Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter Passes Away From Surgery Complications

A member of the South Dakota Superme Court has passed away following complications from surgery. News broke Tuesday morning that Steven L. Zinter, the 45th justice of the Supreme Court in South Dakota had died. Governor Dennis Daugaard called Zinter a towering figure in South Dakota law and a consummate public servant. He added Zinter was a role model and inspiration to many overcoming his disability to reach the pinnacle of his profession. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court David Gilbertson says Zinter is a giant in South Dakota’s legal community and possessed a positive personality the likes of which Gilbertson had never seen. U-S Representative Kristie Noem says Zinter thoroughly understood and consistently upheld the rule of law, showing both compassion and justice. Zinter was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Bill Janklow in 2002. Before that, he was a circuit judge in the Sixth Circuit from 1987 to 2002. Five years of that time was spent as the presiding judge of the Circuit. He also spent six years as Hughes County States Attorney from 1980 to 1986. Zinter’s death is the first by a sitting justice since Justice James Doyle passed away in 1976. Zinter and wife Sandy have two daughters and five grandchildren. Daugaard has ordered flags in South Dakota to fly at half-mast from now until until Justice Zinter’s interment, which is at a date to be determined.