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SD Supreme Court: No New Trial For Rape Despite Inappropriate Prosecution

Photo courtesy of John Murphy

A Hot Springs man convicted of third-degree rape has been denied a new trial. The South Dakota Supreme Court found that the prosecutor's conduct was "exceedingly inappropriate," but the evidence supported the jury's decision to convict. One justice, however, dissented from the majority opinion. Justice Janine Kern said the prosecutor's conduct was so improper, the conviction should be reversed.

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