Two weeks before Election Day, at least $730,000 had been spent to influence the Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke. That sum doesn’t count what the candidates themselves spent; it’s money from four outside groups.
HELENA — A group whose tax-exempt status allows it to keep its donors and spending secret is still pressing the federal courts to block several Montana laws regulating campaign contributions and expenditures before next Tuesday’s elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the federal government shutdown grinds on, the judiciary and justice systems are making adjustments to keep the work flowing in Montana.
HELENA — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Montana’s requirement that political committees disclose their campaign spending is constitutional.
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.
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.
Montana has two “judicial emergencies” that demand prompt action by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.