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A store employee in Sioux Falls is accused of giving inappropriate discounts. She's charged with theft
A store employee in Sioux Falls is accused of giving inappropriate discounts. She's charged with theft

Evaluation Time Arrives for South Dakota Criminal Justice System Changes

One of the prime pieces of legislation that passed earlier this year was the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act. It is also known as Senate Bill 70, which was offered by Governor Daugaard and endorsed by a venerable panel which sought to reform the state’s methods of administering justice.

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A Defense Attorney’s Nightmare?

It has occurred to me that defense attorneys for the surviving Tsarnaev brother have a nightmare on their hands.

How can anyone defend the man accused of the finish-line bombings at the Boston Marathon? I don't know, but someone has to

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New Magistrate Judge Appointed

A Huron attorney has been appointed to be a magistrate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.

Presiding Judge Tim Tucker says Carmen Means will be sworn in on April 19.

The Madison native has been a public defender and a public advocate, and most recently has been in private practice for a firm in Huron

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Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE - The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a plan to cut the state's prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs.

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Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue

The South Dakota Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at creating alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders.

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Senate Approves Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE - The South Dakota Senate has approved a plan to cut the state's prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs.

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Lawmakers Like Governor’s Criminal Reform Plan

South Dakota legislative leaders are joining with Gov. Dennis Daugaard to propose changes in the state's criminal justice system.

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Governor Proposes Changes in Justice System

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the South Dakota Legislature to make sweeping changes in the state's criminal justice system to help cut prison costs.

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Confessed killer Eric Robert was executed by lethal injection Monday night for the murder of Ronald "RJ" Johnson in April 2011.
Confessed killer Eric Robert was executed by lethal injection Monday night for the murder of Ronald "RJ" Johnson in April 2011.

South Dakota Executes a Killer

It's over now, the execution of confessed killer Eric Robert.

He was put to death just after 10pm Monday for the brutal killing of Ronald "RJ" Johnson, a correctional officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary

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The United States Supreme Court began its new term this week, on the first Monday in October.

First Monday in October Brings Court Decisions

The first Monday in October brings the start of the new term for the US Supreme Court.

As the justices considered cases and decided which ones to hear, their decisions meant numerous appeals involving states around South Dakota are being dismissed

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