- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

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APPELLATE COURT ORDERS BLIXSETH TO PAY:

A federal appellate panel has upheld a contempt-of-court finding against real estate developer Tim Blixseth for violating a judge’s order by selling a luxury property in Mexico while it was tied up in a bankruptcy dispute. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Blixseth must post a bond of at least $13.8 million or face additional sanctions. The case stems from the 2008 bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club, a members-only ski and golf resort near Big Sky founded by Blixseth and his ex-wife, Edra.

SUPREME COURT REVERSES RAPE CONVICTION:

The Montana Supreme Court has reversed the 2012 conviction of a Kalispell man found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl and ordered a new trial. The justices ruled Wednesday that prosecutors went too far in the trial against Jason Dean Franks by referencing a separate molestation charge against Franks to create the impression that he was a habitual abuser of children.

COMMISSIONER: MISSOULA SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAWS:

The state commissioner of political practices found a Missoula County sheriff’s detective and a law firm that supported his candidacy for sheriff violated campaign finance laws. Commissioner Jonathan Motl determined that Detective Sgt. T.J. McDermott’s campaign didn’t report nearly $1,400 in in-kind donations from the law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind for a fundraiser it held for McDermott.

73-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING DRUGS:

A 73-year-old registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer has been sentenced to five years in prison.District Judge Susan Watters reluctantly followed the terms of a plea agreement Thursday in sentencing 73-year-old Thomas Edmond Van Haele. She said five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release should be enough to protect the community.


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