North Dakota Supreme Court

Supreme Court rejects petition to alter parole eligibility

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected a petition by a Bismarck man convicted of killing his wife to alter the parole eligibility dates of his life sentence. Fifty-eight-year-old Russell Craig was sentenced to life after pleading guilty in the fatal stabbing of Pamela Craig-Johnson in 2006. The sentence included the possibility of parole. The Supreme Court…

Supreme Court: Judgeship to stay in Mandan

BISMARCK (KFGO/KVRR)  – A soon-to-be-vacant South Central District judgeship will stay in Mandan. The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision following Judge John Grinsteiner plans to retire Aug. 20. When a district judge leaves, the Supreme Court determines whether to keep the judgeship in the present location, move it elsewhere or abolish it. The decision is based on statewide…

Supreme Court orders new civil trial in 2015 crash

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial for a driver who caused a Bismarck expressway crash that killed two women, injured a third and produced a jury award of more than $1 billion in damages. The 2015 crash killed 21-year-old Taylor Goven, and 22-year-old Abby Renschler, and caused a traumatic brain injury to…

ND Supreme Court To Decide If New Insurance Candidate Makes Ballot

Democrats Replaced Travisia Martin with Fargo insurance agent Jason Anderson

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Democrats have endorsed a new candidate for insurance commissioner. He is Fargo insurance agent Jason Anderson. He was endorsed after the state Supreme Court ruled the party’s initial nominee, Travisia Martin, was ineligible for the ballot. She hasn’t lived in the state long enough to hold the office. Democrats filed a petition on Monday with…

Social Distancing: Scavenger Hunts And Social Distance Justice

See How North Dakota Supreme Court Handles Social Distancing

  Thank goodness it’s starting to warm up. We might see temps in the 50’s in the next few days. There’s no more ice on the roads or sidewalks. Because you can go outside even if you’re practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. All you gotta do is stay six feet away from people. So that’s what I’m trying…

Supreme Court Upholds Lyft Driver’s Assault Conviction

Wickham was sentenced last spring to 20 years in prison.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a former Lyft driver from Mandan convicted of sexually assaulting a customer. Corey Wickham argued that some expert testimony during his trial should not have been admitted. Wickham argued the prosecution should have been required to qualify five witnesses as expert. He says he wouldn’t have been convicted without…

Court Halts Online Access to Documents over Privacy Concerns

State Court Administrator Sally Holewa said that the court remains committed to online access.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended newly expanded online access to court documents after dozens of people complained about the potential loss of privacy. In September, the high court changed its system to begin allowing online access to spare people the burden of having to go to a courthouse to request record. The change took effect Jan. 1….

Gavel Passes to New Chief Justice in North Dakota

VandeWalle was the longest-serving chief justice in state history.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The gavel has been passed to the new chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. A ceremony Monday marked the transition from 86-year-old Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle to Justice Jon Jensen. The 54-year-old Jensen was elected chief justice by the state’s district court judges and the Supreme Court last month. VandeWalle announced in September that he would not…

Jensen Selected to Head North Dakota Supreme Court

Jensen was selected Thursday over Justice Lisa Fair McEvers.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Jon Jensen has been elected to head the state’s high court. The 54-year-old Jensen was selected Thursday over Justice Lisa Fair McEvers. The ballots were cast by the state’s 52 district court judges and each of the five justices on the high court. Jensen was appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 to replace…