Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers of the interim Judiciary Committee have no recommendations for Marsy’s Law after a study brought about last session. State voters overwhelmingly approved Marsy’s Law as an initiated measure in the 2016 general election, planting crime victim rights in the state Constitution.
BISMARCK — As North Dakota Republicans swept statewide offices in Tuesday’s midterm election, the state Democratic-NPL party points to local wins and a positive outlook for 2020 after losing its only statewide seat.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously to reverse the conviction of a woman found guilty of felony tampering with a public service related to a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Rebecca Jessee was convicted at a Morton County court trial in January related to protest events at a railroad crossing at Morton County Road 82 on Nov. 15, 2016, west of Mandan. In the high court's opinion published Tuesday, Nov. 6, Justice Daniel Crothers wrote that the conduct of Jessee's presence on the tracks was decisive.
A recent segment of "Last Week Tonight" included a poke at North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for his participation in a retreat for which lobbyists paid big bucks to mingle with state AGs.
BISMARCK — A former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy has accepted a conditional plea on amended charges related to drug theft. Kerry Komrosky signed the plea on Tuesday, Oct. 30, pleading guilty to felony theft of property and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner dismissed a misdemeanor count of theft of property without prejudice.
BISMARCK — A former employee of the North Dakota Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division is facing felony charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars in customer transactions. Dorma Jean Steier, 62, of Mandan, N.D., is charged with felony counts of theft, forgery and deceptive writings. She is set for trial in early January.
BISMARCK — By executive order on Friday, Oct. 26, Gov. Doug Burgum created a Task Force for Veterans Affairs to study the system and resources serving North Dakota's military veterans.
BISMARCK — If North Dakota voters pass Measure 3 to legalize recreational marijuana, its passage would call for expungement of marijuana-related convictions within 30 days of Dec. 6. Legal observers say the 30-day expungement process can’t be done and opens the state up to lawsuits. Specifically, Measure 3’s language says: "Any individual who has an illegitimate drug conviction as defined in this chapter shall hereby have their records expunged and sealed by the court automatically."
BISMARCK — No one agrees on much about Measure 3. The initiated statutory measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota for people older than 21 is on the November ballot, with smokin' hot arguments rolled within. “I think it’s a great law. I think the law is wonderfully written,” said David Owen, who chairs the Measure 3 sponsoring committee.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan police are not releasing the name of a man injured in an officer-involved shooting because they are unsure if he will invoke his Marsy's Law rights. "We're not in touch with him because of the fact we're not doing the investigation, and so, until we know that for sure, we are not going to be (releasing the name) because we don't want to overstep that," Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said Monday, Oct. 15. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has opened a probe into the Oct. 9 shooting, of which few details are available.