Casper, WY – A federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal filed by a Wyoming woman who was convicted of murdering her husband nearly 30 years after he was shot to death. Rita Ann Humphrey had argued that her first-degree murder conviction in Wyoming courts in 2006 for the 1977 shooting death of her husband had violated her constitutional right to a speedy trial. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday dismissed Humphrey's appeal. The ruling states that she failed to show that the Wyoming Supreme Court violated
Casper, WY – Wyoming lawmakers are planning a series of meetings around the state this summer to hear from the public about how to map out new legislative districts. The legislative panel charged with drawing new district lines adopted a list of principles on Tuesday it will follow in the redistricting process. Those include keeping the new districts contiguous and compact while allowing them to reflect communities of interest, and following county boundaries as much as possible while avoiding the dilution of the rights of minority groups.
Rawlins, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and others are evaluating how to prevent a five-story earthen dam from failing and potentially washing out a highway in south-central Wyoming. The Little Robber Dam holds back a 28-acre reservoir 15 miles north of the Colorado line. No homes are in the way of a dam failure but Wyoming Highway 789 is about a mile downstream.