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Supreme Court asked to intervene in political practices complaint

HELENA — A Bozeman woman has asked the Montana Supreme Court to order the state political practices commissioner to investigate a complaint he dismissed that alleged a Supreme Court justice improperly donated money to a Democratic legislator in 2010.

October 16, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

HELENA — Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat points to his years of legal experience as the chief reason to elect him to a full eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court.

October 13, 2014 6:00 am Related Loading…
VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke said he’s running for the Montana Supreme Court because he believes his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat, often writes decisions driven by the results he wants to achieve, rather than following the law.

October 09, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Why are trial lawyers trying to buy a judge?

After acknowledging my “impressive” legal background as an honors graduate of Harvard Law School with extensive constitutional and appellate experience – precisely the type of work done by the Montana Supreme Court – The Gazette just couldn't bring itself to endorse me, concluding “it would …

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3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

HELENA — A national Republican group began running a TV ad in Montana Tuesday as part of an independent expenditure campaign in support of Lawrence VanDyke, a nonpartisan candidate for the state Supreme Court, and against his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat.

October 07, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Let’s keep Rice, Wheat on Supreme Court

Gazette opinion: Let’s keep Rice, Wheat on Supreme Court

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.

October 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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VanDyke starts out behind in court fundraising

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in his race against Justice Mike Wheat.

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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…

Judge hears arguments over candidate’s eligibility for Supreme Court

HELENA — A state district judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether to remove Lawrence VanDyke from the 2014 ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court in a dispute over his eligibility. 

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Candidate wants Supreme Court to hear challenge to his candidacy for justice

HELENA — Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to take jurisdiction of a lawsuit filed in a lower court challenging his eligibility to run for justice on the high court.

March 28, 2014 8:29 pmLoading…
VanDyke seeks Supreme Court seat

VanDyke seeks Supreme Court seat

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke, state solicitor general for Attorney General Tim Fox, said he is running to be a justice on the Montana Supreme Court because he believes he has a different legal background than the other justices.

March 12, 2014 6:22 pmLoading…
High court reverses District Court on stream access ruling in Madison County

High court reverses District Court on stream access ruling in Madison County

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the state’s steam access law as it reversed part of a District Court decision and ruled that the public can use a public prescriptive road to gain access to a river.

January 16, 2014 11:20 am Photos

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Wheat seeks re-election to Supreme Court

Wheat seeks re-election to Supreme Court

HELENA — Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat of Bozeman said Thursday he will seek another term on the court.

January 10, 2014 5:35 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montana history supports court's anti-corruption ruling

More than a century of Montana history figures prominently in the state Supreme Court’s Dec. 30 decision to uphold our voter-approved law banning direct corporate contributions to political candidates.

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Gazette opinion: Supreme Court keeps state open-records law working

On Thanksgiving eve, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that a public document pertaining to alleged misuse of public money should be made public. The Billings Gazette has been seeking this information in requests to the city of Billings and then through litigation for more than a year.

November 29, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Preserve voters' right to choose all justices

Senate Bill 268 proposes a great deal of judicial activism. By carving up the state, this ill-conceived legislation would turn our Supreme Court in a body more like the Montana Legislature.

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Baker defeats Swandal for Supreme Court seat; becomes second woman on high court

Baker defeats Swandal for Supreme Court seat; becomes second woman on high court

HELENA – Helena attorney Beth Baker will become the second woman on the Montana Supreme Court, as she de-feated District Judge Nels Swandal of Wilsall in Tuesday’s election for an open seat on the seven-member high court.

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Baker gets early nod in Supreme Court race

HELENA — For the three candidates vying for spots on the Montana Supreme Court, Tuesday’s election wasn’t exactly a nail biter.

June 09, 2010 5:07 pm Related Loading…

3 candidates for Montana Supreme Court advance

HELENA — All three candidates who appeared on the primary ballot for two Montana Supreme Court seats will advance to the general election.

June 08, 2010 8:40 pm Related Loading…
Mike Wheat

Mike Wheat

The newest Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, left, is sworn in by Chief Justice Mike McGrath in the Supreme Court chambers on Tuesday in Helena.

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