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In The Moment...January 12 2017 Show 009 Hr 2

Guests: David Gilbertson, SD Supreme Court Chief Justice; Jim Hagen, SD Secretary of Tourism; SDPB's Nate Wek, talks about Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner; Mat Hames, producer/director of What Was Ours; Jordan Dresser, co-producer of What Was Ours

Dakota Midday: Election's Impact On Supreme Court

Nov 9, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Dakota Midday welcomes Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls to discuss the implications of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court.

SD US Senators Back Supreme Court Nominee Block

Mar 18, 2016
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

South Dakota’s US Senators are pushing back against President Obama’s recent Supreme Court nomination.  

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds defends the decision to not hold hearings for any of Obama’s nominees, leaving the Supreme Court position vacant until after the election.

But critics say this strategy could backfire on the GOP.

President Obama recently nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.  Garland is currently the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Greece v. Galloway Case

May 6, 2014

In the case of Greece v. Galloway the Supreme Court has ruled that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity. The court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority said the prayers were merely ceremonial. They were neither unduly sectarian nor likely to make members of other faiths feel unwelcome.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Duffy

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments last week concerning prayer before city council meetings. That case involves the town of Greece, New York, where the town council conducts invocations similar to the ones in Rapid City. Victoria Wicks talked with Rapid City attorney Patrick Duffy about the legal precedents involved and possible outcomes of the case.

State Supreme Court Asked to Rule on Hyperion EIS

Oct 3, 2012

Three citizens groups are asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to require an assessment of the possible environmental impacts of the Hyperion Oil Refinery before the project goes forward.
The proposed $10-billion dollar refinery in Southeastern South Dakota is among the largest projects ever undertaken in the state.   The State government has issued some permits for the company to move forward on the project.  Yet so far no environmental impact statement has been completed on the facility. 

South Dakota’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on the campus of a Sioux Falls college. The high court hosts three days of oral arguments at the University of Sioux Falls.

The court hears oral arguments for eight cases. Monday’s most well-known case is the State versus Rodney Berget. In November of last year, Berget pleaded guilty to killing a state penitentiary correctional officer earlier in 20-11. He received the death sentence. Now Berget appeals that penalty. The state Supreme Court is obligated to review the death sentence case, even if Berget didn’t appeal.