: June 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 36
Docket Number: 27792

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronald Johnson, a South Dakota State Penitentiary correctional officer, was murdered by two inmates during an escape attempt. Lynette Johnson, individually and on behalf of Ronald’s Estate (collectively, Johnson) sued th...

Oxton v. Rudland  
Date: June 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 35
Docket Number: 28070

Justia Opinion Summary: Buyers and Sellers entered into a contract for deed of property. The contract for deed indicated that Buyers were purchasing the home “as is” and that neither party made any representations or warranties except those mad...

State v. Goodshot  
Date: June 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 33
Docket Number: 27843

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of several offenses charged in two indictments. The circuit court granted the State’s motion to join both indictments for trial. After a trial, Defendant was convicted of all offenses. Defendant a...

State v. Talla  
Date: June 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 34
Docket Number: 28031

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree manslaughter and received a sentence of life imprisonment. Defendant appealed his sentence, arguing that the circuit court abused its discretion in light of other sent...

State v. Stanley  
Date: May 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 32
Docket Number: 27911

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing cocaine and sentenced to imprisonment for five years, fully suspended on conditions. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights were not violated whe...

In re Interest of A.O.  
Date: May 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 30
Docket Number: 27864

Justia Opinion Summary: After discovering methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the home of Mother, Mother’s three children were removed from the home. The State initiated abuse and neglect proceedings against Mother, an enrolled member of...

State v. Linson  
Date: May 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 31
Docket Number: 27962

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed his conviction of five counts of possessing child pornography. Appellant argued (1) there was insufficient evidence to prove that he knowingly possessed child pornography; (2) S.D. Codified Laws 22-24A...

Asper v. Nelson  
Date: May 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 29
Docket Number: 28006

Justia Opinion Summary: Two township residents appealed the circuit court’s denial of their request that the court issue a writ of mandamus compelling the township to repair and maintain two secondary roads. The court concluded that the townshi...

Legendary Loan Link, Inc. v. Larson  
Date: May 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 25
Docket Number: 27908

Justia Opinion Summary: Legendary Loan Link, Inc. filed suit against Todd Larson on a promissory note that was secured by certain property. Judge Robert Timm granted partial summary for Legendary Loan. Judge Timm subsequently retired, and the c...

Red Bear v. SESDAC, Inc.  
Date: May 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 27
Docket Number: 27930

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, as the administrator of her brother’s estate, sued the owners of the group home where her brother resided, alleging that Defendants (1) negligently failed to provide her brother medical care in a timely manner...

Doremus v. Morrow  
Date: May 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 26
Docket Number: 27978

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court granted Plaintiff’s petition requesting a stalking protection order against Defendant after conducting an evidentiary hearing. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the circuit court’s findings suffic...

State v. Lee  
Date: May 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 28
Docket Number: 27984

Justia Opinion Summary: A law enforcement officer need not have independent authority to make an arrest under S.D. Codified Laws 23A-3-2 before taking a person placed under a citizen’s arrest into custody and performing a search incident to tha...

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