United States Department Of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, together with its U.S. Attorney’s Offices, enforces the nation’s civil rights laws to protect against unlawful discrimination. When civil rights are violated, the department has authority to act, as it did in Missoula. Had the departmen…
Calling current federal drug-fighting resources in Montana insufficient, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is asking Attorney General Eric Holder for more details about a recently announced drug control strategy.
Recounting their time together prosecuting sex abuse cases in the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Melodee Hanes said her friend, Sheila Kolar, often went above and beyond what was expected.
MISSOULA — Missoula County's attorney wants to challenge the U.S. Justice Department's authority to investigate the way his office handles sexual assault cases.
Faculty members at the University of Montana are expected to complete a new discrimination prevention tutorial by the middle of next month, though some have said they’re reluctant to do so and wonder why the U.S. Department of Justice needs to know who they are.
Sequestration has come home to roost.
MISSOULA — Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to scrutinize the way his office handles sexual assault and rape cases – “but not with the threat of a lawsuit, not with a gun to my head.”
The Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions report released this week by the Department of Justice previews a new era of partnership between the federal government and American Indian tribes. The report documents an unprecedented level of collaboration with tribal law enforcement, reg…
MISSOULA — The Missoula Police Department has agreed to improve the way it responds to and investigates reports of sexual assault after a yearlong investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice found that some investigative practices made it more difficult to uncover the truth and discourag…
Department of Justice attorneys sang the University of Montana’s praises Thursday for its efforts to address problems surrounding sexual assault, even as DOJ documents painted a damning picture of how assault cases involving UM students all too often were handled.
HELENA — Montana's Justice Building will be renamed in memory of former Attorney General Joe Mazurek.
WASHINGTON — My comments on the federal suit against the bond-rating rating agency Standard & Poor's drew some critical reactions that are worth sharing with readers. I argued that S&P, which badly erred in rating bonds tied to home mortgages, was being made a scapegoat for the finan…
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. attorney for Wyoming says his office will handle any complaints about election fraud or voting rights abuses in next month's election.
LIVINGSTON — The Department of Justice is investigating a complaint of race- and disability-based harassment at the 22-student Pine Creek School in Park County.
The Missoula County Attorney’s Office was trying to send a message that it takes sexual assault seriously when it “cherry-picked” facts in charging former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson with rape, a motion to dismiss that charge claims.
WASHINGTON — American Indian tribes in a handful of states are getting federal assistance to prosecute violence against women cases.
MISSOULIAN - Emails between University of Montana administrators about alleged sexual assaults at the university reflected a “certain degree of frustration” surrounding the issue, UM President Royce Engstrom said Wednesday.
Another chapter in the dramatic tale at the University of Montana is unfolding, thanks to emails that were unearthed by the Missoulian and the Wall Street Journal via the Freedom of Information Act. And the messages, sent among UM administrators and the athletic department, don’t seem to bod…
MISSOULA — A Missoula man faces aggravated assault and other charges for allegedly attacking a family member with a phone cord.
MISSOULA -- The investigation into a rape allegation against University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson has moved to the Missoula County Attorney's Office.