America’s justice system guarantees effective representation to all defendants accused of crimes carrying possible incarceration penalties. The system only works when both prosecution and defense attorneys are competent and can devote sufficient times to their crucial roles.
HELENA — Attorney General Tim Fox and others backed a bill Monday to close a loophole preventing law enforcement officials from obtaining DNA samples from sexual and violent offenders who move here from out of state.
Mark Murphy, Yellowstone County’s chief criminal prosecutor, shown in September 2009, will retire at the end of April.
Six years into what he intended to be a three-year job, Yellowstone County’s chief criminal prosecutor will retire at the end of this month.
Mark Murphy, chief criminal deputy for the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, says Billings is home to a disproportionate share of the state’s sex offenders.