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Montana Supreme Court: One-month prison sentence for rape is too lenient

(Reuters) – The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a one-month prison sentence given to a former teacher for the rape of a 14-year-old student, a penalty that has been criticized as too lenient. The high court’s written ruling ordered the case to be assigned to a different judge for…

Montana teacher released from prison after 31-day sentence for raping teen

A former high school teacher was released Thursday from prison after serving just 31 days for raping a student who killed herself before the case went to trial. Stacey Rambold will be placed on probation for 14 years and 11 months for the rape of former student Cherice Moralez, who…

Supreme Court allows Montana corporation election spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three…

Taibbi: Montana decision ‘just the start’ of fight against ‘Citizens United’

Appearing on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night, Rolling Stone political contributor Matt Taibbi suggested that a recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court will be seen as the start of a long fight against corporate money in American elections. The highest court in Montana recently struck…

Montana Supreme Court upholds ban on corporate political spending

The Montana Supreme Court on Friday upheld a ban on corporate political expenditures in state elections, which came under fire after the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling. The court held the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission did not render the Montana ban unconstitutional, reversing…

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