Latest Montana Supreme Court News

Montana Supreme Court reverses attempted homicide conviction

Jan. 04, 2022 18:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a Miles City man's conviction for attempted deliberate homicide for threatening to stab a bar owner in the heart while the defendant sat handcuffed in the back of a law enforcement vehicle. The justices, in a 4-1 decision...

Ëfforts to clear marijuana convictions have mixed results

Jan. 01, 2022 08:23 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — When voters approved recreational cannabis in the fall of 2020, they also created a path for people previously convicted of now-legal actions to have their records cleared. While some say the process has worked well and quickly, the pace of requests hasn’t...

Judge blocks law that would allow more guns on campuses

Dec. 01, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses, a state judge has ruled. District Court Judge Michael McMahon on Tuesday granted the state Board of Regents'...

Montana court says Ekalaka fire squad belongs to Ekalaka

Nov. 05, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department belongs to the town of Ekalaka, according to a Montana Supreme Court decision that follows a dispute between the department and town officials. The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire Department incorporated in 2016 after...

Montana Supreme Court overturns man's marijuana conviction

Oct. 22, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a man's conviction for transporting drugs after finding the arresting officers violated his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Tuesday's unanimous ruling sends the case back...

Montana media groups appeal ruling over closed GOP meeting

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Members of the Montana media are appealing a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit over whether Republican members of a legislative committee legally held a secret meeting before voting on bills involving abortion and transgender health care. The media...