Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Lemus v. Martinez
Date: May 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 52
Docket Number: S-18-0223
Spence v. State  
Date: May 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 51
Docket Number: S-18-0035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for one count of incest, holding that the district court abused its discretion by permitting the State to use an expert to vouch for the credibility of the alleged victim...

Sparks v. State  
Date: May 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 50
Docket Number: S-18-0181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of second degree sexual abuse of a minor, third degree sexual abuse of a minor, and contributing alcohol to a minor, holding that the district court did not abuse its dis...

Wright v. State  
Date: May 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 49
Docket Number: S-18-0248

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to suppress, thus affirming Defendant's conviction and sentence, holding that the warrantless detention of Defendant did not violate the Fourth...

Joshua Roy Delbert Black v. The State of Wyoming
Date: May 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 48
Docket Number: S-19-0013
McCallister v. State, ex rel. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division  
Date: May 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 47
Docket Number: S-18-0142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this case in which Appellant sought judicial review of the administrative denial of his request for preauthorization for the purchase of several unique items to treat his work-related injury,...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Traci E. Mears, WSB# 6-4166
Date: May 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 46
Docket Number: D-19-0003
Jones v. State  
Date: April 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 45
Docket Number: S-18-0205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree abuse of a minor, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion i...

Osban v. State  
Date: April 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 43
Docket Number: S-18-0137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of possession of methamphetamine, holding that Defendant's right to a speedy trial under Wyo. R. Crim. P. 48 was violated when the State failed to bring him to trial with...

Requejo v. State  
Date: April 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 44
Docket Number: S-18-0186

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion for dismissal of the charges against him as a sanction for the State's late discovery, holding that the district court properly exerci...

Mitchell v. Preston  
Date: April 16, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 41
Docket Number: S-18-0166

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over custody of a child, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting Mother's motion to strike Father's motion for an order relinquishing permanent child custody jurisdiction to...

Testy v. Tester
Date: April 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 42
Docket Numbers: 9999999, S-18-0112
Meiners v. Meiners  
Date: April 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 39
Docket Number: S-18-0153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court enforcing the terms of Appellant's divorce decree at the request of her late ex-husband's estate, holding that there was no error in the district court's decisio...

Gibson v. State  
Date: April 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 40
Docket Number: S-18-0253

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence. On appeal, D...

Mayhew v. State  
Date: April 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 38
Docket Number: S-18-0130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of four counts of third-degree sexual assault related to his abuse of three minors, holding that the district court's challenged evidenti...

Dixon v. State  
Date: April 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 37
Docket Number: S-18-0143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of felony possession of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme C...

Mathewson v. State  
Date: March 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 36
Docket Number: S-18-0026

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's drug-related convictions, holding that the district court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence or his motion to dismiss for lack of a speedy trial and that...

Nathan David Byrd v. The State of Wyoming
Date: March 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 35
Docket Number: S-18-0214
Montano v. State  
Date: March 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 34
Docket Number: S-18-0159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence for two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of mutilation of dead human bodies, holding that the State did not breach the plea agreement when it recommended the a...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Donald L. Tolin, WSB # 5-1699
Date: March 20, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 33
Docket Number: D-19-0002
Dockter v. State  
Date: March 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 31
Docket Number: S-17-0233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s two motions for a new trial, holding that Defendant did not provide the district court with “newly discovered evidence,” and therefore, the district c...

Farrow v. State  
Date: March 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 30
Docket Numbers: S-18-0076, S-17-0084

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of second-degree murder, holding that the district court did not commit prejudicial error during the proceedings below and that Defendant...

Sheesley v. State  
Date: March 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 32
Docket Number: S-18-0206

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of one count of third-degree sexual assault, holding that Defendant was not denied her right to due process of law under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United...

Garland v. Mantle  
Date: March 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 29
Docket Numbers: S-18-0103, S-18-0102, S-18-0101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order on summary judgment motions and order after bench trial in this dispute arising from an ill-conceived business conveyance plan during a downturn in the oil market, ho...

Mahoney v. City of Gillette  
Date: March 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 28
Docket Number: S-18-0151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Unemployment Insurance Commission denying Appellant’s application for unemployment insurance after the City of Gillette terminated her employment, holding that there was sub...

Michael Dewayne Keck v. The State of Wyoming
Date: March 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 26
Docket Number: S-18-0185
Goetzel v. State  
Date: March 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 27
Docket Number: S-18-0197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for post-conviction relief, holding that res judicata barred Appellant’s claims. In his petition for post-conviction relief, Appellant chall...

Rodriguez v. State  
Date: March 5, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 25
Docket Number: S-18-0083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of delivery of a controlled substance, holding that Defendant’s failure to file a pretrial motion to suppress identification evidence precluded this Court’s review of Def...

