Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions 2021

Mecartney v. Mecartney  
Date: December 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 141
Docket Number: S-21-0105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part two district court orders in this divorce case - a custody order and a visitation order, holding that the district court abused its discretion in requiring Father t...

Gutierrez v. Bradley  
Date: December 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 139
Docket Number: S-21-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the child custody modification order entered by the district court awarding Father primary physical custody of the parties' two children, holding that the district court did not abuse its discr...

Isaiah Elizer Santiago v. The State of Wyoming
Date: December 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 140
Docket Number: S-21-0201
Bergantino v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: December 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 138
Docket Number: S-21-0107

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and dismissing Plaintiffs' claim alleging that they were entitled to unin...

Innes v. Innes  
Date: December 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 137
Docket Number: S-21-0124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dividing marital property between Wife and Husband upon granting Husband a divorce, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion by dividing t...

Rodney Hayes Smith, II v. The State of Wyoming
Date: December 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 136
Docket Number: S-21-0095
Majhanovich v. State  
Date: December 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 135
Docket Number: S-21-0136

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Appellant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Appellant's claim of an illegal sentence based on the facts supporting his conviction was...

Miller v. Sweetwater County School District #1  
Date: December 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 134
Docket Number: S-21-0004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Sweetwater County School District No. 1 and dismissing Plaintiff's negligence claim, holding that genuine issues of materia...

Warner v. State  
Date: November 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 133
Docket Number: S-20-0190

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to transfer his case to juvenile court, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to trans...

Winney v. Hoback Ranches Property Owners Improvement & Service District  
Date: November 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 128
Docket Number: S-21-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute, the Supreme Court reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to the Hogback Ranches Property Owners Improvement and Service District (HRISD) on the issue of wh...

Flauding v. State ex rel. Wyoming Department of Transportation  
Date: November 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 131
Docket Number: S-21-0106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) upholding the decision of the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) suspending Defendant's driver's license and operating priv...

Jermain Lashawn Wright v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 129
Docket Number: S-21-0162
Michael David Lott v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 130
Docket Number: S-21-0184
Jeffrey Todd Gross v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 132
Docket Number: S-21-0190
Mendoza v. State  
Date: November 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 127
Docket Number: S-21-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of aggravated assault and battery, holding that prosecutorial misconduct did not prejudice Defendant. At trial, Defendant requested that...

Abdulai Barrie v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 126
Docket Number: S-21-0171
Robin Allyssa Alcorn v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 125
Docket Number: S-21-0174
Bezold v. State  
Date: November 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 124
Docket Number: S-21-0023

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of eight counts of forgery, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. On appeal, Defendant argued that the evidence was insufficient to show a...

Rogers v. State  
Date: November 5, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 123
Docket Number: S-21-0027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, holding that the district court did not violate Defendant's right to a speedy trial. The State originally charged Defendant wit...

In re Guardianship of DEP  
Date: November 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 122
Docket Number: S-21-0096

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Kevin and Darcy Guilles' co-guardianship of DEP, the child of Diona Palu, holding that the Guilles failed to provide an adequate record to review the...

Reid v. State  
Date: October 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 121
Docket Number: S-21-0073

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's pre-sentence motion to withdraw guilty plea, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. In 2020, the State filed a third petition to r...

Burrow v. Sieler  
Date: October 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 120
Docket Number: S-21-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court holding Mother in contempt for denying Father visitation with their child during summer and for the Thanksgiving holiday, holding that there was no error. On ap...

RR v. State  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 119
Docket Number: S-21-0037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the juvenile court ordering that a permanency plan for minor siblings IM, NM, and AM be changed to adoption and finding that the Department of Family Services (DFS) be relieved...

Triplett v. State, ex rel. Department of Workforce Services  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 118
Docket Number: S-21-0090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the determination of the Medical Commission Hearing Panel that Scott Triplett failed to meet his burden to show entitlement to a right hip replaceme...

Robert Joseph Harper, Jr. v. The State of Wyoming
Date: October 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 117
Docket Number: S-21-0137
Johnson v. State ex rel., Wyoming Department of Transportation  
Date: October 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 116
Docket Number: S-21-0093

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming Defendant's license suspension, holding that law enforcement officers did not deprive Defendant of his right to an independent chemical test of his...

