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Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

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.

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Court hears arguments in jury award cap case

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.

September 27, 2014 2:37 pmLoading…

Supreme Court to hear appeal of $52 million jury award

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.

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Guest opinion: Will Montana judges be for sale?

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.

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Missoula man to be re-sentenced for DUI

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.

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VanDyke tops court fundraising for month

VanDyke tops court fundraising for month

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.

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County Attorney: Livestock breeder convicted of animal cruelty reports to jail

County Attorney: Livestock breeder convicted of animal cruelty reports to jail

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.

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Supreme Court rejects Leachman's appeal of cruelty conviction

Supreme Court rejects Leachman's appeal of cruelty conviction

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Billings livestock breeder’s appeal of his conviction of animal cruelty.

August 19, 2014 10:38 pm Photos

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State high court issues landmark decision based on alleged Missoula stalking case

State high court issues landmark decision based on alleged Missoula stalking case

MISSOULA — It’s not like Carrie Jamrogowicz wanted to be close to Missoula Police Detective Stacy Lear. It’s like she wanted to crawl inside her skin and walk around in it, Lear says.

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Billings attorney to be suspended for unethical adoption case, withholding records

A Billings attorney with a history of being disciplined for unethical practices is facing suspension again, this time for misleading a district judge in an adoption case — which resulted in a girl being adopted without her father’s consent — and for hampering an investigation into his conduct.

July 30, 2014 12:16 pmLoading…

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Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court decision supporting the state Board of Livestock’s decision to keep its rule providing for a “sell-by” date for milk of 12 days after pasteurization.

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Montana Supreme Court upholds firing of tourism director

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of a former state tourism director who was fired because the agency said she didn’t spend millions of dollars meant to promote tourism and filmmaking in the state.

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Guest opinion: Unlimited money endangers '1-person, 1-vote'

“One person, one vote.” That’s a principle most Americans can get behind. We may disagree on who should be elected, but that’s how the process is supposed to work: we each get one vote.

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Judge Baugh public censure

Judge Baugh public censure

The Montana Supreme Court issued a public censure of Yellowstone County District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh on Tuesday in Helena. Baugh was disciplined for comment she made about a 14-year-old victim while sentencing her rapist.

July 22, 2014 3:44 pmLoading…
VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

HELENA—In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling and put Lawrence VanDyke back on the November ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court justice.

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Judge Baugh censured over rape comments

Judge Baugh censured over rape comments

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

July 22, 2014 1:20 pm Video Photos

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Supreme Court upholds drug program confidentiality

HELENA — Authorities can’t use confidential information obtained through a drug treatment court program to bring new criminal charges, the Montana Supreme Court ruled.

July 21, 2014 1:54 pmLoading…

Supreme Court upholds deputy's disability denial

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court is upholding a lower court ruling that denied disability benefits to a former Glacier County undersheriff.

July 20, 2014 1:50 pmLoading…

Supreme Court: Defendant must explain self-defense claim

GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls man must testify at his deliberate homicide trial if he wants to argue he shot a Fairfield man in self-defense, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.

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