Protz v. State  
Date: March 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 24
Docket Numbers: S-18-0121, S-18-0097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for driving under the influence (DWUI) - fourth offense in ten years, holding that the charging document (Information) plainly charged Defendant with a fourth offense fel...

Mellott v. State  
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 23
Docket Numbers: S-17-0326, S-16-0295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Appellant's convictions, holding that the record did not show a factual basis for Appellant's guilty plea as to counts two through eleven, and therefore, Appellant was prejudiced by her trial c...

Harnetty v. State  
Date: February 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 21
Docket Number: S-18-0129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of two counts of second-degree sexual assault, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. Defendant, an OB/GYN, was convicted of sexually assau...

Gilbert Sherman Washington v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 22
Docket Number: S-18-0213
J. Michaela Byrnes v. Michael Walter Harper and Carla Jo Harper, husband and wife
Date: February 26, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 20
Docket Number: S-18-0180
Cassidy v. Teton County Coroner  
Date: February 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 19
Docket Number: S-18-0156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Appellants’ Wyo. R. Civ. P. 60 motion to set aside the coroner’s inquest verdict, holding that the district court does not have subject matter juri...

Bazzle v. State  
Date: February 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 18
Docket Number: S-18-0124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order revoking Defendant’s probation and imposing the original suspended sentence, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion by revoking Defendant’s prob...

In re Robert and Irene Redland Family Trust  
Date: February 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 17
Docket Numbers: S-18-0093, S-18-0092, S-18-0091

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court not to remove Lisa Kimsey as co-trustee of the Redland family’s irrevocable trust or to terminate the trust, holding that the district court did not err or ab...

Gillen v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: February 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 15
Docket Number: S-18-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order terminating Mother’s parental rights to her two children, holding that there was clear and convincing evidence to support the jury’s finding that Mother’s parental ri...

Casiano v. State ex rel. Wyoming Department of Transportation  
Date: February 1, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 16
Docket Number: S-18-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) to uphold the suspension of Appellant’s driver’s license, holding that collateral estoppel did not bar the OAH from considering Appel...

Swenson v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 13
Docket Number: S-18-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s rights to her three children, holding that the evidence clearly and convincingly established that Mother’s parental rights should be term...

Thomas v. JLC Wyoming, LLC  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 14
Docket Number: S-18-0118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the district court's judgment granting JLC Wyoming LLC a deficiency judgment against Stanley Thomas for the unpaid amount of a judgment against Fourth Quarter Properties 86 (FQP) and Th...

Schell v. Scallon  
Date: January 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 11
Docket Number: S-18-0094

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Sellers in this case involving a purchase of residential property, holding that the district court did not err in the proceedings below. After Bu...

McBride-Kramer v. Kramer  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 10
Docket Number: S-18-0096

Justia Opinion Summary: In this family matter, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order awarding Father primary physical custody and Mother visitation of the parties’ child, holding that the district court did not abuse its discret...

Barrowes v. State  
Date: January 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 8
Docket Number: S-18-0138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s Wyo. R. Crim. P. 35(b) motion for sentence reduction, holding that there was no abuse of discretion. Defendant received a sentence of fourteen to eig...

Matthew Christopher Jacoby v. The State of Wyoming
Date: January 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 9
Docket Numbers: S-18-0196, S-18-0195
State, Department of Revenue v. Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County  
Date: January 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 7
Docket Number: S-18-0098

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision Board of Equalization (Board) reversing the determination of the Department of Revenue (Department) that use of camp spots at the Johnson County Fairgrounds for use during the annu...

Wyoming Jet Center, LLC v. Jackson Hole Airport Board  
Date: January 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 6
Docket Number: S-18-0154

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Jackson Hole Airport Board (Board) in this action brought by Wyoming Jet Center, LLC seeking access to certain records held by the...

Booth v. Booth  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 5
Docket Number: S-18-0081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s modification of Father’s visitation schedule, holding that there was no support for a finding that the modification to Father’s visitation schedule was in the children’s be...

Pier v. State  
Date: January 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 3
Docket Number: S-18-0054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of three controlled substance charges, holding that the district court did not err by denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence discovered during a search of Defend...

In re Estate of Chris Robert Frank  
Date: January 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 4
Docket Number: S-18-0150

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant’s application for a decree of summary distribution of real property of the estate of her grandfather (Decedent) on the ground that Appellant...

Wall v. State  
Date: January 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 2
Docket Numbers: S-18-0127, S-17-0266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of one count of first degree sexual assault of minor, holding that the district court erred in providing an ex parte response to a juror’s note, but the error was harmles...

Oldroyd v. Kanjo  
Date: January 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 1
Docket Number: S-18-0110

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s medical malpractice suit against Defendant because Defendant was not served with the complaint and summons within ninety days after the ca...

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