These cases are usually updated monthly. Note that only those cases which were active in a given month will be updated.

Death Penalty
South Dakota currently has two men on death row at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Each conviction is under appeal and the Attorney General's Appellate Division is actively defending those appeals.


The Office of Attorney General will be making  legal arguments on behalf of the State before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 18.  The arguments support an ongoing federal timber managment project to preserve habitat for game animals and birds on the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve in the Black Hills. The Attorney General previously filed a brief in this matter.  Friends of the Norbeck & Native Ecosystems Council v US Forest Serv, Rick Cables, State of SD, Jeff Vonk



South Dakota was recently succcessful in defending a constitutional challenge to South Dakota's laws on funding  K-12 education.  The Office of Attorney General led the defense. The South Dakota Supreme Court's decision is Davis, v. State, et. al.