“Honestly, this guy is one of those people where he’s got no money, no job or education. His biggest claim to fame is he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He’s got no prospects.”
Missoula County District Court Judge Dusty Deschamps, commenting during the sentencing of Benjamin Levi Bartlett, convicted of passing [...]
Smoke dope. Feed grizzlies. Get mauled. Collect worker’s comp.
That’s pretty much the Twitter version of a Montana Supreme Court decision, as reported by the Associated Press:
The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers’ Compensation Court ruling that about $65,000 in medical bills incurred by a man who was mauled while [...]
“The nose knows. If anybody’s been drinking out there, you can leave right now because I can smell alcohol like you wouldn’t believe.”
Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech, after jailing a woman who’d been drinking before she showed up in court in a case involving – you guessed it – [...]
“The court finds the behavior of Mr. Bibler to be threatening and abusive, yet plainly stupid. The court does not find the sixth-grade bullying behavior and posturing to be a continued credible threat. The order of protection is dismissed.”
Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech, writing about Frenchtown Fire Chief John [...]
“You have a young lady of 16 who gets in a fight with her boyfriend, and as a teenager reacts emotionally to the situation – she acts impulsively, without taking the consequences of her action into consideration. .. It may not have been her intention to kill anyone, but because of her actions [...]
“Prescribing medication over the Internet … I think that’s bogus and I’m not going to allow it.”
Missoula County District Court Judge Dusty Deschamps, telling a defendant why he’ll have to have a doctor testify in court as to the necessity of using medical marijuana.
(Read the Missoulian story)
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“Drivers were failing to adjust to the conditions and colliding into others.”
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper James Handy, about Sunday’s miserable road conditions that caused a multi-car pileup near Drummond.
(Read Betsy Cohen’s story in the Missoulian)
“That’s why I’m going to wreck my car. Because I am a terrible person. I thought I could fix it but I couldn’t … It shows me I’d rather kill myself. Goodbye, Ryan.”
One of the texts Justine Winter allegedly sent Ryan Langford shortly before her car crashed into another, killing a pregnant [...]
“The next thing we know we’d have just a bojangle of different laws applying in different places.”
Roundup Rep. Tom Berry on why he seeks – at the request of Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg – a bill that would override Missoula County’s 2006 voter-approved initiative that directs law enforcement to [...]
“It’s our own personal hell on Earth. I’m still in denial. I still don’t believe it. I think I would literally go insane if my heart and my mind simultaneously grasped what has really happened.”
Dawn Hurlbert, whose daughter, Jaimi Lynn Hurlbert, and granddaughter, Alyssa Burkett, were allegedly shot to death Christmas Day [...]