Posting will probably be light on Cops and Courts this week, as I’m following the deliberate homicide trial of Raymond Big Beaver (in photo). He and a fellow transient, Eugene “Joey” Gonzalez, are accused of killing a third resident of Missoula’s streets, Johnny Joe Belmarez.
There were some interesting twists in the first [...]
The state Supreme Court issued an opinion in an interesting case recently:
A teenager who sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl in Ravalli County when he was 13 must register as a sexual offender under a Montana Supreme Court ruling issued this month.
The court’s ruling came in a 2009 case involving a [...]
Things in the Legislature shifted so fast and so often last week when it came to medical marijuana that it was hard to keep up. This column by Missoulian State Bureau chief Chuck Johnson explains where things stand as of this brief moment in time:
With just three weeks left in the [...]
One of the more interesting legal issues to arise recently in Montana looks as though it’s going to be resolved out of court.
Earlier this month, the Montana Supreme Court stepped in to stop a court-ordered hysterectomy for a woman with cancer who had been judged incompetent to make decisions about her medical [...]
Some headlines – Billings man sentenced for dangling baby off balcony – demand that you read them, even though you know you’ll be sorry.
Well, we read it and we were sorry.
Timothy Lee Lewis (photo above) got a deferred sentence. The Billings Gazette tells us why:
After a public [...]
“Clearly, no system is fool-proof.”
Montana Supreme CourtJustice Patricia Cotter, in a majority opinion upholding the conviction of Anthony St. Dennis, convicted of beating to death homeless Missoula veteran Forrest Clayton Salcido (at right, in Chandler Melton photo).
“We are ultimately passing the buck to further litigation and, likely, the federal courts.” Justice [...]