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Judge refuses to enjoin state campaign finance laws

HELENA — A federal judge has blocked a Helena nonprofit group’s attempt to prevent Montana’s political practices commissioner, attorney general and a Lewis and Clark County attorney from enforcing state campaign-finance laws.

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Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

HELENA — A federal judge Tuesday said the Montana Judicial Standards Commission cannot prohibit a Montana man from publicly criticizing the panel’s ruling on his complaint, and that the gag rule may be unconstitutional.

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Attorney general files brief in support of mountain Jesus

Attorney general files brief in support of mountain Jesus

HELENA — Montana's attorney general said he supports keeping a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus on U.S. Forest Service land next to a Whitefish ski hill.

May 07, 2014 2:38 pm Photos

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Federal judge permanently blocks Montana law attempting to police campaign attacks

HELENA — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Montana officials from enforcing a state law to regulate campaign attacks — but officials have said they had no intention of enforcing it.

February 11, 2014 5:45 pmLoading…

Judge bars Montana from enforcing voting record law

HELENA — A judge has permanently blocked Montana from enforcing a state law meant to ensure candidates are thorough and accurate when portraying their opponents' voting record.

February 11, 2014 1:13 pm

Federal judge sets hearing on candidate's complaint on new election reporting law

HELENA — A federal court judge has set a hearing on a legislative candidate's request to temporarily block enforcement of a new state election law.

January 11, 2014 4:00 pm

Box Elder woman sentenced for assaulting baby

GREAT FALLS — A Box Elder woman has been sentenced to just over five years in prison for twisting a 9-month-old child's arms and legs, fracturing bones in all four limbs.

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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…

Federal judge: Disclosure of campaign donations is constitutional

HELENA — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Montana’s requirement that political committees disclose their campaign spending is constitutional.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging retaliation by Lake County sheriff, officers

MISSOULA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by current and former Lake County sheriff's office employees against the sheriff and three of his officers.

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Atheist group appeals decision on Jesus statue

Atheist group appeals decision on Jesus statue

KALISPELL — A Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic organization is appealing a federal judge's ruling that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus can remain on Forest Service land on a northwestern Montana ski hill.

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Gazette opinion: 2 emergencies: Montana needs prompt judicial relief

Montana has two “judicial emergencies” that demand prompt action by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.

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Montana man sentenced in fake cancer drug scheme

Montana man sentenced in fake cancer drug scheme

HELENA — A Montana man will not serve time in prison for his role distributing unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit cancer drugs to U.S. physicians after surrendering an estimated $4.5 million in cash and property purchased from the sale of illegal pharmaceuticals.

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Judge stops 3 Montana logging project over lynx

Judge stops 3 Montana logging project over lynx

HELENA — A federal judge this week blocked three Montana logging projects in two national forests, saying the U.S. government did not properly examine the effects the projects might have on lynx and the threatened animal's habitat.

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Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

HELENA — A Jesus statue that has for six decades been a curiosity to skiers as they cruise down a popular run at a northwest Montana ski resort will not be evicted from federal land, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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Havre man pleads guilty in work comp fraud case

Havre man pleads guilty in work comp fraud case

GREAT FALLS — A 76-year-old Havre man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a case for failing to report that he owned a profitable business while receiving more than $277,000 in federal worker's compensation benefits from 2001 to 2012.

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Judge blocks logging project in southwestern Montana

Judge blocks logging project in southwestern Montana

HELENA — A judge on Friday blocked a logging project in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and ordered two federal agencies to take another look at the effects on lynx, grizzly bears and elk that may be in the area.

May 24, 2013 4:22 pmLoading…
Judge orders Forest Service into lynx consultation

Judge orders Forest Service into lynx consultation

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with wildlife officials to ensure the agency takes adequate measures to protect Canada lynx in portions of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

May 17, 2013 2:58 pmLoading…

Former Griz Washington faces felony drug charges in Ravalli County

HAMILTON — Former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jason Washington, sentenced last week in Missoula in a federal drug case, now faces felony drug charges in Ravalli County.

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Former Griz QB Washington gets prison for federal drug charges

Former Griz QB Washington gets prison for federal drug charges

MISSOULA — Jason Washington, a former University of Montana quarterback turned businessman and medical-marijuana entrepreneur, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison on federal drug charges.

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