The South Dakota Supreme Court started its October term at the University of South Dakota School of Law on Monday, Oct. 5.
The high court is hearing oral arguments for three days.
The first day ended with an appeal from a retired Highway Patrolman who was shot during an armed standoff in January 2015, by a schizophrenic man who was off his meds.
The patrolman says the shooter's mother is liable, not because she failed to stop her son's behavior, but because she helped to cause it.
Victoria Wicks has coverage of this case for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.