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State v. Stenstrom  
Date: September 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 61
Docket Number: 27790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s termination from the drug-court program and subsequent revocation of suspension of execution of a four-year sentence. Contrary to Defendant’s arguments raised on appeal, the Supreme...

State v. Kihega  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 58
Docket Number: 27673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Contrary to Defendant’s arguments on appeal, the court held (1) the State’s evidence was suffic...

State v. Jones  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 59
Docket Number: 27739

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the denial of the circuit court’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant for Defendant’s home and arreste...

State v. Gaters  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 60
Docket Number: 27857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence discovered after police officers executed a search warrant at Defendant’s home. During the search, officers found marijuana...

Argus Leader Media v. Hogstad  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 57
Docket Number: 27903

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s determination that a confidential settlement agreement entered into between the City of Sioux Falls and several contractors that built the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Si...

State v. Shelton  
Date: September 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 55
Docket Number: 28016

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of fourth-degree rape, holding that the circuit court had jurisdiction to enter the judgment even where Defendant did not receive a preliminary hearing after the State fi...

Harlan v. Frawley Ranches Planned Unit Development Homeowners Ass’n  
Date: September 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 54
Docket Number: 28027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the circuit court’s judgment denying Landowners’ claims seeking to quiet title to their property and seeking a declaration that a certificate of renewal and amendme...

State v. Wayfair Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 56
Docket Number: 28160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment for certain Internet sellers (Sellers) and enjoining the State from enforcing 2016 legislation extending the obligation to collect an...

Lowery Construction & Concrete, LLC v. Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: August 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 53
Docket Number: 27946

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s determination that Owners Insurance Company did not have a duty to defend Lowery Construction & Concrete, LLC in an action filed by homeowners Tony and Stephanie Hague. The...

Surat Farms, LLC v. Brule County Board of Commissioners  
Date: August 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 52
Docket Number: 27966

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Brule County Board of Commissioners finding that Surat Farms LLC impermissibly altered an intermittent watercourse. Upon Albert Delany’s filing of a drainage complaint with...

Owners Insurance Co. v. Tibke Construction, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 51
Docket Number: 27932

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance coverage dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the denial of summary judgment in favor of Insurer but reversed the denial of summary judgment in favor of General Contractor. Homeowners sued General Contra...

State Department of Game, Fish & Parks v. Troy Township  
Date: August 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 50
Docket Number: 27981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Game, Fish, and Parks appealed the administrative actions of Troy, Valley, and Butler Townships’ respective boards of supervisors that vacated portions of several section-line highways in Day County, ar...

Hoffman v. Van Wyk  
Date: August 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 48
Docket Number: 27977

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the Douglas County Planning and Zoning Administrator’s grant of a building permit for a hog confinement unit. Landowners applied for a writ of mandamus compelling the Administrator and the Douglas Cou...

Rumpza v. Zubke  
Date: August 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 49
Docket Number: 28052

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involved drainage issues between adjoining landowners. Robert and Nancy Rumpza and Zubke Brothers LLC (Brothers) brought this action against David and Marilyn Zubke seeking an injunction and damages. They allege...

State v. Kiir  
Date: August 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 47
Docket Number: 27703

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for eight offenses, rendered after a jury trial. The court held (1) the circuit court did not err in admitting certain out-of-court statements as res gestate evidence; (...

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