Media Releases

Media Releases

Problem Solving Court Month
April 18, 2022
Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican will hold a proclamation signing ceremony announcing Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Month on behalf of the State Judicial Branch on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live from the Nebraska Supreme Court Courtroom. The month of May is nationally identified as Drug Court Month. With the diverse programming offered through Nebraska courts, it is appropriate to recognize the efforts of all of Nebraska’s problem-solving...Read more
April 6, 2022
In honor of Law Day, Nebraska Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments in the McCook High School auditorium on April 28, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. “McCook Public Schools is extremely excited to experience this wonderful learning opportunity for our students,” noted Public Schools Business Manager Jeff M. Gross. He continued, “The McCook community is very proud of its political and legal history in Nebraska, and we are excited to showcase our community and our outstanding hospitality to the...Read more
March 31, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge Leo Dobrovolny of Gering, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Dobrovolny heard arguments in the case of State v. Ellis, S-21-0595. After being convicted of first degree murder, the appellant, Roy Ellis, seeks post-conviction relief and argues that his trial counsel failed to adequately challenge the DNA evidence that was used to convict him at trial. He sat in place of Justice John Freudenberg, who was recused...Read more
March 31, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge James Doyle IV of Lexington, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on March 31, 2022. Doyle heard arguments in the case of State v. Ellis, S-21-0595. After being convicted of first degree murder, the appellant, Roy Ellis, seeks post-conviction relief and argues that his trial counsel failed to adequately challenge the DNA evidence that was used to convict him at trial. He sat in place of Chief Justice Mike Heavican, who was recused from the...Read more
March 31, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge J. Michael Coffey of Omaha, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on March 31, 2022. Coffey heard arguments in the case of Elbert v. Young (S21-0211). In this appeal, Mark D. Elbert alleges that Appellees portrayed him in a false light, libeled him, sought revocation of his law enforcement license, and attempted to interfere with his prospective employment. He sat in place of Justice Jonathan Papik, who was recused from the case. Chief...Read more
March 30, 2022
A three-judge sentencing panel for State of Nebraska v. Roberto Silva, Jr., CR 22-54, in the District Court for Sarpy County has been named. Presiding Judge Nathan Cox requested the Chief Justice appoint two judges as panel members, in accordance with Nebraska statute. The judges, Michael Piccolo and Bryan Meismer were randomly selected from a statewide list of judges. Cox will serve as the presiding judge. Generally, hearings of the three judge panels occur in the same location as the original...Read more
March 23, 2022
Two of Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts, both in Lancaster County, have been designated as national mentor courts by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). To celebrate the national distinction, both Courts will receive awards during a meeting of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 555 S. 10th St., Room 112, in Lincoln, Nebraska. National mentor courts are exemplary treatment courts selected to serve a 3-year...Read more
March 22, 2022
Judge of the Platte County Court, Frank J. Skorupa, is retiring effective April 30, 2022. Skorupa served as County Court Judge for the 5 th Judicial District in Columbus, Nebraska for 28 years. In his announcement letter to the Governor, Skorupa noted, “Since my appointment to the bench by Governor Ben Nelson, it has been a privilege to have served the citizens of the great State of Nebraska for twenty-eight years, but the time has come to step aside.” He continued, “I am most thankful for my...Read more
March 18, 2022
Judge of the Sarpy County Court, Robert C. Wester, is retiring effective April 30, 2022. Wester has served as County Court Judge for the 2nd Judicial District in Papillion, Nebraska, since 1994. In his announcement letter to the Chief Justice, Wester noted, “I have sincerely enjoyed the opportunity to serve the State of Nebraska and its citizens.” Wester has served on numerous judicial committees for the 2nd Judicial District throughout his career. In 2009, Wester received the Nebraska Supreme...Read more
March 18, 2022
Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of Ashley Cullison, Isabella Kenley, and Travis Hamilton-Creek at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber on March 14, 2022, Judge Rick Schreiner presided over the ceremony. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability for Drug Court graduates. Drug Court is a minimum 20-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life...Read more

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