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Willey v. Willey  
Date: December 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 116
Docket Numbers: S-16-0041, S-16-0042

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a complaint for declaratory judgment and a permanent injunction against his father, his father’s wife, and a bank serving as trustee of his father’s trust (collectively, Appellees), seeking to prevent App...

Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc., v. Board of Trustees of Laramie County School District Number One  
Date: November 30, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 113
Docket Number: S-16-0059

Justia Opinion Summary: Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc. (the Tribune-Eagle) submitted a public records request to Laramie County School District Number One (the School District) asking to inspect certain school board member email communications. The...

Kenneth Eugene Christopher v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 30, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 114
Docket Number: S-16-0166
William Kenneth Hall v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 30, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 115
Docket Number: S-16-0178
McNaughton v. State  
Date: November 29, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 112
Docket Numbers: S-15-0118, S-16-0098

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. The district court sentenced Appellant to not less than four years nor more than eight years in prison. Appellant appealed, cla...

State ex rel. Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division v. Beazer  
Date: November 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 111
Docket Number: S-16-0013

Justia Opinion Summary: Horsley Company, LLC was a Florida contractor hired to install equipment at the Jackson, Wyoming airport. Cody Beazer, Horsley’s employee, was injured while he was working on the airport project. The Workers’ Safety and...

Ronald Dale Anderson v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 95 A-2
Docket Number: S-16-0156
Jones v. State  
Date: November 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 110
Docket Number: S-16-0005

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault and battery. The district court sentenced Defendant to forty to fifty years in prison for the attempted murder and to a...

Peak v. Peak  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 109
Docket Number: S-15-0271

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother filed for divorce from Father. After Father failed timely to file an answer to Mother’s complaint the clerk of court entered default. Father moved to set aside the entry of default. After a hearing, which Father d...

Watkins v. State  
Date: November 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 108
Docket Number: S-16-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree. Defendant was sentenced to serve concurrent terms of fifteen to thirty-five years in prison. Defendant appealed...

Brown v. State  
Date: November 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 107
Docket Number: S-15-0264

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court erred when it allowed the...

Vance v. City of Laramie  
Date: November 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 106
Docket Number: S-16-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was discharged from his position as a firefighter with the City of Laramie after random breathalyzer tests performed while he was on duty detected alcohol in his system. The Civil Service Commission reduced App...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Robert W. Hiatt Jr., WSB # 6-2951
Date: November 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 105
Docket Number: D-16-0008
Hood v. State, ex rel. Department of Workforce Services  
Date: October 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 104
Docket Number: S-16-0058

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant suffered a work-related neck injury. The Wyoming Workers’ Safety and Compensation Division awarded Appellant benefits related to that injury and paid his associated medical bills. In 2011, Appellant began exper...

Clark v. Huffer  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 WY 103
Docket Number: S-16-0062

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, the district court appointed Brenda Clark as the guardian of MKH, who was born not long after the appointment. In 2006, the court extended the guardianship. In 2014, Father filed a petition seeking to vacate the...

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