Female majority makes Supreme Court history

It was a historic day earlier this week for the South Dakota Supreme Court.

And a photo tells the story.

For the first time ever, three female justices comprised a majority of the state’s highest court.

Justice Steven Zinter disqualified himself from a case, so retired Justice Judith Meierhenry sat in on oral arguments April 25 with Justices Janine Kern and Lori Wilbur.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson acknowledged it from the bench.

“It struck us at dinner last night, this is the first time we’ve had all three female justices sitting on the same case at the same time, because Justice Meierhenry retired before Justice Kern came on the court,” he said. “So to commemorate this, at the end of the argument, we’re going to have a photo taken.

Female majority makes Supreme Court history

It was a historic day earlier this week for the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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