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Beth Baker

Court to VanDyke: McGrath, Wheat already recused selves

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled as moot on Wednesday a motion by Lawrence VanDyke to recuse Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Justice Mike Wheat from hearing his appeal of a District Court decision removing him as a justice candidate on the ballot.

May 07, 2014 8:44 pmLoading…
Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

HELENA — Reversing a summary judgment, the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for a Meagher County couple to proceed with its lawsuit in District Court against Bank of America over allegedly fraudulent dealings.

May 07, 2014 5:26 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Volunteer to help abused, neglected Montana kids

One of my favorite fall sounds comes from the school playground a block from my house. If I am lucky enough to be home during recess, I hear the laughter of dozens of children — unfiltered joy filling the autumn breeze. This inspiring sound is heard in neighborhoods across Montana as another…

September 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Supreme Court launches program to increase access to justice system

The Montana Supreme Court has taken a pair of steps designed to increase the availability of lawyers and other resources for people who cannot afford them, responding to a nationwide drop in funding for legal aid programs and a rise in recent years in the number of people arguing their cases…

June 11, 2012 6:49 amLoading…
Supreme Court upholds state ban on corporation spending

Supreme Court upholds state ban on corporation spending

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court’s ruling and reinstated the state’s century-old ban on direct spending by corporations for or against political candidates.

December 30, 2011 1:41 pm Related Loading…
Gazette opinion: Supreme Court upholds law in climate debate

Gazette opinion: Supreme Court upholds law in climate debate

The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday put an end to a brief, odd chapter in the great climate change debate.

June 16, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Montana bill would require partisan elections for judges

HELENA — A legislative panel is considering a proposal to require judges in Montana to run in partisan elections.

February 15, 2011 10:29 amLoading…
Beth Baker sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Beth Baker sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Beth Baker slips into her new robe after being sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Monday.

January 04, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Baker sworn in to Supreme Court

Baker sworn in to Supreme Court

HELENA — The weather might have kept Beth Baker's parents stuck in Spokane, Wash., but she had a room full of proud, teary-eyed supporters, nonetheless, as she took her place on Montana's high court for the first time on Monday afternoon.

January 03, 2011 11:30 pm Related Loading…
Swandal says Bresnan failed to air campaign ads

Swandal says Bresnan failed to air campaign ads

LIVINGSTON — A cable television company has returned nearly $24,000 to the campaign of a district judge after the company failed to air the judge's advertisements in the weeks leading to November's Montana Supreme Court election.

January 03, 2011 12:50 pmLoading…

Once again, Montana voters determinedly inscrutable

Montanans overwhelmingly rejected the call for a constitutional convention Tuesday, clearly indicating that they would rather monkey with the Montana Constitution themselves.  

November 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Election triggers transitions in local offices

More than 52,000 Yellowstone County residents voted in Tuesday's election, choosing a new sheriff, county attorney and district judge and retaining all other incumbent county officials. On statewide races and issues, Yellowstone County majorities voted the same as majorities of all Montanans.

November 04, 2010 12:15 amLoading…
Baker defeats Swandal for Supreme Court seat; becomes second woman on high court

Baker defeats Swandal for Supreme Court seat; becomes second woman on high court

HELENA – Helena attorney Beth Baker will become the second woman on the Montana Supreme Court, as she de-feated District Judge Nels Swandal of Wilsall in Tuesday’s election for an open seat on the seven-member high court.

November 03, 2010 1:18 amLoading…

Swandal, Baker boast varied backgrounds in the law, civic involvement

HELENA - From working on some of the state's highest-profile legal cases to helping children and the needy get representation in court, the two candidates for an open Montana Supreme Court seat each boast a wide background in the law and their communities.

November 01, 2010 12:15 am Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Consider candidates, ballot issues carefully

Over the past several weeks, The Gazette editorial board met with candidates and discussed the merits of Nov. 2 ballot issues. We began presenting Gazette opinions on these election questions before absentee ballots were mailed on Oct. 4 and have continued to offer recommendations as Electio…

October 31, 2010 12:30 amLoading…

Baker earned bipartisan respect for legal work

For Conrad Burns to characterize Beth Baker as a wolf in a sheep’s clothing is just plain silly and demonstrates his ignorance as to the function of the Montana Supreme Court. The Supreme Court does not try cases. It must be blind to the identity and politics of the supplicants who come befo…

October 31, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Baker’s lack of bias speaks well of her

During my tenure in the Legislature, Beth Baker appeared before the Judiciary and Finance committees many times on behalf of attorneys general Marc Racicot, Republican, and Joe Mazurek, Democrat. I was never aware of her political leanings as she just gave us the facts, pure and unabridged. …

October 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Baker works to keep courts open to all Montanans

At a time when so many people in Montana are struggling to make ends meet, it’s refreshing to see that Supreme Court candidate Beth Baker is making access to justice a big part of her campaign. Baker has said she believes that the Supreme Court should be a leader in making sure that our cour…

October 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Baker outraises Swandal in Supreme Court race

HELENA — Supreme Court candidate Beth Baker has outraised and outspent her opponent, District Judge Nels Swandal, in their latest campaign finance reports to the state.

October 18, 2010 5:34 pmLoading…

Baker would serve Montana well on court

Excellent endorsements by the Billings Gazette and Helena’s Independent Record editorial boards of Beth Baker for the Montana Supreme Court. I have known Beth for a couple decades. As the endorsements note, she is thoughtful, intelligent, deliberative, experienced, and “the epitome of profes…

October 17, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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