Justices: Denying Jury Duty To Tribal Members Assumes They Won't Show Up To Serve
South Dakota Supreme Court justices weigh in when lawyers come before them to make oral arguments. And they did so in October, when the defense made a case for calling Fall River County residents as jurors for an Oglala Lakota County lawsuit.
Justices issued an opinion in that case Thursday, Nov. 5.
An attorney for a civil defendant on the Pine Ridge Reservation argued that enrolled tribal members should not be included in a potential jury pool. But justices ruled that eliminating tribal members as potential jurors for state cases in their county violates state law and the state constitution.