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Michael W. Cotter

Guest opinion: Sequester cuts stymie Montana crimefighting efforts

Sequestration has come home to roost.

September 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Federal-tribal crimefighting partnership pays off

The Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions report released this week by the Department of Justice previews a new era of partnership between the federal government and American Indian tribes. The report documents an unprecedented level of collaboration with tribal law enforcement, reg…

June 09, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Meth spike means more children in foster care

At the end of March, Yellowstone County had 108 more children in foster care than it did at the same time last year — 386 compared with 278.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Even gun rights need reasonable limits

Many guns rights advocates argue that the Second Amendment grants an absolute right to bear the arms of their choice without reservation or restriction. This argument finds no support in our constitutional history. Not one of our constitutional rights may be exercised with impunity. All righ…

March 03, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
U.S. attorney: Justice Department considers medical marijuana to be illegal

U.S. attorney: Justice Department considers medical marijuana to be illegal

HELENA — The U.S. Justice Department will prosecute individuals and organizations involved in the business of any illegal drug, including marijuana used for medical purposes permitted under state law, Michael W. Cotter, U.S. attorney for Montana, said in a letter to top legislative leaders W…

April 20, 2011 7:59 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Get involved to prevent sexual violence

In 2009, President Obama was the first president to mark April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This devastating crime warrants our focused attention because it is often misunderstood and incorrectly portrayed. Paradoxically, on the one hand, we are reluctant to talk about the issue; yet, …

April 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Appeals court vacates convictions of 2 non-Indians

HELENA — An appeals court on Tuesday threw out the convictions of two Montana men with American Indian heritage after ruling their bloodlines and affiliations did not merit prosecution under the law that establishes federal jursidiction over serious crimes on tribal lands.

March 16, 2010 7:26 pmLoading…

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