ND Supreme Court rejects Dalrymple grand jury appeal

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal related to a petition effort calling for a grand jury to investigate allegations of bribery against Gov. Jack Dalrymple, but a similar petition is being readied for submission.

In a one-page order issued Thursday, the Supreme Court said the ruling by Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf to dismiss the case is not appealable.

Herauf ruled that Dunn County was not the appropriate venue for the petition. Herauf’s Nov. 21 ruling also said the petition did not have enough signatures from qualified Dunn County voters to meet the requirements of a citizen-initiated grand jury process.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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