Court

Bollen Pleads Not Guilty

Jun 3, 2016

A man accused of misusing money related to the federal EB-5 program has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Joop Bollen faces five class six felony charges of disposing of personal property subject to security interest. He’s accused of taking more than a million dollars from a program offering visas in return for investment money. Bollen pleaded not guilty to all five counts, and is requesting a trial by jury. He is currently out on bond.

Black Hills FLDS Compound Leader Arrested

Feb 23, 2016

Federal prosecutors indicted top leaders of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect for food stamp fraud and money laundering.

Officials with U.S. Attorney's Office say leaders of the sect diverted funds from Utah's nutrition assistance program for inappropriate use.

 Eleven people are charged in the scheme, including Lyle Jeffs and Seth Jeffs, who are brothers of imprisoned polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.  

Walker, Former US Senate Candidate In Jail Awaiting Trial

Jul 17, 2015

Clayton Walker is a former US Senate candidate who was kicked off the ballot for allegedly forging some of the signatures needed on his campaign petition.  He is now in jail awaiting trial.
 
Walker is set to stand trial on July 20th on felony charges including 12 counts of election petition violations.  
 
But he was arrested after failing to show up for pretrial hearings.  He is now in custody until the July 20th trial.

Lower Brule Leaders' Have Day In Court

Feb 16, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

 Newly elected Lower Brule Sioux tribal leaders were in court last week as directed by subpoenas first-served on them last December. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, Lower Brule Sioux tribal members were surprised by what took place in the courtroom – both before and during the proceedings.

Lower Brule Tribal Leaders Face-Off In Court

Feb 13, 2015

Lower Brule Sioux leaders met in tribal court on Thursday in what has become a continuing battle for political control of the Lower Brule Sioux tribe.

This phase involved two tribal council representatives and the tribal vice-chairman. All three were newly elected to their positions last fall.

A dispute with Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Mike Jandreau in November resulted in Jandreau walking out of a council meeting along with two council members who support him.

A Sioux Falls service group is giving the CASA program $11,000. Rotary West members raised the money to benefit an organization that advocates for children in the court system.

Rich Lauer says Rotary is about putting service above self. He says that mission prompted the club to choose the CASA program to receive 11-thousand dollars. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers work for judges to support children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Lauer says members recognize the importance of putting child advocates in court.

Rodney Berget's New Hearing

Jan 3, 2013

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted killer Rodney Berget. He pleaded guilty to the murder of State Corrections Officer Ronald Johnson in April, 2011. In its 65-page ruling, justices agreed with the Circuit Court judge on most points - but said statements made to a psychiatrist shouldn't have been considered in the penalty phase. The Supreme Court has sent the sentencing back to the Circuit Court to consider Berget's fate without the statements to the psychiatrist.