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SD Supreme Court: Tribal Members Can't Be Discounted As Potential Jurors

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The South Dakota Supreme Court says eliminating tribal members as potential jurors for Oglala Lakota County court cases violates state law and the state constitution. In an opinion released Thursday, Nov. 5, justices ruled that a 2009 standing order in the Seventh Judicial Circuit exceeded the presiding judge's authority, and a circuit court judge's reliance on it resulted in an unrequested change of venue.