Montana

99 ABA Journal Montana articles.

Supreme Court rules state can’t ban religious schools from scholarship program

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Montana’s decision to ban religious schools from a scholarship program violates the free exercise clause. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the June 30 majority opinion.

Judge is accused of misstatements about legal experience and nanny’s employment
A judge in Billings, Montana, has been accused of lying about her employment of a nanny and overstating her legal experience.
Jehovah’s Witnesses not negligent in $35M child-abuse case, court rules
The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a $35 million judgment against Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to report that one of its members had been sexually abusing children for years.
How do the states stack up? Lawyers make the most and least money in these areas
Lawyers make the lowest average salary in Montana and the highest average salary in California, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
‘Gate money’ for released prisoners is usually chump change

Some formerly incarcerated people say it’s often not enough to meet their basic needs

Ban on political robocalls violates First Amendment, 9th Circuit rules
A Montana law that bans political robocalls is a content-based restriction that violates the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.
ACLU suit says bail bond industry is a RICO enterprise, bounty hunters traumatized family

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking on the bail bond industry in a suit filed after bounty hunters stormed a Montana home at gunpoint to apprehend a man who…

ABA president urges Montana lawmakers to rethink driver’s license suspension in sentencing

In a letter to the Montana House Judiciary Committee, ABA President Bob Carlson expressed his support for a bill that would eliminate the suspension of a driver’s license or privilege…

Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline pending additional climate-impact review

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Canadian oil sands fields to Texas refineries, citing the need for additional review of the…

Bankruptcy court in Montana confirms Chapter 11 plan that pays $20M to clergy abuse victims
The federal bankruptcy court in Montana has confirmed a Chapter 11 plan for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings that pays $20 million to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling

Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.

Montana Supreme Court justice coins rhyming legal caveat for drug dealers

A Montana Supreme Court justice coined a legal caveat for drug dealers in an opinion that found no double jeopardy bar to a state prosecution for drug possession.

The Missoulian…

Montana legislature says ABA model rule on discrimination and harassment violates First Amendment

A joint resolution passed Wednesday by the Montana state legislature condemns the ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g) as a violation of Montanans’ First Amendment rights.

The model rule,

State high court justices ask their senators to preserve funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Justices of at least two state supreme courts have asked their states’ senators to fight a proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration to revoke all funding for the Legal…

Petition seeks ouster of judge who sentenced man to 60 days for incest with 12-year-old daughter

A Montana judge is defending his decision to sentence a man to 60 days in jail for incest with his 12-year-old daughter.

An online petition at Change.org is criticizing the…

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