Justice

Check It Out: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

6 hours ago

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Woodbury County Jail

A man facing charges related to the death of a Sioux City man will be brought back from Mexico to face charges.

Police arrested 24-year-old Ray Avila in Mexico earlier this week.

He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury in the death of 31-year-old Pete Johnson after a deadly assault in downtown Sioux City in July of last year.

A former lawyer with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is the newest justice on the Supreme Court in South Dakota.

Patricia DeVaney has been sworn in.

Check It Out: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Nov 6, 2018

Imagine being accused of something you did not do and being punished severly for it. Well, in this book it recounts Bryan Stevenson's decades-long career as a legal advocate for people who are wrongfuly accused or harshly sentenced. One case that the book focuses on is about Walter McMillian. He is a black man falsley accused of murder and is sentenced to death in Alabama around the late 1980s. Along with this case, there are many other cases that are intertwined into this story. So stop on into the Sioux City Public Library to check this book out in print or audio. 

You got to love Carry A. Nation, a woman who listened when the Lord God almighty told her to uphold the law in Kansas and bring to an glorious end the miserable indecency of those who pedaled booze in utter disregard of the law.

The Exchange: 2.1.17

Feb 1, 2017

Impending budget cuts in the tri-state area threaten to deplete resources that our justice system is already short on. We talk with Iowa District Court Judge Duane Hoffmeyer and South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson about this crunch as well as about ways to improve our system of courts.

White Buffalo of the Omaha Chiefs

Jan 2, 2017

According to an old Omaha history, the Omahas first saw a white man somewhere close to where today they would find Homer, Nebraska. Those strange white people carried with them “blankets, cloths, trinkets, and guns,” all of which made that first meeting historic—deathly-looking white folks were one thing, but guns—that was amazing.

It was the late 18th century, and that first sighting was reciprocal—it was the fur traders’ first sight of the Omahas as well. There are no reports of those trappers being equally awed.