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SD Supreme Court: No Summary Judgment For Sheriff Whose Search Trashed Trailer

The South Dakota Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit against the Hamlin County Sheriff to proceed.

Justices heard arguments in September 2019 that the sheriff oversaw a search of a trailer house that resulted in more than $18,000 worth of damage.

In a divided opinion, justices say the lower court needs to further examine whether the sheriff can legitimately claim qualified immunity.

Victoria Wicks reports for SDPB.

Photos are copied from the SD Supreme Court opinion.

To read the full opinion, click on this link.

https://ujs.sd.gov/uploads/sc/opinions/2867179709fa.pdf

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