Snyder v. Snyder  
Date: October 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 115
Docket Number: S-21-0067

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court in this divorce case awarding Husband all of the interest in his business and ordering him to pay Wife $100,000 to equalize the p...

Farthing v. State  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 114
Docket Number: S-21-0052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting the State's petition to revoke Defendant's probation, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Defendant pled guilty to conspir...

Richmond v. State  
Date: October 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 111
Docket Numbers: S-21-0053, S-20-0098

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder, holding that Defendant's trial counsel was not ineffective for failing adequately to advise Defendant regarding his right to testify and in faili...

Lino Alfred Hurtado v. The State of Wyoming
Date: October 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 112
Docket Number: S-21-0154
Marie Christine Franks v. The State of Wyoming
Date: October 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 113
Docket Number: S-21-0157
Snyder v. State  
Date: October 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 108
Docket Number: S-20-0245

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. After a four-day trial, a jury convicted Defendant of first-degree murder....

Belanger v. State  
Date: October 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 110
Docket Number: S-21-0025

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of obtaining property by false pretenses and ordering her to pay restitution, holding that there was no error in the restitution order....

ASM v. State  
Date: October 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 109
Docket Number: S-21-0026

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that ASM, a middle-aged woman, needed to be involuntarily hospitalized pursuant to Wyo. Stat. Ann. 25-10-110 because she was mentally ill, as defi...

Hays v. Martin  
Date: October 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 107
Docket Number: S-21-0040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court modifying the court's divorce decree and awarding Father primary physical custody of the parties' son, holding that there was no error. In the divorce decre...

Martin v. Security State Bank  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 106
Docket Number: S-21-0049

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Security State Bank (SSB) and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint asserting a first priority equitable lien on certain ranch property, ho...

Skaf v. Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services, P.C.  
Date: September 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 105
Docket Number: S-20-0266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services's (WCS) motion to dismiss this appeal of the district court's confirmation of the decision of an arbitration panel concluding that the parties' non-compete agreem...

Jacobs v. State  
Date: September 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 104
Docket Number: S-20-0237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of one count of aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder, one count of reckless endangering, and one count of misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, holdin...

Snowden v. Jaure  
Date: September 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 103
Docket Number: S-21-0032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court to grant Father's petition to modify child support, holding that the district court did not improperly impute Mother's net monthly income at $3,975. In 2018,...

Snyder v. Snyder  
Date: September 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 101
Docket Number: S-20-0203

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court clarifying an order it entered in 2017 dividing the Aimone Ranch into two parcels, holding that the district court properly clarified its 2017 order under Wyo...

In re Guardianship of ARB  
Date: September 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 102
Docket Number: S-21-0005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court ordering the guardianship of ARB, a minor child, to terminate, holding that the district court did not err when it determined that exceptional circumstances d...

Miller v. State  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 100
Docket Number: S-21-0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of one count of felony strangulation of a household member and one count of misdemeanor domestic battery, holding that there was no error...

Eddy Angelo Fernandez v. The State of Wyoming
Date: September 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 99
Docket Numbers: S-21-0099, S-21-0098
O'Roake v. State, ex rel. Department of Family Services  
Date: August 31, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 98
Docket Number: S-21-0017

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the child support order requiring Father to pay post-majority support for his child, Zao, while Zao was attending college, holding that the district court abused its discretion when it ordered...

Heimer v. Heimer  
Date: August 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 97
Docket Number: S-21-0033

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgments of the district court granting in part and denying in part Mother's fifth motion for order to show cause and finding Father in contempt of court upon...

James v. Winkel  
Date: August 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 96
Docket Number: S-20-0272

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendant Gerald James on his quiet title claim and granting both Defendants summary judgment on Plaintiffs' remaining claims, ho...

Merlak v. State  
Date: August 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 95
Docket Number: S-21-0002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of third-degree sexual assault and sentencing him to a sentence of five to eight years in prison, holding that there was no error in the...

Hood v. State  
Date: August 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 94
Docket Numbers: S-21-0019, S-21-0018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting the Wyoming Department of Family Service's petition to terminate Father's and Mother's parental rights under Wyo. Stat. Ann. 14-2-309(a)(iii) and (a)(v)...

