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Gazette opinion: The state’s rights issue in your wallet

Montana won another round this week in the state’s fight against onerous requirements of the federal REAL ID Act. Gov. Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox persuaded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to keep accepting Montana-issued driver’s licenses as valid identification.

July 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Restoring confidence in state courts

Gazette opinion: Restoring confidence in state courts

There is no good news in the tragic case of the 14-year-old rape victim who committed suicide, her 47-year-old assailant and the judge whose mistakes intensified the outrage.

June 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

HELENA — Jim Shea was sworn in Monday as a new justice on Montana Supreme Court before a standing-room-only crowd before the court.

June 02, 2014 7:14 pmLoading…

Court to VanDyke: McGrath, Wheat already recused selves

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.

May 07, 2014 8:44 pmLoading…
Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

Supreme Court allows couple’s lawsuit against Bank of America to proceed

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.

May 07, 2014 5:26 pmLoading…

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Gazette opinion: A sunshine rule for Montana’s highest court

The Montana Supreme Court is responsible for protecting our constitutional guarantees to open government. Montana journalists and other citizens of our great state frequently seek the court’s protection of our right to examine public documents and our right to participate in public governmen…

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Gazette opinion: Help wanted: The case for more District Court judges

Gazette opinion: Help wanted: The case for more District Court judges

There are just three days left to apply for the state District Court seat left vacant when Susan Watters was appointed to the federal bench. So far, no one has filed for Watters’ old job.

January 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: New ethics rule will boost confidence in court

Justices of the Montana Supreme Court and candidates for the court will be required to publicly disclose their business interests if an order proposed by Chief Justice Mike McGrath is adopted.

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Supreme Court proposes new financial disclosures

Supreme Court proposes new financial disclosures

HELENA — Following a watchdog group’s report critical of Montana’s lack of financial-disclosure requirements for supreme court justices, the state’s high court is proposing that its justices and candidates follow the same disclosure rules as other elected officials.

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Gazette opinion: Building confidence in courts of last resort

What citizens don’t know can hurt them.

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Chief justice: Financial disclosures unnecessary

Chief justice: Financial disclosures unnecessary

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court justices should not have to publicly disclose their personal financial interests or those of their families because the high court already follows a strict code to avoid potential conflicts, the chief justice said.

December 06, 2013 12:31 pmLoading…

High court reverses pot conviction over evidence

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.

November 09, 2013 5:20 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Supreme Court's bison decision a win for landowners

A recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court settled an objection brought by landowners and multiple-use groups against FWP’s transfer last year of bison from a government facility to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The court determined that the transfer was, in fact, legally done. More …

July 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Court delivers dose of rationality to bison dispute

Bison management may be the most complex natural resource issue for Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor states.

June 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Pay hikes coming for some Montana elected officials; others seeing freeze

Pay hikes coming for some Montana elected officials; others seeing freeze

HELENA — Some Montana elected officials will get raises July 1, led by Attorney General Tim Fox with an 11.3 percent pay hike, while Gov. Steve Bullock and three others will see their pay frozen for the next two years.

June 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Montana Supreme Court appoints new chief water judge

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has announced a new chief water judge.

May 01, 2013 1:39 pmLoading…

District Judge CB McNeil announces retirement

POLSON — District Judge C.B. McNeil of Polson has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 5.

April 24, 2013 1:58 pmLoading…
Montana Supreme Court hears bison transfer arguments at UM

Montana Supreme Court hears bison transfer arguments at UM

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.

April 13, 2013 7:17 am Related

Gazette opinion: The case for swifter, sobering justice in Montana

When Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath spoke to the Legislature last month, he told of a growing judicial workload and reductions in the judicial branch budget. However, he made a case for the Legislature to sustain support for two relatively small programs that have helped co…

February 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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