Archive for January 28th, 2010

by jhwygirl

I almost titled this On That Note…, considering my last post….

Missoulian reporter Keila Szpaller has a post up at her blog Missoula Red Tape, noting an end to DUI defendants being able to (basically) pick a judge.

Judge Louden, many think (especially those in the city attorney’s office), is too lenient with DUI defendants.

So, when a defendant waived jury trial, they always ended up in Lax Louden’s court.

City Attorney Jim Nugent, though, is exercising his prosecutor’s right to call for a jury trial, and he’s done it with a blanket order – of which you can see if you head on over to Szpaller’s website.

Good for this city. Nugent and and others who brought this policy decision about should be thanked. Our town will be safer for it.

State Senator Greg Barkus and our own congressman Denny Rehberg (along with his staffers that like our local Iron Horse Pub) might want to take note.

Now is the time for the county attorney’s office to step up and do the same: Fred Van Valkenburg, what say you?

Just to note – Van Valkenburg is an elected official, folks. He may be interested in hearing your opinion on this.

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