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Zwart v. Penning  
Date: May 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 40
Docket Number: 28306

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the circuit court’s judgment in favor of Plaintiffs awarding damages and an easement enabling Plaintiffs to install an independent tile line underneath Defendant’s...

Peterson v. South Dakota Board of Pardons & Paroles  
Date: May 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 39
Docket Number: 28449

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant’s appeal from a letter sent by the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles denying Appellant’s request to review her parole date again. Ap...

Madetzke v. Dooley  
Date: May 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 38
Docket Number: 28295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the habeas court denying Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus arguing that his trial counsel’s assistance was ineffective in regard to his decision to plead guilty and...

Johnson v. Jackley  
Date: May 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 37
Docket Number: 28379

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellants’ requested writ of certiorari to challenge an Attorney General’s ballot explanation of a proposed initiated measure that would limit the price state age...

State v. Abdo  
Date: April 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 34
Docket Number: 28250

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s separate convictions and sentences for aggravated assault and escape. The Court held (1) the circuit court did not err in denying Appellant’s motion to suppress; (2) the circuit cou...

Giesen v. Giesen  
Date: April 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 36
Docket Number: 28290

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce action, the Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s valuation of a bank account on a date other than the date of divorce, the decision to recapture into the marital estate the value of home improvement...

Estate of Stanton W. Fox  
Date: April 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 35
Docket Number: 28430

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a circuit court’s order revoking the clerk of court’s issuance of letters of appointment and the clerk’s statement of informal probate and appointment of personal repre...

Miller v. Young  
Date: April 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 33
Docket Number: 28287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court denying Appellant’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. In his ha...

Winegeart v. Winegeart  
Date: April 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 32
Docket Number: 28243

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court ordering Eryn Winegeart to sell real estate she owned jointly with her former spouse, Weston Winegeart, holding that the court did not err by ordering Eryn to sig...

Arendt v. Chamberlain  
Date: April 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 31
Docket Number: 28388

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the the circuit court’s classification and division of property in this divorce case in all but one respect as regards a clerical issue, which the Court remanded for clarification. Husband an...

State v. Quist  
Date: March 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 30
Docket Number: 28270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of second-degree murder. The Court held that the circuit court did not err in (1) failing to dismiss the indictment on the ground that Def...

Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. v. Dolly  
Date: March 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 28
Docket Number: 28273

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s partial denial of Plaintiffs’ partial denial of their request for preliminary injunctive relief against Defendant, their former agent, holding that the circuit court did not...

State v. Barry  
Date: March 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 29
Docket Number: 28288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence found in the vehicle Defendant was driving, holding that, contrary to the circuit court’s finding, Defendant’s...

Estate of Ducheneaux v. Ducheneaux  
Date: March 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 26
Docket Number: 28068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court compelling Defendant to return real property transferred to him by his late father and the jury verdict requiring Defendant to pay general and punitive damages to...

Winslow v. Fall River County  
Date: March 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 25
Docket Number: 28302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order affirming the Department of Labor’s grant of summary judgment to Fall River County and against Plaintiff, a former County employee, who alleged that the County committ...

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