Childers v. State  
Date: August 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 93
Docket Number: S-20-0236

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for attempted second-degree murder, felony property destruction, and other offenses, holding that the district court did not err when it denied Defendant's motion for ju...

Jackson v. State  
Date: August 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 92
Docket Number: S-21-0015

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of strangulation of a household member, holding that there was no error in the district court's evidentiary rulings. On appeal, Defendant argued, among other things, tha...

Christopher Lane Carson v. The State of Wyoming
Date: August 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 91
Docket Number: S-21-0091
Bernal-Molina v. State  
Date: August 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 90
Docket Number: S-20-0204

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor between the ages of thirteen and fifteen years, holding that the district court did not improperly instruct the ju...

Klingbeil v. State  
Date: August 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 89
Docket Number: S-20-0213

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder, holding that the opinion testimony of a forensic pathologist did not materially prejudice Defendant's defense. On appeal, Defendant argued that t...

Castellow v. Pettengill  
Date: August 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 88
Docket Number: S-21-0001

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court entering an order requiring shared custody of a child between Mother and Father, holding that the district court erred. Father and Mother shared a child. Fat...

Rowe v. Walker  
Date: August 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 87
Docket Number: S-20-0269

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from an order of the probate court authorizing the sale of two vehicles owned by Darren and Deidra Rowe after Darren shot and killed both Deidra and himself, holding that there was...

Douglas Matthew Schrier Living Trust v. Excel Concrete & Excavation, LLC  
Date: July 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 86
Docket Numbers: S-20-0262, S-20-0261

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court striking a lien filed by Excel Concrete & Excavation, LLC against Douglas Schrier's Teton County property, holding that the expedited and limited proceeding a...

FR v. State  
Date: July 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 85
Docket Number: S-20-0219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the juvenile court adjudicating three minor children as neglected and the order changing the permanency plan for the adoption from reunification of the family to termination of Fat...

Thompson v. State  
Date: July 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 84
Docket Number: S-20-0206

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of two counts of aggravated assault and battery, holding that the district court abused its discretion in allowing the hearsay testimony...

Brown v. Best Home Health & Hospice, LLC  
Date: July 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 83
Docket Number: S-20-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting a preliminary injunction sought by Best Home Health & Hospice, LLC (Best Home) to prohibit three registered nurses (collectively, the Nurses) who lef...

AW v. State  
Date: July 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 81
Docket Numbers: S-20-0243, S-20-0242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the juvenile court's order changing the permanency plan for Mother and Father's four children from reunification to adoption, holding that the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion when i...

Jendresen v. State  
Date: July 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 82
Docket Numbers: S-20-0244, S-19-0154

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, holding that Defendant knowingly and intelligently waived his Miranda rights and that Defe...

Boyce v. Jarvis  
Date: June 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 80
Docket Number: S-20-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Father's petition for modification of alimony, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Father's request to modify...

Brown v. State  
Date: June 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 79
Docket Number: S-20-0281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence and the issuance of a nunc pro tunc judgment conforming Defendant's written sentence to the court's oral pronoun...

Hallingbye ex rel. Wyoming Board of Medicine v. Painter  
Date: June 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 78
Docket Numbers: S-20-0241, S-20-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court reversing in part and affirming in part the decision of the Wyoming Board of Medicine to suspend Dr. Rebecca Painter's medical license, holding that the distr...

In re FP  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 77
Docket Number: S-20-0224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the juvenile court dismissing this juvenile case, holding that Mother's opening brief misstated the record and failed to comply with the Wyoming Rules of Appellate Procedure. Moth...

Archer v. Mills  
Date: June 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 75
Docket Number: S-20-0192

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellants' motion to intervene in this wrongful death action, holding that heirs of the decedent cannot intervene in a wrongful death action brought...

Rory Eron Bunnell v. The State of Wyoming
Date: June 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 76
Docket Number: S-21-0003
Page v. Meyers  
Date: June 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 73
Docket Number: S-20-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's claims for negligent misrepresentation and intentional interference with a contract, holdin...

Gaston v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.  
Date: June 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 74
Docket Number: S-20-0235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court denying Plaintiff's motion to amend and dismissing her survival action against Westview Health Care Center for injuries her decea...

