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.

The justices refused to hear an appeal challenging the makeup of an Iowa commission that nominates members of the state's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

They decided not to stop Minnesota from barring judicial candidates from endorsing candidates in other elections and soliciting campaign contributions.

In cases from around the US, the Court refused to allow a lawsuit against two law enforcement officers who used stun guns against a Georgia man, James Christopher Allen, who later died.

And the justices decided not to hear a lawsuit over whether a police officer in Garland, Texas can be sued for fatally shooting a teen-ager who was threatening to commit suicide.