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US Senate OKs Jackson courthouse conveyance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill transferring the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse to Teton County has won approval in the U.S. Senate.

September 11, 2014 3:15 pmLoading…
Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the second time, the Wyoming Supreme Court has ordered a Sheridan judge to resentence one of three men convicted of murder in a 2009 home-invasion killing.

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George F. Will: Extremism in defense of re-election

WASHINGTON — Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism." Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, rea…

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Court upholds prison for man who bit officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A district judge acted properly last year when he sentenced a man to serve three to six years in prison because the judge was concerned the man would continue to drive drunk, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Monday.

September 08, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

An appellate court has affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed the bankruptcy reorganization of Montana's ultra-luxury Yellowstone Club, turning back another challenge by club founder Tim Blixseth.

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George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

July 23, 2014 1:55 pmLoading…

Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?

In Harris v. Quinn, the U.S. Supreme Court put unions in a bind when it ruled that unionized home-care workers cannot be required to pay for the representation that unions are required by law to provide to them. In cases across the country lawyers are now asking courts to extend the rule of …

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George F. Will: Supreme Court plays indispensable constable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures soci…

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Transient accused of raping runaways under Missoula bridge gets year in prison

MISSOULA — A transient man, who was accused of raping two underage runaways and then fleeing Missoula last summer, was sentenced Tuesday in Missoula County District Court to one year in the Montana State Prison.

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George F. Will: The cost of campaign finance restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, “10,000 campaign finance laws.” He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota’s chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represe…

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George F. Will: Government by intimidation in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.

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5 men face charges in task force child sex sting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A child sex sting operation by the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in federal felony charges against five men.

February 05, 2014 6:03 pmLoading…

George F. Will: State of Union promotes political exhibitionism

WASHINGTON — As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was 17 too many. America wo…

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Federal judge sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana judge who was investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review panel released Friday.

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Guest opinion: Lights, camera, Supreme Court: It’s about time

One of the top federal appeals courts this month took a major step forward in opening the historically opaque federal judicial system to the public by expanding the use of cameras. When will the Supreme Court follow suit and finally allow cameras in its courtroom?

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Federal appeals court to live stream proceedings

SAN FRANCISCO  — A federal appeals court that meets in San Francisco and other Western cities will soon stream some of its hearings live over the Internet, the court announced on Monday.

December 02, 2013 1:12 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: A nuclear end to Senate's era of denial

WASHINGTON — Those who lament the Senate Democrats’ vote to end filibusters for presidential nominations say the move will escalate partisan warfare and destroy what comity is left in Congress. Some also charge hypocrisy, since Democrats once opposed the very step they took last week.

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George F. Will: Constitutional rights hinge on case of injured thumb

WASHINGTON — This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival’s thumb. Th…

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Federal judiciary, Justice Department feel effects of shutdown

As the federal government shutdown grinds on, the judiciary and justice systems are making adjustments to keep the work flowing in Montana.

October 11, 2013 2:41 pmLoading…

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