Justice

AG to Supreme Court: Legislature will not abide court order

BY: - April 12, 2021

The Montana Attorney General’s Office told the Montana Supreme Court that it will not follow orders the high court issued on Sunday, which would have stopped a legislative subpoena, and said it was continuing in its efforts to review the email of the court administrator as well as the conduct of other judges. In a […]

Democrats want Department of Administration emails

BY: - April 12, 2021

As both the Montana House and Senate move closer to becoming a party to a lawsuit that will decide how judges are appointed in Montana, Democrats are demanding emails and communication from the leader of the Department of Administration. Senate Resolution 97 passed on Monday and would allow the Senate to become a party to […]

Supreme Court stops legislative subpoenas in emergency action during the weekend

BY: - April 12, 2021

In a flurry of uncommon weekend activity, the Montana Supreme Court defanged a legislative end run by lawmakers to force the courts to hand over emails in a case that pits the three branches of state government against each other. On Sunday, the state’s highest court said that a legislative subpoena issued by Sen. Keith […]

Judge denies Montana, Arizona pause on deportation

BY: - April 12, 2021

PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona on Thursday said she’ll deny a request from Attorney General Mark Brnovich to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing a temporary pause on deportations. Montana had joined Arizona in the lawsuit, arguing that methamphetamine made in Mexico was a threat to Montana.  That pause, […]

As many as 100 immigration judges added under Biden’s budget proposal

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted […]

Montana Senate and House pass resolutions seeking involvement in judicial appointments lawsuit

BY: and - April 9, 2021

Senate and House Republicans passed resolutions on party lines in both chambers Friday allowing the legislature to seek to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a bill recently signed into law that would give the governor the power to fill judicial vacancies and abolish the judicial nomination commission. Because the constitutionality of a law the legislature […]

Biden calls gun violence ‘international embarrassment’ while rolling out executive action

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in remarks […]

VA Secretary Denis McDonough visits Helena to talk with veterans

BY: - April 7, 2021

Duane Cunningham, a veteran of the Navy, moved to Montana in 1993 for the vast mountainous landscape. But the reason the Veterans Affairs coordinator moved here is also one of the biggest obstacles getting in the way of providing adequate care for the state’s veterans. “Imagine telling someone in Maine that they had to go […]

Supreme Court agrees to hear SB140 case, denies request to stay the proceedings

BY: - April 7, 2021

The Montana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that challenges the constitutionality of a new law that abolished the judicial nominating commission and lets the governor directly appoint judges. The state’s highest court also said that six of the members of the court will hear the case and denied Gov. Greg Gianforte’s motion […]

Lawmakers plan to join Gianforte in lawsuit on judge appointment

BY: - April 2, 2021

The Montana Legislature wants into a battle at the state’s Supreme Court regarding whether recently passed legislation can refashion the way judges are appointed in the Treasure State. Legislative leaders from the Republican Party have asked the state’s top court for an extension in the case, which would allow the GOP-controlled Legislature to pass resolutions […]

RFRA bill passes second House reading

BY: - March 31, 2021

Montana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed an essential hurdle in the House on Wednesday, and with one more vote, it will be sent to the desk of Gov. Greg Gianforte. The governor has signaled support for the controversial bill. Senate Bill 215 passed 61-39. An amendment to ensure the bill would not be used as […]

Lawmakers look to place discipline of judges in citizens’ hands

BY: - March 31, 2021

Gregg Trude set his loaded .300 Winchester Magnum down in the backseat of his car in October 2018. The gun discharged and fatally struck Dr. Eugene “Buzz” Walton of Helena. Trude pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 3 ½ years suspended, according to an article published in […]