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Judge [Cranfill] Hanging up His Robe

Published: 06/26/2017

After more than 10 years on the bench, District Judge Steven Cranfill announced his retirement this April.

Though Cranfill’s official last day isn’t until July 31, and several high-profile cases remain on his docket, he recently reflected on a life in the law and the humbling power of the black robes that will soon retire to his closet for good.

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Highlights of the Job for [Judge] Cranfill

Published: 06/26/2017

Retiring 5th Judicial District Judge Steven Cranfill has spent the last 10-plus years directing a stage where people’s most profound errors of judgment are replayed in the public eye, often with excruciating attention to detail.

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Governor Appoints New District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District

Published: 06/23/2017

Governor Matt Mead has appointed William L. (Bill) Simpson to be District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District. Simpson fills the vacancy occurring in the District’s Park County, Cody office with the retirement of Judge Steven Cranfill effective July 31, 2017.

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Wyoming Supreme Court Participates In Girls & Boys State Activities

Published: 06/21/2017

Miss Piggy, resplendent in a cocktail dress, white gloves and a string of pearls, gave opening testimony at the trial of the State vs. Alexander T. Wolf (aka the Big Bad Wolf) for committing two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Mr. Wolf allegedly caused the undue suffering of little pigs Pork and Babe, which compelled them to seek safety in Miss Piggy’s brick house (Kermit the Frog was visiting at the time). Supreme Court Justice Kate Fox and some of the Court’s staff attorneys provided a rendition of the classic fairy tale as a mock trial for the 2017 Girls State delegates on June 12th.

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June 2017 Attorney Recommendations

Published: 06/20/2017

The Wyoming Supreme Court is pleased to announce the names of newly recommended attorneys from the Board of Law Examiners and the Character and Fitness Committee for the month of June 2017:

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Governor Appoints New District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District

Published: 06/19/2017

Governor Matt Mead has appointed F. Scott Peasley to be District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District. Peasley fills the vacancy occurring in Converse County with the retirement of Judge John Brooks effective August 4, 2017. The District serves Converse, Niobrara, Platte and Goshen Counties.

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Congratulations to Retiring Judge Wade Waldrip

Published: 06/15/2017

Not only will District Judge Wade Waldrip be sorely missed as a jurist, he’ll also be missed as a “law school recruiter” when he retires his black robe. Barb Casados, the judge’s Judicial Assistant, commented, “He has been an inspiration to a lot of people—at least two newspaper reporters, one student intern, and one defendant have graduated from law school because of his influence.”

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Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Nominees for the Vacancy in the District Court, Fifth Judicial District (Cody)

Published: 05/24/2017

On behalf of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who serves as chairman, announced today that the commission has completed its consideration of all who have expressed interest in the position of District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District. Pursuant to Article 5, § 4 of the Wyoming Constitution, the Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three nominees for the position to Governor Matthew H. Mead for his consideration.

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Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Nominees for the Vacancy in the District Court, Eighth Judicial District (Douglas)

Published: 05/22/2017

On behalf of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who serves as chairman, announced today that the commission has completed its consideration of all who have expressed interest in the position of District Court Judge in the Eighth Judicial District. Pursuant to Article 5, § 4 of the Wyoming Constitution, the Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three nominees for the position to Governor Matthew H. Mead for his consideration.

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Governor Appoints New District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District

Published: 05/18/2017

Governor Matt Mead has appointed Dawnessa Snyder to be District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District in Carbon County. Snyder fills the vacancy occurring with the retirement of Judge Wade Waldrip on July 7th.

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Update on Court Technology Initiatives

Published: 04/25/2017

The Office of Court Administration continues to work diligently on the information technology projects currently underway. Since the previous update, the case management system committees for both the circuit and district courts have continued to meet weekly to familiarize themselves with the system and continue work on configuring FullCourt Enterprise to coincide with the needs of the State. The committees have also participated in another round of gap sessions with Justice Systems Inc. to review the system’s functionality and attempt to recognize the gaps in the system where additional functionality may be needed.

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Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Nominees For The Vacancy In The District Court, Second Judicial District (Rawlins)

Published: 04/20/2017

On behalf of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who serves as chairman, announced today that the commission has completed its consideration of all who have expressed interest in the position of District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District. Pursuant to Article 5, § 4 of the Wyoming Constitution, the Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three nominees for the position to Governor Matthew H. Mead for his consideration.

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Mock Arraignment Teaches Civil Liberties to Students

Published: 04/12/2017

[Judge Waldrip-Rawlins] - A "dangerous criminal" faced serious charges in Carbon County District Court Judge Wade Waldrip's courtroom Tuesday morning. Chained and shackled, Jim Time showed little remorse as his charges were read aloud, each one eliciting snickers from the audience. "The State alleges that you have inflicted miserable abuse on children," Waldrip said. "Specifically the State has alleged that you required fitness testing, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and running the mile, all in violation of Wyoming law."

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Judge Steven Cranfill, Fifth Judicial District Court Judge, to retire July 31, 2017 -- Vacancy Announced

Published: 04/11/2017

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced today that Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Steven Cranfill will be retiring from the court, effective July 31, 2017.

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Day in Court

Published: 04/06/2017

[Judge Cranfill-Cody] - Livingston students who recently attended a mock arraignment at the [Park] county courthouse may have expected a run-of-the-mill court proceeding. They were in for a surprise, however, when the face of the day's "criminal" was one they recognized.

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Supreme Court Launches New Judicial Learning Center Website

Published: 03/30/2017

The Wyoming Supreme Court has launched a new Judicial Learning Center website, which can be accessed at jlc.wyo.gov. The Judicial Learning Center opened on January 9, 2017 and is located in the Wyoming Supreme Court, State Law Library. Attorneys, teachers, students and others may now access Judicial Learning Center games and resources online.

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