OP 21-0125.

488 P.3d 548 (2021)

2021 MT 149

Bob BROWN, Dorothy Bradley, Vernon Finley, Mae Nan Ellingson, and The League of Women Voters of Montana, Petitioners, v. Greg GIANFORTE, Governor of Montana, Respondent, and Montana State Legislature, Intervenor and Respondent.

Supreme Court of Montana.

Decided: June 10, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For Petitioners: A. Clifford Edwards , Edwards & Culver, Billings, Montana, James H. Goetz , Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes, P.C., Bozeman, Montana.

For Respondent: Austin Knudsen , Montana Attorney General, David M.S. Dewhirst , Solicitor General, J. Stuart Segrest , Civil Bureau Chief, Aislinn W. Brown , Assistant Attorney General, Helena, Montana, Anita Milanovich , Office of the Montana Governor, Helena, Montana.

For Intervenor: Emily Jones , Talia G. Damrow , Jones Law Firm, PLLC, Billings, Montana.

For Amicus Montana Trial Lawyers Association: Colin Gerstner , Gerstner Adam Law PLLC, Billings, Montana, Seamus Molloy , Knight Nicastro Mackay , Missoula, Montana.

For Amicus Montana Defense Trial Lawyers: Sean Goicoechea , Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea & Johnson, P.C., Kalispell, Montana

For Amicus Mountain States Legal Foundation: Cody J. Wisniewski , Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado.

For Amicus Montana Family Foundation: Jon Metropoulos , Metropoulos Law Firm, Helena, Montana, KD Feedback , Toole & Feedback, PLLC, Lincoln, Montana.

¶1 In this original proceeding, Petitioners challenge the constitutionality of Senate Bill 140 ("SB 140"), a bill passed by the 2021 Montana Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. SB 140 abolishes Montana's Judicial Nomination Commission and the process that had previously...


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