Blake v. Rupe

In Blake v. Rupe, 651 P.2d 1096 (Wyo. 1982), cert. denied, 459 U.S. 1208 (1983), the district court clerk, during the sixty-day period, issued a notice setting the post-trial motions for hearing on a date outside the sixty-day period, but within the ninety-day period. Id. at 1111-12. The hearing was held, no party objected to the lack of a formal order of continuance, and the district court, also within the ninety-day period, issued an order denying the motions. Id. In a 3-2 split, the majority of this Court held that the parties and the district court treated the notice of setting as if it were an order of extension under W.R.C.P. 59(f), and thus, the appeal was timely. Blake, 651 P.2d at 1113. In separate dissents, Justice Thomas and Chief Justice Rose decried the use of a "legal fiction" to salvage an untimely appeal. Id. at 1121-22, 1122-29.