On March 20, 1987, an intruder broke into a home in Billings, Montana and raped an 8-year-old girl. The evidence pointed to Jimmy Ray Bromgard. The victim identified him in a lineup and a forensic expert testified that his hair matched that found at the crime scene. At the age of 18, Bromgar…
The GOP “wave” elections produced big changes in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. But this year’s wave stopped at the courthouse door, as those very same wave voters chose to keep their elected judges from both parties. Americans want courts to be insulated from politics…
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.
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…
“Marriage is a personal relationship between a man and a woman arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of the parties is essential.”
The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold 286 inmates. It has been overcrowded for years, and recently inmate totals have hovered between 450 and 500.
A 15-year-old’s project to get unused and potentially deadly prescription drugs out of homes has received an endorsement from the state’s chief law enforcement officer — Attorney General Tim Fox.
Man admits threatening wife with AR-15, exposing children to meth
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.
Yellowstone County voters have a choice between two excellent Billings attorneys in the race to succeed District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh.
District Court judges make decisions that can take away an individual’s liberty, property, and even his or her children. The depth and breadth of my legal experience in federal and state courts throughout the state of Montana has prepared me to be Yellowstone County’s next state district cou…
A career spent in the courtroom trying cases, writing daily, working with all kinds of people and making tough decisions, all while administering one of Montana’s busiest law offices has prepared me to serve our community as your next District Court judge.
Citizens United empowered organizations with opaque, feel-good names to pour significant amounts of dark money into judicial elections. This is happening in our sister states, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t happen in Montana’s upcoming elections for judges and justices.
The 24/7 Sobriety program keeps about 70 people out of the Yellowstone County jail every day.
A 28-year-old Billings man was arrested on charges of obstructing a police officer, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident after crashing into — and damaging — an entrance to Billings Clinic.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, together with its U.S. Attorney’s Offices, enforces the nation’s civil rights laws to protect against unlawful discrimination. When civil rights are violated, the department has authority to act, as it did in Missoula. Had the departmen…
Montana’s only women’s prison is out of space. With a capacity of 194, it had 196 inmates on a recent weekday. Twenty-eight other inmates were being held in county jails, awaiting a bed at the prison on South 27th Street.
Sexual assault is a heinous crime. An authoritative study has concluded that one in three American women will be sexually abused in their lifetime. The physical and emotional damage can be deep and long-lasting. That’s why I took the U.S. Department of Justice’s questions about the handling …
BOZEMAN — A District Court judge in Bozeman has enforced a $300,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former Three Forks High School football player over a series of concussions suffered in practice in 2009.