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105 ABA Journal Montana articles.

Newlywed charged in death of her husband of a week

A Montana woman has been charged with pushing her new husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park only a week after they were married.

Jordan Linn Graham, 22, was…

Top state court tells judge to cancel hearing on 30-day term for ex-teacher who admitted teen rape

In the latest twist in the controversial case of a former Montana high school teacher who admitted raping one of his 14-year-old students, yet had all but 30 days of…

Judge orders new hearing for man given 30 days in controversial teen rape case

Castigated for having sentenced a former teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old who subsequently committed suicide to only 30 days in jail, a Montana judge now says he made have…

Ex-teacher gets 30 days for rape of girl, 14; judge says she was ‘older than her chronological age’

Updated: A Montana judge has sparked nationwide controversy for his comments while sentencing a former teacher to 30 days in jail for a sexual relationship with a Billings student that…

Pay law firm the disputed $94, plus $5K more, top state court tells couple

Updated: Sued by a Montana law firm in 2010 over a $2,800 unpaid legal bill, Daniel and Valery O’Connell anted up some $3,000 but disputed $93.99 of the total.

The…

Federal judge who sent racist email will retire

A federal judge who sent an email containing a racist joke about President Barack Obama to several people last year while serving as chief judge for the District of Montana…

Asked to Release All Texts on Claimed Crime Victim’s Cellphone, Mont. Judge OKs Limited Disclosure

Although Montana has what a state court judge describes as some of the most stringent privacy laws in the country, that didn’t prevent a defendant in a high-profile felony sexual-intercourse-without-consent…

In Lopsided Vote, Montana Voters Express Disapproval of Citizens United

Montanans aren’t giving up the fight after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in June that the Citizens United campaign finance ruling applies in the state.

Seventy-five percent of Montana voters…

Retired State Supreme Court Judge Takes Justice of Peace Court Bench After Predecessor’s Abrupt Exit

A retired former justice of the Montana Supreme Court is temporarily serving as a justice of the peace in Lake County, after her longtime predecessor on the Polson court seat…

9th Circuit Says $27M Whistle-Blower Award Is Taxed as Ordinary Income

A former chief financial officer for a Montana hospital eventually reaped a $27 million benefit by blowing the whistle on his former employer’s accounting fraud.

But James Alderson’s reward from…

Summary Reversal Could Be Used in Citizens United Sequel; Is It Appropriate?

The question in a Citizens United sequel is not whether the U.S. Supreme Court will accept the case but how the justices will reverse the Montana Supreme Court.

That’s the…

Bovine Legal Battle Pits Bison Against Cattle

Sixty-three relocated bison now living on a reservation in northern Montana are at the center of a legal battle.

Tribal officials and environmentalists praised the relocation of the bison from…

Federal Judge Nixes Duty-to-Warn Case Against Lawyer by Victims of Elderly Client’s Shooting Attack

Updated: A federal judge in Helena is pushing the estate of an elderly Florida retiree to settle the tort case brought by a Montana woman and her daughter after he…

9th Circuit Committee Appointed to Investigate Ethics Complaints over Judge’s Racist Email

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a committee to investigate ethics complaints about a federal judge who admitted he sent…

‘Three Cups of Tea’ Author Agrees to Repay His Charity More than $1M

The author of the book Three Cups of Tea has agreed to repay the charity he co-founded more than $1 million in a settlement with the Montana attorney general.

An…

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