Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions 2021

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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