The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a 25-year-old Helena man who shot and killed his girlfriend in 2017.
In their order on Tuesday, the state Supreme Court wrote its July ruling did not foreclose discussions between the branches and only examined the question of legislative subpoena power.
Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Mike McMahon did, however, leave the door open for the Legislature to obtain the sought-after dismissal.
The town's fire department claims to have existed for years before Ekalaka incorporated in 1914, pointing to its own constitution and board of trustees.
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the request of a Helena attorney facing a formal disciplinary complaint to be placed on disabilit…
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied two former Democratic lawmakers' request to hear their challenge on the state's new judicial appointment process.
The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the state Legislature overstepped its authority when it subpoenaed records from the judicial branch without a legislative purpose.
"The history of this litigation has given us reason to be skeptical of the representations by the Legislature and its counsel in this matter," the Supreme Court wrote in an order Tuesday.
The lawsuit contends the state's ability to negotiate lease terms is harmed by a 2019 law that also diminishes the values of state trust lands.
Lawmakers also said withdrawing the subpoenas meant the litigation over the Legislature's subpoena power likewise ended Tuesday.
Justice Jim Shea authored the opinion Thursday, writing neither the state Constitution nor its framers' recorded intent required an independent commission to screen judicial applicants.
Markus Kaarma appealed a July 2019 Missoula District Court order which denied him petition for post-conviction relief and a request for a new trial.
The lawsuit dragged on for nearly 13 years. It pitted plaintiffs who were residents of Opportunity or Crackerville against the Atlantic Richfield Co. The focus of the David v. Goliath litigation was smelter waste contaminating the rural communities’ soils and threatening residents’ wells.
Tuesday's filing is the latest in a flurry of constitutional challenges to legislation sponsored by Republican lawmakers.
Both the Montana University System and the Montana Federation of Public Employees said Wednesday they plan to re-file their challenges in state District Court.
The Montana Board of Regents asked the state Supreme Court to block a new law that would allow people to carry guns on public university campuses.
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Montana added 156 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and over 372,000 of its residents are now considered to be fully vaccinated against the virus.
The rollback follows new guidance from public health authorities, the availability of vaccines and new state and federal public health recommendations, McGrath wrote.
"The Legislature's unilateral attempt to manufacture a conflict by issuing subpoenas to the entire Montana Supreme Court must be seen for what it is," Justice Laurie McKinnon wrote.
Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice was the only justice last month to file a court challenge against a legislative subpoena seeking his communications.