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SD Supreme Court Considers Adopting Precedent-Setting Federal Test Before Trial

In a Sioux Falls court case, the South Dakota Supreme Court is asked to settle a dispute before it goes to trial. The defense has subpoenaed a law officer’s personnel files, and the judge ruled that they can be examined in camera, or for her eyes only. But a Minnehaha County prosecutor says personnel files are confidential under state law and asks the court to adopt a federal test restricting release of personnel records.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.