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Nicodemus v. State  
Date: March 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 34
Docket Number: S-16-0186

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to two counts of first degree murder and one count of larceny. Defendant was eighteen years old when he committed the crimes. At that time, the age of majority in Wyoming was nineteen. Defendant was...

Elworthy v. First Tennessee Bank  
Date: March 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 33
Docket Number: S-16-0165

Justia Opinion Summary: This action stemmed from Defendants’ financing of Plaintiffs’ real property located in Wyoming and California. Plaintiffs filed this action in Wyoming against Defendants alleging breach of contract, fraud in the induceme...

Rambo v. Rambo  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 32
Docket Number: S-16-0170

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Family divorced in 2013. In 2015, Mother filed a motion for an order to show cause as to why Father should not be held in contempt of court, asserting that Father had failed to pay amounts owed under the divor...

Galiher v. Johnson  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 31
Docket Number: S-16-0188

Justia Opinion Summary: Louise Galiher sued to quiet title to a portion of her property, alleging that the use of the disputed portion of her property by Dennis Johnson and his wife had been permissive. The Johnsons counterclaimed seeking to qu...

Sen v. State  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 30
Docket Number: S-15-0267

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree felony murder, aggravated burglary, and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. After the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama and the Supreme Court’s deci...

Halling v. Yovanovich  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 28
Docket Numbers: S-16-0163, S-16-0164

Justia Opinion Summary: David Halling and Joyce Halling each purchased from Brandon Bentley an undivided half interest in certain property. Joyce, individually and as president of MedCon, Inc. (MedCon), executed a promissory note and mortgage a...

Vaughn v. State  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 29
Docket Number: S-16-0169

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was adjudicated a delinquent juvenile for committing a sexual offense that required him to register as an offender under the Wyoming Sexual Offender Registration Act (WSORA). Appellant later entered a condition...

Louis J. Smith v. The State of Wyoming
Date: March 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 27
Docket Number: S-16-0270
Inquiry Concerning Honorable Ruth Neely  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 25
Docket Number: J-16-0001

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, a newspaper reporter asked Judge Ruth Neely, a municipal court judge and part-time circuit court magistrate, if she was “excited” to be able to perform same-sex marriages. Neely answered that she would not perfo...

TW v. State  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 26
Docket Number: S-16-0157

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court adjudicated Father a neglectful parent to his two children. On appeal, Father argued that he could not be neglectful under the applicable statutes because he did not have physical custody or control of...

Anadarko Land Corp. v. Family Tree Corp.  
Date: March 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 24
Docket Number: S-16-0131

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties in this case disputed title to certain mineral interests underlying certain property. The dispute arose out of a 1911 Laramie County tax assessment against Union Pacific’s mineral interests in the property an...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Clay B. Jenkins, WSB # 5-2249
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 21
Docket Number: D-16-0002
Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. J. Craig Abraham, WSB # 6-3436
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 20
Docket Number: D-16-0003
Barrowes v. State  
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 23
Docket Number: S-16-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of fourteen to eighteen years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that the evidence presen...

Sweets v. State  
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 WY 22
Docket Number: S-16-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to felony possession of methamphetamine. Defendant reserved the right to challenge the denial of his motion to suppress the warrantless pat-down search of his person. On appeal...

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