Montana

105 ABA Journal Montana articles.

Shooter who invoked the castle doctrine is convicted in exchange student’s death

Jurors in Missoula, Montana, have convicted a homeowner who claimed the castle doctrine gave him a right to shoot and kill a 17-year-old German exchange student who entered his garage…

Homeowner was only ‘defending his pride’ in slaying of exchange student, prosecutor argues

Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the deliberate homicide case against a Montana man who claimed he had a right to shoot a German exchange student who entered his garage in…

On Forbes 400 list before 2008 business bankruptcy, ex-billionaire has paid $141.07 to trustee

Less than a decade ago, real estate entrepreneur Tim Blixseth was on the Forbes 400 list, with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

Now, after a divorce, the…

Top state court nixes disbarment request of lawyer who admittedly stole $354K

Saying that more investigation is needed, the Montana Supreme Court has refused a disbarment request by a lawyer who admittedly stole $354,000.

The attorney disciplinary process needs to play out…

Six Montana justices file amicus brief defending ban on acceptance of partisan endorsements

All but one of Montana’s Supreme Court justices have filed an amicus brief defending a rule that bars judicial candidates from seeking or accepting partisan endorsements.

Six justices filed the…

Man whose family posted $450K cash bond in homicide case wants public defender

A Montana man accused of shooting a woman to death while he was drunk and she was speaking to a 911 dispatcher from his home in Billings has been released…

Burger King employee should get ‘a real job,’ controversial judge says

Corrected: Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings, Montana, is back in the news, this time for his advice to a fast-food worker.

Baugh told the Burger King employee, 21-year-old Brandon…

Judge holds 4 no-show jurors in contempt, will waive $100 fines if they apologize in writing

A trial in Montana nearly had to be rescheduled this month after only half of the 48 individuals summoned for jury duty showed up.

A dozen had contacted the Sanders…

Jury awards $248.6M in fatal crash case; Hyundai will appeal

After an award of $248.6 million late Tuesday to the survivors of two cousins killed in a July 2011 head-on crash, Hyundai Motor America vowed to appeal in a Wednesday…

Homeowner is charged in shooting death of student in his garage; self-defense law switches burden

Prosecutors who charged a Montana homeowner in the shooting death of a “garage-hopping” student will have to deal with state law giving stronger protections to those who shoot intruders.

Homeowner…

Newlywed gets 30 years for pushing her husband off of cliff in national park

A Montana woman convicted of murder for pushing her husband of barely more than a week off of a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer was sentenced Thursday to…

DOJ: Prosecutor’s office downplayed gravity of sex crimes, told victim’s mom ‘boys will be boys’

The U.S. Justice Department sees likely gender bias in a failure by the Missoula, Mont., County Attorney’s office to prosecute nonstranger rapes.

In a letter to Missoula County…

Death of pet dog mistaken for wolf reveals loophole in state poaching law

When a hunter kills game out of season, there’s a legal price to pay for poaching.

But there’s no comparable law applicable to the accidental shooting of pets, Montana authorities…

Newlywed agrees to mid-trial murder plea in slaying of her husband

A Montana woman accused of pushing her husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park a…

‘Abusive, disruptive and threatening’ statements lead to lawyer’s censure

A Montana lawyer will be publicly censured next month for “abusive, disruptive and threatening” comments to another lawyer.

Jeffrey Michael of Billings will be censured on Jan. 7 and his…

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