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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...

State v. Duncan  
Date: May 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 24
Docket Number: 27909

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for driving under the influence and following too closely, rendered after a jury trial. Defendant argued that the circuit court erred when it denied his motion to dismiss for the State’s...

State v. Stokes  
Date: May 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 21
Docket Number: 27838

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s convictions of simple assault and intentional damage to property, holding that the circuit court erred as a matter of law in admitting purported business records - Verizon’s log of...

State v. Spaniol  
Date: May 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 20
Docket Number: 27877

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions, entered after a jury trial, of three counts of first-degree rape and one count of sexual contact with a child under sixteen years of age. The child was Defendant’s four-year-old daught...

Mauricio v. Daugaard  
Date: May 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 22
Docket Number: 27931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the circuit court did not err in concluding that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), an educational consortium to which the State is a member, does not need congressional approv...

Purcell v. Begnaud  
Date: May 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 23
Docket Number: 27940

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s imposition of a three-year protection order barring Gregory Begnaud from all contact with his two minor children, concluding that the order was not statutorily authorized be...

Howard v. Bennett  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 17
Docket Number: 27851

Justia Opinion Summary: Raymond Bennett, who was intoxicated and driving his motorcycle, entered a curve at a high rate of speed and drove into a ditch. He was killed in the accident. Several Highway Patrol troopers soon arrived to manage the s...

State v. Jensen  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 18
Docket Number: 27917

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Defendant received concurrent, mandatory life sentences for the convictions. Defendant was fourteen years old when he committed the offen...

State v. Clark  
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 19
Docket Number: 27925

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Defendant was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois. After he moved to South Dakota, Defendant was indicted on two charges of violating S.D. Codified Laws 22-24B-12, which requires registered...

State v. Krause  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 16
Docket Numbers: 27628, 27629

Justia Opinion Summary: Twin brothers Ryan Alan Krause and Brian Michael Krause pleaded guilty to separate complaints alleging grand theft and four counts of unlawfully using a computer. The circuit court sentenced each of the Krauses to four y...

State v. Hopkins  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 13
Docket Number: 27886

Justia Opinion Summary: After a court trial, Defendant was found guilty of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content. Defendant also pleaded guilty to a part II information alleging that this was his second driving under the influence of...

In re Estate of Finch  
Date: April 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 15
Docket Number: 27906

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the settlement of the estate of Fred Finch, Dean Anderson, a beneficiary, challenged the award of expenses, disbursements, and attorney’s fees to the personal representative, Coral Headrick. Specifica...

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