Yazzie v. State  
Date: June 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 72
Docket Numbers: S-20-0251, S-19-0200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's Wyo. R. App. P. 21 motion asserting that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance when he failed to raise a challenge under Batso...

Wheeldon v. Elk Feed Grounds House, LLC  
Date: May 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 71
Docket Number: S-20-0200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court deciding that Plaintiffs failed to establish the elements required to establish an implied easement, holding that the district court did not err. Plaintiffs...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. David E. Singleton, WSB #7-5372
Date: May 19, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 70
Docket Number: D-21-0002
Kaleb Paul Kirsop v. The State of Wyoming
Date: May 19, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 69
Docket Number: S-21-0021
Pokrovskaya v. Genderen  
Date: May 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 68
Docket Number: S-20-0202

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding Father custody of the parties' minor child subject to Mother's visitation, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it dismi...

Leners v. State  
Date: May 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 67
Docket Numbers: S-20-0208, S-20-0001

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of attempted second-degree murder, holding that the overwhelming evidence of guilt precluded a conclusion that any alleged errors were prejudicial. On appeal, Defendant...

Lemus v. Martinez  
Date: May 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 66
Docket Number: S-20-0161

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Father's petition to modify custody and support of the parties' children, holding that there was no due process violation or abuse of discretion. Two...

Sinclair Wyoming Refining Co. v. Infrassure, Ltd  
Date: May 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 65
Docket Number: S-20-0114

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered in the affirmative a question certified to it by the United States Court of Appeals asking whether an insurance policy is "issued for delivery" or "delivered" under Wyo. Stat. Ann. 26-15-101(a)...

BRW East, LLC v. EME Wyoming, LLC  
Date: May 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 64
Docket Numbers: S-20-0198, S-20-0197

Justia Opinion Summary: In this eminent domain dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the first order of the district court allowing EME Wyoming, LLC access to approximately 52,000 acres of land located primarily in Goshen County and affirmed the...

Mahaffy v. State  
Date: May 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 63
Docket Number: S-20-0191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained at the end of a traffic stop, holding that the traffic stop was unlawfully extended after its initial...

WyoLaw, LLC v. State, Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit  
Date: May 5, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 61
Docket Number: S-20-0148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court setting aside an investigative subpoena served by the Consumer Protection Unit of the Wyoming Office of Attorney General, holding that there was no error or a...

In re Adoption of ATWS  
Date: May 5, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 62
Docket Number: S-20-0184

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying KA's unopposed petition for adoption of minor child under Wyo. Stat. Ann. 1-22-101 et seq., holding that the adoption statutes did not prohibit KA fro...

Albert M. Contreras v. The State of Wyoming
Date: May 5, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 60
Docket Number: S-21-0007
Carroll v. Gibson  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 59
Docket Number: S-20-0217

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Father's Wyo. R. Crim. P. 60(b)(4) motion seeking relief from the district court's child custody and support order, holding that Rule 60(b)(4) could n...

Dodi Joseph Carpenter v. The State of Wyoming
Date: April 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 58
Docket Number: S-20-0218
Tell Edward Barbour v. The State of Wyoming
Date: April 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 57
Docket Number: S-20-0254
Herden v. State, ex rel. Department of Family Services  
Date: April 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 56
Docket Number: S-20-0180

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to Child, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. The Wyoming Department of Family Services...

Inman v. Grimmer  
Date: April 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 55
Docket Number: S-20-0178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss this legal malpractice complaint and to compel arbitration based on the arbitration provision in the parties' engagement a...

Newnham v. State  
Date: April 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 54
Docket Number: S-20-0264

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to escape, holding that the district court properly found that Defendant was not entitled to any credit in this case. Defenda...

David Jay Lundell v. The State of Wyoming
Date: April 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 53
Docket Number: S-20-0277
City of Laramie v. Hanft  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 52
Docket Numbers: S-20-0069, S-20-0068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff on his complaint seeking reinstatement of his employment and damages for his wrongful terminati...

Motylewski v. Motylewski  
Date: April 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 51
Docket Number: S-20-0185

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court holding that Appellant's claim for recoupment was barred by res judicata, holding that the district court did not err. Under the partie...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Terri Virginia Smith, WSB #7-4685
Date: April 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 50
Docket Number: D-20-0006
Davidson-Eaton v. Iversen  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 49
Docket Number: S-20-0150

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal for want of jurisdiction, holding that no final order had been entered in this matter. The co-personal representatives of the Estate of Gale S. Iverson sued Cheri Eaton, Iverson's...

