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Cruel & Unusual: When is Punishment Too Much?

Last week, the South Dakota Supreme Court issued a pair of decision upholding severe sentences.  In State v. Shelton, the Court upheld a 25 year sentence for a defendant convicted of three relatively minor drug distribution offenses.  In...

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Criminal Procedure 101

In recent weeks, a number of folks have called and asked me questions about the confusing world of criminal procedure. The most frequent areas of concern pertain to preliminary hearings, grand jury indictments, and post-arrest arrest warrants. The...

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