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Abortion restrictions struck down by state court Abortion restrictions struck down by state court

A state district court judge in Yellowstone County has ruled that three Republican-backed abortion restrictions passed in 2021 are unconstitutional, delivering another blow to conservatives who support limiting when and how Montanans can terminate pregnancies and a win for advocates of reproductive rights. The years-long case, brought by Planned Parenthood of Montana, deals with three laws from the 2021 Legislature that, respectively, sought to restrict abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy for the sake of avoiding fetal pain; widely prohibit medication abortions provided via telemedicine; and require providers to offer patients an ultrasound and the opportunity to listen to a “feta...


Plaintiffs ask court to strike down privatized school bill

News from Rylee Sommers-Flannagan, Upper Seven Law HELENA — Late on Feb. 6, 2024, public school plaintiffs—a diverse group that includes the Montana Quality Education Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Montana as well as eight individual Montana teachers, parents, voters, and taxpay...


District Court: legislature has final say over Governor’s veto

News from Upper Seven Law HELENA — The Montana First Judicial District Court held today that the Governor and the Secretary of State must follow the clear procedure the Montana Constitution mandates and allow the Legislature the opportunity to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 442&...


Montana man arrested for assaulting law enforcement, other charges during Jan. 6 Capitol breach

News from U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia WASHINGTON — A Montana man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, including for assaulting law enforcement during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.  His actions and the actions of others disrupted a jo...


Two men charged with killing, selling eagles

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Two men have been indicted on charges of killing some 3,600 federally-protected birds, including bald eagles, for profit.  According to court documents, Simon Paul and Travis John Branson are accused of killing and selling eagles on the black market between 2015 to 2021. ...


Montana Supreme Court says counties wrong on 95-mill tax issue Montana Supreme Court says counties wrong on 95-mill tax issue

The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday ruled against Montana county governments in a dispute over the Montana Department of Revenue’s authority to order the full collection of the 95-mill state-level school equalization levy, a formerly obscure piece of tax bills that became a flashpoint this fall as stat...


White pleads not guilty to charges related to death of Arlee woman White pleads not guilty to charges related to death of Arlee woman

POLSON — Sunny Kathrinne White pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide while under the influence (or alternatively – negligent homicide), accidents involving another person or deceased person, two counts of criminal child endangerment, and a count of criminal possession of dangerous d...


Montana Court blocks enforcement of ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth

News from ACLU Montana MISSOULA — A Montana state district court judge recently blocked enforcement of Senate Bill 99, the discriminatory law that threatens the health and well-being of Montana transgender youth by denying them access to the only evidence-based care for gender dysphoria. In his or...


Montana man sentenced for Jan. 6 offense

News from the Department of Justice             WASHINGTON — A Montana man and a Pennsylvania man were sentenced in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, on several felony and misdemeanor charges, including assaulting law enforcement, related to their ac...


Man accused of murdering mother, concealing her body Man accused of murdering mother, concealing her body

POLSON — A Polson man is accused of stabbing his 86-year-old mother to death and then attempting to conceal her body in her home where her body remained for several days. Garrett Edward Vaska, 46, has been charged with deliberate homicide committed with a dangerous weapon and tampering with or fabri...


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