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United States Department Of Justice

Guest opinion: U.S. DOJ agreements benefit Missoula women

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…

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Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

Daines asks feds for specifics on 2014 drug enforcement strategy

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.

July 15, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…
Kolar sworn in for 4 more years on Municipal Court bench

Kolar sworn in for 4 more years on Municipal Court bench

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.

January 02, 2014 5:59 pmLoading…
Missoula County attorney wants commissioners to defy DOJ

Missoula County attorney wants commissioners to defy DOJ

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.

January 02, 2014 3:26 pm Photos

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UM faculty balk at DOJ demand for sexual-assault training rosters

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.

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Guest opinion: Sequester cuts stymie Montana crimefighting efforts

Sequestration has come home to roost.

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Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

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.”

June 11, 2013 10:09 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Federal-tribal crimefighting partnership pays off

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…

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DOJ, Missoula police settle over sexual assaults

DOJ, Missoula police settle over sexual assaults

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…

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Deal reached in University of Montana sex-assault probe

Deal reached in University of Montana sex-assault probe

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.

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Montana building to be renamed honoring Joe Mazurek

Montana building to be renamed honoring Joe Mazurek

HELENA — Montana's Justice Building will be renamed in memory of former Attorney General Joe Mazurek.

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Robert J. Samuelson: The U.S. government's vendetta against S&P

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…

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Justice Department to oversee Wyoming election

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.

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DOJ investigating race-based harassment at Pine Creek School

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.

September 20, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…
Defense seeks dismissal of Johnson rape charge, cites 'cherry-picked' facts

Defense seeks dismissal of Johnson rape charge, cites 'cherry-picked' facts

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.

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DOJ provides funding for new tribal prosecutors

WASHINGTON — American Indian tribes in a handful of states are getting federal assistance to prosecute violence against women cases.

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UM President: Sexual assault emails revealed 'certain degree of frustration'

UM President: Sexual assault emails revealed 'certain degree of frustration'

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.

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You've got mail

You've got mail

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…

May 21, 2012 5:24 pmLoading…

Missoula man accused in attacking, restraining partner

MISSOULA — A Missoula man faces aggravated assault and other charges for allegedly attacking a family member with a phone cord.

May 19, 2012 8:55 pmLoading…
Investigation into alleged rape by Griz QB sent to county attorney's office

Investigation into alleged rape by Griz QB sent to county attorney's office

MISSOULA -- The investigation into a rape allegation against University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson has moved to the Missoula County Attorney's Office.

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