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Judge strikes down Montana exempt-well rule

A judge has struck down an administrative rule that allowed developers of residential subdivisions in Montana to drill multiple small, unconnected water wells without permits.

October 20, 2014 3:31 pmLoading…

Judge strikes down Montana immigrant law

HELENA — A Montana judge struck down most of a 2012 voter-approved law requiring government officials to conduct immigration checks on anybody seeking services provided by the state — from unemployment benefits to crime-victim assistance.

June 23, 2014 10:39 amLoading…

Judge: Dispute over execution drug to go to trial

HELENA — A judge has upheld most of the changes Montana corrections officials made to execution methods after a legal challenge by two death row inmates, but he said a dispute over one of the drugs used in lethal injections should be decided at trial.

May 10, 2014 1:06 pmLoading…
Judge hits 'dark money' group with big penalty

Judge hits 'dark money' group with big penalty

HELENA — A Montana judge is hitting an elusive political group with a $260,000 fine for failing to disclose campaign spending.

November 26, 2013 3:57 pmLoading…
Judge orders Montana to re-compute coal tax

Judge orders Montana to re-compute coal tax

Montana authorities must recalculate how much is owed by a Wyoming mining company that challenged its $3.4 million tax bill, after a judge ruled Monday that the state incorrectly valued the company’s coal sales over a three-year period.

November 04, 2013 2:25 pmLoading…

Judge tells ATP to pay Montana's attorney fees

HELENA — A judge says a secretive group known for bucking campaign finance laws has to pay the state's attorney fees in one ongoing case.

August 06, 2013 12:31 pmLoading…

Montana asks judge to back execution changes

HELENA — The state has asked a judge to back the changes it made to its lethal-injection procedures and dismiss the claims of two death-row inmates and a civil-liberties group that the revisions still put condemned prisoners at risk of unnecessary suffering.

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20 people show up in court to support accused wildfire arsonist at bail-reduction hearing

20 people show up in court to support accused wildfire arsonist at bail-reduction hearing

HELENA — Filling the first two rows of the courtroom gallery, about 20 people turned up Thursday in support of a 19-year-old charged with setting 12 wildfires outside Helena last month.

June 21, 2013 9:30 am Related Loading…

Immigrants' lawsuit against initiative to go on

HELENA — A state judge will hear an immigrant-rights group's challenge of a voter-approved law requiring proof of citizenship or legal standing from applicants for state services.

June 06, 2013 4:08 pmLoading…

State asks judge to dismiss Montana initiative challenge

HELENA — Montana officials asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved law that requires people seeking state services to prove they are eligible to receive them.

May 23, 2013 12:56 pmLoading…

Judge rejects public employee unions’ appeal over pay plan

HELENA — Public employee unions have failed in their attempt to have the 2011 Legislature found to be engaging in unfair labor practices by rejecting a pay raise plan they negotiated with the governor.

May 02, 2013 6:45 pmLoading…

Helena man gets deferred sentence for intimidation

HELENA — A 21-year-old Helena man charged with threatening another man for failing to pay a drug debt has pleaded guilty to felony intimidation as part of a plea agreement that will allow him to re-enlist in the military.

March 29, 2013 2:02 pmLoading…
Judge blocks part of voter-approved immigrant law

Judge blocks part of voter-approved immigrant law

HELENA — A Montana judge has blocked part of a voter-approved law that requires proof of citizenship or legal standing to receive state services, but he left most of it intact to "preserve the intent of the people."

March 28, 2013 5:12 pm Related Loading…

Immigrants come forward to challenge Montana law

HELENA — Eight men who entered the U.S. illegally but have since become permanent residents say a new Montana law wrongly puts them at risk of being denied services and treats them as second-class people.

March 21, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…

Plains man convicted of stealing Montana workers' comp benefits

PLAINS – For the second time in two weeks, the Montana Department of Justice has obtained a felony conviction involving western Montanans who were robbing the state of workers’ compensation benefits.

March 04, 2013 8:57 pmLoading…

Judge asked to block proof-of-citizenship law

HELENA — An advocacy group told a judge Thursday that a new voter-approved law unconstitutionally requires state agencies to determine who is an illegal immigrant and turn them over to federal authorities.

February 07, 2013 5:05 pmLoading…
Judge: Schweitzer didn’t break law with PSAs

Judge: Schweitzer didn’t break law with PSAs

HELENA — Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer did not violate state law by taping public service announcements shortly after filing as a candidate for re-election in 2008, a state District Court judge ruled Monday.

February 04, 2013 6:55 pm Photos

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Feds to protect wolverines as threatened species

Feds to protect wolverines as threatened species

MISSOUA — Montana's wolverine trapping season effectively ended Monday after reports that federal officials plan to put the rare predator on the endangered-species list.

January 07, 2013 2:38 pmLoading…

Judge throws book at ATP again

HELENA – The conservative “dark money” political group fighting state efforts to force disclosure of its finances lost another key court decision Friday, as a state judge ruled that it violated multiple state campaign-finance and election laws.

January 04, 2013 7:00 pmLoading…

Laws approved by Montana voters take effect with new year

HELENA — New laws going into place with the new year will require Montanans seeking state services to prove they are U.S. citizens, and require minors under 16 to receive parental permission for an abortion.

December 30, 2012 5:45 amLoading…

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