William U. Hill
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|William U. Hill|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Wyoming Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Jim Geringer|
|Active:||1998 - present|
|Past post:||Wyoming Attorney General|
|Past term:||1995 - 1998|
|Bachelors:||University of Wyoming, 1970|
|Law School:||U.W. College of Law, 1974|
Hill received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1970 and was graduated from U.W. College of Law in 1974.
Hill has served as U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Assistant Attorney General for Wyoming, and as Chief of Staff-Chief Counsel for Senator Malcolm Wallop in Washington, D.C. Hill also spent years in private practice. In 1995, Hill became the Attorney General of Wyoming. He was serving in this capacity when he joined the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1998. Justice Hill served as Wyoming's Chief Justice from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2006. 
Warrantless drug search
In March of 2008, the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Jeremy Fenton by Laramie County District Court Judge Peter Arnold. Fenton had (conditionally) pleaded guilty to charges convicting him of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver; the conditional terms allowed him to challenge Judge Arnold's ruling which had denied his motion to suppress evidence found and statements made during a search of his home. "The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice William Hill, said the state failed to prove the search that disclosed the evidence which was the basis for the charge against Benton was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution.
Hill's opinion quoted the amendment that protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures and case law "'because we wish to make clear that the issue presented in a case such as this is one of the most important known to Anglo-American jurisprudence.'"
- Justice Wyoming Judicial Branch, Wyoming Supreme Court Justices
- Project Vote Smart, Justice William U. Hill (WY)
- League of Women Voters, Judicial Guide 2008 (See page 2)
- University of Wyoming, "Justice William U. Hill to Speak at UW's Torchlight Laurels April 25, 2008"
- Wyoming State Bar, "Ethically Speaking - Supreme Court Adopts Changes to the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct", June 2006
|Former||Michael Golden • Willis Van Devanter •|