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 is another legal challenge to the GOP-led judicial reforms that passed out of the 2021 Legislature.
In their order Thursday, the justices noted the bill being challenged has not yet been signed by Gov. Greg Gianforte.
The state's Republican Attorney General called it an "obvious conflict of interest" for the Supreme Court to preside over the case.
The six Montana Supreme Court justices said they had not responded to a poll on SB 140, the new law at the center of a legal challenge against Gov. Greg Gianforte.
Judge Kurt Krueger, according to the email chain included in the filing, wrote from his state email account, "I am also adamantly oppose[sic] this bill."
A Helena doctor is asking the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s dismissal of his case, in which he asked the Montana Board of Medical Examiners to follow a court order that reversed his medical license suspension and remanded his case back to the board for further proceedings.
The law eliminates the judicial nomination commission and gives Gov. Gianforte direct appointment power of state district court judges and Supreme Court justices upon a vacancy.
The decision was signed by Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon.
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In Pennsylvania, the state Democratic Party and its allies had sought an extension of the Election Day deadline to count mailed ballots. The court next weighs a similar issue in Wisconsin.
The lights had all but gone out on the dozens of small solar projects once planned in Montana by the time the state’s Supreme Court ruled at the end of August that regulators violated renewable energy law when dealing with solar.
Both the state Supreme Court and U.S. District Court in Helena issued orders Wednesday that the Green Party will remain off the ballot in Montana for this election.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
Ballots for the June 2 primary must be received at elections offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted, the Montana Supreme Court said in an order Wednesday.
Here are details on states that have already committed to using commissions or nontraditional methods for redistricting when the 2020 census results are delivered to states next year.
HELENA — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a central Montana ranching couple rich beyond their wildest dreams. Or, they may have to share the wealth.
BETWEEN CASCADE AND SIMMS — There's a lot of lore attached to the 3,980 acres below Birdtail Butte.
FARGO, N.D. — A judge overstepped by giving a life prison sentence to a man whose girlfriend cut the baby from the womb of an unsuspecting neighbor, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday, ordering that the man be resentenced.
Montana lawmakers are being asked to consider a bill that would make it illegal for a physician to prescribe drugs to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient.
Lawmakers in Helena heard a bill Tuesday that its sponsor said is aimed at keeping counties from falling into financial trouble, and providing a way to investigate and hold officials accountable.
As promised, Montana's attorney general has taken the legal battle over Missoula City Council's proposed gun ordinance to the state Supreme Court.
Montana lawmakers will consider giving themselves a 69 percent pay raise by changing the way their salaries are calculated when they meet in January.