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Unsuccessful Supreme Court candidate takes Nevada solicitor general job

Unsuccessful Supreme Court candidate takes Nevada solicitor general job

HELENA — Unsuccessful Montana Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke said he intends to remain an active member of the State Bar of Montana for the foreseeable future after he moves to Nevada to become that state’s solicitor general.

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Supreme Court sets hearing for Barry Beach case

Supreme Court sets hearing for Barry Beach case

The Montana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in February on a petition by convicted murderer Barry Beach to be resentenced in a 1979 killing he says he didn’t commit.

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Former teacher appeals rape sentence

Former teacher appeals rape sentence

A Montana teacher serving prison time in a notorious student rape case has appealed his sentence to the state Supreme Court, but he’s likely to remain incarcerated while the appeal is pending, according to court filings and the prosecutor in the case.

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At least $1.5M spent on Wheat-VanDyke Supreme Court race

At least $1.5M spent on Wheat-VanDyke Supreme Court race

HELENA — At least $1.6 million was spent on the Montana Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke this year, records show, likely making it the most expensive judicial race in state history.

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From the editor: Privacy shield is an excuse to cover bad public behavior

From the editor: Privacy shield is an excuse to cover bad public behavior

The Montana Constitution is a wonderful document. It enshrines two things that Montanans hold dear: the right to know what their government is doing by participation and public documents. It also contains a clause which says that Montanans have a right to privacy.

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Brian Morris

Brian Morris

This undated photo from the Montana Supreme Court shows then-Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris at an unknown city in Montana. Morris, now a U.S. District judge, ruled Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman viol…

November 19, 2014 6:24 pm
Brian Morris

Brian Morris

Morris

November 19, 2014 5:33 pm
Gazette opinion: Time to rethink Montana Supreme Court contests

Gazette opinion: Time to rethink Montana Supreme Court contests

The Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke was flooded with several hundred thousand dollars in outside spending that dwarfed what the candidates’ own campaigns spent.

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Wheat, Rice win easy victories in bids for Supreme Court

Wheat, Rice win easy victories in bids for Supreme Court

BOZEMAN — Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who faced a tide of spending by conservative, pro-business groups trying to defeat him, easily turned away a challenge Tuesday from former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke to win another term on Montana’s high court.

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Gazette opinion: Unprecedented spending on Supreme Court seat

Gazette opinion: Unprecedented spending on Supreme Court seat

Two weeks before Election Day, at least $730,000 had been spent to influence the Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke. That sum doesn’t count what the candidates themselves spent; it’s money from four outside groups.

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VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court justice candidate Lawrence VanDyke has worked as a lawyer for a giant international law firm and Republican attorneys general in Texas and Montana, focusing on appellate law — experience he says makes him a good choice to serve on Montana’s high court, whose ma…

October 30, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-day series looking at the records of Supreme Court justice candidates Lawrence VanDyke and Justice Mike Wheat.

October 30, 2014 3:50 pm
Montana Supreme Court gives state 30 days to respond to Beach petition

Montana Supreme Court gives state 30 days to respond to Beach petition

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the state to respond to convicted murderer Barry Beach's petition to revise his sentence.

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Wheat’s Supreme Court record under attack; what’s actually in the record?

Wheat’s Supreme Court record under attack; what’s actually in the record?

HELENA — From high-profile criminal cases to multimillion-dollar business decisions, Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat has ruled many ways on some of Montana’s biggest cases since joining the court in 2010.

October 29, 2014 5:44 pm Photos

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Significant cases involving Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who’s running for re-election, has signed or written scores of cases in his nearly five years on the court.

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Controversial mailer on MT SupCo races product of voter-behavior study, which is now under fire

HELENA — The Stanford-Dartmouth political-science study that produced last week’s controversial mailer listing the alleged political leanings of Montana Supreme Court justice candidates is raising eyebrows among academics, some of whom are calling it unethical.

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Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

HELENA — Montana’s top political cop is asking two private colleges that sent a controversial mailer last week to 100,000 Montana voters on the state’s two Supreme Court races to send a second mailer disavowing the first.

October 27, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Money pouring into Wheat-VanDyke Montana Supreme Court race

Money pouring into Wheat-VanDyke Montana Supreme Court race

HELENA — Outside money has been pouring in to influence Montana’s Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke — and political observers say Montanans might as well get used to it.

October 25, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Tester accuses Stanford, Dartmouth of 'voter manipulation'; demands funding disclosure

Tester accuses Stanford, Dartmouth of 'voter manipulation'; demands funding disclosure

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Friday accused two prominent colleges of “voter manipulation” for their role in a mailer sent this week to 100,000 Montanans, in connection with two Montana Supreme Court races.

October 24, 2014 4:43 pm Photos

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Barry Beach attorneys ask Supreme Court for resentencing

Barry Beach attorneys ask Supreme Court for resentencing

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…

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