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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

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.

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Montana Supreme Court race takes on partisan edge

Montana Supreme Court race takes on partisan edge

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.

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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.

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Court rejects lawyer's request to disbar him

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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