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Gazette opinion: Billings officials go long distance for death investigations

Gazette opinion: Billings officials go long distance for death investigations

This week, the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department arranged with the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy to be conducted in Missoula. Fortunately, there was a part-time temporary pathologist available the day after the department requested help. The crime lab arranged transportation t…

July 24, 2015 7:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: People adjudicated ‘dangerous’ shouldn’t have guns

A Troy woman was charged last week with mailing a loaded handgun, ammunition, pepper spray, a knife and a long letter that mentions banking and mental health issues to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in Washington, D.C.

July 09, 2015 7:00 am(3)
George F. Will: The damaging doctrine of John Roberts

George F. Will: The damaging doctrine of John Roberts

WASHINGTON — Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’ disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial d…

June 29, 2015 10:00 am(1)

Gazette opinion: To drink is to drive for Montana’s felony DUI offenders

Montana law has gotten tougher on driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

June 23, 2015 7:00 am(3)
Guest opinion: Preventing sexual assault on campus and off

Guest opinion: Preventing sexual assault on campus and off

Jon Krakauer’s book “Missoula” is not about Missoula,it’s about being a young adult in a culture that puts young women at risk of sexual assault and enables a small number of young men to feel entitled to assault them. Neither problem is unique to Missoula.

June 15, 2015 8:00 am(0)
Gazette opinion: Running Yellowstone County jail will be more difficult

Gazette opinion: Running Yellowstone County jail will be more difficult

The majority of Yellowstone County voters made their county government’s public safety work harder Tuesday.

June 11, 2015 7:00 am(1)
Gazette opinion: Vote for Yellowstone County jail levy by June 9

Gazette opinion: Vote for Yellowstone County jail levy by June 9

If you are one of the 19,238 Yellowstone County voters who already returned you mail ballot on the proposed jail levy, feel free to skip over to the George Will column and letters elsewhere on this page.

June 01, 2015 7:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Montana prisons must reform to reduce recidivism

Gazette opinion: Montana prisons must reform to reduce recidivism

The vegetable garden at Montana Women’s Prison supplies the cafeteria that serves more than 200 inmates. The bounty is shared with local nonprofit organizations feeding the needy elsewhere in Billings.

May 24, 2015 7:00 am(3)
Guest opinion: Legislature advanced public safety, privacy protections

Guest opinion: Legislature advanced public safety, privacy protections

While news coverage of the 2015 Legislative Session focused on high-profile and often contentious issues, legislators in both parties worked together diligently to pass bills I brought forward to improve public safety, protect privacy, and strengthen consumer-protection laws.

May 16, 2015 9:00 am(0)

Ask The Judge: Justice, mercy and accountability during sentencing

In my last article, I wrote about divorce and my wish that parents would work harder in their marriages to avoid divorce. I want to be authentic.

May 01, 2015 8:00 am(0)

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April 26, 2015 6:30 pm(0)
Gazette opinion: Jail diversion eases crowding, but not enough

Gazette opinion: Jail diversion eases crowding, but not enough

On any day of the week, the Yellowstone County jail can have nearly 500 inmates, although it was built for a maximum of 286.

April 26, 2015 7:00 am(1)
Guest opinion: Supreme Court's Loving decision on marriage equality

Guest opinion: Supreme Court's Loving decision on marriage equality

With the Supreme Court about to take up the momentous issue of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples in Obergefell v. Hodges, it’s noteworthy that 48 years ago, the court heard oral arguments in Loving v. Virginia, which produced the court’s most important ruling vindicating the fund…

April 15, 2015 9:00 am Related (9)

George F. Will: When everything in U.S. becomes a crime

WASHINGTON — What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, and liberty generally.

April 09, 2015 11:00 am(0)
Gazette opinion: Crime lab solution gains big momentum

Gazette opinion: Crime lab solution gains big momentum

Montana’s sole crime lab hasn’t kept up with the needs of our vast state as DUI and drug cases have increased.

March 30, 2015 12:00 am(2)
Gazette opinion: 1 crime lab location isn’t enough for Montana

Gazette opinion: 1 crime lab location isn’t enough for Montana

Last week, three staff scientists from the Montana Crime Lab, drove to Billings to testify in a Yellowstone County homicide trial.

March 13, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Making a case for merit selection of justices

Citing the $1.63 million spent on one 2014 Montana Supreme Court race, James Nelson argues in the current issue of Montana Lawyer that Montanans need to change their judicial elections.

February 26, 2015 12:00 am(0)
Gazette opinion: Federal court event showcased the best of government

Gazette opinion: Federal court event showcased the best of government

When it comes to watching government in action, it’s easy to become disappointed by the gridlock, inertia and the rancor of politics.

February 04, 2015 12:00 am(0)
Gazette opinion: Jail for $1,500 theft should be judge’s decision

Gazette opinion: Jail for $1,500 theft should be judge’s decision

Should first-time misdemeanor offenders face the possibility of jail as a penalty for their crimes?

February 03, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Deputy coroner releases name of fugitive killed by police outside Billings Clinic

Deputy coroner releases name of fugitive killed by police outside Billings Clinic

The name of the man who was shot and killed Friday by police outside the Billings Clinic emergency department was identified Saturday as John Barry Marshall of Billings.

January 30, 2015 10:00 pm Video Photos

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