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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SD to Retain Alienation of Affections

For the 3rd time in 11 years, Sen. Stan Edelstein attempted to repeal South Dakota's alienation of affections law.  This time he was aided by a high-profile trial against a state's attorney in which the jury ultimately rejected the plaintiff's claims.  Media coverage was extensive and included specific and intimate details of the relationships involved.  The trial changed some minds, but not enough. The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the bill on a 4-3 vote.  South Dakota will remain one of a handful of states retaining the heart balm tort. has the story.


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