Which living tribunes should we hear in Bismark?
— In the wake of the tragic death of a child at the hands of a runaway who escaped from a detention center, the Star Tribune of Bismarp, Neb., has issued a challenge to the Nebraska Legislature to consider whether or not a living tribunal can be established.
A child was taken from a Nebraska state facility in the late 1970s.
He was returned to his family on May 18, 1981, only to be shot in the head with a .357 caliber revolver and left for dead by his mother.
The family was never found, and in 1982, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the family should be considered dead.
After months of litigation, a judge in February 2016 ruled that Bismarcks’ death was not the result of a natural death, and that it was a homicide.
The judge then ordered the state to pay $2 million to the family’s estate.
But that order came on top of another ruling in 2012 that ordered the State of Nebraska to pay the family $10,000 in legal fees.
Mike Rounds has repeatedly said that his family did not die from natural causes.
The state has appealed the ruling, and a hearing is scheduled for next month.
A spokesman for the Star-Tribune said the newspaper is working to obtain more information from the state.
But Bismars supporters say that the ruling by the Nebraska state court should not have been handed down.
“It’s very sad to hear that the court of public opinion and the state Supreme Court are not recognizing the reality that our family has lived, that our children have lived, for generations,” said Chris O’Sullivan, the father of a deceased Bismaro child who is a Star Tribune columnist.
“It’s not about the court ruling.
And it’s just very sad.”