Montana Supreme Court
GREAT FALLS — Attorneys for Barry Beach, who is serving 100 years without the possibility of parole for the 1979 beating death of a high school classmate on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, are asking the Montana Supreme Court to order him resentenced with consideration for the fact that he…
HELENA — A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.
HELENA — A nonpartisan race for Montana Supreme Court has taken a distinctly partisan edge, with challenger Lawrence VanDyke trying to cast Justice Mike Wheat as a liberal activist judge as his Republican backers pour tens of thousands of dollars into ads to support that message.
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.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an Anaconda attorney's unusual request to immediately disbar him over more than $354,000 stolen from clients and a trial lawyers' organization for which he was the longtime secretary and treasurer.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
HELENA — Montana Supreme Court candidate W. David Herbert of Billings said he decided to challenge veteran Justice Jim Rice for the court after reading the justice’s opinion in a 2013 case.
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…
HELENA — A federal judge Tuesday said the Montana Judicial Standards Commission cannot prohibit a Montana man from publicly criticizing the panel’s ruling on his complaint, and that the gag rule may be unconstitutional.
BOZEMAN — The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments in an appeal of a case that could determine whether the state's $10 million cap on jury awards for punitive damages will stand.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday will hear an appeal of a $52 million verdict by a Butte jury against a bank for reneging on a financial commitment to a company planning to build an office products assembly and distribution plant there.
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.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Missoula man should be re-sentenced for aggravated DUI and felony criminal endangerment because the judge did not follow the sentence recommended in the plea agreement and did not specifically give the man the opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea.
HELENA — Now that he is back on the ballot, Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke raised more campaign money during the past month than the other three candidates combined for the two justice seats.
An embattled former livestock breeder convicted of animal cruelty in 2012 turned himself in Friday and will begin serving a 120-day jail sentence, according to County Attorney Scott Twito.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Billings livestock breeder’s appeal of his conviction of animal cruelty.