Schwartz v. State  
Date: March 31, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 48
Docket Number: S-20-0186

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder and aggravated assault, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress statements he made at the scene of t...

Wyoming State Hospital v. Romine  
Date: March 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 47
Docket Numbers: S-20-0092, S-20-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and dismissed part the judgment of the district court denying summary judgment in favor of the Wyoming State Hospital on Plaintiffs' claims asserting various claims of negligence under...

Levy v. Aspen S, LLC  
Date: March 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 46
Docket Number: S-20-0164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Plaintiff attorney fees and costs after dismissing this declaratory judgment action as moot, holding that the court erred in concluding that Plaintiff...

Charles Goldner Landrum v. The State of Wyoming
Date: March 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 44
Docket Number: S-20-0258
Melanie Ann Flemma v. The State of Wyoming
Date: March 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 45
Docket Number: S-20-0259
Stanger v. State  
Date: March 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 43
Docket Number: S-20-0167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this criminal case to the district court sentencing Defendant for methamphetamine possession, holding that this Court could not reach the issue on appeal of whether the district court erred whe...

Sides v. State  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 42
Docket Numbers: S-20-0162, S-20-0009, S-15-0298

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the district court denying Appellant's motions to correct an illegal sentence and to withdraw his guilty pleas, holding that the district court did not err. Appellant was serving...

Elmore v. State  
Date: March 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 41
Docket Number: S-20-0172

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for possession of a controlled substance, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress under the Fourth Amendment to the United S...

Neidlinger v. State  
Date: March 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 39
Docket Numbers: S-20-0125, S-19-0149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree sexual assault, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below but that remand was required for correction of a clerical error contained in the...

Harrison v. State  
Date: March 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 40
Docket Number: S-20-0153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that Defendant was eligible to petition for relief from the duty to register as a sex offender only if he had been registered for twenty-five years...

Bruce v. Bruce  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 38
Docket Number: S-20-0118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in all respects the district court's findings, conclusions, and decree of divorce in the proceedings between Father and Mother, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in a...

BJ v. KM  
Date: February 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 37
Docket Number: S-20-0143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court holding that BJ lacked standing bring his petition to establish paternity and dismissing the petition, holding that a man claiming to be the biological father...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Danielle M. Mathey, WSB #7-4956
Date: February 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 35
Docket Number: D-21-0001
Fuller v. State  
Date: February 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 36
Docket Number: S-20-0080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence discovered after law enforcement entered Defendant's apartment without a warrant to arrest him after he failed...

Toni Lynn Oleson v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 34
Docket Number: S-20-0209
Mackley v. State  
Date: February 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 33
Docket Number: S-20-0124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for aggravated animal cruelty and reckless endangering, holding that there was no error and that the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions. Defendant's conv...

Mirich v. State ex rel., Board of Trustees of Laramie County School District Two  
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 32
Docket Number: S-20-0134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the decision of the Board of Trustees of Laramie County School District Number Two (the Board) dismissing Appellant from his teaching contract with...

Melvin Blane Long v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 31
Docket Number: S-20-0214
Jesse James Hartley v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 30
Docket Number: S-20-0238
Smith v. State  
Date: February 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 28
Docket Number: S-19-0226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of being an accessory to both involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault and battery, holding that the district court erred when it refused to instruct the jury on d...

Rush v. Golkowski  
Date: February 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 27
Docket Number: S-20-0104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Mother's motion to set aside entry of default and vacate default hearing and modifying the parties' decree of divorce to award Father primary custody...

Latham v. State  
Date: February 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 29
Docket Number: S-20-0187

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of felony attempted interference with a peace officer and misdemeanor child endangerment, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions. On appeal,...

Brown v. Brown  
Date: February 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 26
Docket Number: S-20-0181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court modifying Father's child support obligation to Mother, holding that the court did not err by modifying Father's child support obligation without requiring Mother...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Clay B. Jenkins, WSB #5-2249
Date: February 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 24
Docket Number: D-20-0005
Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Donald L. Tolin, WSB #5-1699
Date: February 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 25
Docket Number: D-20-0008
Frederik Marinus Tombroek v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 23
Docket Number: S-20-0234
Coffey v. State  
Date: February 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 21
Docket Number: S-20-0115

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's Wyo. R. Crim. P. 35(b) motion for a sentence reduction, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Defendant pled guil...

