- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a pair of appeals on whether North Central District Judge Gary Lee ordered defendants to pay excessive amounts in restitution.

The Minot Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1R4djpX) that the first case involves 33-year-old Robert Putney Jr., who is appealing his conviction for shooting a woman in the stomach in June 2014. Lee ordered that Putney pay nearly $50,000, or about half of the victim’s total medical bill.

The second appeal is from Benjamin Clayton, who says he should not have been forced to pay nearly $25,000 for his father’s broken ankle. Court records show that the two men were involved in a physical altercation in March 2015 and the elder Clayton fell down and broke his ankle.

The arguments are scheduled Tuesday.

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