BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officials say they’re suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November 2015.
WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."
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.
As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment.
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 …
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…
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.
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…
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.
Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
As the federal government shutdown grinds on, the judiciary and justice systems are making adjustments to keep the work flowing in Montana.
“ ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’”
BILLINGS — Montana's attorney general on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to block a judge's attempt to resentence a former Montana teacher convicted of raping a student.