The Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke was flooded with several hundred thousand dollars in outside spending that dwarfed what the candidates’ own campaigns spent.
BOZEMAN — Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who faced a tide of spending by conservative, pro-business groups trying to defeat him, easily turned away a challenge Tuesday from former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke to win another term on Montana’s high court.
Montanans must finish voting Tuesday, four weeks after General Election balloting opened. If you are among the 167,000 Montanans who already returned ballots to your county elections office, thanks for keeping democracy alive and well in our state.
HELENA — The Stanford-Dartmouth political-science study that produced last week’s controversial mailer listing the alleged political leanings of Montana Supreme Court justice candidates is raising eyebrows among academics, some of whom are calling it unethical.
With two seats on the Supreme Court on the Nov. 4 ballot, Montanans may be wondering how good a job our state’s high court actually does.
Montana voters will choose two of the seven state supreme court justices in the Nov. 4 election. Incumbent Justice Mike Wheat is running against Lawrence VanDyke. Incumbent Justice Jim Rice is challenged by W. David Herbert.
HELENA — Montana Supreme Court candidate W. David Herbert of Billings said he decided to challenge veteran Justice Jim Rice for the court after reading the justice’s opinion in a 2013 case.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled as moot on Wednesday a motion by Lawrence VanDyke to recuse Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Justice Mike Wheat from hearing his appeal of a District Court decision removing him as a justice candidate on the ballot.
After successfully completing the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court, Brendan Eugene Halsten, a 23-year-old Army National Guard veteran and single father, doesn’t have a felony on his record.
HELENA — Reversing a summary judgment, the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for a Meagher County couple to proceed with its lawsuit in District Court against Bank of America over allegedly fraudulent dealings.
HELENA — W. David Herbert, a Billings attorney who also is a licensed podiatrist in Wyoming, has filed to run for justice of the Montana Supreme Court.
HELENA — Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice said Monday he supports judicial elections because they force judges to be accountable for their decisions, while judicial appointments can create a “disconnect “ in accountability.
HELENA — The state Supreme Court has reversed an earlier ruling that made it difficult for individuals to file legal challenges against government agencies that ignore Montana's open-meetings and open-records laws.
HELENA — Former state Sen. Jon Ellingson of Missoula said Monday he will submit his name for an expected vacancy on the Montana Supreme Court and run for that seat if it’s open in 2014.
HELENA — Associate Justice Jim Rice said Monday he will seek re-election to the Montana Supreme Court in 2014.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a Beaverhead County man for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, saying he was convicted based on insufficient evidence.
Bison management may be the most complex natural resource issue for Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor states.
MISSOULA — The Assiniboine and Sioux people survived the 19th century despite Westward expansion, and the bison survived as well, but only now – after 130 years – have the two been reunited on ancestral lands, a lawyer argued Friday before the Montana Supreme Court.
MISSOULA — A Missoula woman will get another chance to plead her case that she shouldn’t have been charged with driving under the influence because she’d been slipped a date rape drug that caused her impairment.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that a mining company must go through a stricter permitting process before it can build a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana.