A Billings judge on Monday ordered the state public defender’s office to assign an attorney to a man charged with shooting and killing his neighbor in March 2013.
A man accused of slashing another man’s throat during an argument over which is the better branch of the military, the Army or the Marines, pleaded not guilty Friday to deliberate homicide.
Justice was served in Yellowstone County District Court Monday when 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Toby Eugene Griego is guilty on all 27 felony counts stemming brutal attacks on four Billings women.
Prosecutors on Thursday filed a felony assault charge against a California fugitive accused of attacking his public defender during a Jan. 21 extradition hearing.
A man who is wanted in California hit the public defender representing him during a Billings court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
CHEYENNE — A federal judge has given lawyers until early next year to submit written arguments about whether Wyoming's lone death row inmate should be put to death.
CASPER, Wyo. — Zacharia Johnson made one request at his last court appearance: Find me a different attorney.
Clarence Gideon was convicted of burglarizing a Florida bar and sentenced to five years in prison based solely on the testimony of one questionable eyewitness. But Gideon’s side didn’t adequately challenge that eyewitness at trial. You see, Gideon handled his own defense. When he requested a…
America’s justice system guarantees effective representation to all defendants accused of crimes carrying possible incarceration penalties. The system only works when both prosecution and defense attorneys are competent and can devote sufficient times to their crucial roles.
HELENA — Public attorneys tasked with defending high-profile criminal cases are among the lowest paid in state government, prompting many of them to take jobs as staff attorneys in state agencies and elsewhere, the Office of the Public Defender told lawmakers Wednesday.
When Curt Rodger heard that Billings livestock breeder James Leachman was charged with abusing horses, the Missouri cattleman said he was so shocked that he volunteered to fly to Montana to be a character witness at his trial.
A nationally recognized horse specialist testified Wednesday at James Leachman’s animal abuse trial that unbreakable plastic identification bands should not be used on horses, especially those running loose on the range.
CASPER, Wyo. -- Robert Broyles is left with three choices. His original two -- filing charges against the man officials say he tried to kill, and then obtaining a new public defender -- didn’t pan out.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne lawyer claims that Wyoming State Public Defender Diane Lozano terminated him because he ended a relationship with her years before.
HELENA — Attorneys who get their first job out of college with the state generally start at $40,000 a year, but if you’re in the Office of the Public Defender, the chance to increase your pay with experience is less than those of other government lawyers, a survey of salaries showed last year.
HELENA — The state’s public defender system will conduct a nationwide search for a new chief public defender, enlisting the help of national groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the chair of the commission overseeing the system said Monday.
HELENA — Missoula attorney James Park Taylor has resigned from his position on the Montana Public Defender Commission, citing various inadequacies within the institution and expressing little hope for change under its current leadership.
HELENA — Retired Helena Justice of the Peace Wally Jewell is not the only person to raise concerns about Montana’s four-year-old Office of the State Public Defender, but his critiques are among the most biting.
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