Media Releases

Media Releases

September 9, 2022
Robin Cobaugh, Assistant Clerk II for Keith County Court, has been selected to serve as Clerk Magistrate for Keith and Arthur Counties in Ogallala and Arthur, Nebraska. Cobaugh will begin work as clerk magistrate on September 30, 2022. “Robin has been an assistant clerk for the Keith County Court for twelve years and has experience in multiple case types. She will continue to provide exceptional service to the court and the public in her new role,” according to Trial Court Services Director...Read more
September 2, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judges Shelly R. Stratman and Timothy P. Burns of Omaha, Nebraska, were invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on September 1, 2022. The judges heard arguments in the case of S-21-419, State of Nebraska v. Jorge A. Galindo. Appellant Galindo was previously convicted on five (5) counts of First Degree Murder, for which he received five (5) death sentences. The Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed his convictions and sentences on direct appeal. State v. Galindo, 278 Neb...Read more
COA Travel
August 24, 2022
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will be in session on the campus of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, on September 15, 2022. The court session will celebrate ten years of the Court of Appeals College Campus Initiative, introduced in 2012 at Peru State College. The judges will divide into their customary morning and afternoon panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in the Kimmel Theatre at Midland University, 900...Read more
August 19, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration Please note the location change. WHAT: The District Court for the 4 th Judicial District Court of Nebraska is pleased to invite you to the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court Graduation ceremony. WHO: Judge Horacio Wheelock Congressman Don Bacon, guest speaker WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2022 2 : 00 p.m. WHERE: Legislative Chambers Omaha-Douglas Civic Center 1819 Farnam Street Omaha, NE WHY: For problem-solving court...Read more
August 19, 2022
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Friday, September 9, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. central standard time, in Room 1510 of the State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Nebraska, to consider the following agenda items: Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the County Court of the 12 th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Russell W. Harford effective August 31, 2022, and if so whether to recommend a primary office location. Whether a judicial vacancy exists in...Read more
August 10, 2022
Dana Ritchheart, a sergeant in the Nebraska City Police Department, has been selected to serve as Otoe county court clerk magistrate in Nebraska City, Ritchheart will begin work as clerk magistrate on August 22, 2022. “Dana brings strong people skills and experience in supervising staff, records management, and technology applications to her new role with the courts,” according to Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. “Her background also demonstrates her desire for public service and...Read more
August 10, 2022
Judge of the County Court, 6th Judicial District, Kenneth J. Vampola, is resigning his appointment as County Judge of the Sixth Judicial District effective September 2, 2022. Vampola has served as a backup judge for drug court and several terms as presiding judge in the 6th Judicial District (Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, & Washington Counties). In his announcement to the Chief Justice, Vampola wrote, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve.” Vampola has served the...Read more
July 27, 2022
Judge of the 12th Judicial District County Court, Russell W. Harford, is retiring at the close of business on August 31, 2022. Harford, of Chadron, was joined the bench in 2009. In his letter to the Governor and Chief Justice, Harford noted, “It has been both a privilege and pleasure to serve in this [judicial] capacity for the past 13 years. I was fortunate to have served with other dedicated judges and court staff in each of the counties in the 12th Judicial District and across the state.” He...Read more
July 25, 2022
LINCOLN – James M. Buchanan, Ronald S. Earl, Peter A. Pirsch, Bree Robbins, all of Omaha; Gage R. Cobb, Nicole R. Hutter, both of Gretna; and S. Colin Palm, Plattsmouth, have submitted applications for appointment as County Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Robert C. Wester. The public hearing originally...Read more
July 8, 2022
LINCOLN – James M. Buchanan, Ronald S. Earl, Peter A. Pirsch, Bree Robbins, all of Omaha; Gage R. Cobb, Nicole R. Hutter, both of Gretna; and S. Colin Palm, Plattsmouth, have submitted applications for appointment as County Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Robert C. Wester. The public hearing of the...Read more

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