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James C. Nelson

Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

The thumbscrew was a favorite of medieval torturers and 18th century slave traders. The thumbs or toes of the victim were inserted into the device, and then were slowly and painfully crushed by incremental turns of the screw. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United works li…

October 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: LGBT minority's 45-year struggle for equal rights

The first three words of the U.S. and Montana’s Constitutions — We the People — are words of inclusion. No natural person is excluded. We the People includes everybody; no exceptions.

June 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: 1st Amendment religion clauses: A sword with 2 edges

There is gathering national support acknowledging that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens are simply that —citizens — with the same rights, privileges and obligations as other citizens. In response, some states, along with various fundamentalist religious and conservative organi…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Citizens United decision will hurt judicial elections

Sen. Jon Tester recently introduced a proposed federal constitutional amendment that would end corporate personhood rights, overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The utility of such an amendment may be debated, since Citizens United was based on First Amendment free …

August 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Tell PSC: No secrets on utility exec salaries

Every Montanan knows the experience of opening the utility bill and wondering how the rates were decided. Paying those bills is a challenge for many Montana families.

March 20, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Trying marijuana in court of public opinion (again)

Montana voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to keep the Legislature’s medical marijuana law that effectively repealed the 2004 voter-enacted law.

September 16, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Supreme Court ruling backs Big Horn County justice of the peace

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Big Horn County Justice of the Peace Leroy Not Afraid did not violate the state constitution when he ran for the office of Crow tribal chairman in 2009.

January 06, 2011 8:15 pmLoading…

Court upholds Missoula murder conviction

MISSOULA — The Montana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of Anthony St. Dennis in the 2007 beating death of Forrest Clayton Salcido, a sometimes-homeless veteran from Missoula, saying there was no conflict of interest in his defense.

October 28, 2010 10:00 pmLoading…

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