Sears v. Sears  
Date: February 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 20
Docket Number: S-20-0138

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court establishing joint custody of the children and failing to require Father to pay Mother retroactive child support, temporary alimony, a...

Ramos v. State  
Date: February 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 22
Docket Number: S-20-0144

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court revoking Defendant's probation, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it concluded that Defendant willfully violated his probation...

RA v. State  
Date: February 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 18
Docket Number: S-20-0093

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the juvenile court relieving the State of Wyoming's Department of Family Services (DFS) from its statutory responsibility to make reasonable efforts to reunify Father with Child, h...

Asphalt Specialties Co., Inc. v. Laramie County Planning Commission  
Date: February 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 19
Docket Number: S-20-0127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Laramie County Planning Commission denying Asphalt Specialities Co., Inc.'s (ASCI) site plan application for a hard rock quarry operation in Laramie County, holding that the...

Jontra Holdings Pty Ltd v. Gas Sensing Technology Corp.  
Date: January 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 17
Docket Numbers: S-20-0072, S-20-0073

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the final judgments against Plaintiffs, Australian investors, who sued Gas Sensing Technology Corporation (GSTC), a Wyoming-based oil and gas service company, for payment of loans Plaintiffs ma...

Mattheis Co. v. Mulligan  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 14
Docket Number: S-20-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting Defendant summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiff's legal malpractice claim, holding that collateral estoppel and in pari delicto barred Plaintiff's l...

Miller v. State  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 16
Docket Number: S-20-0087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, holding that the district court did not commit prejudicial error in admitting evidence of prior bad acts under...

Smithson v. Lindzey  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 15
Docket Number: S-20-0117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court declaring that Scott Smithson and Elena Morozova (the Smithsons) did not have the right to fish in the Little Laramie River, holding that a 1965 warranty deed...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Nick Edward Beduhn, WSB # 6-3763
Date: January 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 13
Docket Numbers: D-17-0007, D-16-0007
Raczon v. State  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 12
Docket Number: S-20-0159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from the judgment of the district court accepting Defendant's plea of no contest to stalking but declining to enter a conviction on the plea, deferring the proceedings, and placing...

Bird v. Lampert  
Date: January 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 11
Docket Number: S-20-0149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's pro se complaint filed under the Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act alleging that the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) inmate cl...

Burns v. Sam  
Date: January 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 10
Docket Number: S-20-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this wrongful death action, holding that Defendants did not owe a common law duty to Tyler Burns, who was killed by a gu...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Terri Virginia Smith, WSB #7-4685
Date: January 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 7
Docket Number: D-20-0006
Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Donald L. Tolin, WSB #5-1699
Date: January 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 8
Docket Number: D-20-0008
Russell v. State  
Date: January 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 9
Docket Number: S-20-0130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Defendant's claim was barred by res judicata. Defendant pled guilty to two counts of...

Samuel Cole Foster v. The State of Wyoming
Date: January 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 6
Docket Number: S-20-0195
Woodward v. Valvoda  
Date: January 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 5
Docket Number: S-20-0094

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment for Plaintiff on his claim to quiet title in his window wells that encroached on Defendant's property based on adverse possession, hold...

Prancing Antelope I, LLC v. Saratoga Inn Overlook Homeowners Association, Inc.  
Date: January 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 3
Docket Number: S-20-0052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Saratoga Inn Overlook Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOA2) on its claim for breach of fiduciary duty and awarding punitive damages, holding that th...

Ridinger v. State  
Date: January 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 4
Docket Number: S-20-0090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree sexual assault, holding that the State's delay in bringing charges against him did not violate due process and that the prosecutor's comments during clos...

Hicks v. State  
Date: January 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 2
Docket Number: S-20-0058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, TM, holding that the district court did not commit plain error by admitting evidence of TM's out-of-court statements about the ab...

Russell John Rayda v. The State of Wyoming
Date: January 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 WY 1
Docket Number: S-20-0133
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