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Two law enforcement officials are challenging the constitutionality of Constitutional Amendment A. The amendment would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, as well as require the legislature to pass laws on hemp cultivation and ensure access to medical marijuana. The initiative was filed by Brendan Johnson, former U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

First, SDPB political reporter, Lee Strubinger, joins Lori Walsh to explain how we got here. Then, Brendan Johnson joins us to go over some of nuances of Amendment A ahead of the court challenge.

A Dive Into The Supreme Court

Nov 5, 2020

In The Moment … November 5, 2020 Show 936 Hour 2

The Supreme Court was established by the United States Constitution and came about with the passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789. Its first assembly was in 1790. Today we begin a series of conversations about what the Supreme Court is and dig into its rich history. Helping us do that is Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University


In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 2

The South Dakota Supreme Court declared a judicial state of emergency on March 13. Jails across the state have taken measures to reduce the daily population count in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in high-risk environments. And, in the midst of the pandemic, on April 17, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson celebrated 25 years as Chief Justice. 


News: Jan 11 - 17

Jan 17, 2020

In this week's South Dakota news, Governor Kristi Noem delivered the State of the State. She highlighted expansion of high-speed internet services during the address Tuesday afternoon. She also outlined additional steps she wants to take this year to make South Dakota even more attractive to businesses.

In The Moment...January 12 2017 Show 009 Hr 2

Guests: David Gilbertson, SD Supreme Court Chief Justice; Jim Hagen, SD Secretary of Tourism; SDPB's Nate Wek, talks about Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner; Mat Hames, producer/director of What Was Ours; Jordan Dresser, co-producer of What Was Ours

Dakota Midday: Election's Impact On Supreme Court

Nov 9, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Dakota Midday welcomes Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls to discuss the implications of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court.

SD US Senators Back Supreme Court Nominee Block

Mar 18, 2016
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

South Dakota’s US Senators are pushing back against President Obama’s recent Supreme Court nomination.  

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds defends the decision to not hold hearings for any of Obama’s nominees, leaving the Supreme Court position vacant until after the election.

But critics say this strategy could backfire on the GOP.

President Obama recently nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.  Garland is currently the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Greece v. Galloway Case

May 6, 2014

In the case of Greece v. Galloway the Supreme Court has ruled that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity. The court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority said the prayers were merely ceremonial. They were neither unduly sectarian nor likely to make members of other faiths feel unwelcome.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Duffy

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments last week concerning prayer before city council meetings. That case involves the town of Greece, New York, where the town council conducts invocations similar to the ones in Rapid City. Victoria Wicks talked with Rapid City attorney Patrick Duffy about the legal precedents involved and possible outcomes of the case.

State Supreme Court Asked to Rule on Hyperion EIS

Oct 3, 2012

Three citizens groups are asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to require an assessment of the possible environmental impacts of the Hyperion Oil Refinery before the project goes forward.
The proposed $10-billion dollar refinery in Southeastern South Dakota is among the largest projects ever undertaken in the state.   The State government has issued some permits for the company to move forward on the project.  Yet so far no environmental impact statement has been completed on the facility. 

South Dakota’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on the campus of a Sioux Falls college. The high court hosts three days of oral arguments at the University of Sioux Falls.

The court hears oral arguments for eight cases. Monday’s most well-known case is the State versus Rodney Berget. In November of last year, Berget pleaded guilty to killing a state penitentiary correctional officer earlier in 20-11. He received the death sentence. Now Berget appeals that penalty. The state Supreme Court is obligated to review the death sentence case, even if Berget didn’t appeal.